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#1167290 - 03/23/09 12:55 PM 100th piano for pay
Anson Everitt Offline
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Registered: 03/23/08
Posts: 102
Loc: Utah
This is Anson Everitt. I'm an aspiring RPT. I don't aspire to having those three letters after my name, but only to being deemed competent to a certain level. (the level set by the PTG exams) After that I don't plan on NOT learning anymore. I plan on learning all I can and I really look to forward to it all.

For now, I am celebrating the 100th piano that I've been allowed to be associated with. ( I wonder if I'll have to change that to "allowed to be RPT'ed with" after I pass the exams)? Either way, its freaking awesome MAN! Since 2004 when I got my Potter course in the mail, to now, its been a journey. A journey to the center of my soul. I didn't think it would be a journey to the center of my soul. but. it is. Now I'm there, I just gotta find my way around the place. Its huge!!! Many of you have helped me find my way here. THANK YOU! What a great opening chapter or maybe even just an introduction to the whole story that is yet to be written. I imagine there will be plenty of action, humor and drama in the possible volumes that are to come. As I strive to learn the ways of the masters, I don't pretend to think it will come without pain and sacrifice. It will take hard work, patience, perseverance and no doubt a little help from above. What a blessing to have such wonderful resources. Great mentors. Phenomenal websites, (Thank you Frank B.!!!!) And lots and lots of good friends. Thank all of you!!!!!!

Anson Everitt
earth resident/handyman/piano technician

p.s. the 100th piano went fairly smooth. a put about 20 hammer return springs back in their places, did a quick pitch raise, then tuned. Oh yes, I first cleaned the piano inside and out because it was dirty. Dirty little spinet! I got a check for 100 dollars. yipeeee!!!!!


Edited by Anson Everitt (03/23/09 12:56 PM)
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#1167301 - 03/23/09 01:15 PM Re: 100th piano for pay [Re: Anson Everitt]
TsonicTsunami Offline
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Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 39
Loc: Melbourne Village FL.
Congratulations Anson .... You have traveled the road that I embark on now. I just got the Potter course last week. I plan to dig in as soon as I finish installing soffits on the house. I hope the next 100 pianos are as as successful as the first 100 for you.

Tom
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#1167390 - 03/23/09 04:11 PM Re: 100th piano for pay [Re: TsonicTsunami]
Silverwood Pianos Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/10/08
Posts: 4187
Loc: Vancouver B. C. Canada

Very good Anson,

I was wondering where you where…you disappeared there for a while and I thought maybe you were buried under a pile of pianos or something…..

All good ……. and it becomes fun when you start to receive the dough…... ray….... me…..... you see what happens? Too many pianos for me……

Keep up the good work!
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www.silverwoodpianos.com
http://silverwoodpianos.blogspot.com/
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"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."

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#1167411 - 03/23/09 04:34 PM Re: 100th piano for pay [Re: Silverwood Pianos]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 6828
Loc: Grand Rapids Michigan
Way to go Anson. Congratulations! Keep up the efforts!!! They will surely pay off in more ways than one!
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Jerry Groot RPT
Piano Technicians Guild
Grand Rapids, Michigan
www.grootpiano.com

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#1167447 - 03/23/09 05:47 PM Re: 100th piano for pay [Re: Jerry Groot RPT]
rysowers Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/16/07
Posts: 2401
Loc: Olympia, WA
100 pianos under your belt? Time to raise your rates! thumb

Good luck on your exams! Its a very worthwhile goal you are working towards!
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Ryan Sowers,
Pianova Piano Service
Olympia, WA
www.pianova.net

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#1168218 - 03/24/09 08:25 PM Re: 100th piano for pay [Re: rysowers]
Supply Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/11/06
Posts: 3919
Loc: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Just curious (collecting information for an inofficial poll)

How many pianos did you tune before starting tuning for pay?
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Piano Forte Supply
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#1170096 - 03/28/09 12:40 AM Re: 100th piano for pay [Re: Supply]
Anson Everitt Offline
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Registered: 03/23/08
Posts: 102
Loc: Utah
I tuned about 20 or so.
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Anson Everitt
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#1170169 - 03/28/09 09:36 AM Re: 100th piano for pay [Re: Anson Everitt]
Dave Stahl Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/06/07
Posts: 1645
Good post, Anson. Way to go. It's a long road to get...where exactly do we get, anyway? You realize you're getting somewhere when you realize how much you DON'T know. The voyage never really ends, but it will take you some interesting places. Enjoy the trip.
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Dave Stahl, RPT
Piano Technician's Guild
San Jose, CA
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#1170194 - 03/28/09 11:23 AM Re: 100th piano for pay [Re: Dave Stahl]
rysowers Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/16/07
Posts: 2401
Loc: Olympia, WA
Jurgen,

I probably did about 20 too. I don't think I started charging until I passed my RPT exams. I ran my first ad in the classifieds for $50 a tuning back in 1994. I think I worked on all the worst pianos in town!
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Ryan Sowers,
Pianova Piano Service
Olympia, WA
www.pianova.net

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#1171291 - 03/30/09 09:59 AM Re: 100th piano for pay [Re: rysowers]
UnrightTooner Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/13/08
Posts: 4908
Loc: Bradford County, PA
Anson:

Glad things are going well for you.

Jurgen:

I tuned one piano less than a half dozen times before I started charging. I was taking weekly private lessons from a blind floor tuner during his lunch break and practicing on the same piano in between. It was the only training that was available to me. After the fifth lesson he said there was nothing more he could teach me. I will always wonder what that meant I have never tuned a piano that I was 100% satisfied with and I hope I never do.
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Jeff Deutschle
Part-Time Tuner
Who taught the first chicken how to peck?

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#1171335 - 03/30/09 10:53 AM Re: 100th piano for pay [Re: UnrightTooner]
Dave Stahl Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/06/07
Posts: 1645
Originally Posted By: UnrightTooner
Anson:
I have never tuned a piano that I was 100% satisfied with and I hope I never do.


I have...but it was more a function of the piano than the tuning!
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Promote Harmony in the Universe...Tune your piano!

Dave Stahl, RPT
Piano Technician's Guild
San Jose, CA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAniw3m7L2I
http://dstahlpiano.net

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#1171339 - 03/30/09 10:58 AM Re: 100th piano for pay [Re: Dave Stahl]
UnrightTooner Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/13/08
Posts: 4908
Loc: Bradford County, PA
Good point, Dave, and if I stay away from quality pianos it won't ever be a problem!
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Jeff Deutschle
Part-Time Tuner
Who taught the first chicken how to peck?

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#1171616 - 03/30/09 07:47 PM Re: 100th piano for pay [Re: UnrightTooner]
Josef Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 190
Congrads big time. I still remember my 100th. I still tune for that church and have the ticket in my scrap book. I know the feeling of coming a long way. Keep up the good work and the excitement. This is only the beginning.......

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