Tom Armstrong comes from a musical family, and has played piano and violin since a young age. He began his piano tuning apprenticeship at age 14, working with Reginald Greenbrook in San Jose, California. He studied electrical engineering at San Jose State University, then decided to pursue a professional piano technician career instead.
He has been a Registered Technician member of the Piano Technicians Guild since 1978. This organization has rigorous standards for ethics and competency for its members, but many piano tuners are not members. Tom has continued his education by attending factory sponsored training classes, seminars, conventions, and workshops, in addition to studying trade journals such as the Piano Technician’s Journal. Tom currently serves as president of the Santa Clara Valley PTG Chapter, and has enjoyed teaching a number of classes there.
Although pianos have not changed greatly during his career, the techniques in service and understanding the instrument have. Tom is constantly learning ways to improve his workmanship for the benefit of his customers. His excellent reputation and integrity are reflected by the trusting relationships with his widely varied clientele in Monterey County.