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Acrylikely Key Repair

Everyone

Fri 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 10



Acrylikely Key Repair

Larry Messerly ljmesserly@gmail.com

Learn how you can use Acrylikey to repair chipped ivory or plastic keys.


Instructor(s) Bio:

70 year old member of PTG. I've learned a few things along the way. Sandy knows how long I've been a member, I don't keep track. Member of Phoenix, Prescott, Madison and WisMinnIa chapers consecutively. This tuner's a real Bald-one.

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Action Centers - Thur

Everyone

Thur 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon B



Action Centers - Thur

Randy Woltz randywoltz@sbcglobal.net

Problem notes in pianos (dead, sluggish, not repeating, etc.) are almost always due to action centers. In 90 minutes, we'll cover action cloth, pins, repinning, using chemicals/heat treatments, getting rid of verdigris, Teflon, brass rail repairs, and more! Plus, you'll see close up photography of center pins and flanges. After this class you will be able to diagnose and fix anything.


Instructor(s) Bio:

An RPT since 1973, tuning, rebuilding and restoration on upright and grand pianos plus antiques, reed organs and celestas. A professional musician in the Los Angeles area on keyboards and percussion. BA from Chapman University in Music Composition and Masters from Azuza Pacific University in Keyboard Performance.

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Action Centers - Fri

Everyone

Fri 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon B



Action Centers - Fri

Randy Woltz randywoltz@sbcglobal.net

Problem notes in pianos (dead, sluggish, not repeating, etc.) are almost always due to action centers. In 90 minutes, we'll cover action cloth, pins, repinning, using chemicals/heat treatments, getting rid of verdigris, Teflon, brass rail repairs, and more! Plus, you'll see close up photography of center pins and flanges. After this class you will be able to diagnose and fix anything.


Instructor(s) Bio:

An RPT since 1973, tuning, rebuilding and restoration on upright and grand pianos plus antiques, reed organs and celestas. A professional musician in the Los Angeles area on keyboards and percussion. BA from Chapman University in Music Composition and Masters from Azuza Pacific University in Keyboard Performance.

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Action Regulation from the Pianists Perspective - Thur

Intermediate / Advanced

Thur 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 10



Action Regulation from the Pianists Perspective - Thur

Stephen Hopp hoppsmusic@hotmail.com

Understand how pianists perceive touch. It's in the aftertouch. Come feel the "Goldilocks" aftertouch on a real piano and learn how to create the magic touch in a short time using a simple jig. Finally, clear up just what aftertouch is and when it's "just right".


Instructor(s) Bio:

Steven Hopp RPT has played the piano since he was 5. He began an interest in Piano Tech in 2000. After years of intensive study, mentorship, and practice he received his RPT. He soon became fascinated with action regulation as a pianist first learning to create a touch that is even across the keyboard to facilitate the touch and confidence a pianist needs and wants. He teaches and mentors other piano techs locally and regionally.

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Action Regulation from the Pianists Perspective - Sat

Intermediate / Advanced

Sat 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 10



Action Regulation from the Pianists Perspective - Sat

Stephen Hopp hoppsmusic@hotmail.com

Understand how pianists perceive touch. It's in the aftertouch. Come feel the "Goldilocks" aftertouch on a real piano and learn how to create the magic touch in a short time using a simple jig. Finally, clear up just what aftertouch is and when it's "just right".


Instructor(s) Bio:

Steven Hopp RPT has played the piano since he was 5. He began an interest in Piano Tech in 2000. After years of intensive study, mentorship, and practice he received his RPT. He soon became fascinated with action regulation as a pianist first learning to create a touch that is even across the keyboard to facilitate the touch and confidence a pianist needs and wants. He teaches and mentors other piano techs locally and regionally.

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All About Hammers

Everyone

Wed 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 12



All About Hammers

Frank Abel abel63@t-online.de

Take a video trip through the process of felt making in order to make piano hammers. You will get a brief introduction to the physical structure of the wool and see how the Abel Hammer Company makes a set of piano hammers.


Instructor(s) Bio:

After the apprenticeship as a carpenter, Frank Abel got his examination as a woodworking technician and joined the Abel Hammer Company in 1986 to learn hammer making from the roots. He is now responsible for all technical things. Together with his brother Norbert he runs the Abel Hammer Company.

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Angel Shot Voicing - Wed

Everyone

Wed 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 10



Angel Shot Voicing - Wed

Zhiwei Huang goldenoteh@yahoo.com

Have a hard time with needling and do the results not last long? You'll learn a technique that will help. This is a simple and easy solution for voicing piano hammers, and a low-cost service that will leave customers happy.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Zhiwei Huang is a San Francisco - Bay Area based Registered Piano Technician. He has 35 years of experience in the field. He has given piano technical training masterclasses and lectures in USA as well as in China.

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Angel Shot Voicing - Fri

Everyone

Fri 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 10



Angel Shot Voicing - Fri

Zhiwei Huang goldenoteh@yahoo.com

Have a hard time with needling and do the results not last long? You'll learn a technique that will help. This is a simple and easy solution for voicing piano hammers, and a low-cost service that will leave customers happy.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Zhiwei Huang is a San Francisco - Bay Area based Registered Piano Technician. He has 35 years of experience in the field. He has given piano technical training masterclasses and lectures in USA as well as in China.

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Aural Mastery of the Midrange - Thur

Intermediate

Thur 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon C



Aural Mastery of the Midrange - Thur

Dan Levitan danlevitan@mindspring.com

Both the successful execution of a temperament sequence and effective aural troubleshooting depend on an understanding of the networks of intervals through which the pitches of midrange notes push and pull on each other. In this class, we'll explore that web of relationships with the help of a novel take-home jig. If you're an ETD tuner who's had trouble passing the aural portion of the tuning exam, this is the class for you!


Instructor(s) Bio:

Daniel Levitan, the author of The Craft of Piano Tuning and the former tuning editor of The Piano Technicians Journal, is best known for his groundbreaking research into inharmonicity and his innovative tuning hammer designs. A graduate of the North Bennet Street School (1975), he works as a field piano service technician in New York City.

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Aural Mastery of the Midrange - Fri

Intermediate

Fri 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon C



Aural Mastery of the Midrange - Fri

Dan Levitan danlevitan@mindspring.com

Both the successful execution of a temperament sequence and effective aural troubleshooting depend on an understanding of the networks of intervals through which the pitches of midrange notes push and pull on each other. In this class, we'll explore that web of relationships with the help of a novel take-home jig. If you're an ETD tuner who's had trouble passing the aural portion of the tuning exam, this is the class for you!


Instructor(s) Bio:

Daniel Levitan, the author of The Craft of Piano Tuning and the former tuning editor of The Piano Technicians Journal, is best known for his groundbreaking research into inharmonicity and his innovative tuning hammer designs. A graduate of the North Bennet Street School (1975), he works as a field piano service technician in New York City.

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Aural Refinement for ETD Users

Intermediate

Thur 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 10



Aural Refinement for ETD Users

Eric Johnson ejohnson412@gmail.com

This class will focus on helping Electronic Tuning Device (ETD) users develop their aural skills to augment and refine their tunings. The emphasis will be on practical tips to quickly "clean up" your tunings more quickly than going over the whole piano with the ETD again.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Eric Johnson RPT has been a piano technician for more than 40 years, He worked directly for Bosendorfer pianos for more then 15 years, including being principal North American concert technician. He was also Director of Artist Services for Yamaha pianos, based in New York City for 12 years. He loves unicorns and long walks on the beach.

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Baldwin History & Service

Everyone

Fri 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 4



Baldwin History & Service

Bill Shull bdshull@aol.com

The Baldwin Piano Company played an important role in modern piano building in America. This class reviews the early history, surveys the designs and models, and reduces the confusion of serial numbers.


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Basic Tuning Theory - Thur

Everyone

Thur 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 10



Basic Tuning Theory - Thur

Jim Geiger tunerjimg@yahoo.com

This session covers the vibrating string, overtones, partials, coincident partials, (more than you may know) intervals, the musical scale, temperament, inharmonicity and more. There will be some simple math and a lot of listening.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, certificate in piano technology, Baldwin, Steinway, Kimball and Yamaha schools. more that 40 conventions and more than that seminars, Taught Piano Technology at Houston Community College for 10 years. Have worked for Universities, dealers and private business.

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Basic Tuning Theory - Sat

Everyone

Sat 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 10



Basic Tuning Theory - Sat

Jim Geiger tunerjimg@yahoo.com

This session covers the vibrating string, overtones, partials, coincident partials, (more than you may know) intervals, the musical scale, temperament, inharmonicity and more. There will be some simple math and a lot of listening.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, certificate in piano technology, Baldwin, Steinway, Kimball and Yamaha schools. more that 40 conventions and more than that seminars, Taught Piano Technology at Houston Community College for 10 years. Have worked for Universities, dealers and private business.

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Career-Saving Self Care - Thur

Everyone

Thur 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 12



Career-Saving Self Care - Thur

Kendall Hafermehl & Lynn Hafermehl kendall@hafermehl.com

What if your back or shoulder suddenly prevented you from working? Repetitive strain injuries may be your most dangerous adversary. But muscle and joint pain don't have to stall your career. Prepare to be stretched and strengthened, discover nutritional truths and reflect on strategies for rest to get healthy and stay healthy!


Instructor(s) Bio:

Dr. Kendall has operated a piano business in Alberta since 1986. He has taught courses related to music and the arts and leadership at bachelor and graduate levels. Lynn has studied and practiced nutrition her whole life and has coached many people to better health.

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Career-Saving Self Care - Sat

Everyone

Sat 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 12



Career-Saving Self Care - Sat

Kendall Hafermehl & Lynn Hafermehl kendall@hafermehl.com

What if your back or shoulder suddenly prevented you from working? Repetitive strain injuries may be your most dangerous adversary. But muscle and joint pain don't have to stall your career. Prepare to be stretched and strengthened, discover nutritional truths and reflect on strategies for rest to get healthy and stay healthy!


Instructor(s) Bio:

Dr. Kendall has operated a piano business in Alberta since 1986. He has taught courses related to music and the arts and leadership at bachelor and graduate levels. Lynn has studied and practiced nutrition her whole life and has coached many people to better health.

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Chapter Leadership Forum

Everyone

Thur 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon D



Chapter Leadership Forum

Ricki Klos mzricochet@yahoo.com

Chapter leaders, past and present, are invited to meet and discuss leadership topics. This will be a round-table discussion centered around providing support and encouragement. Ask questions, present ideas, and share problems and successes with other chapter leaders. Come and get recharged.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Ricki Klos has been a chapter leader, regional conference leader, and committee leader for several years, and has been in the Guild for 24 years. She is enthusiastic about leadership in the PTG and how to encourage others with their challenges and celebrate their successes.

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Collaboration in Action Rebuilding - Wed

Intermediate

Wed 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 2



Collaboration in Action Rebuilding - Wed

Melanie Brooks, John Gallen & Gary Telleen

Independent technicians have a portfolio of quality parts and services available on the market to produce a high-end action rebuild, but parts selection can be confusing. How do we determine what is right for us as technicians while meeting the needs of the pianist, the piano and the platform in which it is played? Join us in a collaborative discussion between technician and supplier that will give you the confidence to determine what to use on your next action rebuild.


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Collaboration in Action Rebuilding - Fri

Intermediate

Fri 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 2



Collaboration in Action Rebuilding - Fri

Melanie Brooks, John Gallen & Gary Telleen

Independent technicians have a portfolio of quality parts and services available on the market to produce a high-end action rebuild, but parts selection can be confusing. How do we determine what is right for us as technicians while meeting the needs of the pianist, the piano and the platform in which it is played? Join us in a collaborative discussion between technician and supplier that will give you the confidence to determine what to use on your next action rebuild.


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College and University Technicians Forum

Everyone

Fri 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 12



College and University Technicians Forum

Mike Reiter mdreiter440@gmail.com

The CAUT Forum will devote itself to the triumphs and challenges of working in a college or university setting. Whether you currently work as a staff member of an institution, are under contract, or are new to this field and curious about a new and exciting discipline, this is for you. Following a brief report from the CAUT Committee members, we will devote our time to several subjects including introductions of those present, job leads, inventory management, communication and the role of the CAUT Committee within PTG. We will also take time to further discuss the role of early keyboards in our instrument collections.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Michael D. Reiter has bee involved in the College and University environment since 1980. He has worked as both a contracted technician and as a full time employee. His experience includes not only work in piano service on modern instruments but extensive work is included on early instruments. He is currently the head technician at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance.

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A Combination of Aural & Accu-Tuning - Thur

Intermediate / Advanced

Thur 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 12



A Combination of Aural & Accu-Tuning - Thur

Bob Conrad bob@pianotuningtucson.com

The new Accu-Tuner IV "980" will be introduced. We'll explore partial changes found in electronic tunings, as well as a few FAC tweaks you may want to consider adding to your repertoire. And then, we'll address what an excellent width for the piano's Prime octave (A3/A4) is, and how one can be found using the AccuTuner, the "980" templates, and a combination of aural and direct interval Accu-Tuning skills.


