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Tuning
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Ergonomic Tuning: Tools and Techniques
Nate Reyburn, RPT  -  Reyburn CyberTuner  -  Western Michigan
Day, Session #, Classroom

This hands on class introduces ways to reduce stress on your body using both impact hammers and the traditional rigid lever. Reducing the strain on your shoulder, neck, and back by using the right tools the right way is crucial whether you're just starting out or have been tuning for years. We'll cover the basics as well as some advanced tips, then offer hands-on instruction.

 

Let The Piano Tell You
A Sure-Fire Way To Build Any Equal Temperament
John ‘Jack’ Stebbins, RPT  -  Knoxville, TN
Day, Session #, Classroom

Tempering intervals ... We can't get away from it ... But how much or how little do you temper this interval? Wouldn't it be great if there were a simple way for the piano to tell you what beat speeds to use? There is, indeed, a way for the piano to let you know. It s not hocus-pocus, and it s not difficult. Find out how to get the piano to talk to you.

 

Partial Hearing: Your Greatest Asset
John ‘Jack’ Stebbins, RPT  -  Knoxville, TN
Day, Session #, Classroom

Awareness of partials is central to the most fundamental job we have: tuning unisons. How are your unisons? Unison tuning is difficult, but you will learn how to make the job easier and better. What is a stretched octave? Not what you may think it is. This class is an eye opener. It is designed to illuminate the basic concepts at the heart and soul of our profession: partials and inharmonicity. Come find out why you do what you do, and how to do it more easily. Jack is well known for his ability to clarify these points.

 

Sound of Your Tuning
Tuning Master Class
All-Day Thursday Seminar - Registration Required
Don Mannino, RPT  -  Kawai America  -  South Bay, CA
Thursday All-Day, Sessions A thru D, Classroom

Class Limit: 15 Hands-on Participants, Additional Attendees Welcome To Observe

This full day session starts with an overview of tuning style and sound, with discussion how the piano tone is affected by temperament types, octave stretch, and stability. The interaction of octave tuning on temperament sound and overall piano tone is demonstrated and discussed in depth. Octave tuning styles are demonstrated and explained with both aural and electronic verification, along with a practical aural approach to stretching the octaves, fitting the tuning to the piano, and applying your individual style to the piano tuning. Once the lecture / demonstration is completed, one of the pianos will be muted and those who have signed up to participate will share in the process of tuning the piano. Participants will get to try setting A4 to the fork, setting the width of the temperament octaves, then tuning an aural equal temperament. Once a temperament is set, we will continue and tune octaves experimenting with stretch in the treble and bass, and finally tuning unisons for sustain. This class will be a great confidence builder for both tuning participants and the observers as we all work together and listen to good tuning practices.

 

Service and Repair
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Humidity and Wood
Christian Bolduc  -  Pianos Bolduc  -  Quebec, Canada
Charles Rempel  -  Dampp-Chaser Corp.  -  Western Carolinas, NC

Day, Session #, Classroom

Shop not set up for full grand rebuild but you're interested in replacing a soundboard? Christian introduces us to the Grand Pre-Crowned Soundboard with ribs glued and new bridge capping ready to carve. This class provides an overview of proper measurements for duplication and requirements for a successful installation.

 

Lacquer Finish Repair
Ruth Zeiner, RPT  -  Allied Piano and Finish LLC  -  Southeastern Pennsylvania
Day, Session #, Classroom

See a demonstration of the touch-up of traditional finishes. Discover how to make repairs and de-gunk the finish. Burn-ins, color matching, pigments vs. dyes and other subjects will be covered. Bring your questions.

 

Make It Shine!
Polyester Finish Service and Repair
All-Day Thursday Seminar - Registration Required
Ruth Zeiner, RPT  -  Allied Piano and Finish LLC  -  Southeastern Pennsylvania
Gregory Cheng, RPT  -  Jacobs Music  -  Southeastern Pennsylvania

Thursday All-Day, Sessions A thru D, Classroom

Having the skills to cope with scratches, dings and gouges in piano cases greatly enhances your value to your customers and dealers. Add to your income in surprisingly simple ways. Many nicks and scratches are easy to repair with minimal material investment. All are learnable and not difficult with practice. This seminar concentrates on the repair and polishing of high gloss polyester finishes.

 

Regulation
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Voicing
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Dueling Tone Design
Voicing Master Class
All-Day Thursday Seminar - Registration Required
Rick Baldassin, RPT  -  Salt Lake City, UT
Nick Gravagne, RPT  -  Phoenix, AZ
Richard Davenport, RPT  -  Los Angeles, CA

Thursday All-Day, Sessions A thru D, Classroom

A unique opportunity to learn detailed voicing techniques by three master technicians. They will combine their unique perspectives to form a well-rounded and comprehensive overview of tone regulation. The class will be taught using two different everyday pianos, with the work being performed by two in-home technicians who will prepare the pianos in advance the previous day. Their work will be critiqued, as well as, video shots of the preparation process with the technicians thoughts and actions. Join us for a great 'real-world' master class, as is done with musicians.

 

Design and Specialty
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Shop and Rebuilding
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Grand Balancing Act
Action Weigh-Off Simplified
All-Day Thursday Seminar - Registration Required
Bruce Stevens, RPT  -  South Bay, CA
David Vanderlip, RPT  -  Orange County, CA

Thursday All-Day, Sessions A thru D, Classroom

Join two of the finest shop technicians as they demystify grand action improvements. No longer approach the weigh-off of a grand action with fear and trepidation because there is no clear definition of the proper down-weight vs. up-weight. Bruce and David will present an innovative, quick and easy method using Balance Weight protocols that greatly speeds up the weigh-off procedure and provides consistent results. Action Ratio, Inertia, Parts Selection, and Hammer Preparation will also be covered. Bruce and David will be providing actions from their shops for 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 will gain confidence after attending this seminar. Satisfaction Guaranteed!

