Live Stream

2022 PTG Convention and Technical Institute
August 3 - 6
Hyatt Regency Orange County

Live Stream Pass
The Live Stream Pass allows you to view 12 select Institute classes online.
Wednesday - Friday, August 3 - 5.
Four 90-minute classes per day starting at 8 a.m. (PT).
View live in August and later on-demand.
PTG Member Live Stream Pass - $445
Non-Member Live Stream Pass - $595
Register Online

Live Stream Classes
Listed in broadcast order

Wednesday, August 3

(I,A) Practical Applications of the Equation of Balance
Jude Reveley, RPT, Boston, MA Chapter
This class will demonstrate how to use David Stanwood’s Equation of Balance to diagnose and rectify action issues.

(E) I've Got A Tool for That!
Jim Busby, RPT, Salt Lake City, UT Chapter
Since 2002 Jim has taught PTG tool tip classes at conventions and conferences. In this class, Jim will take the very best tips from past classes and add some great new ones. Learn tool modification and tool making and look at some unique tools that Jim finds valuable for shop and field work.

(E) Six Tips for Building a Successful Piano Service Business
Jason Cassel, RPT, Salt Lake City, UT Chapter
Building a private tuning business can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Have you ever wondered how others have established their clientele? This class will provide you with six tips for building a successful and fulfilling piano service business.

(E) Tuning: Speed vs Stability
Ed Tomlinson, RPT, Los Angeles, CA Chapter
Learn some new tips and techniques to improve both speed and stability in your tuning. No matter your level, this class will help you hone your skills and increase your speed with stability.

Thursday, August 4

(I,A) Preparing the Concert Piano - An Overview
Steve Brady, RPT, Seattle, WA Chapter
Material for this class is from Steve’s book, Under the Lid: The Art and Craft of the Concert Piano Technician. Steve presents a proven routine for working with concert pianists plus a pre-concert checklist that will help eliminate worry. Specific tips on tuning for concerts are included.

(I,A) Care and Feeding of the High End Piano
Eric Johnson, RPT, Connecticut Chapter
Designed to provide an overview of the features and qualities of a high-end piano, this class will show techniques to get the best possible performance. Examples will include Bosendorfer, Steingraeber, Bluthner, Sauter, Fazioli and higher-level instruments from Yamaha and Kawai.

(E) Professional Pin Setting
Dan Levitan, RPT, New York City, NY Chapter
Find out how to achieve bulletproof stability on any piano by taking advantage of the clear separation of turning and tilting forces on a tuning pin made possible by C-shaped tuning hammers.

(E) My First 48 Mistakes Being in the Piano Business
Isaac Sadigursky, RPT, Los Angeles, CA Chapter
Hear Isaac as he discusses many pitfalls in the daily life of piano service, many perfect ways to lose clients and how to embarrass ourselves. All are true life experiences and true stories.

Friday, August 5

(I) Improving Grand Piano Performance, 20 Tips
Starr Taylor, RPT, Southwest Florida Chapter
This intermediate/advanced class is designed to help piano technicians look at the piano from inside out. The tips in this class will address unusual problems when servicing grand pianos as well as improving old tried and true methods for adjusting pedals and actions. Topics include adjusting nose bolts for tuning stability, addressing string deflection with temperament strips, seating strings on bridges, eliminating grand pedal noise, addressing friction in the piano action, adjusting repetition springs, and properly bushing the pitman pin hole in keybeds. A detailed handout is included. Questions are always encouraged!

(E) Glue: Getting Into a Sticky Situation
Duane McGuire, RPT, Salt Lake City, UT Chapter
Many different glues are available for use in piano work. The many choices beg the question: what's best? We will describe the various classes and working properties of glues, so that the technician is better able to select an appropriate glue for the job at hand. Included will be practical demonstrations of applications in pianos. Also, we'll do some destructive testing, but no pianos will be harmed in this class!

(E) Stress Free Traveling, Burning, and Spacing
Rick Butler, RPT, Washington, DC Chapter
“If you get the idea this is a long and tedious job, you are right. Sometimes it takes me half a day to do this one operation, but the payoff is that everything will align properly, and you will not have to repeat any alignments.” - Newton Hunt. In the treble sections of the piano, this is a relatively  straightforward process. However, angled hammers are more complex. Add to this the unique shape of the Steinway hammer flange rail and spacing the hammers to the strings can present a challenge. Rick shares his approach to action alignment, which he finds to be an enjoyable part of the regulation and voicing process.

(I) The Piano in Slow-Mo
Scott Murphy, RPT, New York City, NY Chapter
We'll look at slow-motion video of grand pianos, shot at up to 77,000 frames per second. Join us as we investigate the motion of the keys, strings, hammers, dampers, and action parts.

KEY:  (E) Everyone   (B) Basic Level
(I) Intermediate Level   (A) Advanced Level