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#1998644 - 12/12/12 10:54 PM "Small Shop, Big Results" series now online
Chuck Behm, CPT-E Offline
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Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 849
Loc: Boone, Iowa, USA
Readers of the Piano Technicians Journal and other interested individuals: The series "Small Shop, Big Results" which I began writing in 2008 is now on-line and available for free download - click here to have a look. When on the website page, click on the titles (not the cover images) to look over the articles. Every segment except for the last 3 months worth is included.

If you have any interest in writing up a repair procedure yourself, have a look at the format used - these articles are exactly as they were sent to the editors for consideration. Once an article is edited for typos and grammar, the photo editor lays it out and arranges the photos.

If you have specialized or detailed knowledge of some area of piano technology, I would encourage you to consider writing up your methods - it can be both fun and rewarding! If you're not an experienced writer, just focus on putting what you know in a straight-forward manner. Fancy language and clever ways of putting things is unnecessary.

I hope that having this series of articles available is helpful and of interest. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to voice them. Chuck Behm
Tuner/Technician/Rebuilder/Technical Writer

"The act of destruction is infinitely easier than the act of creation" - Arthur C. Clarke

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#1999095 - 12/13/12 06:06 PM Re: "Small Shop, Big Results" series now online [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
Acca Offline
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Registered: 11/10/12
Posts: 67
Very interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing!

#1999256 - 12/14/12 04:01 AM Re: "Small Shop, Big Results" series now online [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
Mark R. Offline
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Registered: 07/31/09
Posts: 2265
Loc: Pretoria, South Africa
Thanks, Chuck, I started yesterday with the three articles on upright pinblock panel replacement. Fascinating reading.
Autodidact interested in piano technology.
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1970 44" Ibach, daily music maker.

#1999287 - 12/14/12 07:08 AM Re: "Small Shop, Big Results" series now online [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
UnrightTooner Offline
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Registered: 11/13/08
Posts: 5419
Loc: Bradford County, PA
Thanks, Chuck!

Gosh I wish there were two of me so I could get into re-whatevering.
Jeff Deutschle
Part-Time Tuner
Who taught the first chicken how to peck?

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#1999414 - 12/14/12 01:07 PM Re: "Small Shop, Big Results" series now online [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
MacDan Offline
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Registered: 04/26/06
Posts: 91
Loc: Tampa, FL
Thanks for sharing, Chuck!

I am not a tech, nor do I plan on becoming one, but as a furniture builder I am fascinated by the construction and workings of pianos. Your tutorials, if you will, are very informative and have found them all (so far) extremely engaging.

I have already read through the harp removal set and will be going through the rest this weekend.

Thank you from someone who wants to better understand how these wonderful instruments are put together and work.


#1999602 - 12/14/12 09:58 PM Re: "Small Shop, Big Results" series now online [Re: MacDan]
Chuck Behm, CPT-E Offline
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Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 849
Loc: Boone, Iowa, USA
Hey thanks, Mark, Jeff and Dan (and Acca?) for your comments. There's a couple points I would like to make to everyone:

1. I don't want anyone to think that in writing up procedures I'm making any claim that the methods I use are preferred. They are just the way I do things in my shop, and I realize fully that opinions vary, so please take everything I say with a grain of salt. For those procedures that you haven't tried before, consider my methods as a starting point in coming up with a method that works for you.

2. I would encourage anyone who is not a member of the PTG to consider subscribing to the Piano Technicians Journal anyway. Subscription rates to the Journal for non-members is $150 a year (for 12 issues). (If you don't find $150 worth of ideas in a year's worth of issues, you're not reading very carefully.)

Back in the early 1970's when I was just getting into the business I started reading each month's issue of the Journal - my dad subscribed continuously for a number of years although he never joined the guild himself. I learned a ton from reading the likes of Jack Krefting and Susan Graham, and even though I didn't join the guild for a number of years (after I had been in business for 30 years, to be exact), I always felt a close kinship with the members of the organization. They seemed to be my kind of people!

As a current guild member, I'm just one of many authors who contribute a wealth of ideas to the magazine every month. Most of the authors are more accomplished in their specialized area of the trade than I am (I seem to know a little bit about a lot of things - my knowledge stream is wide, but not very deep!), so if you enjoy my offerings, you're really going to like what other, more accomplished technicians have to share.

Anyway, food for thought. If you try the Journal for a year and don't enjoy it as much as I think you will, what are you out? A couple tunings? That's unlikely to happen, anyway. More likely will be that you enjoy reading each month's issue, and go back to them time and time again as you build your business.

For now, I hope you enjoy my articles. Please excuse any typos that you find (these are the rough drafts, remember). If you have any questions about described procedures, please ask on this forum so I may reply to everyone.

Best wishes, Chuck Behm

Edited by Chuck Behm (12/14/12 10:48 PM)
Tuner/Technician/Rebuilder/Technical Writer

"The act of destruction is infinitely easier than the act of creation" - Arthur C. Clarke

#1999646 - 12/15/12 12:52 AM Re: "Small Shop, Big Results" series now online [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
Mark Davis Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/10/08
Posts: 687
Hello Chuck

Thank you very much for your kind and encouraging contribution.

All the best!

Mark Davis
Piano Tuner/Technician


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