About Us | Ben Wheeler Pianos

About Us


My love of the piano was developed as a young boy; delivering my father’s piano tuning appointment cards, helping with repairs in his piano workshop, waiting patiently in theatres while he tuned the piano on stage, answering phone calls for 'the piano tuner'. And of course, the piano lessons from the age of four.

These experiences created my passion for the piano trade and have been the inspiration for my business.


I took my formal training in London and started a piano tuning business in 1991. Six years later I started supplying a few pianos from a converted garage at home. My business has now grown to to include two rural showrooms housing an impressive range of top quality grand and upright pianos.

We have established a strong reputation for the quality of pianos that we supply, the knowledgeable and honest advice we offer and for the support given through our piano tuning and maintenance service. We continue to work hard to maintain this reputation which provides the foundation that my business is built on.


We are passionate that the experience of selecting and purchasing a piano should be an enjoyable one. Our showrooms are open for you by appointment to ensure a peaceful, relaxed environment without distractions or time pressure. It is so important that you are given the opportunity to fully discover the characteristics of our pianos and that your visit is enjoyable and memorable. We are always on hand to discuss and advise on all piano related topics drawing on many years of experience with pianos and people to help with selection.


Pianos are at the heart of what we do.

New, used or restored, every piano in our showroom has been chosen for its quality, performance and value. All pianos are meticulously prepared by us before delivery, using years of experience to adjust tuning, regulation and voicing, so that you will enjoy the very best performance from your instrument.

We are very proud of the selection of pianos that we have in the showrooms and always enjoy showing and demonstrating them to visitors.

Please make an appointment to visit our showrooms, we look forward to meeting you.

Meet Our Team

Ben Wheeler

Ben Wheeler

Ben has been a professional piano tuner and technician since 1991. He was originally trained by his father before attending college in London for further training. At the earliest opportunity Ben passed the examinations for membership of the Pianoforte Tuners Association. Ben grew up playing the piano and retains a passion for the instrument both technically and musically. He started supplying pianos in 1997 from a converted garage and has guided the business to its present status with two showrooms and an increasingly high level of stock. Ben enjoys tuning for local customers, his enjoyment of his work is self-evident, and also takes great pride in his preparation work on the showroom pianos. Customers meeting Ben at the showroom can expect an enjoyable visit with honest, straightforward advice and a genuine enthusiasm for his pianos!

Michelle Cane

Michelle Cane

Michelle joined the Ben Wheeler Pianos team to help the day to day running of the showrooms and associated tasks. She is passionate about all things piano. She currently teaches piano to both adults and children and is a big believer in ‘it’s never too late to learn!’ As well as assisting Ben with the day to day running of the business and showroom, Michelle also takes responsibility for marketing and organising events. She is committed to ensuring a high level of customer service is received by anyone visiting Ben Wheeler Pianos. In 2013 Michelle also founded the Berkshire Music and Arts Festival, an annual event which encourages young, amateur musicians to discover the joy of performing.


Vicky Holland

Vicky has been tuning pianos in both homes and schools for Ben Wheeler Pianos since 2006 and enjoys the variety of life on the road! Having initially completed a piano tuning course at Newark College, Vicky spent a year working for a piano business in the north of England before joining the Ben Wheeler Pianos team. Since working for us Vicky has received further training and works with great skill and dedication, tuning pianos in homes and schools. Outside of tuning, Vicky is an accomplished cellist and also possesses a degree in book illustration.


Richard Collins

Richard has been regularly tuning for Ben Wheeler Pianos since 2010. Richard received his training with the established Whelpdale, Maxwell & Codd who produced British pianos such as Welmar and Marshall & Rose. Whelpdale also had a close association with Bluthner pianos. Richard enjoys meeting new customers and the opportunity of working on many different pianos, both upright and grand. Away from tuning, Richard is a professional mandolin and banjo player and frequently tours the UK throughout the year with a variety of bands. Most recently in 2014 Richard completed a three month UK tour with Joe Brown. Between tuning and gigging, Richard also teaches banjo, mandolin and the guitar and he is one of those people who seems to be able to pick up any instrument and play it.