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The beginning of craftmanship
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 this electrical engineer from Northern Telecom nearby : Mr. John Yeats. In 1971 Mr. Yeats bought the company. By 1977, now retired, he was immersed fulltime 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 his fathers footsteps.
Doug's upbringing involved music. He soon realized his passion for music and the piano was substantial. He studied Mechanical Engineering (specialty in accoustics and piano technology) obtaining a bachelors degree in 1985 form 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.
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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 very high 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 to name a few include :
There is more to Doug...
Doug was also an accomplished athlete in Greco-Roman Wrestling.
1999 : admitted to the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame
Articles in Montreal Gazette news paper
Several articles about Doug and Westend Piano were written in the Gazette: