Born into a musical family in 1945, My mother was a concert pianist and a well known piano teacher in Durban. I studied piano and violin from an early age and started classical guitar lessons at the age of 11. The guitar has proven to be an important part of my life and I have continued playing it as a soloist and together with other musicians. Leaving school I joined a well known Durban piano business which was started in the early 1900′s by my late Uncle Percy Cooke. I worked an apprenticeship in this company and later started my own business Durban Piano Tuners and Repairers. This company was awarded the contract for the tuning and maintenance of all schools in the province of K.Z.Natal. This involved the tuning of +- 1,200 pianos twice a year.
I am a member of the South African Professional Piano Tuners Association based in Tokai in the Western Cape, South Africa. Although my main region of activity is in the Southern peninsular. I also have a client base in the Northern Suburbs.
Piano tuning in the Southern sunburbs and City bowl areas can usually be arranged within a few days notice, although there are times when I am busy with schools that a weeks warning may be neccessary. I prefer to have at least a week to plan a trip to the Northern suburbs.
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I do repairs on both upright and grand pianos. Unless the repair is to include repolishing of the cabinet I remove the mechanism or keys to the workshop and when repairs are done I return them to the piano to complete the repair in situe. This saves piano transportation costs which can be quite high at times.
Occassionally I have a piano to sell which I have bought for the purpose of reconditioning and selling. I also keep in touch with instruments being offered for sale by private sellers. I am extremely fussy about recommending pianos and those that feature on this web site can always be regarded as good value for money.
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Nossa Vida perform an impressive repertoire of well-known standards in a variety of languages as well as a tasteful selection of traditional Portuguese songs. Nossa Vida play at Manuka Restaurant every Friday and Saturday night from 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. Manuka is situated in the Steenberg Centre.