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Get to know Darin

  • Registered Piano Technician 
  • Graduate of the C. F. Theodore Steinway Technical Academy
  • Bachelor of Music in Performing Arts and Technology
  • Lead Technician for our Institute Team in Raleigh-Durham. Hear our work HERE

Darin comes to Well-Loved Piano with a Bachelor of Music in Performing Arts and Technology from the University of Michigan.  He spent the first part of his career working for multimedia, marketing, and IT companies before choosing to refocus his career on something he loves: the piano. We are glad he did! Darin was mentored by Anthony Pascone at the beginning of his piano career and continued to work at Pascali Piano for many years before merging with our team. Darin is a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) and regularly involved with his local Piano Technician's Guild (PTG) chapter. Darin actually passed one of his RPT exams at such a high level that the PTG asked him to consider additional training to be an examiner to certify future RPTs!   

 What piano service or repair do you find really fun to do?
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What is your first memory of the piano?

"I've been playing since I was 5 so first memories of piano are now a *really* long time ago. My first teacher, driving to lessons with my Mom, performing in some wonderful halls, even sneaking backstage with my Dad to listen to an orchestral rehearsal while on vacation are all vivid memories. :-)"

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What was a job you had before being a piano technician that you enjoyed?

"For many years I was part owner of a multimedia production company. My creative and business partners were fantastic people and immensely good at what they did. We got to learn about lots of different industries and produce wonderful art, music and video at the same time."

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What is the best advice you have received?

"The best artists are not the ones who don't make mistakes... the best artists hide their mistakes well (or even use them for inspiration!) and make beautiful art anyway."

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What do you want people to remember about you?

"That I was a good husband and father who did everything possible to make the world sound better."

 Darin and his wife, Kim, and son, Galen

Darin and his wife, Kim, and son, Galen

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What do you do in your free time?

"Free time? That's an interesting concept. If I actually had some I would definitely brew more beer!"

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If you could own any piano, which one would it be?

"It's impossible to say which specific piano I would get, there are so many being produced today that are so good, and yet still different from one another. With no limits, I think I'd buy an entire space just for pianos and stock it with some of the best (and biggest!) in the world. :-)"

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What’s the coolest thing you're 

working on right now?

"Our house is busy at the moment. Much work is being done in the kitchen and I'm restoring an upright piano as a gift for my 7 year old nephew who is showing real signs of musical interest and skill."

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What piano service or repair do you find really fun to do?

"Installing humidity control systems. They're good for the piano, make the customer happy, and when else can I lay on my back *and* get paid? ;-)"

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If you could live anywhere else, where would it be?

"Ann Arbor, Michigan where I went to school and still have good friends, or just about anywhere in California."

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What do you typically listen to while driving in your car or doing shop repairs?

"I listen to a wide variety of music, but also a lot of podcasts and audiobooks. With a four year old at home the car is often the only chance I get to "read" these days!"

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What was the best concert you ever attended?

"There have been *so* many good concerts that it's hard to pick just one. The Dave Brubeck quartet at the University of Michigan, Hugh Masekela at the College of Wooster, Chick Corea, Emanuel Ax....the list just goes on and on."