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Kenn_Wildes_Founder.pngMEET THE FOUNDER – KENN WILDES

I’m Kenn Wildes and pianos are my passion!

In 1986 Kenn began his career as a piano technician with a restoration workshop in Boulder, Colorado and continued with this business model in Nairobi, Kenya from 1991 to 1996. He also serviced some pianos in Europe during his travels to and from Africa. In 1996 he came to the Seattle area and settled permanently, beginning with several years at Sherman Clay focusing on their Steinway pianos. Since 2002 he has been involved in creating three different stores in the Seattle and Eastside area.

Kenn is a registered member of the Piano Technicians Guild since 1988. He is a concert tuner for many of the concert and performance venues on the Eastside as well as in Seattle. Kenn is quite well known after a couple decades, and maintains a few thousand pianos in the Seattle metro area. Kenn tunes from the concert stage to the rich and famous of Medina, to the struggling families or students who he discounts half price at times, to the donated tunings for school fundraisers and pianos he donates to schools. He tunes from the concert grand down to the humble spinet or old upright, even harpsichords, and is quite familiar even with square grands and “birdcage” pianos. He tunes for people, not pianos. He is happiest when the people he tunes for are able to be happy with their instrument. Kenn deeply enjoys his multi-faceted work with pianos – between tuning, and managing his store, restoration workshop, and stage, he is doing what he loves best in his professional life.

Kenn has played piano since 1967, mostly classical with a strong ragtime interest, including jazz and pop along the way. He returned to classical piano lessons from 2009 to 2013, having had the special honor of studying Chopin Etudes and Ballades with the late George Fiore (he passed in August 2013). He also plays guitar, and sings and plays keys in his band. He is completely in love with his wife, daughter, and pug, and actively enjoys many sports, especially squash and tennis.

TESTIMONIALS

  • Kenn helped me look at and assess a used Steinway B piano that I purchased for a venue in Seattle, The Royal Room. Kenn was honest, helpful, and very easy to work with. The piano has worked out great, the performers love it, and we have been very happy.
    – Wayne H.
  • We were extremely pleased with the piano tuning and repairs that Kenn provided. He is very professional, skilled, and personable. His prices were very reasonable for the amount of time and effort he provided (which was a lot). We highly recommend Kenn!
    – The Knickrehm Rich Family
  • I feel as if a new friend has just entered my life....a beautiful Young Chang piano from Stage 7. After 50 years without a piano, I immediately fell in love with the sound and beauty of the piano and the expertise of the staff at Stage 7 helped me cement my decision. They refinished the bench, tuned the piano and made sure that I was connected with an outstanding piano mover who carefully negotiated a few tight left turns to get my piano into its new home.
    Starting piano lessons again after so many years is a joy....and sitting down to "practice" fills a place that was missing in my soul. And my family has adopted Young Chang and my son and granddaughter sit down to play each time they visit....bringing extra smiles and warmth to my home.
    Thank you, Kenn and staff, for answering all my questions and for helping me choose a new best friend.
    – Deborah C.
  • As a music teacher, I've really loved working with the Stage 7 staff as they've been very helpful with hosting recital space for our group. Parents and students have loved the selection of pianos and also their beautiful space!
    – Jonathan and Christine M.
  • I have used Kenn’s piano tuning services since 2001. ... I found his knowledge of pianos extensive and have continued to call on him over the years. ... Kenn is always prompt, courteous and very kind to my old and temperamental piano. I recommend him to anyone who is looking for a tuner.
    – Kerry D.
  • Just as buying our piano was a big decision, so was selling it. I had no idea where to start, but decided to send Stage 7 an email. I received a prompt, honest, and very helpful response from Kenn Wildes. He gave me current market information that proved to be 100% accurate regarding selling the piano on my own. As a result, I later consigned my piano to Stage 7 and it sold very quickly. Couldn’t have asked for a better consignment experience!
    – Carl B.
  • Testimonial from tuning Bosendorfer grand for concert pianist in Seattle:
    It was a great pleasure for me when I played my piano extensively yesterday later in the day after the piano was tuned. I felt great benefit from the clarity of the sound and liked and enjoyed it very much. So did my wife too when she played - and she has excellent hearing. Thank you dearly!
    – Hartwig E.
  • Stage 7 provides the finest concert grand in the area for our studio recitals. Kenn and his staff are most professional. At every recital, they give us the warm reception, wonderful service and make us all feel like home.
    – Yunbo C.
  • Kenn, Thank you very much. I appreciate your help and time and cooperation. Stage 7 came highly recommended to us and I am thankful for your help. Getting all of this insurance mess wrapped up has been a challenge.
    – Douglas
  • My name is Kim B and I'm a piano teacher in the Kirkland area. I've used Stage 7 Pianos numerous times for my piano recitals. The staff is always so helpful and flexible to work with. The acoustics sound fantastic for performances and my students have an extra bonus by being able to play on world class concert grand pianos! Looking forward to using this special venue for many years to come.
    – Kim B.
  • Thank you all again. Truly this is a dream come true. I can assure you the piano will be a cherished instrument. Thanks for the care you clearly give all the pianos!
    I think I played the piano for about six hours on Saturday! My husband is totally enjoying listening to me play again (even with all the wrong notes and crazy tempos) and my daughter is interested in learning. Believe me, this piano could not have a more adoring family! And my granddaughters just cannot wait to play it! I just referred someone to Stage 7!
    Thanks again!!!
    – Deb J.
  • Kenn, you are running a great business and I am proud to be a part of it. I love that you care for the family and the piano after the sale. I feel cared for and valued as a customer.
    You have made this a pressure free experience for us. Payment, loaning the moving equipment and following up about everything going well.
    Thank you!!
    – Mike T.

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LATEST PROJECT

This 1915 gorgeous unique walnut Steinway Model O has been refinished in November 2014 with a perfect Steinway style finish, including recently restrung with all new strings, hammers, and keytops.

OUR LOCATION

11831 124th Ave NE
Kirkland WA 98034
Store Hours: 

Holiday Hours
December 24, 25 Closed 
December 31, January 1 Closed 
 
Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Sunday:   11:00 am - 4:00 pm.
 
Other times available by appointment with Kenn anytime.
 
Call Kenn Wildes: 425-260-4406 (c).
 
 
Email: info@stage7pianos.com
 

The new location is located all the way to the back of the parking lot near Metropolitan Music.