Thursday, April 15, 2021, 7-9pm Eastern
In-Site Grand Regulation and Service – Don Mannino, RPT, MPA
This is a new seminar by Don covering a subject that is near and dear to him, and is related to his "Full Service" seminars presented in the past except with more demonstration. Servicing and regulating grand piano actions in the piano! Don will have a grand piano prepared with part of the action un-regulated, and after some preliminary words about supplies and tools and skills needed to do this work, Don will demonstrate techniques for attendees to observe.
Included will be hammer filing, prepping the action for regulation, techniques for regulating the action in place, and some brief voicing tips as well!
Don began working with pianos in 1979 as an apprentice in a rebuilding shop then as an independent piano technician in the San Diego area. After coming to work for Kawai Pianos in 1995 as the manager of technical support, he now serves as the Director of Field Services for Kawai America. 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 Kawai company's top level concert piano technician. In July 2018 Mr. Mannino was awarded the Piano Technicians Guild's highest honor, the "Golden Tuning Hammer" award.
Thursday, May 13th, 2021, 7-9pm Eastern
Grand Damper System Repair and Regulation– Don Mannino, RPT, MPA
Don will unravel the mysteries of servicing damper systems in Kawai grand pianos and other similarly designed pianos. He will demonstrate damper tray block replacement and service, regulating the damper lift from the key and from the pedal, Regulating the sostenuto, plus much more! Don will even include demonstration of trimming trichord wedges to reduce noise when lifting. If you've had difficulties working on grand dampers, don't miss this class!
George W.R. "Bill" Davis, RPT, SERVP