Douglas Laing - President, Local Piano Technician's Guild
From the age of 15, Douglas Laing has been involved in Early Music. He began his studies on viola da gamba with Enid Sutherland and harpsichord with Edward Parmentier. After completing his Bachelors degree in Music History and Musicology at the University of Michigan in 1986, he continued his musical training at the Schola Cantorum, Basel, Switzerland, le Centre de Musique Ancienne, Geneva, Switzerland, and Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He currently sings in his church choir and studies piano with Brent Douglas.
His interest in keyboard repair began in 1999 when he built a French double-manual harpsichord from a Hubbard kit, followed by the restoration of an 1835 Broadwood square piano in which he had to remake all the action based on the original parts that were burned in a fire. Currently he has a Stodart square (1826) and a Broadwood square (1825) that he is gearing up to restore.
In 2012, Douglas completed the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology and attended Randy's Hands-On Seminar in Bozeman, Montana. He has been trained to be an installer of the Phoenix Bridge Pin System by Keith Frazier, R.P.T. of Atlantic Music Center in Melbourne, FL. He is also a certified PianoDisc installer, having completed the training at Mason & Hamlin in September 2013. He also earned a certificate from attending the Renner Academy in 2015.
Besides working on pianos, he services harpsichords, virginals, continuo organs. Douglas is recognized for his specialty in square pianos for a large area of Florida and is often referred by other technicians. Douglas is the owner of his own piano tuning and repair company, Magnum Opus Piano Works, which has been in operation about five years. Currently he is a member of the The Piano Technicians Guild Institute for the National Convention, as well as the current president of the local PTG Chapter.
Douglas has been a member of the Piano Technicians Guild since December 2013 and is also a member of the Historical Keyboard Society.
Douglas Laing's website: https://www.magnumopuspianoworks.com/