Registered Piano Technician

43 Joseph Court

San Rafael, CA 94903

Chris (a) RisPiano (dot) com

415 454-9009

Steinway Specialist

Serving Marin since 1973

  • Piano tuning and voicing
  • Custom touch and tone regulation
  • Full service restoration shop
  • Steinway and Yamaha trained
  • Quality vintage pianos bought & sold
  • Appraisals and consultations

“As a professional jazz pianist who tours internationally and has recorded over 30 albums, I am very particular about pianos and their maintenance.  Christopher Ris has tuned and maintained my … Read More “Christopher . . . has an extraordinarily precise ear, tunes impeccably, and is fully expert at everything from minor regulation to full-scale rebuilding”

Denny Zeitlin
Composer and pianist | Kentfield, CA

Christopher is a fine piano technician. He has been doing it for a LONG time and it shows. The thing that puts Christopher over the top for me is the … Read More “Christopher is a fine piano technician. He has been doing it for a LONG time and it shows”

Dan Zemelman
Composer and pianist | Fairfax, CA

“I am a professional jazz pianist and during a recent move from Boston to San Francisco I was in need of purchasing a high quality, used piano. Christopher had a … Read More “I couldn’t recommend him more highly. . . he operates with the highest level of care and attention.”

Ken Cook
Composer, performer, teacher, author

“Five years ago I purchased a rebuilt Steinway ‘A’ from a reputable rebuilder in Manhattan.  Although rebuilt, the piano did not allow for much artistry when playing.  I had two … Read More “The piano now exceeds the expectations that I had when I bought the instrument.”

D’Arcy Reynolds
Pianist and teacher, San Francisco, CA

“I have worked with many technicians over the years, and none have come close to Christopher Ris’ level of knowledge, expertise and integrity.  I own a rebuilt Steinway ‘A’and was … Read More “I have worked with many technicians over the years, and none have come close to Christopher Ris’ level of knowledge, expertise and integrity. . . His work has made my piano an effortless extension of my artistic voice. “

Gary Marks
Singer/songwriter, recording artist | Author of The Gary Marks Piano Method | Maui, HI

Christopher Ris was recommended to me when I needed a professional to take a look at a rare 1890’s era Steinway B I was considering purchasing. The musician who recommended … Read More “I can’t recommend Christopher Ris highly enough for anyone looking for someone to appraise, assess or rebuild a piano.”

Vanessa B.
Palo Alto, CA

Dear Pianists,   Christopher Ris is an incredible piano technician! The first time he met my Yamaha C-5, he took out the action, called me over, and pointed out many … Read More “Christopher Ris is an incredible piano technician!”

Adam Domash
composer, performer, teacher, author | Fairfax, CA

Chris is the best piano tuner I’ve encountered. I am a professional piano teacher, I own an 1885 Steinway B, and have used many piano tuners over the years. Chris … Read More “Chris is the best piano tuner I’ve encountered”

“After much agonizing, I decided to get rid of my fine grand piano and buy a Steinway. I found a model M being sold by Christopher Ris in San Rafael … Read More “If Yelp was scored on a scale of 1-100, I’d give Christopher Ris 100”

Dylan Schaeffer
Oakland, CA

Up until now, I’ve only been a Yelp reader, not a Yelp writer; however, the service that I received at Ris Piano was so fantastic that I decided it was … Read More “I can’t say enough to recommend Ris Piano”

Edna Nakamoto
San Rafael, CA

“Dear Mr. B, When the technician you recommended to prepare the piano for my concert was finished trying to remedy several problems, the piano sounded worse than before.  I immediately … Read More “Christopher Ris has worked miracles . . . He is a perfectionist.”

