Steve Cates provides professional piano tuning services and repair through out the state of Maine. The cities he does piano repair in includes Waterville, Augusta, Bangor and Portland. He is a Steinway Factory-Trained Technician. It is recommended that you have your piano tuned once a year. However, newer piano's should be tuned three to four times in that first and second year.

It is important to get your piano tuned regularly so that it can sound it's very best. Getting your piano tuned regularly will prevent your piano from shifting so that it is difficult to tune to concert pitch again. Sometimes it is best to not tune an older piano to concert pitch like you would tune a new piano. Depending on the age of your piano and how out of tune it is it could require longer amount of time of pitch adjustment in order to bring it close to it's original concert pitch.

For scheduling, call (207) 944-3096 or email

Schedule an appointment by calling (207) 944-3096 or by emailing

Service Price
Hourly standard charge $100 first hour/ $80/hr for second hour + parts
Grand hammer shaping, complete regulation and tone building process for pianos that had not had the strings previously 'bedded' $2700
Restringing $1500 to $2000 depending on size
Standard Tuning (and minor work) $120 to $160
Move pianos in and out of state Contact For Price
Major Pitch Adjustment $40
Complete action regulation $240
Full disassembly and cleaning $80
Appraisals $80
Evaluations $80

  • Stephen C. Cates
  • Independent Steinway Factory-Trained Piano Technician
  • Trained by Scott Jones
  • By invitation of Michael Moore
  • iPh 207-944-3096

We Strive   For High Quality Work!

Steve Cates, a fully insured Independent Steinway Factory-Trained Piano Technician, with over 45 years experience, is well recommended by past and current customers.