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#2039750 - 02/26/13 05:07 PM General repair brochures
greatlifestyle Offline
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Registered: 02/13/13
Posts: 43
Loc: Mexico
Hi.
Does anyone have sort of like brochures with information about piano repairs? (where it explains the basic procedures) Not for me to make the repairs, but to learn about them instead.
Thanks,
Samuel

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#2039785 - 02/26/13 06:05 PM Re: General repair brochures [Re: greatlifestyle]
Minnesota Marty Offline

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Registered: 05/15/12
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Send a PM to Chuck Behm. He might be able to help you out. Something else to check out is "Piano Manual" by John Bishop and Graham Barker.
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#2040063 - 02/27/13 09:55 AM Re: General repair brochures [Re: Minnesota Marty]
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Registered: 01/12/10
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Loc: Boone, Iowa, USA
Thanks for mentioning me, Marty. I've have, in fact, been in the process of producing a series of brochures or promos over various repair topics which are designed for use by the technician to give to his customer along with an estimate. I've mentioned these here before, have posted examples, and have made them available at my website at www.pianopromoproductions.com.

If you would like to take a look at the write-ups I've done to date, there are previews of available topics which you can look over. I know that a number of my customers are posting the promos on their own websites, but whether or not they want to make that generally known is of course up to them. Thanks again, Chuck Behm
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#2040072 - 02/27/13 10:12 AM Re: General repair brochures [Re: greatlifestyle]
Minnesota Marty Offline

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Hi Chuck,

I was following the progress of the 'separated pinblock' thread and that's why I recommended that greatlifestyle contact you.

Your brochures are a great idea to provide the info to the piano owner before a major repair.
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#2040088 - 02/27/13 10:55 AM Re: General repair brochures [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Chuck Behm Offline
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Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 663
Loc: Boone, Iowa, USA
Thanks, Marty - As far as I'm concerned, the main advantage to the promos is that they save time. I got the idea for them when I realized I was giving the same sales pitches on needed repairs time and time again. That, and the fact that I was trying to help the customer visualize things where an actual picture could have done the job so much easier. The promos are intentionally loaded with photos. I'm personally a very visual learner, and seeing pages of text with nary a photo causes me to avoid reading altogether. When there are photos, I'll read the text just to clarify in my mind what the pictures are about.

Now, I just staple whatever promos apply to an estimate, and let the customer take their time in reading them over. With the clarity of the text and the photos, the customer usually seems to "get it" as far as the need for the repair.

I started out just making the promos for my own use, but once I got the first couple done and showed them to other technicians I concluded that others could benefit from them as well. Thus I started making them available to other technicians, and eventually put together the website. As I've said before, anyone who would like a complimentary promo made up for them to try them out, I'm happy to oblige. Chuck

P.S. As author of the "Small Shop" series I get emails almost daily from technicians who are trying to build their business and make a go at being a piano technician. Knowing that I have some ability to write (I taught high school students basic writing skills for 36 years), I decided long ago that I would dedicate whatever talents I possessed to doing what I could to help technicians stay in the business and flourish. The promos that I produce are a part of that effort.

BTW - I've heard people say that piano tuning / repair is a dying art. I don't want that prediction to come true. It's a great profession, and if everyone makes an effort to share what they can to help others succeed, it should be around for a long, long time.
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#2040093 - 02/27/13 11:10 AM Re: General repair brochures [Re: Chuck Behm]
greatlifestyle Offline
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Registered: 02/13/13
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Loc: Mexico
Thanks Chuck Behm! They are really useful!

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