Bridget Conrad
Concert pianist | Palo Alto, CA

“In the nearly twenty years that he has been servicing our two Steinway concert grands and our Steinway and Baldwin teaching pianos, Christopher Ris has continually impressed our staff and … Read More “He has transformed every instrument he has worked on”

Faith France
Pianist, Director, San Domenico School Conservatory | San Anselmo, CA

“Hi Ben (manager of Sherman Clay, Seattle), Just wanted to give you an update on my new Steinway D concert grand.  As you know, it was a beautiful sounding D … Read More “The piano sings like I could never have imagined”

Bob Dell
Tiburon, CA

“Dear Christopher, I want you to know how happy I am with the outcome of your work on the Mason & Hamlin and the Baldwin concert piano.  These fine pianos … Read More “I am especially pleased with your work on the actions.  Both pianos now “float” under the fingers in a way that is extremely unusual and very special indeed. “

Jim Bisbing
Director, St John’s Episcopal Church Concert Series | Ross, CA
Peggy Rodgers Nance
Pianist and teacher | Former President of the Sonoma County Music | Teachers’ Association | Santa Rosa, CA

“There is just not enough I can say to praise the craftsmanship and understanding that Christopher Ris has for pianos.  As I watched him work on my Steinway ‘B’ and … Read More ““There is just not enough I can say to praise the craftsmanship and understanding that Christopher Ris has for pianos. “

Elsmarie Norby
Pianist, composer and teacher | San Miguel deAllende, Mexico

“We are so impressed with the restoration work you did on the Bosendorfer we purchased from you.  We spoke with a number of technicians (who knew the piano from the … Read More “We are so impressed with the restoration work you did on the Bosendorfer”

Joan McMillan
Pianist, Palo Alto, CA

I have a 1939 Baldwin E 5’8″ grand piano, and had chronic problems with having it stay in tune. Christopher first addressed the problem with a dehumidifier that is fitted … Read More “My piano has never been so even in terms of the tone and relative volumes of its 88 notes — after he finished, it seemed as if I was playing a different, and far better, piano.”

Rob Catterton
Sebastopol, CA

“Ris Piano delivers high-wire performance in the most nonchalant manner. Christopher Ris, a musician himself, not only tunes pianos, but services, restores, and rebuilds them too. My Mason Hamlin Model … Read More “Ris Piano delivers high-wire performance in the most nonchalant manner”

Jason Schwager
San Rafael, CA

“Thank you for the joy you have brought into our lives . . . I knew from our first meeting that I had found someone I trusted to do a … Read More “Thank you for the joy you have brought into our lives”

Sue Scott
Pianist and teacher | San Rafael, CA

“Our family is most grateful to Christopher Ris for the magnificent restoration work he has accomplished on our 1928 Steinway grand piano.  The piano has been in our family for … Read More “Superb and highly skilled piano technician!”

Betty Conner and family
Tiburon, CA

Christopher Ris has restored our piano, a 1927 Steinway model A.   First he listened to us, evaluated the pianos, explained to us about the options, did a marvelous job … Read More “Those considering an action rebuild should talk to him about the Precision Touch System, it is an upgrade worth every penny.”

Tim Firman
San Rafael, CA

“To any lucky prospective client of Christopher Ris: It is my great pleasure to write this letter recommending Christopher’s work. For eleven years I have owned a Steinway upright, built … Read More “With care, precision, and tenderness he restored life and music to my fine old instrument. He is a skilled craftsman and a gifted artist.”

Deborah Robison
Berkeley, California

“I played on Mrs. W’s Steinway yesterday along with 25 other music teachers and pianists. I want to let you know how pleased we all were with it.  I played … Read More “So now I have hands on proof of what you do to pianos, the action and tone were beautiful! “

Barbara Vonk
Pianist and teacher | Former President of the Marin Music Teachers Assoc. | Mill Valley, CA

” I inherited a Steinway ‘A’ that was in poor shape . . . One reputable technician advised me that the piano could not be economically rebuilt and that I … Read More “If you are looking for piano restoration, maintenance or tuning work, I strongly recommend Christopher Ris”

Prof. Robert Leachman
Berkeley, CA

“I am happy to include this letter of recommendation in the file of Christopher Ris. He recently worked on our 1902 Model O Steinway, and the tone and action are … Read More “I will be forever grateful to my piano teacher for recommending Christopher, and I am certain that anyone who calls on his skill and artistry will be equally pleased.”

John Nicholson
Mill Valley, CA

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