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Mr. Raymond Cugnolio

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I grew up in a musical family and continued studying piano and flute until the end of my high school (1974). I then completed a year compulsory military service (1975). I studied accounting and completed my articles, while continuing to perform (1976-1984) In 1985 I accepted a position at a Music Shop which also had a piano repair business operating from its premises. (Harry Green Music World importers of Samick pianos) I began to learn piano tuning and repairs under the auspices of Harry Green. 1990-1992 I spent a year and a half with a master piano tuner (Keith Macfarlane) refining my skills. 1992-1997 I returned to Harry Green Music World and worked in the workshop and in the field tuning and repairing pianos. We also completely restored and rebuilt pianos. 1998-present. I went out on my own and have been operating my own piano tuning and repair business, all the while continuing to learn from more skilled piano tuners. 2010 After trying for a number of years to become a member of the S.A. piano tuners guild I was finally allowed to take their examinations which stretched over three days and passed! There is unfortunately nothing like the level of support and help that the PTG offers. I am a full member of the S.A.P.P.T(South African Professional Piano Tuners) 2012 I took the bold step of furthering my knowledge and became an associate member and attended the PTG convention in Seattle. I did the pre exam with Brian Lawson RPT and also, although time was at a premium spent time with Paul Brown RPT. I sat for all three exams at the convention and passed the written and technical exams. I have since attended Atlanta(2013) and Denver(2014) conventsions. I am now an associate member of the PTG.(Piano Tuners Guild) I have a large clientele (over 2000) and also tune for various institutions; University of Pretoria(45 pianos), Kingsmead college(25 pianos),St. Albans College to name a few of my larger clients. Our company, The Pianoman (Pty) Ltd.,tunes, repairs, restores ,moves and rebuilds pianos. We are the technicians for Kawai. Bechstein and also the Pretoria region of Yamaha pianos. I also have three apprentices studying under my guidance.