Our business speciality is piano restoration but we are conscientious of our clienteles needs and offer many other piano industry related services.
We offer our expertise and experience in buying, selling, restoring, renting, moving, storing, tuning, repairing and just about anything you can think of relating to pianos!
The beginning of craftsmanship
Westend Piano Ltd. was founded by Eric Kaunat in 1948 offering services to the musical community in the district of Pointe St-Charles. Mr. Kaunat was a skilled piano technician who imported his craft from Europe.
A devoted apprentice
One day in 1966, Mr. Kaunat made the acquaintance of an avid pianist with a strong desire to learn more about pianos. Mr. Kaunat had found a worthy apprentice in Mr. John Yeats, an electrical engineer from Northern Telecom. In 1971 Mr. Yeats bought the company. By 1977, now retired, he was immersed full-time in his passion.
Like father like son
Doug, John's eldest son, was 20 in 1977, and had been involved in the piano business part-time since the age of 14. Doug was very intrigued by the effect this new business activity had on his father, and he became acutely aware of the pleasure and lack of stress his father was now experiencing. Doug decided to follow in John's footsteps.
Doug's upbringing involved music. He soon realized his passion for music and the piano was substantial. He studied Mechanical Engineering (specialty in acoustics and piano technology) obtaining a Bachelor's degree in 1985 from Concordia University.
The science of sound and music, and the engineering of the piano have few secrets left for Doug. At age 32, in 1989, Doug was now ready to take over the business. He therefore continues the legacy and the upstanding reputation of Westend Piano, built by John Yeats and Eric Kaunat.
Important dates :
Founding of Westend Piano Ltd. by Eric Kaunat in Pointe St-Charles
John Yeats is apprenticing with Eric Kaunat
John Yeats purchases Westend Piano Ltd.
Relocation of the business to Montreal-West
John Yeats retires from Northern Telecom and pursues his passion full-time
Doug Yeats takes over the family business
John Yeats passes away
The business is relocated to a bigger facility at 17 Ronald Drive, Montreal-West
Westend Piano today
Westend Piano today is a high quality piano restoration facility. Its association with many outstanding people in the piano technology trade makes it a leader in this field. Some of these people have been trained in house over the years, developing highly specific skills. Others have been trained elsewhere bringing and sharing their knowledge with us. Our team is vibrant and passionate about the work we do.
Some of Westend Piano's regular associates include :
Tuners / Technicians:
Romuald Karny, keyboard
Wladyslaw Karny, soundboard / bridges
Marie-France Baribeau (www.pianodaccord.ca)
John Yeats Jr.
Tom Rebelo, Move 'N' Tune
Clark Davis, Premier Piano
Esfir Dyachkov, pianist and teacher
Dang Thai Son, concert pianist and teacher
Trevor Payne, Jubilation Gospel Choir
Tristen Lauber, pianist and teacher
GC Piano Co
Earl Wilson, pianist and teacher
There is more to Doug...
Doug was also an accomplished athlete in Greco-Roman Wrestling.
Between 1975 and 1992, representing Canada, he won medals in numerous international competitions and represented Canada at 5 Olympic Games.
1999 : Admitted to the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame 2001 : Admitted to the Concordia University Sports Hall of Fame 2004 : Admitted to the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame