Piano Rebuilding and Restoration in Upland, CA

For over 40 years, 3 Generations of the Gilkey Family have been in the Piano Business!

triptych of Gilkey family tuning pianos

The Family Business started in the Late 70’s as Gilkey Piano Service, that evolved into Cucamonga Music Co. a Baldwin Piano Dealership established by Kathleen Gilkey and John Gilkey in January of 2004. Unfortunately, the timing was bad to go into Piano Sales due to a Recession. We along with many other Piano Dealers had to close our Piano Store in late 2009. But we learned a lot from living and working through that experience. 

Piano Rebuilding in Upland, CA
Former location at 9223 Archibald Ave., Suite C, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

The knowledge that we gained from that experience led us to return back to our roots in Piano Services. With the addition of Piano Moving and Climate Controlled Storage to our list of Piano Services.

We are now all Independent Contractors, but we still work together on some larger projects. John is still involved in Used Piano Sales, some Rebuilt Piano Sales & some New Piano Sales but just on a smaller scale. If you would like to see some of John’s Used Pianos or Rebuilt Pianos, please check out our Available Pianos page.

Our focus has primarily been Piano Services; Piano Tuning & Repair, Rebuilding. And Piano Moving. But we also worked for other Piano Dealerships as Piano Technicians, and also in Sales before becoming Piano Dealers ourselves.

Even though we are no longer a Piano Dealership, we still work with local Piano Dealers all over Southern California performing Manufacturer’s Warranty work. We also work directly on the Clients behalf as Independent Consultants on sometimes difficult Piano Purchase decisions.


John Gilkey received some of his training at Western Iowa Tech. School of Piano Tuning and Rebuilding. He also is a Steinway Factory Trained Piano Technician who has worked with 3 of the finest Steinway Dealerships in the U.S. for over 30 Years! For all your Acoustic Piano Related needs you can Text or Contact John Gilkey at (909) 938-0238

Before completing his Formal Training, John was fortunate enough to Apprentice with 4 of Southern California’s best Techs. Starting at the early age of 15 with his mother Kathleen Gilkey R.P.T.  followed by Francis Mahaffey R.P.T. (A legend in the Piano Technicians Guild), John Tonyan R.P.T. and Michael Jackson (Steinway Technician). He now has over 35 years of experience. He is experienced in all aspects of the Piano Business, including Piano Moving and Storage, Piano Sales, Piano Tuning, Repair, Concert Prep, Regulation, Refinishing and Rebuilding. He also performs Appraisals and Evaluations for his Customers. For more information on John including a list of some of his past and current Clients please use the Piano Tuning link at the bottom of this page.

Piano Restoration in Upland, CA
John and Daniel Gilkey in the family workshop in 1980.

Daniel Gilkey worked closely with John at the Steinway, Bosendorfer and Yamaha Dealerships as a Piano Tuner / Piano Technician. He also works with John & Logan as he did before with Kathleen on the larger Piano Tuning accounts like Cal Poly Pomona, Mt SAC, and Cal State University of San Bernardino. Dan has done many Concert Tunings & also has a large Clientele. Contact Dan at (909) 238-2427

Daniel Gilkey tuning a piano.
Daniel Gilkey Tuning a Piano.

Kathleen Gilkey is a Registered Member of the Piano Technicians Guild. (Now Retired) She was the first Woman to achieve the distinction of Registered Piano Technician (R.P.T.) in the Pomona Valley Chapter. She was also the first Woman President of that Chapter of the Guild. With over 35 years of experience, she achieved much respect in her field. She has served as the Piano Technician for the University of Redlands, as well as the official Technician for the Redlands Symphony and Riverside Community College. Some of her Clients included; Mt. San Antonio College, Pomona College, Chaffey College, Alta Loma and Central School Districts. She also serviced The City of Rancho Cucamonga, The Ontario Convention Center, many churches, music teachers, and private musicians. She Tuned for many Notable Artists including, but not limited to; Tony Bennett, Victor Borge, Dave Brubeck, Christopher Cross, Bernadette Peters, The Oakridge Boys, Roy Clark, Joanne Castle, and Ricky Skaggs to name a few. She was experienced in all aspects of the Piano Business but has Retired after 35 Years of Service.

Logan Gilkey is currently a Piano Tuner/Technician, he represents the 3rd. Generation of Piano Technicians in the Gilkey Family.

Logan Gilkey can be reached at (909) 938-3560

Paul Gilkey is a Piano Mover and you can learn more about Paul Gilkey in the Piano Moving section of this Website. He also knows a lot about Pianos himself as he has done a lot of Piano Restoration.

Paul Gilkey can be reached at (909) 730-1951

E-mail: john@cucamongamusic.com

Kathleen Gilkey pictured with LaRoy Edwards of Yamaha Piano Corporation in 1978.
Kathleen Gilkey pictured with LaRoy Edwards of Yamaha Piano Corporation in 1978.