 

Grandwork Regulation Protocol - Part 1
Sell Your Grand Customers More Regulations
Christopher Brown, RPT  -  TPR Tools LLC  -  Boston, MA
Friday, Session 1, Classroom

The Grandwork Protocol for grand regulating goes in a straight line from piano to bench to piano – minimizing rework. Steps don’t undo previous steps. And with good referencing, hammers address their strings vertically. The consistent success of this method brings confidence and enthusiasm that sell this work.

 

Grandwork Regulation Protocol - Parts 2 - 8
Christopher Brown, RPT  -  TPR Tools LLC  -  Boston, MA
TPR Tools Booth

Session 2 - Short and Long Form Keyframe Bedding: Grand action regulating begins with keyframe bedding. Good tone, power, and repetition (TPR) depend on it. Remove the return spring. Bed the cheekblocks. And test front and back rails. If they pass, WNG Keyframe Bedding Tool the balance rail. If they fail, the Grandwork Bedding Protocol lists what to do.
Session 3 - Bedding and Strike Sampling in the Piano: Learn a new, simpler, and more accurate approach to transferring grand bedding and strike information from piano to bench. Keys with Grandwork Keysteps memorize keyframe bedding. Hammers and the weight of a WNG Dip Tool memorize strike. And an additional mid-range Keystep maps the shape of a crowned front rail.
Session 4 - Bedding and Strike Setup on the Bench: The Grandwork Custom Keybed provides all the features needed to recreate the piano’s keyframe bedding with stability. Elements fix position and support each rail to in-piano specs, including front rail crowning. And the Grandwork Regulating Rack sets up a stable profile of strike that lowers to letoff, hammerline, and more.
Session 5 - Prep Parts to Vertical; Balance and Simplicity: TPR booth – Sat Session 5 Fully regulate two samples on the bench, with a third to try new parts. File hammers with the Hammer Filing Jig. Travel shanks and square hammers to vertical at strike with the Squaring Platform, Shank Traveler, and Hammer Square. Discover how yes-no, go-nogo answers and trial-and-error can produce superior results.
Session 6 - Hang Hammers Vertically at Strike: The Grandwork Hammer Hanging Jig provides easy tail and shoulder positioning, with clearance for new shanks in the high treble. It coordinates with the Squaring Platform and Regulating Rack to hang hammers to be vertical at strike. Later, these hammers will accurately provide string leveling and mating in one step.
Session 7 - Fast and Precise Bench Regulating: Square, space, and level keys in good light at a good height. Regulating Rack templates fixed at strike provide the perfect spacing scale to return to during regulating. Then, moving this strike profile to heights needed takes seconds. And steps proceed in an order that will not undo previous work.
Session 8 - Installation, String-to-Hammer Mating, Voicing: Back in the piano, after one trip to the bench, the regulation fits. Now, fine space hammers, settle wire, tune, and mate strings to their hammers. The strings will turn out parallel to the keybed, facilitating damper regulation and soft pedal voicing. And your vertical regulating will way simplify voicing.

 

Introducing the Grand Pre-Crowned Soundboard
Christian Bolduc  -  Pianos Bolduc  -  Quebec, Canada
Day, Session #, Classroom

Shop not set up for full grand rebuild but you're interested in replacing a soundboard? Christian introduces us to the Grand Pre-Crowned Soundboard with ribs glued and new bridge capping ready to carve. This class provides an overview of proper measurements for duplication and requirements for a successful installation.

 

Ronsen - America's Piano Hammer Maker
Ray Negron  -  Ronsen Piano Hammer Co.  -  Hudson-Adirondack, NY
Starr Taylor, RPT  -  St. Piano Rebuilders  -  Southwest Florida
Day, Session #, Classroom

Ray Negron will take you through a tour of the Ronsen Piano Hammer Company. You will see the various processes used in manufacturing piano hammers, discuss the merits of the different felts and woods available, including our newest felt offering, Weickert Special by Wurzen, and be shown how to take measurements from your old hammers in order to facilitate ordering new ones. Starr will present voicing tips and other procedures to help you get the best sound possible from the different hammers we offer. New videos included. Questions are welcomed and encouraged.

 

Business
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The Gazelle Network - Building A Stronger Business
Luke Ehresman  -  The Gazelle Network
Day, Session #, Classroom

If you are trying to make a living as a piano technician, you need Gazelle. The Gazelle Network is a software that enables you to manage your business on the go. Gazelle will save time and increase your revenue. Spend less time in the office, less time in the car, as you automatically remind clients their piano(s) are due for service and watch as they self schedule their own appointments using Gazelle's SMART Scheduler. Managing clients, pianos, and calendars for one or more technicians is what Gazelle does best. This class will be focused on showing you how Gazelle can transform your life by helping you focus on the things you love. Gazelle will enable you to spend your time servicing pianos and caring for people rather than playing phone tag and doing office work.

 

Electronic Tuning Devices (ETD's)
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CyberTuner's Continual Evolution
Nate Reyburn, RPT  -  Reyburn CyberTuner  -  Western Michigan
Carl Lieberman, RPT  -  Reyburn CyberTuner  -  South Bay, CA
Day, Session #, Classroom

CyberTuner is constantly being improved and refined. Optimized for both iPads and iPhones/iPods, iRCT matches the way you work. We'll peel away the vale to look into the magic iRCT software with emphasis on the theory behind our Pure 12th Tuning Style and the efficiency of high quality single pass tunings including pitch adjustment, more customizable with NEW Custom Equalizer. All of our newest features will be presented.

 

Player Piano Systems
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RPT Exam Prep
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