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Mr. Larry Lobel, RPT

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1949 born in The Bronx, New York

1971 earned Bachelor's degree in Music from Hunter College of the City University of New York.

1971-72 Studied piano tuning & repair with Robert Fairchild, Northport, NY. 1972 Studied piano tuning with Stephen Fairchild, Sr. Nassau County, NY.

April, 1972 - joined Piano Technicians Guild for one year; did not renew membership (I was a foolish youth!). 

1972-73 piano tuner-technician at Aeolian Corporation, New York.

1973 piano tuner-technician for International Piano Archives, New York. Worked with William Santaella, who later designed Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand.

1973-76 piano technician for Yamaha Music Center in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

1976-77 piano technician for Yamaha dealer in San Francisco, CA - St. Regis & Leuenberger.

1978 - present sole proprietor of Virtuoso Piano Service in San Francisco area.

November 1991 toured Bösendorfer factory in Vienna, Austria.

April, 2000 re-joined Piano Technicians Guild after a lapse of 28 years!  Served as chapter secretary, president, vice-president, council delegate.

2003 - Trained with David Stanwood and earned license as a Precision Touch Design installer.

May, 2005 - passed exams to qualify as Registered Piano Technician (RPT).

2006 - Took piano technology training at Yamaha's Little Red Schoolhouse.

2010 went to China while member of PTG International Relations Committee, toured 4 piano factories, rebuilding shops, showrooms, conferred with industry leaders, gave classes to Chinese technicians.

2012 hired as Piano Technician by Green Music Center at Sonoma State University

July 2013 Attended Steinway Academy at Oberlin College

2013-14 attended 2 Steinway Academies at NY Steinway factory

July 2015 Produced commemorative concert, "Gottschalk in Petaluma"

October 2016 Organized "Tuning Pin Symposium" at Sonoma State University

2017 Co-produced CD "Gottschalk and Cuba" on Steinway & Sons label.