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July 2014

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FANDRICH-RHODES WEIGHT BENCH TOUCH WEIGHT CALCULATOR. Computes and predicts Touchweight, Action Ratio, and Inertial Touch Force. Brings action rebuild predictability and performance to a consistently high level.  $675 for complete kit with software.  $275 for software upgrade for Weightbench owners.  Fandrich & Sons Pianos, 360-652-8980, fandrich@fandrich.com  For more information visit:  www.mypianotech.com/wb. Purchase at www.fandrich.com

SPECIALIZING IN CUSTOM RESTORATION & SALE OF VINTAGE PIANOS. Since 1920, the Lindeblad family has specialized in pianos. They have restored and sold pianos to clients all across the country. 10 Year Warranty & Nationwide Delivery Over 90 pianos for sale with brands like Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Chickering, Baldwin & Knabe. VISIT US ONLINE - www.lindebladpiano.com. Contact us at 888-58-PIANO or contact@lindebladpiano.com. LINDEBLAD PIANO RESTORATION 

FAULK TUNING HAMMERS. Lightweight, balanced with exotic wood handles and titanium/carbon fiber shafts. Will custom make to your requirements. Call Charles Faulk, RPT, at 479-855-9595  or e-mail: charles@FaulkPiano.com. Web address: www.FaulkPiano.com

DAWSON STRING COVERS. Handmade and cut-Lowest Prices-FINEST 100% WOOL FELT, Custom made to fit available in black,dark brown, medium brown, tan, royal blue, medium blue, burgundy or white; Serged edges with your choice of several beautiful decorative stitches. Serving Piano Technicians over 20 years. Sales kits available at no charge for technicians. FREE SHIPPING & HANDLING in the CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES. For pricing and more information www.dawsonstringcovers.com; email: clark@dawsonstringcovers.com. 941-809-6129
BROOKS LTD - We are now a WNG parts supplier! WNG parts offer an alternative to traditional wood products.  Combined with our Natural Felt Hammers using our expert services you can expect consistent playability, power and longevity.

VINTAGE CASE PARTS specializes in reproduction case parts for your Steinway restorations: toplids, legs, lyres, lyre props, music desks and desk frames, keyslips and lid props. OUR NEWEST OFFERING!: Music Desk Frame End Panels (square, with scallop) for Sketch 380 Steinways. Visit www.vintagecaseparts.com. All made in the U.S.A. David G. Hughes, RPT. 410-526-0248.
NICK GRAVAGNE PRODUCTS.  Ready-To-Install Soundboards-Action Geometry Program $80-Soundboard Installation Video/DVD $55-Bridges and Bearing Video/DVD-$55 Money Back Guarantee! Visit www.gravagne.com for details and to purchase online. Call 928-476-4143 Email gravagnegang@att.net

PIANO COVERS BY ALICIA. Formerly with APSCO, her covers are rapidly becoming the cover of choice. We offer six types of material-all covers custom made. Color bench pads available. Great looking-affordable prices-fast service. Brochure Available. AMERICAN PIANO COVERS, PO Box 456 Clifton, NJ 07015. (T) 973-246-9144 (F) 973-246-9264; knightwing710@yahoo.com
SANDERSON ACCU-TUNERS, including the SAT IV Consignment sale of used Accu-Tuners. Call for details. Rick Baldassin, 801-322-4441. rick@baldassinpianos.com
40 BABY GRANDS - Console - Spinets. Musician Quality Pianos. Can Deliver. Dick Dante-631-467-6828. Cell-631-804-8380

VINTAGE TONE TOOL CO. Hand-crafted voicing tools for piano makers, tuners & rebuilders. Proven, efficient and effective protocols for grands & uprights. Developed by concert technician & RPT, Boaz Kirschenbaum and David Stanwood, RPT. Tools made in USA. Now featuring tool handles made by Charles Faulk, RPT. Free instructional video and online shop at www.vintagetonetools.com. (508) 693-0233

RESTORED STEINWAY & SONS GRANDS. Chupp’s Piano Service offers completely restored and original condition Steinway & Sons and other quality pianos. Our world-class pianos are capable of satisfying the most discriminating artist. Our team can also locate the brand your client desires. Visit www.Chuppspianos.com. Commissions offered to technicians for client referrals. Contact Dennis@chuppspianos.com. (888) 831-5820

FALCONWOOD PINBLOCKS. The most stable and durable material on the market for holding tuning pins. Duplication and custom thickness services available. Also drill bits and ½” and 3/8” Falconwood plugs. For free consultation call Tim Dixon (414)-587-9629. More info at: www.greatlakespianosupply.com Email: service@greatlakespianosupply.com

Houston Piano Tuning Business for sale. Well established, with 1.500 customers. Can include tools and supplies. Contact Roy Escobar, RPT, 832-722-0231.

