Amidst the mediocrity in piano maintenance, tuning and general knowledge of keyboards Nic Hamilton sets an enviable and uncommon standard in excellence, which is underpinned by a personality which exudes integrity, a quick wit and a marvellous attitude towards performing artists.
Dr Tony Gould AM
Nic is that rare beast of piano technicians who has mastered all the 'dark arts' of his craft - tuning, regulation, voicing, the list goes on. After knowing him for more than 20 years, he is truly the best in the business, an alchemist that can conjure up the best out of any instrument, no matter what the challenge. Nic has a great affinity with people and it is always a pleasure to have him visit.
Alex Furman MMus(RCM) MMus(Melb) MFIA
Nic Hamilton has wrought his magic on my ninety year old concert grand piano, restoring correct functioning to its action and making it a joy to play. Few people would have had the skill, patience and ingenuity to solve the problems we encountered along the way! What sets Nic apart from his peers is his thorough understanding of how a piano action should work properly.
Teacher & accompanist
Nic has been looking after our pianos for more years than I can remember. He is a highly skilled technician and tuner, but he also has the knowledge and experience to get the best tone, touch and tuning out of our instruments, not just when they are new, but also over the course of their (sometimes extended) lives. It is a treat to come back home to instruments, which, due to his skillful care and maintenance, work and sound at their best - as they were designed to do!
Partner, Team of Pianists
Piano staff, Monash University
Thank you so much - the piano sounds so much better. Our six year old freaked out when he played it because it sounded so different!!! (Via email, & reproduced with permission)
Artistic Director, Stage Left Performing Arts School
I've never met a piano technician and tuner who cares so much about the sound and touch of the instrument! It amazes me how knowledgable he is with the instrument and always brings the best out of not just new ones, but even the old ones as well. He surely is one of the best in this business!
Rachel Suit BMus(Hons) FTCL LMusA AMusA
Teacher & pianist
I had to write and tell you what bliss it is to play my piano since you worked on it on Friday. I nearly swooned when I started playing for a singer yesterday afternoon because the sound was so lovely. She also commented on what a gorgeous sound the piano was making. You certainly have the magic touch! (Via email, & reproduced with permission)
Shirley Trembath MMus PhD(Austin)
Pianist, vocal coach, music theorist
Playing my piano after Nic has tuned it is an inspiring experience. I rely on him both to tune my own instrument and to tune for recordings.
Luke Howard Trio
Nic is by far the most passionate, knowledgeable and technically gifted piano technician I have used. I have complete confidence in his ability to look after my piano.
When the time came to say good-bye to a much loved companion and upgrade to a new model Nic was truly understanding. He was able to recommend the right instrument for my purposes, advise on purchase and arrange for seamless installation. Our new family member is now settled comfortably in my teaching room. To me he has the best ears in the business!
Lachlan Redd BMus(ANU) MM(Manhattan)