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Piano Centered Books for Clients

  • 1.  Piano Centered Books for Clients

    Posted 02-27-2019 15:59
    Hello All,

    I'm wondering what you use for promotional give-away books for clients? Ideally I would like to be able to give out a book that does talk about piano maintenance, but is also focused on music, etc. I don't want to give out a  "this is what your piano needs" manual.

    I'm considering Franz Mohr's "My Life With the Great Pianists." (Which I thoroughly enjoyed.) I just ordered "The Jazz Girl, the Piano, and the Dedicated Tuner" that was reviewed in the Feb. 2019 Journal for previewing. That might be another option.

    Anyone know of any other options?

    Also, price per book is not really a consideration for me because this wouldn’t be for every new client that comes along, just certain ones; or those who hire me for a big job, etc.

    Thanks in advance,

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    Benjamin Sanchez
    Professional Piano Services
    (805)315-8050
    www.professional-piano-services.com
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  • 2.  RE: Piano Centered Books for Clients

    Posted 02-27-2019 16:24
    Grand Obsession- Perry Knize
    Evening with Horowitcz- David Duban
    Romance on Three Legs- Glenn Goulds Search for the Perfect Piano
    88 Keys- The Making of A Steinway
    Notes of a Piano Tuner-Denele Pitts Campbell
    Piano Lessons- Noah Adams
    Note by Note - a Celebration of the Piano Lesson- Tricia Tunstall
    In the Key of Genius- Adam Ockelford
    Evening In The Palace of Reason- Bach meets Frederick the Great- James R. Gaines

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    James Kelly
    Pawleys Island SC
    843-325-4357
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  • 3.  RE: Piano Centered Books for Clients

    Posted 02-27-2019 20:55
    Pianos and their makers- Alfred Dolge

    The piano shop on the left bank- Thad Carhart; this is a novel that I enjoyed, probably only for a particular type of customer. I think the piano tuner leads the protagonist around in circles, but the book is quite charming.

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    Steven Rosenthal
    Honolulu HI
    808-521-7129
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  • 4.  RE: Piano Centered Books for Clients

    Posted 02-28-2019 10:15
    I mentioned on another thread The Seventh Dragon by Anita Sullivan - which really does bring lovely focus to the piano tuner . . . 

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  • 5.  RE: Piano Centered Books for Clients

    Posted 04-30-2019 16:34
    I just looked and Notes of a Piano Tuner is no longer in print, but I ordered a used copy from Amazon.  It looked intriguing.  Thank you for the reference!

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    Ted Rohde
    Central Illinois
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  • 6.  RE: Piano Centered Books for Clients

    Posted 02-28-2019 09:19
    Keena Keel, a tech and PTG member out of Massachusetts has written exactly what you're looking for:

    "Piano, How Are You!
    A Guide to Understand, Evaluate and Maintain your Piano

    KennaKeel.com

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    Melanie Brooks
    Brooks, Ltd. Piano Products LLC
    Uncasville CT
    860-848-6605
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  • 7.  RE: Piano Centered Books for Clients

    Posted 04-30-2019 15:31
    Hello All,

    A follow up to this thread. I ordered "The Jazz Girl, the Piano, and the Dedicated Tuner" and read though it. Unfortunately I have to give it a considerably less-stellar review than was in the PTJ.

    My main problem with the book was that it was extremely verbose. What I could have communicated in three paragraphs took the author at least six if not ten. I realize that this is just my personality and that I tend towards less words than more. Others will disagree, and that's fine; but for me, way, way too wordy.

    My other issue with it was the mention of the sensual culture of France more than once, including reference to an "erotic fairytale". This is a cultural difference for sure. In France open discussion of such things may be acceptable, but to give it out to American clients... let's just say I don't feel I should risk my reputation in doing so.

    Overall, disappointing. I lost the message in the plethora of words. Too bad I couldn't give it as good a review as in the Journal.

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    Benjamin Sanchez
    Professional Piano Services
    (805)315-8050
    www.professional-piano-services.com
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  • 8.  RE: Piano Centered Books for Clients

    Posted 04-30-2019 17:21
    Melanie,

    I can vouch for and highly recommend Keena's book. It is a very easy read, perfect for non techs. Not intimidating in any way.

    Pwg

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    Peter Grey
    Stratham NH
    603-686-2395
    pianodoctor57@gmail.com
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