Menu
Home     Registration     Institute     Hotel     Exhibitors     Food     Schedule     Contact    

Instructors • Bios

Rick Baldassin, RPT

Rick Baldassin, RPT
Baldassin Pianos  -  Salt Lake City, UT

Rick received his education and piano technology training from Brigham Young University. He is the author of the book On Pitch, which was recently re-published. Rick served as the Tuning Editor for the Journal from 1987 to 1991. His teaching has taken him to piano factories and conventions throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Korea, Indonesia and Australia. Rick has served as the Concert Technician for the Utah Symphony for over 20 years, and has been the Teaching and Technical Consultant for Renner since 1989. He has been trained in the concert and artist programs of Fazioli, Steinway and Yamaha, and has been a consultant to the Falcone, Mason & Hamlin, and Pramberger and Samick Piano Companies. Rick also serves as the Technical Support Director for Fazioli in North America. He has received the PTG Member of Note, Jim Burton, and Hall of Fame awards, and most recently was honored with the prestigious PTG Golden Hammer award. Rick and his wife Cindy currently operate Baldassin Pianos, a full-line rebuilding and retail showroom located in the Salt Lake City area.

Return To Top


Richard Davenport, RPT

Richard Davenport, RPT
Los Angeles, CA

Richard Davenport, RPT, renowned piano technician for Hollywood film studios and concert halls. Richard has serviced all of 20th Century Fox’s pianos since 1980. In 1999, he completely restored their 1928 Steinway D. This piano has been featured in hundreds of movie and TV scores, including Star Wars, MASH, the Simpsons, and Planet Of The Apes. In 2013, Richard was the lead technician along with 'The Happy Merry Workers' in the film "American Grand", capturing the transformation of a 1913 Steinway from wreck to shining beauty with setbacks, skirmishes, and heartfelt revelations. The film premiered on PBS and is available on Amazon and can be viewed online with an Amazon Prime subscription.

Richard has taught hundreds of technical classes over the last 45 years on every piano subject imaginable. He enhanced his concert skills at Yamaha’s concert grand factory in Japan, the Fazioli factory in Italy, and the Bösendorfer factory in Austria. He assisted building new instruments at all three factories and restored countless Steinways, both American and German. Yamaha employed Richard as a Technical Service Consultant for 24 years. An RPT since 1976, Richard was one of the first five Certified Tuning Examiners in the country, and helped design the current tuning exam. He received the prestigious PTG 'Hall of Fame' award in 2008.

Return To Top


Nick Gravagne, RPT

Nicholas 'Nick' Gravagne, RPT
Phoenix, AZ

Nick Gravagne combines a formal engineering background with over 40 years of hands-on experience in piano design, manufacturing, and rebuilding. A technician since 1973, and an RPT since 1975, much of Nick's business currently revolves around rebuilding and soundboard manufacture for the trade, as well as distribution of his popular Action Geometry Program and instructional DVD's. Prior to concentrating most of his energies to the workshop, Nick was quite active in concert prep and maintenance of fine grand pianos.

Nick has been a prolific writer for the Piano Technicians Journal, as well as a frequent teacher at PTG annual and regional conferences and technicals nationwide. He has also served as the Technical Service Manager for Kawai America. His credentials and awards include a BA from William Paterson University, an AST in Mechanical Engineering, and the PTG Member of Note. Nick most recently received the prestigious PTG 'Hall of Fame' award in 2012.

Return To Top


Don Mannino, RPT

Don Mannino, RPT
Kawai America  -  South Bay, CA

Don began an apprenticeship with a piano rebuilder while completing his studies at San Diego State University as a piano performance major in 1979. After working for 11 years as an independent piano technician in the San Diego area, he held the position of National Service Manager for Young Chang Pianos, then Manager of Technical Support for Kawai Pianos for North America, and now serves as the Director of Field Services for Kawai America Corp. Don and his wife Patty are the editors of the Southern California Combined PTG newsletter. In 2010 he was certified in Japan as a Kawai "Master Piano Artisan" (or MPA), the highest level of technician for the Kawai company. In 2013 Mr. Mannino was inducted into the PTG Hall of Fame.

Return To Top


Bruce Stevens, RPT

Bruce Stevens, RPT
South Bay, CA

Bruce Stevens has been a piano technician for almost 40 years providing in-home service and operating a full restoration shop of fine pianos. He began his early years as an accomplished classical pianist before his career in piano technology began. Bruce is the technician for Concordia University in Irvine, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and has assisted the piano technicians at UC Irvine, UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, and Claremont College.

Bruce has served the PTG as an instructor at national and regional conventions. He was a founding member and President of WestPac along with serving many leading roles over the years with his chapter, state and regional conferences. He is the AV Director for the Piano Technicians Guild Annual Convention. Bruce has been awarded the PTG 'Member of Note' in 2005 and most recently was honored with the prestigious 'Hall of Fame' award in 2015.

Return To Top


David Vanderlip, RPT

David Vanderlip, RPT
Orange County, CA

David Vanderlip has been a piano technician for over 30 years. He and his wife, Kathy Smith, work with schools, concert halls and private clients, and have a shop in Anaheim, CA. David is the piano technician for Pomona College School of Music. He is active with giving PTG RPT tuning and technical exams for Southern CA. David is an instuctor at the PTG Academy and has been teaching at national and regional conventions for over 20 years. David most recently received the PTG 'Member of Note' Award in 2016.

Return To Top


Ruth B. Zeiner, RPT

Ruth B. Zeiner, RPT
Allied Piano and Finish LLC  -  Southeastern Pennsylvania

Ruth Zeiner, RPT is the President of Allied Piano and Finish LLC. She joined the PTG in 1981, becoming an RPT in 1982. But her first tunings were done during her high school years, when she purchased a hammer, mutes, and guide to tuning, and also assisted with pipe organ tuning at her church. Primarily a field technician servicing 30-35 pianos a week for many years, Ruth became an expert in understanding the effects of humidity on pianos. She branched out into finish repair in the mid 1990s. Ruth has served the PTG as the first president of the Southeastern PA chapter, and was Regional Vice-President for the Northeast Region for three years. She received the Member of Note, Hall of Fame and the prestigious Golden Hammer awards from PTG, and has been a sought-after instructor for humidity control and finish repair throughout North America.

Return To Top