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#2105837 - 06/21/13 03:58 PM What kind of vehicle do technicians drive?  
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What kind of vehicle do you drive to work? A car, van or truck?

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#2105838 - 06/21/13 04:02 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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Most of your tools will fit in a tool box. You drive what you can afford. Honestly, if I didn't live where it snowed, I'd buy a backpack, drive a motorcycle and save on gas. I drove a company truck until I started on my own, and the only time I put anything in the back was when I took something (like a bench) back to their shop, where they did full restorations.


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#2105841 - 06/21/13 04:10 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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Hi Sam,
I'd like to thank you for your answers to some of my other questions because they have helped me a lot, and has increased my confidence. smile

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#2105847 - 06/21/13 04:18 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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No problem. I know how scary it looks out there, especially when all your competition is 30 years older.


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#2105848 - 06/21/13 04:22 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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East Nashville,TN Scottsville...
With all the texting and driving wrecks I try to avoid smaller cars


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#2105859 - 06/21/13 04:40 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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You may consider the ability to carry an action (grand or an upright on a action cradle) to your or a friend's shop safely.
Also, consider room for a portable fold up table as well as your tool kit.
Usually a hatchback with folding rear seats of some sort will do.


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#2105866 - 06/21/13 04:47 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: Gene Nelson]  
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Originally Posted by Gene Nelson
You may consider the ability to carry an action (grand or an upright on a action cradle) to your or a friend's shop safely.
Also, consider room for a portable fold up table as well as your tool kit.
Usually a hatchback with folding rear seats of some sort will do.


A valid consideration. However my Hyundai Elantra -- as with just about every other similar car I have had -- does quite well at carrying almost any grand or upright action as a front seat "passenger". One end goes where the passenger's feet would normally go and the other on or just under the headrest.

Also, most of these cars have the back seat seatbacks that release, creating contiguous room from the trunk. That being the case, there isn't any piano part I can't carry in my 30+mpg FWD car. Also, I'm able to carry my collapsible piano tilter and enough tools to do whatever needs to be done onsite.


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#2105867 - 06/21/13 04:48 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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I upgraded to a four wheel drive Chevrolet Colorado last year. I'm a school teacher as my full-time job, and hated just sitting at home on those snow days. Now I can get out and tune a few pianos when I'm off from school.

Here's a picture... it gets a lot of attention around town. I'm going to add some more graphics in the rear side windows soon. Yes, there are a couple of errors in the keys. The designer guy I guess cut and pasted to get a piano keyboard to fit the length of the truck. Most people don't notice it. I had already approved the design and had it home for a few days before I noticed. Oh well. LOL

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#2105870 - 06/21/13 04:58 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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After having a van for a while I decided that smaller was better for my needs. I considered the risk of getting in an accident with a smaller car and felt the rewards of easy maneuverability, comfort, gas mileage, lower maintenance cost outweighed the risk. Also, a lot of new cars have more airbags than a Mars Lander, which may actually be safer than my van was.

I have a Toyota sedan, which so far has been able to carry everything I've needed to carry.

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#2105887 - 06/21/13 05:35 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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In rural areas, slough, ruts and shallow creek-crossing called for 4WD here. Had a Ford Explorer.


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#2105889 - 06/21/13 05:44 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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My car is a PT Cruiser. My daughter informed me a while back that the PT stands for "Piano Tuner" wink


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#2105909 - 06/21/13 06:24 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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I drive a wagon so that I can load actions and tools easily and safely. Unfortunately, gas mileage could be better, and it is expensive as %$#@ to maintain. When I am ready for my next car, I will probably get an SUV.

#2105926 - 06/21/13 07:13 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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Your car is a client's first impression of you and your business. It's my mobile store front. I drive an Acura MDX. It has four wheel drive and enough guts to pull my trailer for occasional piano moves. Being a 2005 I'm thinking about trading it in, though.

When I was visiting Joel and Priscilla Rappaport this past February, Priscilla was enamored with her new Honda Fit. She got the sport model and upgraded the wheels so it looked snazzy. It was getting 38mph on the highway and was very peppy.

The car I'd like to own, however, is a Tesla!


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#2105927 - 06/21/13 07:13 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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Ryan, what kind of temperament do you use to tune the keyboard pattern on your truck??

Just got a 2011 Nissan Juke. It's a fun car to drive.

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#2105944 - 06/21/13 07:58 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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The ideal hatch back should be able to carry tools and an action (it is a struggle but I have done it) and get at least 26mpg on the freeway, and be fun to drive.
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#2105965 - 06/21/13 08:56 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: rysowers]  
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Originally Posted by rysowers
Your car is a client's first impression of you and your business.


Uh Oh I drive a lifted 1988 Toyota 4runner and a loud mean looking motorcycle. I wounder what they think!!!


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#2105977 - 06/21/13 09:29 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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I drive a Honda Accord. But even if I could afford an expensive car, I wouldn't drive it to tuning appointments.


