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New to PTG, tuning, and repair

  • 1.  New to PTG, tuning, and repair

    Posted 05-06-2019 17:24
    Hello, everyone. I'm curious if there's a section on the website that has information for beginner's? After nearly twenty years of teaching English public school and college, I'm doing something completely different. I purchased a course online, have a local mentor, and devote time every day to tuning on my Kurtmann upright (after starting on an old, cranky Baldwin Acrosonic, parts of which I have strewn around my house). Aside from PTG resources I may be overlooking, are there other resources (online or otherwise) you would recommend? I have Arthur Reblitz's book on tuning, servicing, and rebuilding. It's a little overwhelming. Thanks!

    Robert Crisp
    Savannah GA

  • 2.  RE: New to PTG, tuning, and repair

    Posted 05-06-2019 17:59
    Check out the following. Online task group will be coming out with a better curriculum. Every thing in our academy is vetted, unlike you tube.


    Larry Messerly, RPT
    Bringing Harmony to Homes

  • 3.  RE: New to PTG, tuning, and repair

    Posted 05-06-2019 19:47
    Larry, thank you. I'll certainly check these out.

    Robert Crisp
    Savannah GA

  • 4.  RE: New to PTG, tuning, and repair

    Posted 05-06-2019 19:07
    Hi Robert,

    First off, Welcome! The link Larry provided is to the online academy, which is in the process of being updated. In particular look at the proficiency playground video files. When you're ready to start business, take a look at Business 201 videos by Tim Barnes.

    The Reblitz book is great, howbeit a little outdated in some of the pictures. I ordered Mario Igrec's Pianos Inside Out book a few months ago. It's awesome, definitely the next generation of textbook. The price reflects the quality, but definitely worth it.

    I also highly recommend Jim Busby's Piano Technician Tutorials eBook series. They are relatively inexpensive but very good instruction. Well expressed. Being an ebook allows you to also watch Jim demonstrate what he's writing about. For me, I learn best in this format - reading, then watching, then practicing (of course). They are available from Apple iBooks, or from www.pianotechniciantutorials.com.

    I have a few additional (non-piano but very useful) resources to recommend, shoot me an email if you want them.

    Hope this helps. Shoot me an email if you ever need help with anything. Best,

    Benjamin Sanchez
    Professional Piano Services

  • 5.  RE: New to PTG, tuning, and repair

    Posted 05-06-2019 19:51
    Thanks, Benjamin. I'm going to stick with the Reblitz, but I'm interested in the Pianos Inside Out, and the Busby material. I'm glad I reached out.


    Robert Crisp
    Savannah GA

  • 6.  RE: New to PTG, tuning, and repair

    Posted 05-07-2019 07:05
    Mr. Crisp,
    Reach out to Jennifer Knox. She's one of the best technicians in the country and just down the street from you.

    Karl Roeder
    Pompano Beach FL

  • 7.  RE: New to PTG, tuning, and repair

    Posted 05-07-2019 10:46
    PTG Academy Online/Proficiency Playground

    "PTG - Expand your horizon - Share the vision:
    Providing Quality Service for the World's Pianos

    Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest, 'til the good is better and the better is best."

    To schedule an appointment online click here http://bit.ly/2ErRaav

    George W.R.(Bill) Davis, RPT, SERVP
    The Piano Place GA
    2315 Rocky Mountain Rd NE
    Marietta GA 30066
    (770) 778-6881

    Sent from my iPhone

  • 8.  RE: New to PTG, tuning, and repair

    Posted 05-07-2019 12:37

    Welcome Robert!  You are doing everything correctly having a mixture of on-line courses, books, a piano to practice with and most importantly, a mentor.  When I first joined the PTG I was quite surprised by the willingness of my local chapter members to share their knowledge and more than one shop allowed me to work on whatever they were doing at the time.  I did not charge them for my time as they were 'paying' me in knowledge and experience. As to the Art Reblitz and Mario Igrec books BOTH are excellent references that you will eventually want to have.  Art has recently finished a third edition to be published late this Fall.  I find that the Reblitz book is the one for the beginning piano technician and the Igrec book is after you have some base knowledge.

    At some point when you think you'd might like to go for the RPT exam, the PACE and Source books offered by the PTG can help guide you in learning for that.  Going for the RPT is more than just getting three letters by your name, it actually prepares you for meeting some of the most common issues you'll be faced with such as regulation, replacing a broken string and understanding if the piano is really in tune.

    Jim Fariss, RPT
    Black Forest Piano
    Black Forest, Colorado
    (719) 425-8845

  • 9.  RE: New to PTG, tuning, and repair

    Posted 05-08-2019 00:34
    Awesome choice, man.

    It is a rewarding thing to be doing.

    Consider the book Pianos Inside Out by Igrec.

    Piano Technician Academy online is from what I see a great wealth of education for a reasonable price with a whole new revamped course.

    howtotunepianos.com taught by Mark Cerisano is they way I learned (I chose to study with him in person). He teaches methods and techniques that holistically improved my tuning stability, unison and temperament accuracy, and reduced muscle fatigue.

    Consider a good sturdy hammer (I like Fujan from Tucson, AZ).

    Most importantly though, do as much research in the small business field as well as technician field: seek out a small business mentor or advisor whether that's a friend, colleague, local technician, local college or community college instructor in small business/sole proprietor relations.

    Cobrun Sells

  • 10.  RE: New to PTG, tuning, and repair

    Posted 05-08-2019 19:57

    Hi Robert, and welcome!

    I second the endorsements of Pianos inside out and Jim Bushby's eBooks. Mario's book is a book for life, I reach for it every week, there's a wealth of information in there. Jim's books are hands-on, no fuzz, pragmatic information, presenting intricate stuff in a straightforward manner.

    Patrick Wingren, RPT
    Jakobstad, Finland

  • 11.  RE: New to PTG, tuning, and repair

    Posted 05-10-2019 20:39
    There is also a Facebook page for beginning technicians.

    Jeffrey Gegner
    Tipton IN