Macs Music Services
Concert Piano Services & Steinway Concierge
Dan McElrath holds a degree in Music Education from Furman University. He received his concert technical training at the C.F. Theodore Steinway Academy at the Steinway piano factory in Queens, N.Y., and the Yamaha Concert School in L.A.
Dan has been a piano technician since 1983 and a registered piano technician since 1996. He resides in Biloxi, MS. He travels throughout the Gulf Coast, providing concert services for:
Home-based pianos statewide
After serving in the United States Air Force, Dan had a 35 year career in Alaska as a musician and piano technician.
In addition to his own business, Dan is a technician for the Steinway Gallery of Spanish Fort, AL, offering new and “like new” pianos in Mississippi from their inventory. As a player piano technician, including a certified QRS and Steinway Spirio Technician, Dan can accommodate all your piano needs and is trusted and approved by Steinway & Sons.
Dan serves as the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Mississippi Coast Chorale in his free time. He also continues to service pianos in Alaska and Maui.
You may find a good technician through your local college, university, or symphony. But, it is good to ask if someone is a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild.
Regulation & Voicing
Pianos need regulation, which is a series of adjustments to mechanical parts to compensate for the effects of wear. With use pianos experience the compacting of cloth, felt, and buckskin, as well as dimensional changes in wooden and wool parts.
Climate Control System
Extreme swings from hot to cold or dry to wet are harmful to your piano. Dryness causes the piano’s pitch to go flat; moisture makes it go sharp. Repeated swings in relative humidity can cause soundboards to crack or distort.
Touch-Weight Analysis Correction
Touch weight is a complicated subject that deals with how a piano feels when played at various speeds and dynamic levels. Some pianos feel fast and lightweight, while others may feel heavy and sluggish.
Piano Player Systems Installation & Repair
Dan has extensive studio experience and can provide both a producer’s eye and a musician’s ear to any project or live performance.
Performance & Events
Dan & his wife Christy have produced numerous live fundraising events with bands that range from solo piano and jazz trios to 9-piece show bands and 23-piece big bands.
Professor of Music UAA Jazz Studies
“Dan not only tunes my personal pianos but also the pianos at the University of Alaska Music Department. He does terrific work. All of our UAA Jazz Week Series artists such as Hal Galper, Jovino Santo, and Barney McClure have always been appreciative of the work Dan has done for them before their concerts. I highly recommend Dan as a fine tuner of pianos.”
”Dan McElrath is a very fine tuner and Steinway technician. He listens carefully to my sound and touch requests & then knows exactly how to accomplish them in the instrument. Anchorage is very lucky to have a technician of Dan’s level in our midst.”
“As the director of the Suzuki Association of Southcentral Alaska Institute, I have to say we are extremely happy with the piano tuning and maintenance Dan provides each year at our institute. He and his crew are not only efficient at tuning all our pianos in time for the start of classes, but he is also very exacting in his standards, and he stands behind any work he does.”
Something to brag about
Navah Perlman ▪ Norah Jones ▪ Alpin Hong ▪ Sa Chen ▪ Ramsey Lewis ▪ Wynton Marsalis ▪ Christopher O’Riley ▪ Chick Corea ▪ Andre Watts ▪ Olga Kern ▪ Chris Botti ▪ Awadagin Pratt ▪ KD Lang ▪ Emanuel Ax ▪ David Brubeck ▪ Esperanza Spalding ▪ Natalie Cole ▪ Arturo Sandoval ▪ George Winston ▪ The Piano Guys ▪ Tony Bennet