Instructor(s) Bio:

RPT since 1979. AccuTuner sales since 1985. BM (Theory), UMKC, Conservatory of Music, 1972. BM (Piano Performance), Student of Joanne Baker, UMKC, Conservatory of Music, 1979. Graduated with Honors (1979) Phi Kappa Lambda. Post-Graduate study (Piano Performance), Student of Joanne Baker, UMKC, Conservatory of Music, 1980. Current Member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

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A Combination of Aural & Accu-Tuning - Fri

Intermediate / Advanced

Fri 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 12



A Combination of Aural & Accu-Tuning - Fri

Bob Conrad bob@pianotuningtucson.com

The new Accu-Tuner IV "980" will be introduced. We'll explore partial changes found in electronic tunings, as well as a few FAC tweaks you may want to consider adding to your repertoire. And then, we'll address what an excellent width for the piano's Prime octave (A3/A4) is, and how one can be found using the AccuTuner, the "980" templates, and a combination of aural and direct interval Accu-Tuning skills.


Instructor(s) Bio:

RPT since 1979. AccuTuner sales since 1985. BM (Theory), UMKC, Conservatory of Music, 1972. BM (Piano Performance), Student of Joanne Baker, UMKC, Conservatory of Music, 1979. Graduated with Honors (1979) Phi Kappa Lambda. Post-Graduate study (Piano Performance), Student of Joanne Baker, UMKC, Conservatory of Music, 1980. Current Member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

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Comparison of Replicas from 1805 and 1812

Everyone

Thur 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 12



Comparison of Replicas from 1805 and 1812

Paul McNulty, Viviana Sofronitsky and Charles Metz grafpleyel@gmail.com

This class explores the instrument and its use, with an emphasis on how piano development between 1805 and 1812 mirrors compositional style and texture over the same period. Our second class will demonstrate soup to nuts set up and regulation of the Viennese mechanism.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Garlick alumnus '80, longtime fortepiano builder.

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CTE Tuning Examiner Training

Advanced

Wed 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 12



CTE Tuning Examiner Training

Alan Crane & Keith Kopp pianokopp@comcast.ne

This class is for both seasoned CTE examiners as well as RPT members who want to find out how to become a Certified Tuning Examiner. We'll discuss tips for giving a good exam and possible pitfalls. Any and all CTE examiners who are attending the convention should attend and learn from each other on how to improve their testing skills. For RPT members only.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Keith is the ETSC Chair and Alan is the Tuning Exam Subchain. Combined, they have over 40 years experience and have given hundreds of exams.

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CyberTuner: Raising the Bar - Thur

Advanced

Thur 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 10



CyberTuner: Raising the Bar - Thur

Dean Reyburn & Carl Lieberman dean@reyburn.com

From enhanced resolution for unisons, to better and faster pitch display, personal customization and more accurate pitch raises, and multiple language support, iRCT is continually improving to meet the needs of the professional piano technician. We'll show you exactly how to use those features to make your tunings faster and more efficient, so your business makes more money.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Dean passed his PTG RPT exams in 1978. He has served on the PTG Examinations and Test Standards Committee since 1996 and acts as Advisor and CTE skill reviewer, and is a member of the PTG Hall of Fame. Dean has 12 years experience as concert tuner for the Grand Rapids Symphony and DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was the technician for the local Steinway and Yamaha dealers for many years and tuned for numerous concert and popular music artists. Dean attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago from 1976 to 1978 where he majored in electronics and learned piano technology from Virgil Smith, RPT and Robert Carbaugh (and met his wife Marty). Dean is a self-taught Software Engineer and lead engineer on the CyberTuner project with 35 years experience programming in more languages and computer platforms than he'll admit. He enjoys tennis, biking and hiking in his spare time

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CyberTuner: Raising the Bar - Fri

Advanced

Fri 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 10



CyberTuner: Raising the Bar - Fri

Dean Reyburn & Carl Lieberman dean@reyburn.com

From enhanced resolution for unisons, to better and faster pitch display, personal customization and more accurate pitch raises, and multiple language support, iRCT is continually improving to meet the needs of the professional piano technician. We'll show you exactly how to use those features to make your tunings faster and more efficient, so your business makes more money.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Dean passed his PTG RPT exams in 1978. He has served on the PTG Examinations and Test Standards Committee since 1996 and acts as Advisor and CTE skill reviewer, and is a member of the PTG Hall of Fame. Dean has 12 years experience as concert tuner for the Grand Rapids Symphony and DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was the technician for the local Steinway and Yamaha dealers for many years and tuned for numerous concert and popular music artists. Dean attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago from 1976 to 1978 where he majored in electronics and learned piano technology from Virgil Smith, RPT and Robert Carbaugh (and met his wife Marty). Dean is a self-taught Software Engineer and lead engineer on the CyberTuner project with 35 years experience programming in more languages and computer platforms than he'll admit. He enjoys tennis, biking and hiking in his spare time

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Dialogue with David Andersen & Friends

Everyone

Wed 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 12



Dialogue with David Andersen & Friends

David Andersen david@davidandersenpianos.com

Attend an in-depth discussion of the way we are when we do this work, and how we can help each other to pay more attention to, and get more gifts from, the work we do on pianos nearly every day. This class was extremely powerful in Lancaster...ask Carl Lieberman, Ed McMorrow, or Kent Swafford.


Instructor(s) Bio:

DAVID ANDERSEN has been a professional musician, recording artist, and piano technician/consultant for over four decades. He has been involved in the restoration and maintenance of hundreds of Steinway and Mason & Hamlin pianos during that time. Beginning in 1975 he apprenticed for two and a half years under Jack Cofer in Atlanta, Georgia; during the 1980s he studied at Steinway facilities both in New York and London. After moving to Southern California in 1981, David worked extensively with Sherman Clay, the Steinway dealer in most of California at that time, both as a concert/new piano preparation technician and as a quality control consultant/piano prep manager for Asian piano companies affiliated with Sherman Clay. In the '90's, David began tuning for film composers and selected performance venues and recording studios, still his pleasure and specialty. In late 1999 he began a 6-year association with David Abell Fine Pianos, the landmark Southern California piano store, preparing & maintaining new Fazioli, Bosendorfer, Yamaha, and Schimmel grand pianos. Andersen continues to teach various aspects of his craft at Piano Technician's Guild conferences on the local, regional, national and international level. He has held one-day seminars in New York City, Boston, Phoenix, Chicago, Calgary, Baltimore, Austin, and Albuquerque, teaching the finer, more subtle aspects of tuning, voicing, regulation, artisanal rebuilding, and diagnostics. His classes always examine how a technician is being as well as what he/she is doing. Some of the classes Andersen has taught in the last four years: ---"The Ultimate Tool: using the brilliance of your body in high-end piano work"---"Follow the Fourths, Luke: a radically simple approach to Aural Tuning"---"The Art & Esthetics of Voicing"---" Whole-Tone, Open-String Tuning: Advanced Listening Skills"---"Custom, Artist-centered Restoration: the Real Story"

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Disklavier Networking

Everyone

Wed 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 2



Disklavier Networking

Ryan Ellison rellison@yamaha.com

Engage with Yamaha Staff in a total Disklavier experience class where we explore network solutions for piano control, accessing streaming services and demonstrate piano integration with home entertainment systems. Gain a touch of the customer's experience and promote yourself from piano technician to product ambassador.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Ryan Ellison earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007. In 2011, he began his piano technical career at the Chicago School for Piano Technology, a year later launching a private piano tuning and repair business while contracting with a Yamaha dealer in his native Denver, Colorado. Ryan joined Yamaha's Piano Service department in 2015.

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Erard History & Service

Everyone

Sat 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 4



Erard History & Service

Bill Shull & David Rubenstein bdshull@aol.com

The leading piano builder in Europe for several decades in the 19th century was Erard. After languishing in relative obscurity for much of the 20th century it has returned as an important period instrument, since it was the instrument most often used by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Ravel and Debussy. This class will survey the models, and highlight the design elements and service challenges of this remarkable instrument. A flat-strung Erard will be on hand.


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Facebook Marketing for the Piano Technician

Everyone

Fri 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 11



Facebook Marketing for the Piano Technician

Torger Baland torgerbaland@gmail.com

Explore how to utilize Facebook marketing — from business page posts to creating ads that strike a chord with your intended audience to setting up campaigns, audience selection and targeting.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Torger Baland RPT Has used Facebook ads since 2008 Reaching 5.5 million impressions and can make the phone ring by turning them on or off Torger's background in technical theater/ performing arts, analytical paralegal work and of course piano service

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Facebook Marketing for the Piano Technician - Advanced

Advanced

Fri 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 11▌



Facebook Marketing for the Piano Technician - Advanced

Torger Baland torgerbaland@gmail.com

Confused by the choices that are out there? We will cover a variety of advanced topics including ad manager, campaign selection, post duplication, targeting, retargeting, content creation posts, marketing tactics and more.


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Favorite Pianos of Great Composers

Everyone

Wed 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon E & F



Favorite Pianos of Great Composers

Paul McNulty & Viviana Sofronitsky info@fortepiano.eu

You will hear a description and concert-demonstration of two different fortepianos illustrating the music appropriate to each and performed by Viviana Sofronitsky. The effects these instruments can produce were familiar to the composers who wrote for them but have been absent from any piano made after 1850.


Instructor(s) Bio:

PIANIST Viviana Sofronitsky - please tak photos from here: http://www.sofronitsky.com/en/gallery/multi-piano-series biography http://www.sofronitsky.com/en/biography PIANO MAKER Paul McNulty is the most highly respected builder working today. His instruments, modeled after the best instruments of classical and romantic era are the result of meticulous research of the originals. He has built more than 250 fortepianos after Stein, Walter, Hofmann, Fritz, Graf, Pleyel, Boisselot and Streicher, which feature in many recordings and are owned by prominent players and leading music institutions such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Paul Badura-Skoda, Ronald Brautigam, Warsaw Chopin Institute, Klassik Stiftung Weimar and Glyndebourne Festival. Paul McNulty's recent accomplishment is a copy of "Chopin's Warsaw piano"Buchholtz 1826, the first in modern times.

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Finding Jack - Wed

Everyone

Wed 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 9



Finding Jack - Wed

Randi Potter randipotter16@yahoo.com (for institute use)

The Jack is the key to everything in repetition. Jack tells us the thickness of back rail cloth, balance rail height, dimensions for key height and key dip. In grands it also tells us its relationship to the knuckle core, its height in the window and repetition spring tension to guarantee a consistent hammer line.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Randi has been tuning for over 40 years, and teaching for almost that long. She has trained with major factories (and also minor ones) in the US, Europe and Asia, and serves clients in homes, schools, churches and on the concert stage. Her specialty is high level tuning and regulating.

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Finding Jack - Sat

Everyone

Sat 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 9



Finding Jack - Sat

Randi Potter randipotter16@yahoo.com (for institute use)

The Jack is the key to everything in repetition. Jack tells us the thickness of back rail cloth, balance rail height, dimensions for key height and key dip. In grands it also tells us its relationship to the knuckle core, its height in the window and repetition spring tension to guarantee a consistent hammer line.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Randi has been tuning for over 40 years, and teaching for almost that long. She has trained with major factories (and also minor ones) in the US, Europe and Asia, and serves clients in homes, schools, churches and on the concert stage. Her specialty is high level tuning and regulating.

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First Do No Harm

Everyone

Wed 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 12



First Do No Harm

Steve Brady & Carl Lieberman CarlPianoTech@yahoo.com

We'll take a look at the ways in which piano technicians tend to damage the pianos they work on, and how they sometimes hurt their own bodies. Includes suggestions for reversing or preventing the damage.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Carl has been a piano technician in Los Angeles for over 40 years. I've worked for dealers, institutions and private clients. I am currently the staff piano technician at a recording studio and performing arts center. I am CyberTuner's Imagineer, dreaming up new features.

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Fixing Spinets - Wed

Everyone

Wed 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 8



Fixing Spinets - Wed

Bruce Dornfeld & Alice Alviana alice@familypiano.com

There are many spinets out there, and many good reasons why you need to feel capable of fully servicing them. Spinets generally are more unfamiliar than unfixable. Let's remove the mystery with many practical "how-to's" to cover a common topic that is rarely addressed.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Bruce Dornfeld, RPT started dabbling with piano tuning in 1969, and joined PTG / made it a full time career in 1979. Bruce has worked on everything and taught on nearly everything. He's the guy many techs call when they're stumped. Bruce has not yet sent me his bio or else we're having technology issues again! this is just something I typed as a space saver! He will get you the real bio very soon Alice Alviani has been a piano technician since 1994. She has owned Family Piano Co Store in Waukegan IL since 2006. She has worked on all kinds of pianos, including many spinets, that she given a new lease on life to.

