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meet the team

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Justin Ducharme is a Louisiana native and has a great passion for pianos. He became interested in creating music during his teen years, at which point he took a piano class. During his senior year of high school, he started studying piano technology while he reconditioned and refinished his old Wellington upright piano from 1914. What started out as a hobby quickly turned into a passion and has now become his service to the community. 

 

Over 23 years later, Justin remains committed to raising the bar for what piano technicians have to offer local pianists and Louisiana residents alike.  He continues to make his primary goal a never ending improvement for those seeking to understand the joys of exploring the world of music through their own magical box, "the piano forte".

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Ashley Ducharme is co-owner of Ducharme's Piano Service and an important part of their recipe for a great Louisiana service. She finds great joy in knowing that she is bringing a much needed service to the homes, schools, and churches of Louisiana. During a service call, you may see her answering the phone, fixing sticky notes, shaping hammers, regulating actions, cleaning the piano, locating a buzz, or even splicing a broken bass string.

 

With over 11 years of full time experience in the field of piano technology, Ashley has an attention to detail that brings a new level of professionalism to piano maintenance.  Along with Justin, she attended the 2014 National Piano Technicians Guild conference in Atlanta, GA  where she gained valuable knowledge from highly skilled technicians. She has also attended a PTG seminar in Dallas, TX (2017), PTG Convention in Austin, TX (2017), and a PTG SERC in Jacksonville, FL (2024). She has helped Justin service over 1,500 pianos and her knowledge continues to expand daily. Ashley is also certified to professionally install Piano Life Saver Systems into your piano.

When Justin and Ashley aren't busy transforming pianos, they enjoy spending time with their fur baby Bella, reading, hiking/camping in nature, gardening, and creating music and art. Some of their favorite music genres are jazz, funk, ambient, and Indian. 

Justin plays and owns a variety of musical instruments. He currently plays piano, keyboards, guitar, didgeridoo, tabla, and other drums. Some of his favorite instruments in the studio are his Fender Rhodes 73, Hammond organ, Juno 6, Wurlitzer 200a, tabla drums, and Kawai grand piano.

"Have worked with Justin and Ashley for a few years now, as they keep my grand piano in tune. When I decided it was time to breathe life into my late father’s Seventy-three Rhodes piano, I would trust no one before the Ducharmes to resuscitate a muted legend that once made the sweetest sound. They not only did the beginning and final steps of the process, but they evaluated the instrument, told me which steps would be required, connected me to specialists to do some specific work, sent me links to parts to buy so I didn’t have to guess. They held my hand the entire way. You can trust them with the things that matter the most to you." Summer T.

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