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New P.T seeking advice

  • 1.  New P.T seeking advice

    Member
    Posted 04-26-2022 13:54
    Greetings. I am a new Piano Technician who has tuned about 10 pianos, 2 of which were major pitch raises.  My training includes the Randi Potter course and have studied with a local mentor. (I am not an RPT) I've been using the CyberTuner but have
     had to tune aurally when it wasnt working.. 
    All my customers thus far seemed very pleased however tomorrow l will be tuning for a piano teacher and lm not sure what to expect.
    I have built my own website but am hesitant to SEO higher traffic to it. The reason for this? Fear of the unknown.
    Do l have enough experience?  What if l get a bad customer etc..etc.
    Should l go for this full time, or hold off?Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Respectfully 
    -Brian


  • 2.  RE: New P.T seeking advice

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 04-26-2022 14:01
    Brian

    There is only one way to find out if you're any good or not. Tune a piano and ask the customer. Ask the teacher if he/she's happy with your tuning. If she's not, ask her for advice. Be honest and upfront that you're starting out and appreciate any help you can get. Some will be happy to give it to you. Others might not, but don't let them get you down. 

    Don't be afraid of failure. Even after 45 years I still get an occasional customer who wasn't satisfied with my tuning. But most of the time it had nothing to do with the actual tuning. Some customers just like to complain, even if there wasn't anything wrong. I've learned that you can't please everyone. So don't let the few bad apples ruin it for you. Do the best you can. 

    Good luck, and welcome to the PTG.

    Wim





  • 3.  RE: New P.T seeking advice

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 04-26-2022 15:55
    Way too  few tuning experience to go out and charge for it. You must practice on at least 100 






  • 4.  RE: New P.T seeking advice

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 04-26-2022 16:25
    Those are excellent questions ! You already got valuable answers here...

    If your local chapter is active you will get great advice there also.

    There is (maybe ?) a mentorship program on one of the facebook groups: Piano Technicians Guild (PTG), Global Piano Technicians, Piano Technicians International. Learn to use the search function on those.

    Welcome !

    Allan Sutton, m.mus. RPT
    www.pianotechniquemontreal.com





  • 5.  RE: New P.T seeking advice

    Posted 04-27-2022 12:29
    Agree with Paul on this. But we're all far away from you, which makes diagnosis difficult. What does your mentor say?
    Another thing would be being able to do common repairs, like replacing a broken string. And do you have parts for common repairs?

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    John Formsma
    New Albany MS
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  • 6.  RE: New P.T seeking advice

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 04-26-2022 19:43
    "Leap, and the net will appear." - John Burroughs

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    Geoff Sykes, RPT
    Los Angeles CA
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