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Help Wanted 

Stephen F. Austin State University seeks full-time piano technician starting September 1, 2014. Tunes and maintains the School of Music's approximately 75 pianos.  Minimum of three to five years of experience with Steinway concert grands preferred.  Must have knowledge of and experience with piano rebuilding, and excellent knowledge of piano tuning techniques.Full-time position (40 hours per week) with standard health and retirement benefits.  Salary based on experience and University funding. Application deadline is July 5 or until filled. MUST applyonline: https://careers.sfasu.edu and attach (on-line) cover letter, resume, and three current letters of recommendations.For More Information: Dr. Ron Petti, Chairman, Piano Technician Search Committee, School of Music, Stephen F. Austin State University, P.O Box 13043 SFA Station Nacogdoches, TX 75962. Phone (936) 645-4033, e-mail rpetti@sfasu.edu 

GIST PIANO CENTER in LOUISVILLE, KY is searching for a piano technician. RPT preferred.  Advanced regulation and voicing skills required.  Knowledge of cabinet work and player system installation/service preferred.  Job description will include customer in-home appointments and work in our rebuilding facility.  Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as those who demonstrate skills in effective communication.  Compensation, benefits and relocation reimbursements (if necessary) will be based on existing experience and aptitude in the areas mentioned above.  Contact John Gist, jgist@gistpianocenter.com

Kennesaw State University (GA) seeks part-time piano technician.
The Kennesaw State University School of Music is an All-Steinway School, with a piano inventory currently consisting of 37 Steinway and Boston grand and upright pianos. The Piano Technician is a 12-month, benefited, part-time position, with an expected commitment of no more than 30 hours per week on a flexible work schedule.  Successful candidates will demonstrate a high level of competency related to general piano care and maintenance; have advanced skills in concert piano preparation, regulation and voicing; and be comfortable with the high level work required for the performance stage as well as the techniques required for the more time-efficient tuning work performed in the studio and practice room.
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GIST PIANO CENTER is searching for a professional piano and keyboard sales representative.  Ideal applicants will possess detailed product knowledge of acoustic and digital pianos, have experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Basic piano skills are preferred.  Compensation, benefits and relocation reimbursements (if necessary) will be based on experience and overall aptitude.  Contact John Gist, jgist@gistpianocenter.com
The Glenn Korff School of Music (GKSOM) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is searching for a full-time Piano Technician. The GKSOM is a comprehensive, professional music school of 430 students, 57 faculty and 13 staff situated in a Big Ten, research-intensive university of 25,000 students.
The basic function of this position is to maintain the inventory of keyboard musical instruments by tuning, regulating, voicing, and making day-to-day repairs in the GKSOM to meet the needs of the faculty and students for teaching, research, creative activity, and service in the Glenn Korff School of Music.
Relevant coursework or specialized training beyond high school plus two years experience as a professional piano technician is required. Demonstrated skills and abilities necessary to perform accurate tuning and technically precise keyboard regulation is essential.  Bachelor's degree, experience maintaining keyboard instruments at a college or university, experience tuning and maintaining historic keyboard instruments including harpsichords, fortepianos, and clavichords, working knowledge of Yamaha Disclavier keyboards, registered Piano Technician of the Piano Technicians Guild and Steinway factory workshop training is preferred.
Lincoln, NE is a vibrant, culturally rich community of 300,000 residents.  As the capital city of Nebraska, Lincoln boasts outstanding public schools, an accomplished symphony orchestra, the Lied Center for the Performing Arts, several chamber music series, a rich theatre tradition, and several impressive museums (art, natural history, children’s museum, etc.). The recent addition of the $350M Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln’s historic Haymarket District has brought an impressive schedule of vernacular music artists to town, as well (Michael Bublé, Pink, James Taylor, et al.).
View requisition S_140529 at https://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.  Criminal history background check will be conducted. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Review of applications begins August 1. UNL is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.

