In the early
1970s, Dan St. Clair apprenticed under his father, Dale St. Clair, a 1948
graduate of The Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, Missouri.† Danís apprenticeship included piano tuning,
repair and rebuilding.† Dan and his
father worked in the mid-west together until Dan and his young family moved to
the southwest in 1988.
pianos by ear, or aurally, to an equal temperament. His ability to tune aurally
ensures that he can bring out a pianoís best possible sound. Piano tuning
aurally is becoming a lost art in todayís highly technological world.† Each brand and size of piano requires that it
be tuned using specific requirements.†
Tunings using these requirements are only possible when the piano is
Clair graduated from Minnesota State College Southeast Technical in Red Wing,
Minnesota in 2000.† Nick specializes in
the repairing and rebuilding of all brass, woodwind, and percussion
instruments.† He also has competency
playing skills in all brass and woodwind instruments which he uses to
accurately diagnose and correct errors in these instruments.
musician, Nickís instrument of choice is the tuba.† He is a member of the many musical groups
that perform all around southern California.
In 2000, A
Sharp Services opened their doors in California in the La Sierra area of
Riverside.†† That small music shop was
soon too cramped which necessitated a move to the east side of Riverside in
2002.† As A Sharp Services continued to grow,
Dan and Nick found it necessary to again move the shop to its present facility
on Marlborough Avenue.