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Fixing Spinets - Thur

Everyone

Thur 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 8



Fixing Spinets - Thur

Bruce Dornfeld & Alice Alviana alice@familypiano.com

There are many spinets out there, and many good reasons why you need to feel capable of fully servicing them. Spinets generally are more unfamiliar than unfixable. Let's remove the mystery with many practical "how-to's" to cover a common topic that is rarely addressed.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Bruce Dornfeld, RPT started dabbling with piano tuning in 1969, and joined PTG / made it a full time career in 1979. Bruce has worked on everything and taught on nearly everything. He's the guy many techs call when they're stumped. Bruce has not yet sent me his bio or else we're having technology issues again! this is just something I typed as a space saver! He will get you the real bio very soon Alice Alviani has been a piano technician since 1994. She has owned Family Piano Co Store in Waukegan IL since 2006. She has worked on all kinds of pianos, including many spinets, that she given a new lease on life to.

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French Piano Making in the Mid 19th Century

Everyone

Sat 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 4



French Piano Making in the Mid 19th Century

Fred Sturm fssturm@unm.edu

Paris was the world center for the piano in the middle of the 19th century. All the best pianists (think Chopin and Liszt) lived and performed there, and the most important manufacturers were there as well. In this class, we'll look at some of those manufacturers - especially ârard, Pleyel, and Pape - and trace some of their important and interesting innovations and experiments. Many led to the modern piano (felt hammer coverings, agraffes, and double escapement action for instance), but many more were fascinating ideas that didn't survive.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Fred Sturm has been an RPT for over 35 years, a university technician for over 30. He has trained with Steinway, Shigeru Kawai, and Sauter, and has taught at annual institutes regularly for over 10 years. In his spare time, he is a serious pianist and scholar of piano history.

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From Rocks to Creampuffs: Voicing Difficult Hammers

Everyone

Sat 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 2



From Rocks to Creampuffs: Voicing Difficult Hammers

Don Mannino KawaiDon@live.com

This is a basics of voicing class, in which samples of 4 different sets of hammers are installed in one Kawai grand piano, and each is voiced during the class for the best tone. We'll discuss the hammer manufacturing process and concepts of how hammers work. The goal of the class is to show how to work up soft hammers, how to bring down hard hammers, and most importantly to take the fear out of the voicing process.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Don began working with pianos in 1979 as an apprentice in a rebuilding shop then as an independent piano technician in the San Diego area. After coming to work for Kawai Pianos in 1995 as the manager of technical support, he now serves as the Director of Field Services for Kawai America. Don and his wife Patty are the editors of the Southern California Combined PTG newsletter. In 2010 he was certified in Japan as a Kawai "Master Piano Artisan" (or MPA), the Kawai company's top level concert piano technician. In July 2018 Mr. Mannino was awarded the Piano Technicians Guild's highest honor, the "Golden Tuning Hammer"award.

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Gazelle ╨Save Time & Wow Your Customers

Everyone

Wed 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 12



Gazelle ╨Save Time & Wow Your Customers

Tim Barnes & Luke Ehresman timothy@gazelleapp.io

If you are trying to make a living as a piano technician in the 21st century, you need Gazelle, a comprehensive software that enables you to manage your business on the go. Learn how it will enable you to spend your time servicing pianos and caring for people rather than playing phone tag and doing office work.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Timothy Barnes, RPT is the co-founder of Gazelle & Well-Loved Piano. Over the past 15 years he has helped hundreds of piano technicians build & grow their business, enabling them to thrive as a piano technicians in this modern age.

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Glue: Getting Into a Sticky Situation - Fri

Everyone

Fri 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 8



Glue: Getting Into a Sticky Situation - Fri

Duane McGuire tuner@mcguirepiano.com

In repair and rebuilding, many choices of glues are available. This class will discuss the attributes of glues available and their application in piano work. We'll also have a bit of fun with some destructive testing, but without destroying an actual piano.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Duane has worked as a piano technician since 2008. He enjoys rebuilding projects in his shop, and has been a woodworker since the beginning of time.

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Glue: Getting Into a Sticky Situation - Sat

Everyone

Sat 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 8



Glue: Getting Into a Sticky Situation - Sat

Duane McGuire tuner@mcguirepiano.com

In repair and rebuilding, many choices of glues are available. This class will discuss the attributes of glues available and their application in piano work. We'll also have a bit of fun with some destructive testing, but without destroying an actual piano.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Duane has worked as a piano technician since 2008. He enjoys rebuilding projects in his shop, and has been a woodworker since the beginning of time.

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Going the Extra Mile: My 5 Favorite Ways to Add Extra Income - Wed

Everyone

Wed 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon B



Going the Extra Mile: My 5 Favorite Ways to Add Extra Income - Wed

Steve Brady steve@stevebradypiano.com

Interested in adding more income from your existing clientele? Interested in making more money while tuning less? Here are five simple services you can provide that your customers will love you for.


Instructor(s) Bio:

PTG Hall of Fame member and Golden Hammer recipient Steve Brady served as editor of the Piano Technicians Journal for six years, head piano technician at the University of Washington for 25 years, and at the Aspen Music Festival for five summers. In 1999 PTG published his book, A Piano Technician's Guide to Field Repairs. His book, Under the Lid: The Art and Craft of the Concert Piano Technician, was published in 2008.

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Going the Extra Mile: My 5 Favorite Ways to Add Extra Income - Sat

Everyone

Sat 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon B



Going the Extra Mile: My 5 Favorite Ways to Add Extra Income - Sat

Steve Brady steve@stevebradypiano.com

Interested in adding more income from your existing clientele? Interested in making more money while tuning less? Here are five simple services you can provide that your customers will love you for.


Instructor(s) Bio:

PTG Hall of Fame member and Golden Hammer recipient Steve Brady served as editor of the Piano Technicians Journal for six years, head piano technician at the University of Washington for 25 years, and at the Aspen Music Festival for five summers. In 1999 PTG published his book, A Piano Technician's Guide to Field Repairs. His book, Under the Lid: The Art and Craft of the Concert Piano Technician, was published in 2008.

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Grand Action Rebuilding

Intermediate / Advanced

Sat 8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 11



Grand Action Rebuilding

Nick Gravagne & Rick Baldassin gravagnegang@att.net

In this all-day class, Nick and Rick's three Stations of Application will guide the action rebuilder in making the right choices for a successful, no-surprises job. Beginning with Station 1, the "Drawing Board╙, measurements and geometry kick things off. In Station 2, "Mock-up╙, critical choices are tried out before committing wholesale. Station 3, "Workbench"focuses mainly on efficient key weigh-off (no guessing!).


Instructor(s) Bio:

Nick Gravagne has been an RPT since 1975 and has been active ever since in all aspects of piano technology. His specialty fields include soundboard manufacturing for the trade and grand piano action analyses and rebuilding. Nick has served as national service manager for Kawai USA and currently holds a position as an instructor at the Renner Academy. Formal education includes a BA in speech and communication from William Paterson University (1972) and a degree in mechanical engineering via Penn State's continuing education program (1999). Nick is also the recipient of PTG's Member of Note and Hall of Fame awards. Rick Baldassin has been a member of the Piano Technician's Guild since 1980, serving numerous times as President and Vice-President of two Utah PTG chapters. The PTG recruited him early on to become the Assistant Technical Editor and Tuning Editor for the Piano Technicians Journal, for which he received a PTG Presidential Citation. He authored the "On Pitch"series for the PTG Journal, and the success of this series led to it being published as a book by the PTG in 1994 and then expanded and reprinted in 2007. He served as a Certified Tuning Examiner and member of the Examinations and Test Standards Committee, receiving another Presidential Citation for his work in re-writing the Examinations Manual. His contributions to the industry and PTG have garnered many awards, including the two Presidential Citations referenced above, Member of Note in 1991, Hall of Fame in 1999, James H. Burton Award in 2007, and the prestigious Golden Hammer Award in 2014.

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Grand Balancing Act - Wed

Intermediate / Advanced

Wed 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon B



Grand Balancing Act - Wed

Bruce Stevens & David Vanderlip bruce.stevens@verizon.net & dvanderlip@me.com

How many technicians approach the weigh-off of a grand action with fear and trepidation because there is not clear definition of proper down-weight vs. up-weight? Join Bruce and David as they demystify this subject with an innovative, quick and easy method using Balance Weight protocols that speeds up the weight-off procedure and provides consistent results. Other considerations of fine grand action work such as geometry, action ratio, inertia, parts selection and hammer preparation will also be covered. You'll have a hands-on opportunity to experience this innovative method, going beyond just ╘facts and figures'. If you have been apprehensive about any of this work, you should gain confidence after attending this 2-period class.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Bruce Stevens connection to the piano began when, at 7 years of age, he began piano lessons. These classically focused lessons continued through his senior year at Norte Vista High School in Riverside, California. In 1978, following his completion of study in electronics and earning an A.A. degree at Riverside City College, Bruce's curiosity about the piano tuning business caused him to seek an apprenticeship with Ben Hershberger, R.P.T at Morey's Music Store, Long Beach, Ca. During the five years Bruce was at Morey's, he experienced piano tuning, repairs, rebuilding, piano moving, piano rentals and retail sales. In 1980, he joined the Piano Technicians Guild and obtained RPT status one year later. In 1983 he began what would be 16 years of employment with the Los Angeles School District where he did extensive tuning, repair and restoration. In 1998 he made a decision to leave the LAUSD employment and manage his own piano service and restoration business. Almost since the beginning of his career, Bruce has been a familiar face in the Piano Technicians Guild as he regularly attended chapter meetings, seminars, state and national conventions. He has been on the board of the South Bay Chapter several times, on PTG national committees, served multiple terms as President of the California State Conference and the Western and Pacific Regional Conference and functioned as Conference Director for both Conferences and Institute Director for WESTPAC. He is currently functioning on the PTG Institute Committee as Audio Visual Director. He is the recipient of the PTG Member of Note award, the California State Conference Sid Stone Service award and the Pacific Northwest Conference James H. Burton Award. In 2015 he was inducted into the PTG Hall of Fame.

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Grand Balancing Act - Sat

Intermediate / Advanced

Sat 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon B



Grand Balancing Act - Sat

Bruce Stevens & David Vanderlip bruce.stevens@verizon.net & dvanderlip@me.com

How many technicians approach the weigh-off of a grand action with fear and trepidation because there is not clear definition of proper down-weight vs. up-weight? Join Bruce and David as they demystify this subject with an innovative, quick and easy method using Balance Weight protocols that speeds up the weight-off procedure and provides consistent results. Other considerations of fine grand action work such as geometry, action ratio, inertia, parts selection and hammer preparation will also be covered. You'll have a hands-on opportunity to experience this innovative method, going beyond just ╘facts and figures'. If you have been apprehensive about any of this work, you should gain confidence after attending this 2-period class.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Bruce Stevens connection to the piano began when, at 7 years of age, he began piano lessons. These classically focused lessons continued through his senior year at Norte Vista High School in Riverside, California. In 1978, following his completion of study in electronics and earning an A.A. degree at Riverside City College, Bruce's curiosity about the piano tuning business caused him to seek an apprenticeship with Ben Hershberger, R.P.T at Morey's Music Store, Long Beach, Ca. During the five years Bruce was at Morey's, he experienced piano tuning, repairs, rebuilding, piano moving, piano rentals and retail sales. In 1980, he joined the Piano Technicians Guild and obtained RPT status one year later. In 1983 he began what would be 16 years of employment with the Los Angeles School District where he did extensive tuning, repair and restoration. In 1998 he made a decision to leave the LAUSD employment and manage his own piano service and restoration business. Almost since the beginning of his career, Bruce has been a familiar face in the Piano Technicians Guild as he regularly attended chapter meetings, seminars, state and national conventions. He has been on the board of the South Bay Chapter several times, on PTG national committees, served multiple terms as President of the California State Conference and the Western and Pacific Regional Conference and functioned as Conference Director for both Conferences and Institute Director for WESTPAC. He is currently functioning on the PTG Institute Committee as Audio Visual Director. He is the recipient of the PTG Member of Note award, the California State Conference Sid Stone Service award and the Pacific Northwest Conference James H. Burton Award. In 2015 he was inducted into the PTG Hall of Fame.

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Grand Damper Regulation in Everyday Service - Wed

Basic

Wed 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 10



Grand Damper Regulation in Everyday Service - Wed

Jim Busby busby@cut.net

Learn how to develop "a damper man's eye", and the basic "moves" to quickly and easily address most damper problems. This class is packed with information, in Jim's usual whirlwind approach, but it will also focus on three tools, with hands-on opportunities.


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Grand Damper Regulation in Everyday Service - Thur

Basic

Thur 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 10



Grand Damper Regulation in Everyday Service - Thur

Jim Busby busby@cut.net

Learn how to develop "a damper man's eye", and the basic "moves" to quickly and easily address most damper problems. This class is packed with information, in Jim's usual whirlwind approach, but it will also focus on three tools, with hands-on opportunities.


