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Here are the prices * of piano tuning, restoration and expertise Pianos practiced by Jean-Pierre.

The repair, restoration and maintenance of Piano


The basic hourly rate is € 39 *.
Time to go for this type of work is often difficult to estimate in advance, as well as tools and supplies,
Jean-Pierre offers packages



They are established according to the travel distance (go + return) from Perigueux.

Rates in Euros *

 Périgueux 74
 Banlieue 75
 10 + 10 78
 15 + 15 80
 20 + 20 82
 25 + 25 84
 30 + 30 87
 35 + 35 89
 40 + 40 91
 45 + 45 93
 50 + 50 97
 55 + 55 99
 60 + 60 102
 65 + 65 105
 70 + 70 110
 75 + 75 115
80 + 80 125
85 + 85 130

* Non applicable VAT rates (Article 293B of C.G.I).

The expertise of the Piano


The price is € 36 * per hour was the Workshop.

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Piano Maintenance

Several factors come into account for good housekeepingand a proper use of pianos.
Even those not given that you are for informationAnd allow you especially preserve your instrument of some inconvenience.


Climate precautions are essential for the maintenance and survival of yourpiano. It is composed of 80% wood and supports a tension ropes 10 to 20 tons and which makes the instrument more sensitive to changes in humidity.
Droughtis more dangerous that excess moisture, it results a loosening and oneexcessive gambling in mechanical movements and a déformation or slot of the wooden parts (keys, furniture, soundboard). The slots or takeoffs can be serious and lead to significant repair costs.
Excess moisture commonly causes a rust metal parts, including the ropes and a seizure of mechanical drives.
For remedythese problems, thestudy onreplacement your piano may be a main factor in conservation.

The location

Do not stick the piano (right)against a wall, Leave a space of 10 to 25 cm to not stifle the sound and allow ventilation.
Leave at least1.50 m space between the instrument and the Near radiator.
If a stack is in the room, placed as piano withdrawal thereof.
Avoid wet areas or corridors air flow, as well as parts for large glazed areas.

Remedy drought

Placing inside the piano removing the bottom panel jar of water (Jam style pots without cover) without interfering with the movement of the pedals, so that it absorbs moisture it needs, setting itself the humidity rate.

Moisture cure

Change the coating and the local place moisture absorbers in the corners of the room. If the place remains uninhabited during the winter, place sheets of paper inside the piano. Today there is an electronic hygrometer system  » le Dampp-Chaser« For automatic control to install the piano.

Cleaning the keys

just use themethylated spirits for ivory keys and soapy water for plastic keys.

Maintenance Schedule

As often as necessary to avoid a drop in pitch resulting voltage change and loss of stability.
Two agreements per year are recognized for good maintenance. A minimum agreement by year.

Hoping to help in the conservation and preservation of the instrument.

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 « I was born into a musical family. As a child at Thiviers (Dordogne), I used to watch in wonder the piano tuner who came to my parents and neighbours houses. He used to say: When you know how to work with wood as well as me, I will take you on as an
apprentice »
remembers Jean-Pierre KERRINCKX.

He obtained a diploma as a technical cabinet maker in Biarritz, and came back as a apprentice to a piano maker Bordeaux where he stayed for several years: He housed me but i was not paid. We worked in a dark workshop, lit by a small lamp.After is military service, he set up on hisown  in this first workshop in a old garage at Thiviers in 1982,the year when he began restoring, and tuning pianos with true traditional craftsmanship.Then followed the Atelier du Piano« , first at Trélissac (also in Dordogne), and now situated in Périgueux, the department’s main town.

A fervent craftsman


 Handling keys and assorted tools, for him,his work is a real passion: « It’s a true craftsman’s job. It takes time,patience and attention to detail. I do not count the hours. For me, old pianos, I calculate according to their needs. I review note by note » explains Jean-Pierre. They often arrive at the workshop in a very bad state « Family pianos which have not been played for years and i am asked to restore them for the grandchildren« . Usually, everything has to be looked at, framework, pegs, wire, felts .. If the keys are ivory, they are retained as far as is possible. The exterior wood is rubbed down and polished: « « I often have several attempts at the colour. I am a perfectionist.« .


piano, is a complex and fragile instrument. It is therefore important to allow a piano to age well, take various essential précautions to avoid mechanical problems that the wood is not warped, not allowed to get out of tune (« something neglected more and more often  » he says sadly, « even if its played a little « ), etc…

Maintaining a piano is a little like maintaining a car « An irrefutable logic .An irrefutable logic .

 Onse should estimate a minimum of 1.300 euros for a second-hand practice piano. And do not hesitate to have a valuation for all purchases,, service provided by Jean-Pierre: there can be nastly surprises!

A Soul


Do ont be mistaken, an old piano will never have the tone of a new instrument, manufacturing processes have developed, « But for the owner, it retains a sentimental value. » One should not only examine the technical side of a piano. « Each piano has its own soulTwo pianos of the same make, built in a identical way, do not sound the same. Many elements come into play: the cabinet making, resonance of the sounding-board …  » explains Jean-Pierre, who has had the pleasure of playing great instruments. He has also tuned many concert pianos: « You arrive early afternoon, tune first for the rehearsal and then again before the concert. And then you stay all the evening. I have worked with France Clidat, Catherine Collard, Miguel-Angel Estrella … Also some variety artists, such as Lenorman Gérard, Gilbert Bécaud … « 

Taken from Chantal GIBERT ‘s articles in the Sud-Ouest to 23.12.1996 and 22.08.2000

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Atelier du Piano
Jean Pierre Kerrinckx
Master Craftman

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Course with Maître Andre Oorebeek

A genuine craftsman since 1982, Jean-Pierre KERRINCKX tunes, repairs, restores and maintains pianos in the best traditional way. He also offers rental and valuation services, together with second-hand pianos, restored personally. Also, it is possible to place, free of charge, buying/selling adverts, and piano lessons.

   L’Atelier du Piano’s website won first prize in the « Artis@web » competition organised by the Chambre des Métiers of the Dordogne (Chambers of Trade)
in the « Site Vitrine » category  on 21 march 2003.


06/12/08   Evening of crafts trophies presentation, as Maître
artisan (Master Craftsman) organised by Chambre des Métiers et du
Commerce of the Dordogne. (Chamber of Trade and Commerce)Trophee

Member of the M.A.P (Métiers d’Arts de Périgueux) . has been recognized as having a skill most often secular, akin to a living or intangible heritage. On the manual skills of excellence, applied to material and from traditional practices which control requires a long learning time.