The School of Music at the University of Kentucky is seeking a full-time Piano Technician. Please visit the UK website at: http://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/31963 for further information and to submit an online application. Application deadline is August 10, 2014. Contact HR/Employment for questions: 859-257-9555, option 2. The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities and women.
 

SERVICE

STEINWAY RESTORATION BY CHUPP'S PIANO SERVICE, INC. Specializing in Premium Quality Steinway & Sons restorations. Established in 1975, we serve educational institutions, houses of worship, large organizations, and the individual pianist by locating, repairing, moving, or purchasing instruments in the national and international markets. Commissions offered to technicians for client referrals. Visit www.Chuppspianos.com or contact Dennis@chuppspianos.com, 888-831-5820

KEY BUSHING. Highest quality cloth and workmanship. Keys cleaned, capstans polished, bushings ironed. Reliable results, quick turn-around. Pin dimensions required. $150 per rail. Call for ordering instructions. 724 494 4420. Marshall Key Bushing, Wexford Pa. Visit amymarshallpianotuning.com 

ASHMORE  KEYBOARD RESTORATIONS: Keytops with fronts $275, German keytops $325, bushings $170 both rails, plastic sharps $160/set  Individual ivory pieces repaired $50 each (head or tail). Ebony sharps, backchecks, keyend felt, key sides repaired, etc. Price list sent on request. 530-273-8800.Caryl Christensen,Yvonne Ashmore, RPT, ashmore@gv.net , 12700 La Barr Meadows Rd. Grass Valley, CA 95949 
SENECA PIANO KEY. Quality key services at competitive prices. Sharps replaced, key bushing, and the finest key recovering at any price. Write or call for price list and information on quick return of your key work. Seneca Piano Key, Ted Oberhaus, 4977 Frontenac Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886; 607-387-3095

LINDEBLAD PIANO RESTORATION. Since 1920, the Lindeblad family has specialized in pianos. Complete piano restoration services available. Restoration services include: new soundboard installation, new strings, new pinblock, hard rebronzing, complete action restoration with new parts, meticulous regulation and voicing, custom hand rubbed refinishing and more. 10 year warranty & Nationwide shipping. VISIT US ONLINE- www.lindebladpiano.com. Contact us at 888-58-PIANO or contact@lindebladpiano.com, LINDEBLAD PIANO RESTORATION

STEINWAY ACTION FRAME RAILS resoldered, replaced, and/or repositioned. We can also make new custom-made Steinway action frames to your specifications. For price list contact John Dewey Enterprises Inc. 861 E. 2900 North Road. Penefield, IL 61862. Phone 217-595-5535. jdent@hughes.net.
PIANO KEY RESTORATION, .075 Tops w/Fronts - $175.00, German Tops w/Fronts - $215.00, Gloss Sharps - $100.00, Bushings $150.00, Replace Ivory head or tail $45. Custom Made Keys, Steinway Warranty and Other Services Available. Contact for full price list. Free FedEx Gnd return shipping excluding HI/AK. WALKER PIANO KEY SERVICE, 789 St Rt 94 E, Fulton, KY 42041, 1-800-745-6819, www.walkerpiano.com E-mail: kirk@walkerpiano.com.
QUALITY PIANO KEY SERVICE. Tops w/fronts, white - $150; German tops w/fronts, white or cream - $185; Plastic sharps - $100; Keybushing with premium cloth - $135; Recover backchecks, damper lift felt, and key repair. Free return shipping with prepayment, excluding Alaska and Hawaii. Debra Legg, 5 Tarr's Lane West, Rockport. MA 01966, 978-546-8428; wederby50@yahoo.com

RONSEN PIANO HAMMERS Manufactured in the U.S.A. since 1958. Four types of felt to meet your needs: Weickert Special, Wurzen AA, Bacon, and VFG. All Hammers custom manufactured. Custom boring and shaping. Tokiwa shanks. Most orders shipped in 3 to 5 business days. Ronsen Piano Hammer Co., 21 Edwards Lane, Boiceville, NY 12412. 800-864-0233, ray@ronsenhammer.com, www.ronsenhammer.com.