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Grand Rebuilding Teardown

Everyone

Thur 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 11



Grand Rebuilding Teardown

Debbie Cyr debbiecyr@me.com

Before you take everything apart, make sure you are organized so you can remember how to put everything back correctly. This class is a step by step procedure for disassembling the piano before starting the rebuilding process. We will discuss a variety of ways to organize measurements, materials and thoughts in the teardown process and share a teardown sheet for recording measurements and notations for the process of reassembly.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Debbie Cyr RPT, learned tuning in 1990 as an apprentice, and in 1992 attended the rebuilding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. She has worked as a rebuilder, has been an instructor at the North Bennet Street School since 1995, and has an extensive private tuning clientele. Debbie is also the piano technician at Brandeis University, as well as a past president and active member of the Boston Chapter Piano Technician Guild. She teaches and does tuning and technical exams at seminars and conventions on the local, regional and national levels. (debbiecyr@me.com)

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Grand Regulation Actionpaloza

Intermediate / Advanced

Thur 8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Tucson I & J



Grand Regulation Actionpaloza

Rick Baldassin & Carl Teel

This hands-on class combines the popular "Are You Regulationally Challenged?"and "Are You Still Regulationally Challenged?"classes into an all-day experience. Students will first work in small groups to diagnose problems on a series of action models after which the solutions to the problems will be presented. Each student will then regulate a PTG test model according to a step-by-step procedure and his or her work will be checked for accuracy. This will be an intense day, but the instructors will make it fun. Limit 24 students. Pre-registration required. Fee: $60. Materials and tools will only be provided for 24 participants, but observers are welcome.


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Gut Taxes

Everyone

Fri 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon D



Gut Taxes

John Gallen 1040pianos@gmail.com

So, you filed your taxes. Did you claim everything to which you were entitled? What can you do to change it? If you put a sign on your car, can you deduct all the mileage? What about health care? Will you ever retire? Let's find some answers.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Besides being Production Supervisor at Brooks, Ltd, starting nearly 23 years ago, John has also been a tax preparer for over 25 years. He is the treasurer of three different organizations, and has owned his piano business for over 31 years.

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Hammers - A Historical View

Everyone

Fri 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 4



Hammers - A Historical View

Frank Abel abel63@t-online.de

See the development of the piano hammer during the time from Cristofori to the modern hammer. View how Abel Hammer Company duplicates a set of square hammers (video). We'll take a video trip to learn more about felt manufacturing.


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Hammers & More - Thur p1

Everyone

Thur 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 11



Hammers & More - Thur p1

Dale Erwin & Jacob Erwin dale@erwinspiano.com

Join us as we cover how hammers are made and work, hammer choices for piano, client and room acoustics, hammer sampling, finding an action ratio in 5 minutes, choosing correct parts for the action geometry and hammer weights, boring and weight prep, hammer hanging, and using the Erwin hammer sander.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Dale Erwin, an RPT since 1980, has grown his tuning business into a full restoration shop over the past 48 years. He has worked with piano technicians all over the world with hammer and action jobs, and soundboard replacement. Dale strives to created the best sounding pianos possible. Jacob Erwin, full time piano technician for 11 years, is a third generation piano tech whose duties include hammer replacement, keybushing caul manufaturing, action work, web design and more. He demonstrates many problem solving skills.

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Hammers & More - Thur p3

Everyone

Thur 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 11



Hammers & More - Thur p3

Dale Erwin & Jacob Erwin dale@erwinspiano.com

Join us as we cover how hammers are made and work, hammer choices for piano, client and room acoustics, hammer sampling, finding an action ratio in 5 minutes, choosing correct parts for the action geometry and hammer weights, boring and weight prep, hammer hanging, and using the Erwin hammer sander.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Dale Erwin, an RPT since 1980, has grown his tuning business into a full restoration shop over the past 48 years. He has worked with piano technicians all over the world with hammer and action jobs, and soundboard replacement. Dale strives to created the best sounding pianos possible. Jacob Erwin, full time piano technician for 11 years, is a third generation piano tech whose duties include hammer replacement, keybushing caul manufaturing, action work, web design and more. He demonstrates many problem solving skills.

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Harpsichords - Voicing for Power

Intermediate / Advanced

Fri 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 12



Harpsichords - Voicing for Power

Ken Eschete & Paul Irvin Ken.escghete@gmail.com

There are ways to improve the projection and loudness of harpsichords in your care. We will cover everything from re-stringing using the new Birkett wire to changing the bridge pins to voicing plectra for a more vertical release.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Paul Irvin is well known as a master harpsichord maker. His instruments grace the concert stages at Northwestern University and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ken Eschete has maintained harpsichords at Tulane University and Northwestern University.

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Have Heat Gun, Will Travel - Wed

Intermediate

Wed 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 8



Have Heat Gun, Will Travel - Wed

Wim Blees Tnrwim@aol.con

Experience an in-depth discussion and demonstration on aligning, spacing, traveling, and burning grand and upright hammers and wippens.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Wim started his piano service business in St. Louis in 1977, then worked as the piano technician for the University of Alabama from 2001 -2007. He is currently working on Oahu, HI. Wim is the author of: THE BUSINESS OF PIANO TUNING: A GUIDE TO MARKETING, MANAGING, PROMOTING, BUYING AND SELLING A PIANO SERVICE BUSINESS.

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Have Heat Gun, Will Travel - Thur

Intermediate

Thur 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 8



Have Heat Gun, Will Travel - Thur

Wim Blees Tnrwim@aol.con

Experience an in-depth discussion and demonstration on aligning, spacing, traveling, and burning grand and upright hammers and wippens.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Wim started his piano service business in St. Louis in 1977, then worked as the piano technician for the University of Alabama from 2001 -2007. He is currently working on Oahu, HI. Wim is the author of: THE BUSINESS OF PIANO TUNING: A GUIDE TO MARKETING, MANAGING, PROMOTING, BUYING AND SELLING A PIANO SERVICE BUSINESS.

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High Speed Pitch Raising - Wed

Everyone

Wed 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 9



High Speed Pitch Raising - Wed

Isaac Sadigursky isaacspianoservice@gmail.com

Hear more from the ever popular Isaac Sadigursky as he shares his experiences as a high volume tuner in a warehouse and rebuilding shop where guide clipping and pitch raises were required. Accuracy was not a goal at this stage. You'll see three different methods that can help you achieve that goal.


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High Speed Pitch Raising - Fri

Everyone

Fri 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 9



High Speed Pitch Raising - Fri

Isaac Sadigursky isaacspianoservice@gmail.com

Hear more from the ever popular Isaac Sadigursky as he shares his experiences as a high volume tuner in a warehouse and rebuilding shop where guide clipping and pitch raises were required. Accuracy was not a goal at this stage. You'll see three different methods that can help you achieve that goal.


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A History of the Piano in North America

Everyone

Wed 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 4



A History of the Piano in North America

Anne Acker a.acker@comcast.net

A quick trip through the history and design of pianos in North America from the colonies of the 18th century, through the increase in makers, the spread across the country and the variety of design and manufacturing innovations through the 19th and into the early 20th century. This class will help you identify and better understand older instruments you may encounter.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Anne Acker has been working closely with all manner of 18th, 19th and 20th century stringed keyboard instruments for well over 30 years. She is a restorer, technician, builder and decorator of clavichords, harpsichords, and fortepianos, and is a technician and restorer of 19th century and 20th century pianos. She professionally appraises, writes, lectures and was a Senior Editor and major contributor to the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd ed, handling all stringed keyboards related entries, electronic instruments, acoustics, and unusual instruments. A professional performer, on piano, harpsichord and fortepiano, early organs and hurdy gurdy, she is the harpsichord for the Savannah Philharmonic and music director and harpsichordist for Savannah Baroque.

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How to Think About Voicing - Thur

Intermediate / Advanced

Thur 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 10



How to Think About Voicing - Thur

Eric Johnson ejohnson412@gmail.com

Voicing is often seen as a combination of tools and techniques, both of which will be discussed in this class. We will also explore other important but less visible issues, including differing concepts of what good piano tone is, and what is considered a "good result" in different situations.


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How to Think About Voicing - Sat

Intermediate / Advanced

Sat 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 10



How to Think About Voicing - Sat

Eric Johnson ejohnson412@gmail.com

Voicing is often seen as a combination of tools and techniques, both of which will be discussed in this class. We will also explore other important but less visible issues, including differing concepts of what good piano tone is, and what is considered a "good result" in different situations.


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Humidity & Wood

Basic

Thur 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon D



Humidity & Wood

Christian Bolduc & Charles Rempel christian@pianosbolduc.com

Join in this discussion-style class in which we analyze the relationship between relative humidity and wood. Our goal is to equip technicians with a better understanding of exactly what fluctuating humidity does to wood in general and pianos specifically. We'll also discuss what steps are taken to counteract improper humidity levels and fluctuations in the Bolduc factory and what can be done to help pianos wherever they are.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Christian Bolduc is a technician/bellyman specializing in soundboards and pinblocks. Following his studies at Ecole du Meuble de Victoriaville to become a fine cabinet and furniture maker, he spent a full year at the Schimmel factory in Braunschweig, Germany studying piano structure and design. His combined understanding of wood and design has made him an expert in his niche. He is a constant searcher for new ideas and methods to make your rebuilding projects easier. Christian is the president and owner of Pianos Bolduc.

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I Am Not A Geek

Everyone

Fri 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon D



I Am Not A Geek

Ron Berry & Julie Berry berrypiano@gmail.com

Your phone and computer can be powerful assistants if they are set up to meet your individual needs. In this class, learn how to get what you want out of your mobile phone and computer. Find out how to tame your screens and reduce your frustration. If you want just a few choices on your main screen, you can do that. We can help you figure out what you want these tools to do for you with checklists and discussion.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Graduating in philosophy from Northwestern University, Ron Berry happened into piano technology. Opportunities provided by the Piano Technicians Guild have helped Ron learn, research, and apply piano technology. In support of PTG, Ron has served on local, regional, national, and international committees and boards. He chaired the exam committee when the standardized tuning exam was established in 1981, and created the first PTG web site in 1995. Ron continues to track new ways computer technology can help piano technicians. Julie Berry, teacher and writer, appreciates marvelous things computers and smart phones can do, as long as they are not more trouble than they are worth. As Ron Berry's wife, she lives with a Ring video doorbell, Nest cameras inside and outside the house, Kēvo Bluetooth door locks, Alexa and her Echo friends, two laptops, four iPads, and several smartphones. Her mission in co-teaching this class is to represent people who like technology but only when it does what they want it to do. They want to benefit from the great things they can learn to do with their phones and computers without getting bogged down by them.

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Improving Upright Performance, 20 Tips - Thur

Intermediate

Thur 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon B



Improving Upright Performance, 20 Tips - Thur

Starr Taylor saint.piano@verizon.net

This beginner/intermediate class is designed to help technicians look at the piano as a whole system. If you know what to look for, you'll be seen as a professional. The tips in this class will help you quickly diagnose problems and fix them. Topics include tuning instability, bedding actions, ironing key bushings, fixing damper rod problems and addressing pedal issues. Questions are always encouraged!


Instructor(s) Bio:

Starr Taylor has been in the piano tuning & rebuilding business since 1985. An amateur musician and journeyman machinist, he started his own business in Tampa, Florida in 1987. A full service provider, he offers tuning, voicing, action rebuilding & soundboard installation. Starr also teaches at the local and national level and has contributed articles to newsletters and the PTG Journal.

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Improving Upright Performance, 20 Tips - Fri

Intermediate

Fri 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon B



Improving Upright Performance, 20 Tips - Fri

Starr Taylor saint.piano@verizon.net

This beginner/intermediate class is designed to help technicians look at the piano as a whole system. If you know what to look for, you'll be seen as a professional. The tips in this class will help you quickly diagnose problems and fix them. Topics include tuning instability, bedding actions, ironing key bushings, fixing damper rod problems and addressing pedal issues. Questions are always encouraged!


Instructor(s) Bio:

Starr Taylor has been in the piano tuning & rebuilding business since 1985. An amateur musician and journeyman machinist, he started his own business in Tampa, Florida in 1987. A full service provider, he offers tuning, voicing, action rebuilding & soundboard installation. Starr also teaches at the local and national level and has contributed articles to newsletters and the PTG Journal.

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Installation of the Grand Pre-Crowned Soundboard

Basic

Fri 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 11



Installation of the Grand Pre-Crowned Soundboard

Christian Bolduc christian@pianosbolduc.com

So you're ready to install your first pre-crowned soundboard. Step by step, learn how to take the proper measurements and references before removing the original soundboard and ordering your new board. Learn how to create a clever, inexpensive hot box to dry and prepare the new pre-crowned soundboard before installation.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Christian Bolduc is a technician/bellyman specializing in soundboards and pinblocks. Following his studies at Ecole du Meuble de Victoriaville to become a fine cabinet and furniture maker, he spent a full year at the Schimmel factory in Braunschweig, Germany studying piano structure and design. His combined understanding of wood and design has made him an expert in his niche. He is a constant searcher for new ideas and methods to make your rebuilding projects easier. Christian is the president and owner of Pianos Bolduc.

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The Inventions of Claude Montal (1800-1865)

Everyone

Fri 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 4



The Inventions of Claude Montal (1800-1865)

Fred Sturm fssturm@unm.edu

Montal was totally blind from early childhood, but this did not prevent him from teaching himself to tune and repair pianos, writing a very detailed book about that subject, and then proceeding to become a successful piano manufacturer. As a manufacturer, he developed a number of innovative ideas, many of which he patented. Among these were several action designs (including double escapement for uprights), a transposing keyboard system, a system of adjustable iron rods behind the back posts (under tension) as an alternative to iron bars within the string plane (under compression), and others. We will look at some of these in the context of the history of the time.


