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Tuning
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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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Make It Shine!
Polyester Finish Service and Repair
All-Day Thursday Seminar - Registration Required

Ruth Zeiner, RPT  -  Allied Piano and Finish LLC  -  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!

 

Business
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Electronic Tuning Devices (ETD's)
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Player Piano Systems
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RPT Exam Prep
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