Our History

Our History

The Howes family legacy in the piano business dates back to the late 1800s. My great-grandfather, EA Howes, came from a large family of dairy farmers located in Waukon, IA. Each child in the family received 5K as a gift to start their own dairy farm, but, due to his health, EA took his money and decided to go to piano tuning school in 1898 because his dream was to open a piano store. He spent years perfecting his craft tuning and selling pianos. In 1918, due to his health, EA needed to live in a drier climate. He packed up his family y and moved to Colorado. And so our story here begins…

My grandfather, JL Howes, decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and go into the piano business. He taught piano tuning to students at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and opened Howes Piano Company, a piano store in Denver on West Colfax in the 1960s. My father, Ed Howes, also became a piano tuner and continued on with the family business. My brothers and I were taught piano tuning by ear from our grandfather and father from a very young age. We worked at the family piano store, learning to tune, restore, sell and move pianos. After a three year stint in the US Army, I decided to continue on with the family business and I’ve been tuning pianos full time since 1988.

In 1996, I branched out on my own and opened Paul Howes Piano Company. I am proud to say that I have a strong, loyal customer base that I’m so thankful for. I have truly enjoyed servicing my customers for over the last 25 years. Not only do I tune for private residences, I have also tuned for various artists including the Eagles, Harry Connick Jr., Nora Jones, Van Cliburn and Chick Corea, just to name a few. I am also privileged to tune for the Brown Palace, Ritz-Carlton, Colorado Historical Society, Colorado School of Mines, several school districts, many churches, and I’ve been an official piano technician for the Aspen School of Music for the past nine years. If you are looking for an experienced professional to take care of any of your piano needs, look no further than Paul Howes Piano Company, four generations of excellent piano service in Denver and all surrounding areas.