About

https://sites.google.com/site/metrophoenixpianotuner/about/_DSC5251.jpeg Hi, I'm Chad Mitchell, the owner and operator of Arcadia Piano Service in Phoenix, Arizona.

People often ask why and how I became a Piano Tuner, so here’s a brief history…

I grew up in Big Horn, Wyoming. At the age of 14, I received my first piano as a gift from my mother, Virginia Mitchell. I curiously dismantled it to clean it up and figure out how it worked which originally sparked my interest in working on pianos.

One day several years later at Sheridan Community College in nearby Sheridan, Wyoming where I was studying music, I had the privilege of watching a local blind piano tuner, Don Cherni, tune all the college pianos. I was fascinated by the whole process and Don was impressed that I would sit and watch him for hours tune all those pianos.

Soon after, out of the blue, one of my instructors, Mrs. Leibinger, suggested that I should consider a career working on pianos.

Now that I look back, all the hints were there and I should have done it then; I started trying to learn some piano tuning but ended up pursuing other career paths instead.

https://picasaweb.google.com/115047904439074573201/ArcadiaPianoService?authkey=Gv1sRgCPvwitqkztajyAE#6109389526117444722Finally, in late 2010, I took the plunge and began to study the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology Correspondence Course. In early 2011, I joined the Phoenix, AZ Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild. Then, soon after, I had the honor of tutoring with a master piano technician, Jim Coleman, Sr., RPT of Tempe, Arizona.

In November 2015, I started doing work for Michael Stilwell, owner of Stilwell Pianos in Mesa, AZ where I tune many pianos...usually at night!

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As an Associate Member of the Piano Technicians Guild, I continue to learn and improve my skills in piano tuning, maintenance, and repair, and I'm striving to soon become a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) of the Piano Technicians Guild.

I've done a wide variety of jobs: bird dog training for $2/hr when I was a teenager, then Janitor, Dish Washer, Baker, Waiter, Convenience Store Clerk, Call Center Statistician, Document Services Associate at Xerox, and finally I became an FAA Certificated Aircraft Mechanic and worked at Horizon Airlines in Portland, OR then Boeing in Mesa, AZ. But, being able to do what I really love is the icing on the cake, and that's tuning and working on pianos.

And, best of all, after I work on a piano, it gives me great satisfaction when my customers love the result and can enjoy their piano for all it's worth.