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It's a Feel thing

Everyone

Thur 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 12



It's a Feel thing

David Andersen david@davidandersenianos.com

Become sensitive to the elegance of trusting your body to do master-level work: high-end regulation and voicing by sound and feel...


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It's Your Caul

Everyone

Fri 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 8



It's Your Caul

Trix Erwin & Jacob Erwin dale@erwinspiano.com

Using the Spurlock Two-Caul Method, we'll show you how to make keybushing replacement fun, fast and accurate. The class includes a step-by-step slide/video presentation and a hands-on portion.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Trix Erwin earned the honorary title of Keybushing Queen in the Erwin's rebuilding shop, and can re-bush both rails in 90 minutes. Her additional contributions are re-stringing, bookkeeping, and whatever else requiring an extra pair of hands.

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Jumpstart Your Business

Everyone

Thur 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 12



Jumpstart Your Business

Tim Barnes timothy@gazelleapp.io

Geared towards young businesses and new piano technicians, this class will teach you how to build your piano service business, avoid mistakes, and turn your ideas into a growing business.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Timothy Barnes, RPT is the co-founder of Gazelle & Well-Loved Piano. Over the past 15 years he has helped hundreds of piano technicians build & grow their business, enabling them to thrive as a piano technicians in this modern age.

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Key Making - Fri

Everyone

Fri 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon C



Key Making - Fri

David Rubenstein dr@pianosrubenstein.com

Hear David describe how he designs and manufactures piano keyboards. The class will include a slide show demonstration of the entire process, from design to finished product. Rubenstein pianos is a manufacturer of replacement key-sets for existing as well as new pianos.


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Key Making - Sat

Everyone

Sat 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon C



Key Making - Sat

David Rubenstein dr@pianosrubenstein.com

Hear David describe how he designs and manufactures piano keyboards. The class will include a slide show demonstration of the entire process, from design to finished product. Rubenstein pianos is a manufacturer of replacement key-sets for existing as well as new pianos.


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Maintenance for the Piano Forte

Everyone

Fri 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 12



Maintenance for the Piano Forte

Paul McNulty info@fortepiano.eu

We'll do a maintenance survey particular to the Viennese design. The class will also feature advice and demonstration on tuning, temperaments, voicing, strings, leather, felt, repairs, etc.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Paul McNulty is the most highly respected builder working today. His instruments, modeled after the best instruments of classical and romantic era are the result of meticulous research of the originals. He has built more than 200 fortepianos after Stein, Walter, Hofmann, Fritz, Graf, Pleyel, Boisselot and Streicher, which feature in many recordings and are owned by prominent players and leading music institutions such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Paul Badura-Skoda, Ronald Brautigam, Warsaw Chopin Institute, Klassik Stiftung Weimar and Glyndebourne Festival. Paul McNulty's recent accomplishment is a copy of "Chopin's Warsaw piano"Buchholtz 1826, the first in modern time

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Making Obsolete Parts - Wed

Intermediate / Advanced

Wed 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 11



Making Obsolete Parts - Wed

Joe Garrett joegarrett@earthlink.net

As a specialist in Square Grands, Over-damper Uprights and other oddities, Joe has learned how to make parts for these obsolete beasts. Find out how you can do it, too, if the need arises.


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Making Obsolete Parts - Thur

Intermediate / Advanced

Thur 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 11



Making Obsolete Parts - Thur

Joe Garrett joegarrett@earthlink.net

As a specialist in Square Grands, Over-damper Uprights and other oddities, Joe has learned how to make parts for these obsolete beasts. Find out how you can do it, too, if the need arises.


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Mason & Hamlin Factory Grand Regulation

Everyone

Fri 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 9



Mason & Hamlin Factory Grand Regulation

Bruce Clark & Marvin Rus ninawng@earthlink.net

This class will cover Mason & Hamlin factory procedures of action regulation. It will demonstrate proper tools, techniques and special jigs unique to the Mason & Hamlin Piano. This method gives the pianist a very uniform feel across the keyboard. Includes discussions of the composite actions with Marvin Rus.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Bruce Clark grew up working in the shop at his father's piano store in Kansas. After college, he began his associations with several manufacturers including Falcone and the Mason & Hamlin division of the Aeolian American Corp. Today he is a senior Design Engineer at Mason & Hamlin and Wessell, Nickel & Gross. Among other achievements, Bruce was the lead design engineer on the new Mason & Hamlin AA-64, B-54 and CC-94, and also served as one of the lead design engineers for the Wessell, Nickel & Gross Composite Action project.

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Modern Straight Strung Piano Design

Everyone

Thur 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 4



Modern Straight Strung Piano Design

Arno Patin arnopianos@gmail.com

From the initial concept of what the concert size piano should be, through scale design, plate calculation, modeling, and complete manufacturing process, we will review all possible elements leading to the existence of a new instrument created from scratch. Recordings and three-dimensional drawings will be provided, as well as a series of visuals demonstrating the major dramatic moments of this great adventure.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Started apprenticeship as an Organ Maker at age 17 in France and Germany. Worked as a piano re-builder first for a major piano dealership in Paris, while also translating into French and later English all possible technical piano literature from the German. Later studied with concert tuner in Paris and set own shop in Paris, while studying acoustics and structural engineering at Paris and Lausanne Universities. Moved to the US in 2003, set shop in Ann Arbor as a piano re-builder and developed new techniques for soundboard design and manufacturing. Developed string scaling software for re-scaling using the Paulello wire. Received commission for own design and built first model of modern concert straight-strung piano, delivered in 2015. Currently living and working as piano technician/re-builder in Portland, Oregon.

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Montal's Art of Tuning

Everyone

Wed 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 10



Montal's Art of Tuning

Fred Sturm fssturm@unm.edu

Learn about the first sophisticated aural tuning method for equal temperament, developed by Claude Montal over 180 years ago. He began by training the ear to hear just (beatless) intervals and chords, then taught how to create and recognize correctly tempered intervals (major thirds and fifths), having them sound "equally out of tune but tolerable” rather than counting beats. These tempered intervals are assembled into chords, listened to in all inversions as a whole sound. Finally, this ear training is applied to a temperament sequence, with many checks along the way, and with a reverse sequence in case things didn’t quite work out perfectly.


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New Grand Piano Prep: Making a Difference Dealers will Pay For

Everyone

Thur 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 2



New Grand Piano Prep: Making a Difference Dealers will Pay For

David Reed dreed@kawaius.com

This session provides practical guidelines and demonstration for preparing new grand pianos in the dealer showroom. With a goal of spending 4 to 6 hours maximum on the piano, David will cover evaluation of the piano, prioritizing what work can be done in the time allowed, and making sure you give the dealer the most bang for the buck. In addition to technical aspects of dealer work, David will discuss working with dealers so that they will learn to value the results of the preparation.


Instructor(s) Bio:

David Reed began working on pianos in 1980 in Fort Worth, Texas and became a RPT in 1989. He eventually became the National Service Manager for Yamaha from 2005 to 2010 and taught classes at national and regional conventions. After serving briefly as the National Service Manager for Pearl River, David joined Kawai in 2011 as its National Service Manager.

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New Ways to Streamline Your Business with Technology - Wed

Everyone

Wed 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon D



New Ways to Streamline Your Business with Technology - Wed

Ron Berry berrypiano@gmail.com

We have a wide variety of technologies to help us manage our businesses. Ron keeps up to date on what you can use to keep your business efficient and secure. This is an overview of apps for customer records, invoicing, reminders, credit cards, mileage, banking, password management, and expenses. Wouldn't it be nice to have all your record keeping done by the time you leave your customer's home? How can you harness your computer to be more useful? Can technology help you communicate in another language with a customer who doesn't speak English? Come see what is possible.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Graduating in philosophy from Northwestern University, Ron Berry happened into piano technology. Opportunities provided by the Piano Technicians Guild have helped Ron learn, research, and apply piano technology. In support of PTG, Ron has served on local, regional, national, and international committees and boards. He chaired the exam committee when the standardized tuning exam was established in 1981, and created the first PTG web site in 1995. Ron continues to track new ways computer technology can help piano technicians.

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New Ways to Streamline Your Business with Technology - Fri

Everyone

Fri 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon D



New Ways to Streamline Your Business with Technology - Fri

Ron Berry berrypiano@gmail.com

We have a wide variety of technologies to help us manage our businesses. Ron keeps up to date on what you can use to keep your business efficient and secure. This is an overview of apps for customer records, invoicing, reminders, credit cards, mileage, banking, password management, and expenses. Wouldn't it be nice to have all your record keeping done by the time you leave your customer's home? How can you harness your computer to be more useful? Can technology help you communicate in another language with a customer who doesn't speak English? Come see what is possible.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Graduating in philosophy from Northwestern University, Ron Berry happened into piano technology. Opportunities provided by the Piano Technicians Guild have helped Ron learn, research, and apply piano technology. In support of PTG, Ron has served on local, regional, national, and international committees and boards. He chaired the exam committee when the standardized tuning exam was established in 1981, and created the first PTG web site in 1995. Ron continues to track new ways computer technology can help piano technicians.

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A New World Model for Key Balancing - Sat p1

Intermediate / Advanced

Sat 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 2



A New World Model for Key Balancing - Sat p1

David Stanwood stanwood@tiac.net

Very even and predictable feeling touch is produced by presetting key-leads once and for all to a perfect scale in shop or factory. Hammer weights are then scaled evenly to produce the desired level of Down and Up Weight. A computer free alternative to the unreliable down weight method. Attend The Table of Touch Design Elements as an introduction to this class.


Instructor(s) Bio:

David Stanwood pioneered the concept of Component Touch Weight Balancing based on calculations of hammer and key weighting scales with his Equation of Balance. Now he has reverse engineered his approach to create a simple computer free alternative to the unreliable method for setting key leads with down weight. It's so simple that it has the potential to become the New World Method for Key Balancing.

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A New World Model for Key Balancing - Sat p4

Intermediate / Advanced

Sat 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 2



A New World Model for Key Balancing - Sat p4

David Stanwood stanwood@tiac.net

Very even and predictable feeling touch is produced by presetting key-leads once and for all to a perfect scale in shop or factory. Hammer weights are then scaled evenly to produce the desired level of Down and Up Weight. A computer free alternative to the unreliable down weight method. Attend The Table of Touch Design Elements as an introduction to this class.


Instructor(s) Bio:

David Stanwood pioneered the concept of Component Touch Weight Balancing based on calculations of hammer and key weighting scales with his Equation of Balance. Now he has reverse engineered his approach to create a simple computer free alternative to the unreliable method for setting key leads with down weight. It's so simple that it has the potential to become the New World Method for Key Balancing.

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Options for Keeping the Old Soundboard - Fri

Intermediate / Advanced

Fri 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon B



Options for Keeping the Old Soundboard - Fri

John Pope john.pope@uky.edu

You can rebuild a piano with its old soundboard and still make it sing beautifully! We will talk about how to get acceptable downbearing, the Wapin bridge system, and a method for recrowning the board in the piano.


Instructor(s) Bio:

John earned Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Baylor University in 1986 and learned tuning from Baylor technician Danny Boone. John worked with piano retailers in Waco, TX and Richmond, VA. In 1997 he moved to Kentucky and contracted with Centre College and Berea College before gaining a full time position at the University of Kentucky in 2014. Along the way he learned rebuilding skills from many different PTG mentors, notably including Charles Fry RPT and Jim Geiger RPT.

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Options for Keeping the Old Soundboard - Sat

Intermediate / Advanced

Sat 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon B



Options for Keeping the Old Soundboard - Sat

John Pope john.pope@uky.edu

You can rebuild a piano with its old soundboard and still make it sing beautifully! We will talk about how to get acceptable downbearing, the Wapin bridge system, and a method for recrowning the board in the piano.


Instructor(s) Bio:

John earned Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Baylor University in 1986 and learned tuning from Baylor technician Danny Boone. John worked with piano retailers in Waco, TX and Richmond, VA. In 1997 he moved to Kentucky and contracted with Centre College and Berea College before gaining a full time position at the University of Kentucky in 2014. Along the way he learned rebuilding skills from many different PTG mentors, notably including Charles Fry RPT and Jim Geiger RPT.

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Piano Cleaning for Performance Enhancement

Everyone

Sat 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 8



Piano Cleaning for Performance Enhancement

Ashley Turner ashley@pianoexpectations.com

Learn the benefits of internal piano cleaning (action, keybed, soundboard, plate, and strings) as well as methods and products. We'll discuss the strategies for scheduling this much needed service and compare notes on health and safety when dealing with dust and contaminants. There will not be a significant emphasis on the cabinet.


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The Piano Life Saver System - check time

Everyone

Fri 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon B



The Piano Life Saver System - check time

Kelly Hollifield & Charles Rempel charles@dampp-chaser.com

Whether you have installed hundreds of PLS Systems or never done one, bring your questions. Why does it do this when the RH is that? What's the best way to install this? Anything goes!


