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 70 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
Chapter Board Members 2016-2017
Vice President:
Past President:
Robin Olson
Michael Travis
David Lamoreaux
Steve Jones
Frank Cahill
John Becker
Mary Beth Tawes
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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


Monday, November 13,


Jordan Kitt's Music
11725 Parklawn Dr.
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 770-9081

Technical: Voicing Yamaha and Steinway - Differences and Similarities
Robin Olson, RPT


After 15 years as a Steinway concert tuner for Jordan Kitt's C&A and the
Kennedy Center (including attending all four weeks of training at the
Steinway Factory), in 2009 Robin Olson suddenly found himself
the Washington area's Yamaha C&A tuner.  He is now a member
of Yamaha's Premium Piano Service Network.  Robin will explain
how he learned the techniques for concert level work on Yamahas at a
special concert level "Little Red School House" and the extensive training
he has received with Ace Ugai, Yamaha/Boesendorfer's top concert
technician.  Through this process Robin has noticed similarities and
differences between Steinway and Yamaha both in approach to
voicing and actually working on hammers.  There will be a demonstration
of special techniques and voicing the CFX that is currently on loan
for the D.C. area from Yamaha.  The information in this technical
will be useful for technicians of all levels; these voicing principles
can be applied to all levels of pianos, for all types of players.
The best way to learn how to voice is to "just do it."


RPT Michael Travis will be available from 3:00 PM
on for Associates without prior appointment to take the PTG Written Exam,
the gateway for eligibility to take the Tuning and Technicial Exams
required to obtain RPT status.


                                                     3:00-5:00 PM     PTG Written Exam Opportunity
                                                     5:00 PM               Food and Conversation
                                                     6:00 PM:             Business Meeting and Break
                                                     7:00`PM:            Technical Presentation



The Piano Technicians Guild
Chapter 201 - Washington, DC