Volunteer Piano

“Piano Service with a Personal Touch”

Meet the Owner:

Josh Gaither established Volunteer Piano in 2008 in Knoxville, TN. He has been a Knoxville resident for the past 30 years and is a veteran of the United States Army; he served as a Forward Observer from 2002-2005. He attended Pellissippi Technical Community College, and later the University of Tennessee, where he studied jazz piano performance, music theory and composition, and ethnomusicology. While his primary performance instrument is the piano, he also studies and has taught the guitar, bass, drums, violin, cello, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, and voice to music-lovers of all ages.

His love for music emerged at age three when he discovered the piano in his family’s living room. As he matured, he became fascinated by music’s properties of sound and time (dilation), especially as demonstrated by the greatest musical instrument ever designed: the piano. No instrument can encompass the range or surpass the simplicity of the piano, for music theory’s sake.

In 2005, after his honorable discharge from the military, he developed a fascination of the mechanics of the piano. He held a three year apprenticeship at Mayhew Piano Restoration under Dennis Mayhew Sr., where he gained extensive and valuable knowledge of all elements of piano tuning, service, and restoration. During his time at Mayhew Piano Restoration, he was mentored by Knoxville master technicians Frank Hambright, Oscar Kirkland, Tim Johnson, and Mike Tipton. The expertise, dedication to perfection, and general knowledge of these technical masters of piano molded Josh into the piano tuner and technician that he is today.

Josh is the a Steinway and Sons factory trained technician and the go-to Steinway technician for East Tennessee. He travels to the Steinway factory in Astoria, Queens, NY every 6 months to a year and has completed the following training courses: Action Touch/Regulation, Spirio Player Piano Regulation, and Damper Installation.

About Volunteer Piano:

Located in West Knoxville, Volunteer Piano provides services to private clientele, churches, schools, music shops, piano stores, and other businesses in need of piano service. We are currently employed by Steinway Piano Gallery in Nashville, the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, Blackberry Farm, Bandit Lites, Lane Music- the primary Kawai dealership in Knoxville. Previous clients include American Piano Gallery (Steinway and Sons dealership), and Rose Piano Company in Alcoa (Samick dealership). Notable Artists that we have tuned for include: Carole King, Sarah McLachland, Dr. John, and Emi Kagawa (Steinway artist). We are also a proud supporter of The Joy of Music School and donate our piano services to this charitable organization.

Volunteer Piano’s master technicians are available for tuning, repairs of all sizes, and complete restoration of your beloved piano. We are also available for any questions or concerns you may have regarding your instrument and have superior knowledge of a wide variety of piano makes and models. We truly care about our relationships with our customers and value the trust and happiness that is gained by keeping their pianos in top notch condition.

In addition to tuning, repair, and rebuilding, Volunteer Piano also repurposes pianos. If you have a piano that cannot be restored, or if it is not financially feasible to restore your piano, we can repurpose it into a bar, an aquarium, a computer desk, or several other creative options that will preserve your beloved piano as a useful art piece in your home.

We look forward to working with you! You will find that our impeccable attention to detail and level of expertise are of the highest quality around.