PTM 2021 September Convention

Leo Holder

Piano Appraisals for Piano Techs

Piano technician v/s piano appraiser. Understanding appraisal assignments.

What's in the episode ?

Definitions of various piano appraisals. Definitions and examples of Fair Market Valuation, Insurance Replacement, Estate Evaluation and Charitable Donation appraisals.


Leo Holder

Leo studied piano at a music conservatory in Europe. He was thoroughly trained in piano technology at Boston's North Bennett Street Industrial School under Bill Garlick and David Betts. He's been certified as an expert piano technician by the Baldwin Piano Company. He is Resident Technician at the Third Street Music School (America's oldest) where he also taught a course in Piano Maintenance to musicians.


He was the VP of The PTG, NYC Chapter from 1981 to 1983 and President of the same Chapter (1983-1985). Leo opened and ran New York Piano Center, Inc. in Midtown Manhattan from 1985 to 2002.


His distinguished clients over the years include: Gary Graffman, Eugene Istomin, Renata Scotto, Marvin Hamlisch, Diane Sawyer, Eartha Kitt, Linda Lavin, Tovah Feldshuh, The Rainbow Room, Windows on the World, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Harlem Dance Company, Peter Schafer.

He is a member of the Appraisers Association of America.

A stellar reputation in the piano industry.

“McNulty is the top quality maker in the fortepiano field. Clients include Glyndebourne Festival, Royal Academy of Music in London, Royal College of Music in London, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Alexander Skeaping, also best performers and institutions internationally.”

Peter R.

“I had fortepiano by Paul McNulty many years and I am very much happy with it and everyone else is. I recommended McNulty instrument to the Amsterdam Conservatory and people there were also very happy with the instrument. My fortepiano is especially wanted by many and I had rented it out many times. I think it is one of the best fortepiano copies in the world.”

Stanley Hoogland - professor of fortepiano in Amsterdam and Den Haag conservatories


Feedback from this lecture's participants. 


"I felt I had a history lesson on the piano & it's formation. I now know who to contact if I ever run into one of these, so far in over 50+ years in the piano business I haven't but you never know. "

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"This was my 2nd online convention I found both to be EXCELLENT learning experiences. I am 50+ years in the business so I am definetly not a newbie, just open to new & different ideas & ways of performing certain tasks in piano work. I also had my knowledge base expanded about the differing types of wool used in making felt & the different types of buckskin/sheepskin/leather used in modern & historic piano making."

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"There were many things that I can use to make my service better and the knowledge of procedures that I already employ in my work that others have been doing too"


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