Our team of piano technicians features some of the best craftspeople in the industry. Through our shop owner Jeremy Duckles’ work at The Manhattan School of Music, and in the finest piano restoration shops in New York City, Jeremy came to know many of the New York’s best piano technicians. In opening his own shop, Jeremy has been able to bring a number of top technicians with extensive experience in Steinway restoration into our business.
Our ‘bellyman,” Misael Espino, has established himself as one of the very best in the industry. Misael regularly installs soundboards, pin-blocks and strings for Steinway pianos at Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Stonybrook. Additionally, we have piano technicians working with us with years of experience working with Steinway & Sons in Long Island City, NY.
Supreme Pianos of NY’s owner, Jeremy Duckles, was born into a family of remarkably talented classical musicians. His father, Vincent Duckles, was a highly esteemed musicologist at the University of California in Berkeley, and author of several books. His books include Music Reference and Research Materials, A Guide to Reference Material on Music, and Thematic Catalog of a Manuscript Collection of Eighteenth-Century Italian Instrumental Music.
Jeremy’s eldest brother, Larry Duckles, was the principal flutist of the San Francisco Ballet and the principal flutist and manager of the Pacifica Symphony in Irvine, CA. His brother, Lee Duckles, was the principal cellist of the Vancouver Symphony in Canada.
Jeremy’s nephews and nieces are at the top of their generation of classical musicians. His nephew, Andrew Duckles, is the principal violist on Star Wars and on Disney’s Frozen 2, where he has a viola solo. Jeremy’s niece, Anthea Kreston, violinist, performed for 4 years as a member of the world-renowned Artemis String Quartet. Nephew, Jason Duckles, cello, tours and performs with the esteemed Amelia Piano Trio.
Anthea Kreston performing at Carnegie Hall.
Father Vincent Duckles (left): (deceased), musicologist, University of CA, Berkeley; Brother Lee Duckles (right), former principal cellist Vancouver Symphony (retired).
Jeremy Duckles (left), violist and owner of Supreme Pianos of NY; Peaches (right), piano shop hound.
Nephew Andrew Duckles (left), principal violist on Star Wars, Avatar, and Frozen 2; Nephew Jason Duckles and wife Anthea Kreston (right), founding members of the Amelia Piano Trio.
Brother Lee Duckles with the Vancouver Cello Quartet.
The Duckles brothers, 1961
Shop owner, Jeremy Duckles, moved to New York to study viola with Leonard Davis, principal violist of the New York Philharmonic, at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). In need of part-time work, Jeremy began his career as a piano/technician when he was hired by the MSM to tune their pianos. MSM had 120 Steinway grand pianos, so this was an incredible opportunity to learn about the intricacies and subtleties of these remarkable instruments. The school would regularly bring in some of the best Steinway piano technicians in the world to work on their pianos; Franz Moore, concert grand tuning and voicing, Ralph Buscelli, grand action regulation, and Angelo Andino, soundboards, pin-blocks and stringing. These legends of the piano industry became Jeremy’s friends and mentors early on in his career. MSM also hired a very fine piano rebuilder and restorer, John Hartman, to restore some of their older Steinway grand pianos. Jeremy apprenticed with John for a number of years to learn about every aspect of piano rebuilding and restoration.
In the mid-1990s, Ralph Buscelli, the great Steinway action restorer and regulator, retired from the piano business. He invited Jeremy to take his place as the Piano Action Technician for the New York Piano Center. At the New York Piano Center, Jeremy’s job was exclusively high-level action regulation and restoration of Steinway grand pianos.
Supreme Pianos of NY is the creation of Jeremy Duckles. In 2003, after many years of working at some of the finest music conservatories and piano restoration shops in the world, Jeremy started his own piano restoration shop—Supreme Pianos of NY. Years of experience and extensive knowledge of the craft have enabled him to put together a team that he considers to be among the very best piano technicians in the industry. The relatively low overhead of the Hudson Valley gives Jeremy the opportunity to provide the highest level of piano restoration and piano sales, at prices that are very affordable.
Welcome to Supreme Pianos of NY! With many thanks for the wonderful friendships that we have developed through the years, with colleagues and clients alike.