“My 2 grand pianos have perfect pitch.
That’s because Craig Ryder does all the work on it.
But his service goes beyond Craig’s phenomenal tuning
abilities. He comes right on time, he is very personable,
he cleans the hard-to-reach interior of your piano, and he
fixes anything that needs fixing in an instrument with over
6000 parts. Incredible! If you have a piano, call Craig Ryder
right away. I do.”
Reid Baker Recording artist, Producer, Arranger,
“As a pianist/teacher who counts himself
among the fussiest of musicians, it is with great pleasure
that I enthusiastically recommend Craig Ryder. Only in the
hands of a great tuner does your piano blossom and show its
full potential. Even those who say they "can't hear the
difference" will now hear - and be astonished by - the
difference. For the discriminating professional, all of one's
pianistic intentions project with magnificent clarity; for
the student, the instrument itself becomes a joy to hear and
a profoundly motivating stimulus! Craig Ryder has the discerning
ear to make your piano sound like it never has before, and
his comprehensive knowledge of the piano's inner workings
guarantees the best possible solution to any mechanical problem.
Whether you're a concert artist or someone who plays strictly
for your own pleasure, you owe it to yourself to entrust your
piano to a master.”
Schubert Concert pianist, Teacher, Author
Craig Ryder! There is no more reliable or responsible man
than Craig. He is a consummate craftsman, a talented musician,
and an honorable gentleman. My Husband and I are priviledged
to call him our friend.
Hoest Internationally Renown Cartoonist ("The
"Hi Craig - Just wanted you to know that I'm ecstatic about the piano. I couldn't wait to play for hours yesterday. It has such a rich and huge sound. You did a wonderful job. Thank you.
Lynn R. – Lloyd Neck, NY
have been a piano teacher for many years, and when I became
dissatisfied with my previous tuner, I tried Craig Ryder because
he was the tuner for more than half of my students at the
time, and my students' pianos were sounding better than mine!
Not only is Craig an excellent tuner and technician, but he
is always prompt, courteous and professional. He has rebuilt
and/or repaired some of my student's pianos and turned an
awful sounding instrument into one with perfect tone and touch.
Craig not only tunes my piano, but most of my piano student's
as well. Above all, Craig is fair. There are cooks and gourmet
chefs, and Craig is a gourmet chef. If you need your piano
tuned, you can rely on Craig Ryder to do it right."
Lynn Grey –
Professional piano teacher & music educator
it comes to piano tuning, Craig has provided a truly expert
service for over thirty five years. Craig tunes for major
concert halls, recording studios, homeowners and world famous
artists. If you want your piano to sound like it is brand
new - in fact even better - Craig's skills are one in a million.
Run - don't walk - to Craig."
Frank Girard - Marketing
Consultant, Author, Copywriter
have owned our 1918 Model M Steinway for 45 years; the piano
received plenty of use but it was given very little care.
Several months ago we approached Craig Ryder, RPT, and we
asked him what it would take to return this instrument back
to what it was almost a century ago - a fine instrument. He
explained clearly what would be done internally and externally;
we gave him the go-ahead and, after about 2 months, he returned
the piano to us. We can only say that Craig and his staff
did indeed present us with a fine instrument that looks and
sounds beautiful. It has been a pleasure to work with this
gifted craftsman and artist."
Geoff & Peggy Weston
- Long time customer
Ryder has been my piano tuner since 1985. I first encountered
him when I used him to move my piano from it's previous location
into my house, which he did with great care. A few years later,
being dissatisfied with my tuner of the time, I tried Craig,
and have never looked back. He has a very sensitive ear and
has always made my piano sound wonderful. At one point he
did some repair work for me which resulted from time and use,
and my piano has performed perfectly ever since. I would simply
never consider using anyone else. I highly recommend him.”
E.L. Fort Salonga
- long time customer
“I have been using Craig Ryder to
tune and care for my piano for over twenty five years.
He actually SAVED my Knabe twenty years ago when, after water leaked into the piano, he overhauled the action completely. Then, when
the piano needed refinishing, he took care to get the right
people to do the job. It is beautiful still. “I
couldn't recommend him more highly. His service is excellent.“
“Ridotto’s concerts with a touch
of theater come with an extraordinary complexity – tech
rehearsals, hanging drapes, slide projection, a singer’s
allergy to (silk!) flowers, “are there enough music
stands?”, no heat in the dressing rooms, “who
picks up the conductor”, “where is the violist”,
a noise in the piano bench, the f# key isn’t working,
“Really, water in the piano?”, and more, and more.
Few things are certain until ‘curtain time’, but
when Craig Ryder tunes our Yamaha grand, all is going to be
fine. Pianists and instrumentalists have come to depend on
his wonderful skills as a technician and tuner.”
Maimone director & founder of Ridotto
Chamber Group & Professional Violinist & Violin Instructor
moved from NYC to Long Island in 1988 with my growing
family and a trusty Steinway studio upright. Having used
only certified Steinway tuners since buying the piano
in 1978, I never knew how much I loved it until Craig
Ryder tuned it for the first time. Craig is, quite simply,
an astonishment. Like a brilliant musician, he opens
the ears and heart to new possibilities. I can't recommend
him more highly as tuner, technician, human being. I
never use anyone else."
Kim Oler, two-time Emmy Award-winning composer
for TV, Richard Rodgers and Jerry Bock Award-winning
composer for the Musical Theater, Music Director/pianist,
Choral conductor, composer and arranger, Huntington.
"There is no place where the tuning
of a piano is more critical than in a recording studio. For
more than fifteen years, we have relied on Craig Ryder for skilled technical
care and tuning of our beautiful Yamaha C7 which has been heard on many film
and television soundtracks as well as commercial recordings. We are happy to
recommend Craig to anyone who cares seriously about their piano!"
Wood President of Omni-Music Recording Studio,
life is so hectic, I fully appreciate the fact that Craig
Ryder, our piano tuner, takes charge of our piano tuning schedule
so that I don't have to spend time making phone calls and
appointments. We have used Craig's services for the past 4
years and I marvel at how efficient he is. He keeps a record
of when the piano needs tuning, sends a postcard with the
date of his service, and then calls to confirm a week before
as well as the day of service. This leaves me free to manage
the rest of my life. All this, and the piano always sounds
the way it should...spectacular! I trust Craig Ryder to handle
our piano tuning needs and highly recommend his work."
Jane M. long
1998, Mr. Ryder has been my Piano Technician ... from the
simplest of tunings to extensive piano repair - Mr. Ryder
is the man for the job."
Wanda Lee Wade, Piano
Ryder has been taking care of my piano for twenty years. He
schedules an early appointment and arrives on time. We have
a pleasant and good-humored conversation while he unpacks
his tools, and then he gets to work. My piano has never sounded