Instructor(s) Bio:

Kelly Hollifield joined Dampp-Chaser 14 years ago. She has been involved in all aspects of the business, including human resources, production management, product quality and development, and technical customer support. She has proudly served as General Manager since 2010. Charles Rempel is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Dampp-Chaser and is heavily involved in product development and technical support. He has over 30 years of experience as a piano technician. He has also owned and operated a retail store, ran a complete restoration shop, and served as a District Sales Representative for a piano manufacturer.

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Piano Moving 101

Everyone

Thur 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 8



Piano Moving 101

Gary Telleen gary@telleenpiano.com

See a demonstration of the basic skills, techniques and proper equipment necessary for safely moving both grand and vertical pianos. Techniques useful to in-home technicians such as dolly installations will also be addressed.


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Piano Technician Project Manager - Wed

Everyone

Wed 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon D



Piano Technician Project Manager - Wed

Matt Hirschfelder info@northwestpianoservice.com

If you want a repair box of client jobs to do...this class is for you! Technicians will enhance their scope of organization from little to enormous projects. We will dive into sub-contracting for restoration companies, working with vendors and insurance companies, all while protecting your client's valuable piano.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Matt Hirschfelder, of Northwest Piano Service LLC, is an experienced educator. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Washington and an Undergraduate degree in Music Education from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. Since he didn't burn the Lancaster Mariott down at his 2018 Institute class, we thought to give him a go in Tucson...if he doesn't catch fire first! Additionally, Mr. Hirschfelder is a regular presenter at the Portland and Eugene chapters of the Piano Technicians Guild.

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Piano Technician Project Manager - Sat

Everyone

Sat 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon D



Piano Technician Project Manager - Sat

Matt Hirschfelder info@northwestpianoservice.com

If you want a repair box of client jobs to do...this class is for you! Technicians will enhance their scope of organization from little to enormous projects. We will dive into sub-contracting for restoration companies, working with vendors and insurance companies, all while protecting your client's valuable piano.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Matt Hirschfelder, of Northwest Piano Service LLC, is an experienced educator. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Washington and an Undergraduate degree in Music Education from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. Since he didn't burn the Lancaster Mariott down at his 2018 Institute class, we thought to give him a go in Tucson...if he doesn't catch fire first! Additionally, Mr. Hirschfelder is a regular presenter at the Portland and Eugene chapters of the Piano Technicians Guild.

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Piano Technicians Playground

Everyone

Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: San Luis 1 & 2



Piano Technicians Playground

Bill Davis bill@pianoplace.net

The ever-evolving Playground has multiple workstations where individuals watch video instruction and then perform specific skills in an environment promoting success without time constraints. All tasks are presented in a step-by-step manner. Whether a 30-year technician or just beginning, this hands-on class where tools and materials are provided offers a best-practice opportunity to explore, discover, practice, improve and polish core competencies and skills. If possible, participants should download or stream videos on their own tablet or laptop from the PTG Online Academy or the in-class Wi-Fi (Please bring a web-capable device and earbuds). Master your craft. --This year make sure to stop in the room where the Piano Technicians Playground is to try your hand at practicing a new skill in an advanced manned station that will change every class period. For the first period John Gallen will show you how to measure hammer angles and then bore a hammer using those specs. During the second period one of the most asked questions asked online will be answered. Debbie Cyr, RPT will walk you through replacing a Yamaha style hammer flange cord. And finally, you won't want to miss the opportunity to have Trix Erwin walk you through how to install a string when restringing a piano.


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PianoDisc Prodigy

Intermediate

Thur 1:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 9



PianoDisc Prodigy

Mark Burgett markb@pianodisc.com

The next generation of PianoDisc is here. Bluetooth ready and a new app for a new generation, and cloud storage. Incredible expandability, all in one invisible package. Meet the challenge with this class, download the app and learn all the setup features. Includes hands-on training.


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Practical Knowledge for Tuning and Maintenance of 19th Century Pianos - Thur

Intermediate / Advanced

Thur 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 2



Practical Knowledge for Tuning and Maintenance of 19th Century Pianos - Thur

Anne Acker a.acker@comcast.net

This class will offer practical tips for tuning and maintaining 19th century pianos to help technicians in the field and shop leave fear behind when encountering non-modern standard designs. Topics will include but not be limited to: tuning square pianos, square piano actions, issues in tuning 18th and 19th century pianos, Viennese actions and their over-damper systems, Erard actions, how various types of damper systems and actions can fail and what you can do, and more depending upon time and interest. Attendees are highly encouraged to bring questions and examples of problems and instruments encountered.


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Practical Knowledge for Tuning and Maintenance of 19th Century Pianos - Fri

Intermediate / Advanced

Fri 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 2



Practical Knowledge for Tuning and Maintenance of 19th Century Pianos - Fri

Anne Acker a.acker@comcast.net

This class will offer practical tips for tuning and maintaining 19th century pianos to help technicians in the field and shop leave fear behind when encountering non-modern standard designs. Topics will include but not be limited to: tuning square pianos, square piano actions, issues in tuning 18th and 19th century pianos, Viennese actions and their over-damper systems, Erard actions, how various types of damper systems and actions can fail and what you can do, and more depending upon time and interest. Attendees are highly encouraged to bring questions and examples of problems and instruments encountered.


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Premium Piano Experience

Everyone

Fri 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 2



Premium Piano Experience

David Durben & Kevin Suzuki Ddurben@yamaha.com

In 2008, Yamaha purchased the BÜsendorfer Piano company. As the two companies continue their independent R&D efforts, each has introduced advances in design and production, aimed at the "Premium Piano"market. In this class we examine both instruments and share how the approach to each should be similar, and different.


Instructor(s) Bio:

David Durben began piano service in 1976, joining Yamaha in 1999. His duties include service assistance for Yamaha and Boesendorfer, head instructor for the Performance Piano Service Seminar, and prep technician for Yamaha Premium and Boesendorfer pianos in the Concert and Artist suite at the Yamaha headquarters in Buena Park.

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Premium Service for Regular Pianos - Wed

Intermediate

Wed 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon B



Premium Service for Regular Pianos

Cy Shuster cy@shusterpiano.com

Any job worth doing is worth doing poorly... rather than not at all. An average upright can benefit greatly from a quick look at regulation and friction. You'll learn how to pick the worst problems and make a big improvement with minimal tools and time.


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Premium Service for Regular Pianos - Thur

Intermediate

Thu 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon B



Premium Service for Regular Pianos

Cy Shuster cy@shusterpiano.com

Any job worth doing is worth doing poorly... rather than not at all. An average upright can benefit greatly from a quick look at regulation and friction. You'll learn how to pick the worst problems and make a big improvement with minimal tools and time.


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Pure 12th Equal Temperament - Wed

Everyone

Wed 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon C



Pure 12th Equal Temperament - Wed

Bernhard Stopper & Kent Swafford b98tu@t-online.de

Learn details about Pure 12th equal temperament from the originator Bernhard Stopper and Kent Swafford, a longtime proponent of it. We discuss the interesting inherent beat patterns, the general fit with various inharmonicity profiles and setting pure 12th temperament aurally.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Bernhard Stopper, Klavierbaumeister, has a piano restoration workshop and tuning service in Tƒbingen, Germany, and is the author of Pure Twelfth Equal Temperament, OnlyPure and Unisono tuning software. Kent Swafford, RPT, is the piano technician for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the author of Piano Technicians Journal articles, a past president of the Piano Technicians Guild, and a recipient of PTG's Golden Hammer Award.

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Pure 12th Equal Temperament - Sat

Everyone

Sat 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon C



Pure 12th Equal Temperament - Sat

Bernhard Stopper & Kent Swafford b98tu@t-online.de

Learn details about Pure 12th equal temperament from the originator Bernhard Stopper and Kent Swafford, a longtime proponent of it. We discuss the interesting inherent beat patterns, the general fit with various inharmonicity profiles and setting pure 12th temperament aurally.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Bernhard Stopper, Klavierbaumeister, has a piano restoration workshop and tuning service in Tƒbingen, Germany, and is the author of Pure Twelfth Equal Temperament, OnlyPure and Unisono tuning software. Kent Swafford, RPT, is the piano technician for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the author of Piano Technicians Journal articles, a past president of the Piano Technicians Guild, and a recipient of PTG's Golden Hammer Award.

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QRS Music Technologies: Discover the Legend - Discover the Profit

Everyone

Fri 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 2



QRS Music Technologies: Discover the Legend - Discover the Profit

Lori Clutter Loric@QRSinc.com

QRS Music Technologies has done it again. Increase your profits with a variety of exciting new products that can be included on your next service call. Come see how easy it is to boost your income.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Tom Dolan - CEO of QRS Music Technologies Lori Clutter - Regional Manufacturers Representative for QRS

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Re-covering Player Accessories--R U Nuts!

Intermediate

Thur 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon B



Re-covering Player Accessories--R U Nuts!

Matt Hirschfelder info@northwestpianoservice.com

Participants will engage in re-covering a simple player accessory pneumatic. Our goal is to measure and identify various types of accessory pneumatics. Then move on to rebuilding one by scraping, sanding, and gluing a pneumatic back together. Extra time will be spent on gluing up a hinge as well.


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Repairing Grand Lyres

Everyone

Wed 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 11



Repairing Grand Lyres

Debbie Cyr debbiecyr@me.com

We'll cover all kinds of grand lyre repairs, featuring proper repairs for unglued lyre posts, a whirlwind pedal box tour, all kinds of pedal mechanisms, and a demonstration of just how easy installing a Steinway lyre really is!!


Instructor(s) Bio:

Debbie Cyr RPT, learned tuning in 1990 as an apprentice, and in 1992 attended the rebuilding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. She has worked as a rebuilder, has been an instructor at the North Bennet Street School since 1995, and has an extensive private tuning clientele. Debbie is also the piano technician at Brandeis University, as well as a past president and active member of the Boston Chapter Piano Technician Guild. She teaches and does tuning and technical exams at seminars and conventions on the local, regional and national levels. (debbiecyr@me.com)

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Restoring the Jansen Artist Bench In 1 Hour - Wed

Everyone

Wed 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon C



Restoring the Jansen Artist Bench In 1 Hour - Wed

Gerry Cousins cousins_gerry@msn.com

This new class covers the care, maintenance, repairs and restoration of the fabled Paul Jansen & Son artist bench. You'll learn tips and tricks that demonstrate the steps necessary for restoration of the most common problems with the aging benches. In less than one hour go from the rocky, wibbly wobbly to the original solid foundation that all artists appreciate.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Mr. Cousins' business acumen and experiences from self-ownership through corporate management, his deep analytical capacity within the engineering disciplines and the attention for constant improvement of efficiencies, provides simple creative solutions for seemingly complex challenges. He is a valued lecturer in many industries. His unique insights and perspective is always fresh.

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Restoring the Jansen Artist Bench In 1 Hour - Fri

Everyone

Fri 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon C



Restoring the Jansen Artist Bench In 1 Hour - Fri

Gerry Cousins cousins_gerry@msn.com

This new class covers the care, maintenance, repairs and restoration of the fabled Paul Jansen & Son artist bench. You'll learn tips and tricks that demonstrate the steps necessary for restoration of the most common problems with the aging benches. In less than one hour go from the rocky, wibbly wobbly to the original solid foundation that all artists appreciate.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Mr. Cousins' business acumen and experiences from self-ownership through corporate management, his deep analytical capacity within the engineering disciplines and the attention for constant improvement of efficiencies, provides simple creative solutions for seemingly complex challenges. He is a valued lecturer in many industries. His unique insights and perspective is always fresh.

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Roberts Rules Made Easy

Everyone

Fri 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 8



Roberts Rules Made Easy

Barbara Cassaday Barbara@ptg.org

In this class you will learn not only how to participate in a meeting using Robert's Rules of Order but how to chair it as well. You'll be introduced to the 13 most used motions and practice with the top 3 most used -and misused -motions. Learn how to handle different scenarios as the chair. In the end you should not only be comfortable participating in a meeting but have the knowledge to chair a basic business meeting as well. Handouts available. Win prizes.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Joined PTG in Oct. 2000 with over 30 years of Business Administration experience. Earned the National Association of Parliamentarians certification of Registered Parliamentarian in 2017. Currently hold the office of Vice President of the Fishing River Unit, Bylaws Committee Chair of the Missouri State Association of Parliamentarians and hold a position on the MSAP Board of Directors.

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RU Socially Secure?

Everyone

Thur 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon D



RU Socially Secure?

John Gallen 1040pianos@gmail.com

Are you retired or thinking about retirement? When can you retire? How much will you get? Is there a limit on what you can earn? What if you keep working in retirement? These questions and more will be covered.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Besides being Production Supervisor at Brooks, Ltd, starting nearly 23 years ago, John has also been a tax preparer for over 25 years. He is the treasurer of four different organizations, and has owned his piano business for over 31 years.

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Seiler Piano - Unique Patents and Features

Everyone

Sat 1:30p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 9



Seiler Piano - Unique Patents and Features

Ludwig Vasicek

Seiler has long led the industry in pioneering patents over its long history. All developed and executed by Seiler's highly qualified engineers, these patents are explored as relative to the piano technician. These include the magnetic repetition action, as well as the newest innovation - the leadless keyboard!


