James Dowbiggin (b. 1993 – Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian piano technician, keyboardist, and composer. Having studied music since age five, he strives to attain the best possible sound in all his musical endeavours. James currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and holds an Hon. Bachelors of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University.

During his career, he has developed an artistic voice influenced by a wide community of internationally diverse artists. With intrinsic interest in all forms of music, James has cultivated sonic dialects with numerous artists in a vast array of projects and streams.

James has been involved musically in NUMUS, the Atlantic Music Festival, the International Society for Improvised Music, the Open Ears Festival, the Burlington Sound Of Music Festival, the Kultrun World Music Festival, the Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis festival. He is a synthesist and keyboardist in the Seagram Synth Ensemble, their debut album No Moving Air released on vinyl and all digital platforms.


If your piano requires attention, whether it be tuning, regulation, repair, or consultation, contact James.


Call, text (519) 404-9065


Your instrument is unique, no other one sounds exactly like it. Provide it the care and attention it deserves to always sound its best.


Tuning over 200 strings in your piano to their best intended pitch. This usually centers around A440 (‘concert pitch’), from which every string is tuned ideally for solo and ensemble playing. A well-tuned piano has an unmistakably clear and full sound.


The more your piano is played, the more regularly its moving parts require slight adjustments. To maintain optimal playability, regulation “resets” the moving parts inside your instrument to their intended specifications. Even if it is not touched frequently, a piano’s functions can suffer from naturally occurring changes inside. Because the age and humidity fluctuation of pianos varies widely, so too does the type and degree of regulation each will periodically require.


Every hammer’s composition is adjusted so it strikes a rich and colourful sound. This takes into account what tone colour and dynamic range you desire based on the type of piano you have and how you play.


Your piano is vulnerable to damage and degradation on both a minor and major scale — no pun intended. As much as any other instrument, your piano must have numerous fully functioning mechanisms to play and sound its absolute best. Much like the family vehicle, components degrade and can occasionally break, so these repairs are vital to continue making music.