The Piano Technicians Guild, Inc. is the largest non-profit
organization serving piano tuners, technicians, and craftsmen
throughout the world.  Formed in 1957 by the merger of the American
Society of Piano Technicians and the National Association of  Piano
Tuners, the Guild was organized to promote the highest possible
service and technical standards among piano tuners and technicians.
The Washington DC Chapter was the first chapter in the Piano
Technicians Guild (PTG).  We have approximately 80 members in our chapter and over half of our members are Registered Piano Technicians. A Registered Piano Technician (RPT) is a piano technician who has passed a series of rigorous tests given by the
PTG.
Chapter Board Members 2015-2016
President:
Vice President:
Treasurer:
Secretary:
Director:
Director:
Past President:
Mary Beth Tawes
Elizabeth Pearson
David Lamoreaux
Steve Jones
Frank Cahill
Matthew Pearson
Asley Turner
The Piano Technicians Guild website can be found at www.ptg.org
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CHAPTER MEETINGS


Regular chapter meetings include both a Business Meeting and a Technical Presentation.
Usually the Chapter provides light food and beverages during the meeting.

We welcome guests who may be interested in joining our chapter!

Regular chapter meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month,
August - November
and February - May
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OUR NEXT REGULAR CHAPTER MEETING WILL BE HELD

Monday,
May 9, 2016

at

Steinway Piano Gallery
11611 Old Georgetown Road
Rockville, MD 20877
(301) 770-3377


*** PLEASE NOTE THE MODIFIED SCHEDULE for this month ***


THIS MONTH'S TECHNICAL presenter is Christopher Brown, RPT of TPR Tools

Period 1 - 10:30-12:00: Keyframe Bedding
I will outline and demonstrate short and long form keyframe bedding.
What if backrail or frontrail doesn't fit?
What do you do?
A handout will give you the protocol and the demonstration will show you that each
step is doable, with good results guaranteed. An introduction to the Regulation Station
Deluxe and how it organizes positioning, bedding, strike, and regulation will conclude.

Period 2 - 1:00-2:30: Alignment and Verticality
In this period, the Squaring Platform, Shank Traveler, and Hammer Square will be
introduced and their functions demonstrated.
Setting up a grand action to work vertically, rather than in parallel motion,
has substantial benefits for power and repetition. And vertical address of hammers
to strings provides "infinitely" variable soft pedal and best string-hammer mating, every time.

Period 3 - 3:00-4:30: Regulating with a Regulation Station
Here, I will offer a tour of the system's features.
The engine of development for these tools might be described as
anti-piano-technician-annoyance-centric.
I've been tinkering with it for eight years (plus the thirty-one that came before)
and have had some success. In application, one worthy achievement of these tools and
protocols is that they collectively make grand regulating more fun!

5-6pm Food & Conversation
6-7pm Business
Meeting and Break
7-8:30pm T
echnical Presentation (continued)

Period 4 - Monthly Meeting's Presentation:
Grand Sampling In-Piano and Setup On-Bench
Keysteps grew out of key leveling "jack" technology.
They improve leveling function a little, but they revolutionize
grand piano-to-bench sampling and setup procedures. Instead of key dip, letoff,
and blow sampling, key height and strike sampling.
Fewer steps, greater accuracy, and way less annoyance!
With stable keyframe bedding, these procedures make on-bench regulating
more accurate than in-piano...

 

The Piano Technicians Guild
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