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Sharpening Your Tools - Fri

Everyone

Fri 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 9



Sharpening Your Tools - Fri

Joe Garrett joegarrett@earthlink.net

A dull tool is dangerous. A sharp tool will enable you to do a sharp job, safely. Bring any dull tools you have if you want to sharpen them in class.


Instructor(s) Bio:

With a background in woodworking, boat building and high mechancal aptitude, I entered the field of Piano Technology 45 years ago. In another universe I was a chef that required sharp knifes. Check out my website: oregonpianotuner.com

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Sharpening Your Tools - Sat

Everyone

Sat 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Room: Salon 9



Sharpening Your Tools - Sat

Joe Garrett joegarrett@earthlink.net

A dull tool is dangerous. A sharp tool will enable you to do a sharp job, safely. Bring any dull tools you have if you want to sharpen them in class.


Instructor(s) Bio:

With a background in woodworking, boat building and high mechancal aptitude, I entered the field of Piano Technology 45 years ago. In another universe I was a chef that required sharp knifes. Check out my website: oregonpianotuner.com

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Shop Help

Everyone

Fri 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 12



Shop Help

Alan Eder EderPianoService@mail.com

Learn how to make the most—and avoid the pitfalls—of shop help. RPT Alan Eder is an expert in this field and has the scars-of-experience to prove it. This class has broad application to anyone considering expanding their piano servicing operation to include hired assistants and/or apprentices. Come help further the conversation!


Instructor(s) Bio:

Instructor Biography Alan Eder has worked at CalArts for over 35 years. Along with Richard Davenport and others, he participated in a documentary film about rebuilding pianos called "American Grand". Alan has published several articles in the Journal and taught a wide variety of classes at the chapter, regional and national levels.

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Soundboards - Past and Future

Everyone

Thur 1:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 4



Soundboards - Past and Future

Del Fandrich ddfandrich@gmail.com

The evolution of the piano slowly moves along. This continues discussion from Del's previous classes on piano soundboard theory, traditional construction, modern laminated systems, and the future of composites both with and without ribs. This year there is a greater emphasis on the acoustics of composites suitable for soundboards, bridges, and other components.


Instructor(s) Bio:

For over five decades Fandrich has worked as a piano tuner, rebuilder, designer, builder, and researcher. He has served as principle design and technical consultant with leading pianomakers worldwide. He has presented technical classes, lectures and seminars around the world, and has authored numerous technical articles in the PTG Journal.

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Start Paying Yourself a Salary - Fri

Everyone

Fri 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon D



Start Paying Yourself a Salary - Fri

Morgan Cowell morgan.cowell@yahoo.com

You've just been paid for your work. Now what? Finances keeping you up at night? Ever look at your bank account in horror wondering where all the money went? This class will discuss money management, paying yourself a consistent salary, cost analysis, and will take an in-depth look at several case studies.


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Start Paying Yourself a Salary - Sat

Everyone

Sat 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon D



Start Paying Yourself a Salary - Sat

Morgan Cowell morgan.cowell@yahoo.com

You've just been paid for your work. Now what? Finances keeping you up at night? Ever look at your bank account in horror wondering where all the money went? This class will discuss money management, paying yourself a consistent salary, cost analysis, and will take an in-depth look at several case studies.


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Steinway History & Service

Everyone

Wed 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 4



Steinway History & Service

Bill Shull bdshull@aol.com

After looking at the pianos built by Steinway from its beginnings, we will look at the significant design elements and special service challenges of pianos built from 1853 to 1930.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Bill Shull, RPT, M.Mus. is a piano technician with a tuning and restoration business, Shull Piano, is the founder of Period Piano Center and has studied the manufacturing output of several major manufacturers.

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The Table of Touch Design Elements

Intermediate / Advanced

Fri 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 12



The Table of Touch Design Elements

David Stanwood stanwood@tiac.net

We know that playing quality in a well balanced piano action is a function of Inertia produced by Ratio, Hammer Weights, Key Lead Weights, and the resulting Balance Weights. These relationships are clearly seen and understood when organized into rows and columns in a form not unlike chemistry's Periodic Table of Elements. Attend A New World Model for Key Balancing as a follow-up to this class.


Instructor(s) Bio:

David Stanwood pioneered the field of Touch Weight Metrology in the 1990's with his discovery of the Equation of Balance. His landmark PTJournal articles in 2000 serve as a guide to understanding the central importance of hammer weight and it's relation to the wide range of action ratio levels found in the pianos we work on.

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Take the PTG Written Exam

Everyone

Wed 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 9



Take the PTG Written Exam

Robert Guenther r.guenther.rpt@gmail.com

The Written Exam will be offered Wednesday, July 10 during 1st period. Examinees should come to the room indicated on the schedule. Visually impaired technicians will take their exams in the ETSC office. You must bring your current PTG membership card with you to take the exam. No extra fee required to take the Written Exam. A Written Examination Study Guide is available online on the Certification Page at www.ptg.org. For PTG Associate members only.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Robert Guenther has a Bachelor of Music degree (1973), started tuning pianos as a hobby in 1976 and opened his business in 1979. He joined PTG in 1985 and became a CTE in 1987. He taught at the Chicago School for Piano Technology from 2005 through 2014.

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Technical Examiner Training

Intermediate

Thur 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Room #3584



Technical Examiner Training

Hannah Beckett hannah.beckett@icloud.com

The supervising examiner on a Technical Exam must be certified as a Technical Examiner, Certified (TEC) in order for the exam to be valid. We'll discuss the certification requirements, demonstrate exam equipment, analyze the skills and attitudes required of a competent examiner, and talk about common exam problems and issues. All RPTs with an interest in Technical testing, TECs with questions, TEC trainees and RPTs just thinking about getting involved in testing are invited to attend. For RPT members only. Please RSVP to Hannah Beckett by July 1 if you will be attending. Hannah: hannah.beckett@icloud.com


Instructor(s) Bio:

Hannah Beckett, RPT is a continual student of piano technology and enjoys servicing pianos in the Northern Virginia area.

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Techniques for Passing Part 1 of the PTG Tuning Exam - Wed

Everyone

Wed 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon C



Techniques for Passing Part 1 of the PTG Tuning Exam - Wed

Bill Bremmer billbrpt@charter.net

The focus will be exclusively on the techniques required to pass Part 1 of the PTG Tuning Exam: Pitch from either a tuning fork or an aural electronic source. The benefits and perils of each will be explored. There will be four temperament tuning sequences demonstrated: a traditional fourths and fifths sequence and three sequences which begin with a chain of contiguous major thirds.


Instructor(s) Bio:

36 year RPT, 28 year Certified Tuning Examiner, frequent Convention Instructor and Journal contributor. Known for innovative tuning techniques and having helped countless individuals pass the PTG Tuning Exam.

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Techniques for Passing Part 1 of the PTG Tuning Exam - Fri

Everyone

Fri 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon C



Techniques for Passing Part 1 of the PTG Tuning Exam - Fri

Bill Bremmer billbrpt@charter.net

The focus will be exclusively on the techniques required to pass Part 1 of the PTG Tuning Exam: Pitch from either a tuning fork or an aural electronic source. The benefits and perils of each will be explored. There will be four temperament tuning sequences demonstrated: a traditional fourths and fifths sequence and three sequences which begin with a chain of contiguous major thirds.


Instructor(s) Bio:

36 year RPT, 28 year Certified Tuning Examiner, frequent Convention Instructor and Journal contributor. Known for innovative tuning techniques and having helped countless individuals pass the PTG Tuning Exam.

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The Upright Action Center - Thur p1

Everyone

Thur 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon C



The Upright Action Center - Thur p1

Keith Bowman & Mike Carraher bowmanpiano@comcast.net

Every moving part in the action rotates from a fixed point and is attached to a rail with a felt bushed flange. The condition of the flange determines both friction and alignment and must be satisfied before regulation can begin. This class covers: when to re-pin and when to re-bush; reaming felt; sizing the center pin; fitting and modifying the bird's eye; swing test and friction measurements; new factory procedure for testing bird's eye friction; bushing cloth selection, flange replacement and more!


Instructor(s) Bio:

Keith Bowman RPT - Keith has over 45 years of experience in woodworking and has worked full time in piano technology since 1981. He is known for development of a wide range of tools and fixtures, and as a past creator of the Golden Hammer Award. Keith teaches regionally and nationally on many subjects and has authored several articles in the Piano Technicians Journal. He is a senior technical consultant for Hailun USA. Mike Carraher RPT - Since 1979 Mike has worked full time in piano service and rebuilding. He has been a Certified Examiner for the PTG since 1981, and continues to provide training and mentorship as a regional and national PTG instructor. He has served on numerous committees at the local and national level and has received several PTG awards including Member of Note and Examiner of the Year. He is a senior technical consultant for Hailun USA and makes shop tools and fixtures for the industry.

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The Upright Action Center - Thur p2

Everyone

Thur 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon C



The Upright Action Center - Thur p2

Keith Bowman & Mike Carraher bowmanpiano@comcast.net

Every moving part in the action rotates from a fixed point and is attached to a rail with a felt bushed flange. The condition of the flange determines both friction and alignment and must be satisfied before regulation can begin. This class covers: when to re-pin and when to re-bush; reaming felt; sizing the center pin; fitting and modifying the bird's eye; swing test and friction measurements; new factory procedure for testing bird's eye friction; bushing cloth selection, flange replacement and more!


Instructor(s) Bio:

Keith Bowman RPT - Keith has over 45 years of experience in woodworking and has worked full time in piano technology since 1981. He is known for development of a wide range of tools and fixtures, and as a past creator of the Golden Hammer Award. Keith teaches regionally and nationally on many subjects and has authored several articles in the Piano Technicians Journal. He is a senior technical consultant for Hailun USA. Mike Carraher RPT - Since 1979 Mike has worked full time in piano service and rebuilding. He has been a Certified Examiner for the PTG since 1981, and continues to provide training and mentorship as a regional and national PTG instructor. He has served on numerous committees at the local and national level and has received several PTG awards including Member of Note and Examiner of the Year. He is a senior technical consultant for Hailun USA and makes shop tools and fixtures for the industry.

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TuneLab for Android and iPhone - Thur

Basic

Thur 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon B



TuneLab for Android and iPhone - Thur

Bob Scott bob@tunelab-world.com

Learn to use your Android or iPhone device as a high-quality tuning aid. We demonstrate normal tuning procedures with TuneLab, such as measuring inharmonicity to customize the tuning to the piano. We cover pitch-raise tuning and how to do rough tuning without mutes.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Robert Scott is the developer of TuneLab software. After spending most of his life in Michigan he has lived in Minneapolis for the past six years and loves cycling on Minnesota's tremendous network of bike paths.

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TuneLab for Android and iPhone - Fri

Basic

Fri 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon B



TuneLab for Android and iPhone - Fri

Bob Scott bob@tunelab-world.com

Learn to use your Android or iPhone device as a high-quality tuning aid. We demonstrate normal tuning procedures with TuneLab, such as measuring inharmonicity to customize the tuning to the piano. We cover pitch-raise tuning and how to do rough tuning without mutes.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Robert Scott is the developer of TuneLab software. After spending most of his life in Michigan he has lived in Minneapolis for the past six years and loves cycling on Minnesota's tremendous network of bike paths.

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Tuning Instability: Sources and Solutions - Wed

Everyone

Wed 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 8



Tuning Instability: Sources and Solutions - Wed

Dan Levitan danlevitan@mindspring.com

Whenever a piano string goes out of tune, it's always for a reason—often, for several at once! In this class, we'll examine all the various sources of tuning instability, consider their relative importance in different contexts, and look at ways to minimize their effects.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Daniel Levitan, the author of The Craft of Piano Tuning and the former tuning editor of The Piano Technicians Journal, is best known for his groundbreaking research into inharmonicity and his innovative tuning hammer designs. A graduate of the North Bennet Street School (1975), he works as a field piano service technician in New York City.

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Tuning Instability: Sources and Solutions - Fri

Everyone

Fri 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 8



Tuning Instability: Sources and Solutions - Fri

Dan Levitan danlevitan@mindspring.com

Whenever a piano string goes out of tune, it's always for a reason—often, for several at once! In this class, we'll examine all the various sources of tuning instability, consider their relative importance in different contexts, and look at ways to minimize their effects.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Daniel Levitan, the author of The Craft of Piano Tuning and the former tuning editor of The Piano Technicians Journal, is best known for his groundbreaking research into inharmonicity and his innovative tuning hammer designs. A graduate of the North Bennet Street School (1975), he works as a field piano service technician in New York City.

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Tuning Mechanics and Its Application - Thur

Everyone

Thur 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon C



Tuning Mechanics and Its Application - Thur

Baoli Liu & Fengsheng Chen baoli_liu@hotmail.com

The first part of this class is a brief report of tuning mechanics research. This research introduces a few conclusions regarding tuning mechanics. Homemade models are used to demonstrate the mechanism and conclusions. The second part of this class is a discussion/demonstration of a variety of tuning hammers and their techniques related to the application of this research. Tuning stability will be one of the major topics.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Baoli Liu,Head piano technician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Have been teaching piano technology and work on pianos for 28 years. Fengsheng Chen,has been working as a piano technician for more than 30 years and and a CTE for more than 20 years.