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#2105993 - 06/21/13 10:11 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: Gary Fowler]  
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Most days I drive my VW Passat. On rare occasions when my wife may need the car,
I use my 1958 Chevy pickup (Mater). People usually seem more interested in the truck
than my work when I drive up in it.


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#2106004 - 06/21/13 11:11 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: Dave B]  
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Originally Posted by Dave B
Ryan, what kind of temperament do you use to tune the keyboard pattern on your truck??


I tune it to the Unequal Beating Mid-Century Temperament It's quite new. You should see the fingerings for the scales. One has to have 12 fingers to play on it correctly. grin

It was a printers mistake and since I had approved the design, I would probably have to pay for it again. I'm going to just live with it for a while. I'll be more careful to proof better next time. I've only had one person notice it.


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#2106024 - 06/22/13 12:25 AM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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50,000 miles most years. Road vehicle at present is a 2003 Buick LeSaber, in deep Burgundy. 30+ MPG and paid for car!!


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#2106025 - 06/22/13 12:33 AM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: RPD]  
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Originally Posted by RPD
50,000 miles most years. Road vehicle at present is a 2003 Buick LeSaber, in deep Burgundy. 30+ MPG and paid for car!!


I drive an older LeSaber and get the same mileage. Amazing for their size, isn't it? I would actually recommend one to anyone planning on being a "road warrior." I can fit an action in my backseat easily, not that I've ever had to. (Doesn't mean I won't eventually, though.)


As for the advertising thing/front of your business thing, this is very true, but don't sink money into until you have the money. As a beginning tech, worry more about quality. Otherwise, you'll end up with a crappy reputation and that'll kill you.

RPD, if you could PM me about the Master Technician thing in your signature, that would be wonderful. I've never heard of them.


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#2106043 - 06/22/13 01:18 AM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: Samthetech]  
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Originally Posted by Samthetech

RPD, if you could PM me about the Master Technician thing in your signature, that would be wonderful. I've never heard of them.


http://www.master-piano-techs.org/

#2106142 - 06/22/13 10:21 AM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: PeterGriffin]  
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I became an ECO-TUNER - I just switched to a Prius C. I'm averaging 52 MPG on most trips. I downsized my tools as well. It's not a family car - but it's saving me $$$ on gas. I'm hoping the airbags will keep me safe!

#2106155 - 06/22/13 11:05 AM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: Rod Verhnjak]  
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Originally Posted by Rod Verhnjak
Originally Posted by rysowers
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Uh Oh I drive a lifted 1988 Toyota 4runner and a loud mean looking motorcycle. I wounder what they think!!!

That's because you are one of those uncouth "rebuilder" types Rod! Us tuners must exhibit more refined taste to the public. grin


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Anyone have a hearse for those sad trips to the landfill with the piano that Grand Aunt Emma, who studied with Rubenstein, dearly loved?


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#2106189 - 06/22/13 12:44 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: Minnesota Marty]  
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Honda Element AWD with, of course, a manual transmission.


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Originally Posted by Minnesota Marty
Anyone have a hearse for those sad trips to the landfill with the piano that Grand Aunt Emma, who studied with Rubenstein, dearly loved?


No, I have a guy for that, if the need arises. I give the client his number, and he tells me when it's done... kind of like those mobster movies.

#2106204 - 06/22/13 01:00 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: Dan Casdorph]  
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Originally Posted by Dan Casdorph
Honda Element AWD with, of course, a manual transmission.


Several have mentioned 4WD/AWD. I had a Subaru Legacy wagon for some years. If you are a "country tuner" this can be a handy feature if you don't want to be shut down whenever there is inclement weather.


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#2106227 - 06/22/13 01:32 PM Re: What kind of vehicle do technicians drive? [Re: kpembrook]  
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Originally Posted by kpembrook
Originally Posted by Dan Casdorph
Honda Element AWD with, of course, a manual transmission.


Several have mentioned 4WD/AWD. I had a Subaru Legacy wagon for some years. If you are a "country tuner" this can be a handy feature if you don't want to be shut down whenever there is inclement weather.


How do you like your Subaru? I'm thinking of getting one after my bank account recovers from all the Saab repairs. Haha.

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Originally Posted by Dan Casdorph
Honda Element AWD with, of course, a manual transmission.


Several have mentioned 4WD/AWD. I had a Subaru Legacy wagon for some years. If you are a "country tuner" this can be a handy feature if you don't want to be shut down whenever there is inclement weather.


How do you like your Subaru? I'm thinking of getting one after my bank account recovers from all the Saab repairs. Haha.


I recommend Subaru. As the above quote and an earlier post indicate, I had a Subaru and now drive an Elantra. The only downside (for me) is that the Legacy and Legacy Outback have substantially changed from my model. Now the Outback has morphed into a SUV -- OK if you want one, but I liked the compact station wagon that simply had AWD and was built like a truck. I was able to take it anywhere.


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