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#626290 - 12/19/01 01:51 PM Learning the Craft
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How does one learn to become a piano technician? Or, perhaps to ask it another way, how did you get started?

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#626291 - 12/19/01 07:40 PM Re: Learning the Craft
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Hi T2: How does one become a piano technician? Generally three or four ways: 1. Self taught, by reading, observing, trial and error, etc. by far the most time consuming and the has the possibility of learning faulty technique. 2. Formal schooling. There are a number of piano technology courses offered privately and publically, and also by correspondence. 3. By working in a piano repair/rebuilding shop and learning the business from the repair end, then working into the tuning process. 4. By working one-on-one with a mentor. This is the way I got into the business, however I had to "unlearn" some mistakes I had been taught. Each method has its good and bad sides. It also depends on your age, financial and family situation, future plans, etc etc to pick the best learning process. Each one is not always the right one for each person, or may not be available. Several caveats: In piano work, you must not only be a competent technician, but a good business person. The work requires one to be a self-starter, as we generally work alone. One must have a tolerance for repetitive work, patience, attention to detail and a good ear. Being musical helps but is not critical. Building a business (developing a clientele) which will provide a good living may take a number of years to achieve, unless you are fortunate enough to take over an established business. Hope this helps.

[ December 19, 2001: Message edited by: PNO2NER ]

#626292 - 01/02/02 02:33 PM Re: Learning the Craft
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Registered: 12/06/01
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Loc: Houston, TX.
We have a masters degree program here at Rice University,Shepherd School of Music, in piano technology. In addition to the development of tuning skills, we cover action regulation, repair, and rebuilding. The program typically takes three years to complete. Let me know ifyou would like to receive additional information on it.

#626293 - 01/07/02 10:54 AM Re: Learning the Craft
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Loc: Greenville, SC

For what it's worth, I'll tell you what I did. I ordered the Randy Potter course and joined my local chapter of the PTG. The course is full of helpfull information in a written and video format. The meetings at my local PTG chapter give you a chance to interact with people that know what they are doing and can help you with anything you might be having trouble with. Also, you get the PTG journal which is a wonderfull source of information. That and lots of practice (good thing my Baldwin has tight pins)seem to be working for me. Good luck to you.

Best regards,

Patrick McKenzie


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