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Tuning Mechanics and Its Application - Sat

Everyone

Sat 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon C



Tuning Mechanics and Its Application - Sat

Baoli Liu & Fengsheng Chen baoli_liu@hotmail.com

The first part of this class is a brief report of tuning mechanics research. This research introduces a few conclusions regarding tuning mechanics. Homemade models are used to demonstrate the mechanism and conclusions. The second part of this class is a discussion/demonstration of a variety of tuning hammers and their techniques related to the application of this research. Tuning stability will be one of the major topics.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Baoli Liu,Head piano technician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Have been teaching piano technology and work on pianos for 28 years. Fengsheng Chen,has been working as a piano technician for more than 30 years and and a CTE for more than 20 years.

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Tuning with the Verituner - Thur

Everyone

Thur 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 8



Tuning with the Verituner - Thur

Dave Carpenter dave@veritune.com

See up close how to take advantage of the unique tuning features of the Verituner product line, including our app for iPhone, iPod and iPad. We will cover pitch raises, fine tuning, setting standard pitch, temperament, stretch styles, and saving tunings. Learn the best practices for getting a great sounding tuning on any piano with the fewest steps.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Dave Carpenter is the lead designer of the Verituner line of electronic tuning devices and software. Dave's background includes an engineering degree, and 20 years of exploring, teaching and enjoying all aspects of piano technology. He is a frequent instructor at PTG conventions and seminars, and an RPT member and past president of the PTG Chicago Chapter.

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Tuning with the Verituner - Fri

Everyone

Fri 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 8



Tuning with the Verituner - Fri

Dave Carpenter dave@veritune.com

See up close how to take advantage of the unique tuning features of the Verituner product line, including our app for iPhone, iPod and iPad. We will cover pitch raises, fine tuning, setting standard pitch, temperament, stretch styles, and saving tunings. Learn the best practices for getting a great sounding tuning on any piano with the fewest steps.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Dave Carpenter is the lead designer of the Verituner line of electronic tuning devices and software. Dave's background includes an engineering degree, and 20 years of exploring, teaching and enjoying all aspects of piano technology. He is a frequent instructor at PTG conventions and seminars, and an RPT member and past president of the PTG Chicago Chapter.

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Understanding Manipulating Action Spread

Intermediate / Advanced

Thur 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 9



Understanding Manipulating Action Spread

Jim Ialeggio jim@grandpianosolutions.com

Grands...How does one know what Spread is appropriate for a given set of action parts? Hands-on...visual...using a pencil, compass, poster board, shank and whip...this class will give you the tools to determine what spread and wippen action center locations will work optimally for any set of parts you have in hand.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Jim's lifelong exploration of the intersection of engineering and aesthetics brings him to piano design, restoration and tone building. A master woodworker, composer and pianist, he creates highly worked, re-manufactured pianos, with his son Dave, at his Shirley, MA shop. He has a particular interest in refined designs of highly musical, home-sized, 5' to 6' grands.

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Understanding the PTG Technical Exam

Everyone

Wed 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 2



Understanding the PTG Technical Exam

Hannah Beckett hannah.beckett@icloud.com

We will walk through the Technical Exam and its requirements. There will be examples of exam equipment, models, and jigs such as one would find on the test, including a preview of the new 3-note grand model which will be implemented in the near future. Come find out how to prepare for the exam, what tools and supplies you will need to bring to the exam site, and what examinees are entitled to before, during and after the examination. Learn ways to best utilize your time, improve efficiency, and cope with exam anxiety and other strategies to help you successfully tackle the exam and become a part of your daily field work. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. For PTG Associate members only.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Hannah Beckett, RPT is a continual student of piano technology and enjoys servicing pianos in the Northern Virginia area.

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Understanding the RPT Tuning Exam

Everyone

Thur 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 9



Understanding the RPT Tuning Exam

Alan Crane & Keith Kopp pianokopp@comcast.net

Exam candidates will gain an insight of what they will be expected to know, how the exams will be administered and scored, what exam preparation materials are available and where they can be found. They will then know what they will need to do to be prepared to take the exams. For PTG Associate members only.


Instructor(s) Bio:

ETSC Chair Severed as an examiner for over 20 years.

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Unison Building and Unisono

Everyone

Thur 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon C



Unison Building and Unisono

Bernhard Stopper & Kent Swafford b98tu@t-online.de

In this class Bernhard Stopper and Kent Swafford demonstrate unison building in the tuning process, with support from the Unisono app, which provides a fascinating visual feedback to get the unison ultra clean, projecting and long sustaining. Unisono is used along with OnlyPure in this class but can also be used side by side with other ETD½s or even as support with aural tuning.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Bernhard Stopper, Klavierbaumeister, has a piano restoration workshop and tuning service in Tƒbingen, Germany, and is the author of Pure Twelfth Equal Temperament, OnlyPure and Unisono tuning software. Kent Swafford, RPT, is the piano technician for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the author of Piano Technicians Journal articles, a past president of the Piano Technicians Guild, and a recipient of PTG's Golden Hammer Award.

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Unison Building and Unisono

Everyone

Fri 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room: Salon C



Unison Building and Unisono

Bernhard Stopper & Kent Stopper b98tu@t-online.de

In this class Bernhard Stopper and Kent Swafford demonstrate unison building in the tuning process, with support from the Unisono app, which provides a fascinating visual feedback to get the unison ultra clean, projecting and long sustaining. Unisono is used along with OnlyPure in this class but can also be used side by side with other ETD½s or even as support with aural tuning.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Bernhard Stopper, Klavierbaumeister, has a piano restoration workshop and tuning service in Tƒbingen, Germany, and is the author of Pure Twelfth Equal Temperament, OnlyPure and Unisono tuning software. Kent Swafford, RPT, is the piano technician for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the author of Piano Technicians Journal articles, a past president of the Piano Technicians Guild, and a recipient of PTG's Golden Hammer Award.

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Upright Regulation: Max Results, Minimum Time

Everyone

Fri 1:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 10



Upright Regulation: Max Results, Minimum Time

Don Mannino KawaiDon@live.com

We'll focus on the goals of regulation and how to fulfill them in the least amount of time. Covered will be how to make the piano work best within normal specifications, which tools to buy and which procedures to follow to insure the best results. This is an excellent opportunity for those who want to get a better handle on making vertical piano actions perform at their optimum while being as efficient and profitable as possible.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Longer version if you want: Don served an apprenticeship with a piano rebuilder during his final years attending San Diego State University as a piano performance major in 1979. After working for 11 years as an independent piano technician in the San Diego area, he held the position of National Service Manager for Young Chang Pianos, then Manager of Technical Support for Kawai Pianos for North America, and since 2003 has served as the Director of Field Services for Kawai America Corp. Don and his wife Patty are the editors of the Southern California Combined PTG newsletter. In addition to instructing workshops at PTG chapter meetings, regional technician seminars and PTG Annual conventions, he also has designed technicians tools and has published articles on a variety of technical topics in the Piano Technicians Journal. In 2010 he was certified in Japan as a Kawai "Master Piano Artisan" (or MPA), the highest level of technician for the Kawai company. In 2013 Mr. Mannino was honored to be inducted into the PTG Hall of Fame, and in 2018 he also was honored to receive the Golden Hammer Award from PTG. Don resides in Cypress, CA with his wife Patty. Their daughter Sarah is an elementary school instructor in San Francisco, California.

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Viennese Piano History and Service

Everyone

Sat 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 4



Viennese Piano History and Service

Bill Shull bdshull@aol.com

The Viennese piano played an important role in the past; extant Viennese pianos are generally ignored by piano technicians today. After a brief look at the history and a survey of the different periods and models, this class will address the service challenges most commonly faced in the field.


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Voicing: It's Not Rocket Science

Everyone

Sat 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon 2



Voicing: It's Not Rocket Science

Jim Busby busby@cut.net

Proper piano service consists mostly of three things: Tuning -Regulation - Voicing. Just as one should avoid leaving a piano poorly regulated, the voice of the piano should not be neglected. This class is especially for technicians who avoid, or are downright afraid, of voicing. You probably know more than you think.


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Voicing With B-72 - Wed

Everyone

Wed 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 8



Voicing With B-72 - Wed

Ken Eschete ken.eschete@gmail.com

Acryloid B-72 is a great hammer hardener that everyone should know about. It gets great results without the long drying time of lacquer, or the strident zings that may occur with key-top / acetone solutions. You will learn everything from mix ratios to application methods and hear the results in a live demonstration.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Ken Eschete is an RPT who has trained at the Smithsonian Institution and brings knowledge of conservation materials and techniques to his piano work. He is also a concert technician and in his 13 years as head technician for Northwestern University, developed techniques that have been concert-stage tested.

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Voicing With B-72 - Thur

Everyone

Thur 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 8



Voicing With B-72 - Thur

Ken Eschete ken.eschete@gmail.com

Acryloid B-72 is a great hammer hardener that everyone should know about. It gets great results without the long drying time of lacquer, or the strident zings that may occur with key-top / acetone solutions. You will learn everything from mix ratios to application methods and hear the results in a live demonstration.


Instructor(s) Bio:

Ken Eschete is an RPT who has trained at the Smithsonian Institution and brings knowledge of conservation materials and techniques to his piano work. He is also a concert technician and in his 13 years as head technician for Northwestern University, developed techniques that have been concert-stage tested.

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Who's Who in the Piano Industry

Basic

Wed 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon D



Who's Who in the Piano Industry

Ashley Turner ashley@pianoexpectations.com

Confused about who does what and what is built where? This class will help newcomers and others sort through the major players associated within the piano industry. Connect the dots between manufacturers, brands, and places of origin. Find out who are the parts and services suppliers most commonly used in the U.S.


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Ashley has been servicing pianos in the DC region since 2004. As a believer in the value of continuing education, she has enjoyed every annual Convention and Institute since 2005 as well as several regionals, Renner Academy, and more. She actively participates in PTG, understanding that volunteer participation is essential to our well-being.

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Why Do We Re-scale Pianos? - Wed

Intermediate / Advanced

Wed 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Room: Salon 4



Why Do We Re-scale Pianos? - Wed

Arno Patin arnopianos@gmail.com

Piano manufacturers generally use scales designed over a century ago and know one type of piano wire. The recent research and development in wire metallurgy offers various possibilities which allow substantial improvement of the tonal quality and acoustic output of any piano. The major issues in transition - string breakage, dis-balance and definition - may now be corrected, leading to a new dimension of musical pleasure. The optimization method will be shown, using a simple software called ABACUS, developed by Arno Patin in 1990.


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Why Do We Re-scale Pianos? - Thur

Intermediate / Advanced

Thur 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 4



Why Do We Re-scale Pianos? - Thur

Arno Patin arnopianos@gmail.com

Piano manufacturers generally use scales designed over a century ago and know one type of piano wire. The recent research and development in wire metallurgy offers various possibilities which allow substantial improvement of the tonal quality and acoustic output of any piano. The major issues in transition - string breakage, dis-balance and definition - may now be corrected, leading to a new dimension of musical pleasure. The optimization method will be shown, using a simple software called ABACUS, developed by Arno Patin in 1990.


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Women's Forum

Everyone

Sat 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: San Luis 1 & 2



Women's Forum

Ricki Klos mzricochet@yahoo.com

Women working in the field of piano technology are invited to come share and support one another through discussion of our common profession and experiences. We have challenges and we have advantages, and it's great to discuss both with veterans and newcomers alike in a round-table format.


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Ricki Klos has been a piano technician for 35+ years, and a member of the Guild for 24 years and has served in many capacities for the PTG. She is enthusiastic about nurturing and supporting women in this profession, and is thrilled when good ideas and information are shared with one another.

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Working with Abel Hammers

Everyone

Sat 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Room: Salon 2



Working with Abel Hammers

Joe Swenson & Frank Abel swensonja2002@gmail.com

Following a presentation, given by Frank Abel, of the details of hammer manufacturing, Joe Swenson will demonstrate a variety of voicing procedures, using examples of Abel hammers manufactured with material from different felt suppliers and to different manufacturing specifications. Hammers from four different sets will be installed on a section of a single piano, highlighting the different tonal characteristics, and voicing requirements, of these various hammers.


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Much of Joe's 35 years as a piano technician has been spent as a technical consultant to factories in both Europe and Asia. This experience has included the establishment of various procedures and quality control measures involved in the final regulation and voicing aspects of piano manufacturing.

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The Young Shall Inherit the Earth

Everyone

Wed 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Room: Salon D



The Young Shall Inherit the Earth

Morgan Cowell morgan.cowell@yahoo.com

This class is geared towards younger technicians or anyone in the early stages of their career. We'll discuss getting into the market, developing relationships, tool acquisition, marketing, vehicles, dress, money management, and much more! Learn how to present yourself with confidence, even if the competition is twice your age


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Morgan Cowell RPT, is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School (2014) and is the owner of M.T. Cowell Piano Services in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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