Who is Tom Roby
Tom is the tuner, owner, manager, sweeper, etc. at Roby's Piano Shop, Inc. Tom is a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) with the Piano Technician's Guild. That means he has passed examinations in tuning and repair skills, and adheres to the PTG Code of Ethics. This means you can be more comfortable because he really does try to make his goal: skill, integrity, and service.
In his prior incarnation, Tom was a Mechanical Engineer working for the Eveready flashlight plant in St. Albans, VT. After 16 years of successful designing, building, project managing, and production trouble-shooting, of much various production machinery, Tom chose a different path. His love of music and mechanics blended into this wonderful new career.
In 1975 Tom started working on pianos part-time. In '79, he opened Roby's Piano Shop in downtown St. Albans, VT, selling new and used pianos and music full time. He still sells pianos; but from his family's home, by appointment, and does not sell music.
Several years ago, Tom let his contract lapse after 19 years as the piano technician for State University of New York at Plattsburgh. In the 80's & 90's he worked 10 years for Johnson State College. Tom still is technician for lots of schools, churches, and homes of teachers, students, and avocational pianists. He is slowly moving the balance of work to more shop and less road work.