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Herbert L. Huestis
Herbert L. Huestis, Ph.D., holds a music degree from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, where he was a student of David Craighead. His graduate study was in psychology and education from the University of Idaho. He and his wife have been organ, piano and harpsichord technicians in the Pacific Northwest, since 1977. He specializes in renovation of keyboard instruments, many over 100 years old, and the restoration of organ pipes, especially reeds.
Huestis has been affiliated with Zuckermann Harpsichords since 1983 and has built harpsichords and a fortepiano in the Vancouver BC area, as well as supplying numerous kits and technical support for local builders and musicians. He is a member of the Piano Technician's Guild and advises local piano technicians on the care and maintenance of harpsichords. His shop carries parts and accessories for Zuckermann Harpsichords and has provided kits and finished instruments for early music enthusiasts for twenty years. These instruments preserve the authentic sound of harpsichords and fortepianos because they are designed and built in an historical manner. His shop provides renovations and repairs for older instruments along with supplies of wire, plectra and all the necessary items to keep them in good playing condition.
Herb specializes in classical piano tuning using 18th and 19th century temperaments to heighten key color and increase the vibrancy and character of any piano. Reed organs are also a specialty. Herb provides mail order service for the repair and restoration of organ reed pipes for clients in the U.S. and Canada. He has rebuilt organ pipes for churches as far away as Nova Scotia, Montana, Idaho, and New Mexico in addition to numerous renovations of pipe organ reeds in the Vancouver BC area.
The Zuckermann (Stein) Fortepiano is crisp, clear and engaging to hear and to play. Herb tunes in 18th and 19th century temperaments to bring out the best tonality in every piano. He does bridge repairs, hammer reconditioning and replacement, installs new bass strings, replaces antique key tops and refinishes cases as required.
Herb's website is www.mdi.ca/hhuestis.