TALK WITH THE PERSON doing your key recovering, me, Mike Kurta-Veteran RPT.  German tops with fronts, $200 and free return shipping.  Top notch (pun intended) craftsmanship, you will be proud to reinstall these keys in your customer's piano. Go to www.keytops.net  then call me at 231-421-1816.

WEBSITES FOR PIANO TECHNICIANS. Let us help you expand your tuning business with a new website! We offer 36 design options to choose from. You select your design, and we’ll customize your new site to your business. Our professional websites are affordable, starting at only $89 plus $24.95 monthly hosting and service fees. To find out more, visit www.PianoTunerWebsites.com or call us at 800-533-7998.

WORDPRESS and SEO FOR PIANO TECHNICIANS. Upgrade your web presence with a hosted Wordpress site and targeted Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools. Maintain and update your site easily, improve search performance and get listed in local directories. Eric Johnson, RPT. www.perarts.com

FAST AND ACCURATE VOICING! The Rapid Voicer tools and training kit is available with up-close DVD lessons. Learn modern techniques for voicing up and down with complete control.  A proven method developed and tested over the past 20 years.  Watch demo videos at www.rapidvoicer.com or call 937-416-5166

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Training

PIANO TECHNOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO. Our Piano Technology Certificate Program is the only full-time piano technology program of its kind in a university environment. In this program you will develop the expertise needed to tune and maintain pianos. Highly respected professionals, with many years of experience educating technicians and working in the field, teach a comprehensive approach to the craft in a small class environment. For more information: www.pianotech.uwo.ca, or contact Anne Fleming-Read at 519-661-3497 or E-mail pianotech@uwo.ca.

THE RANDY POTTER SCHOOL OF PIANO TECHNOLOGY. Home Study programs for beginning students, associate members studying to upgrade to Registered Piano Technician, and RPT's wanting to continue their education. Tuning, repairing, regulating, voicing, apprentice training, business practices. Top instructors  and materials. Call or write for information: RANDY POTTER, RPT; 61592 ORION DRIVE; BEND, OR 97702; 541-382-5411. randy@pianotuning.com, www.pianotuning.com.

THE MINNESOTA SCHOOL OF PIANO TECHNOLOGY- Classroom  and individual instruction available.  Gregory A. Gavin, RPT, instructor with 29 years experience. See web site for free information www.pianotuner.org. Toll free 877-810-9354

PIANO TECHNOLOGY AT NORTH BENNET STREET SCHOOL - Extensive piano technology training in two full-time, nine month programs. Basic Piano Technology includes tuning, regulation and in-home repairs and Advanced Piano Technology, open to Basic Piano graduates and applicants with comparable knowledge and skills, includes complete rebuilding of grand pianos, comprehensive piano service, advanced tuning and voicing.Exceptional training, small classes and individual attention. September admission. Accredited by ACCSC. Financial aid available. Located in Boston's historic North End. Email: admissions@nbss.edu. Web: www.nbss.edu

Jim Geiger is now accepting piano tuning students and apprentices. These are individually tailored programs for beginners and anyone who wants to upgrade skills in aural tuning and theory, regulating, voicing, repairs and rebuilding. Located in Waco, Texas. Housing available. Call 254-756-2976 for consultation.
  
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Videos

Reyburn CyberTuner software visual tuning device videos. All videos including NEW iRCT classes are now FREE on YouTube at:  www.youtube.com/reyburnpiano

NOW IN DVD! Superior Instructional Tapes at www.PIANOTAPES.com. Jim Coleman, SR. 4 W. Del Rio Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282. PH: (480) 966-9159. Private tuning and regulation tutoring for PTG exam prep at my home is available at $200/day
 

Wanted

VINTAGE STEINWAYS WANTED. Preferably any built before 1950. We will pick up anywhere. Contact us at: 888-58-PIANO or www.lindebladpiano.com,  LINDEBLAD PIANO RESTORATION

WANTED!! DEAD OR ALIVE: ""Steinway Grands and Uprights.""Please call Ben Knauer, 1-800-257-4733 or e-mail:knauerpianos@aol.com

STEINWAY & SONS GRANDS WANTED! Chupp’s Piano Service offers the highest cash, trade-in value, or consignments for Steinway & Sons grand pianos, regardless of condition or location. We offer commissions to technicians who locate Steinway grands for us. Email: Dennis@chuppspianos.com or call (888)831-5820. Visit www.Chuppspianos.com
 
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