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Attended 2015 MPT Convention #2449060
08/09/15 12:25 PM
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Randy Potter, RPT Offline OP
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I just got back from the 2015 MPT (Master Piano Technicians Association) Annual Convention. Our host this year was Larry Buck, RPT, and our site was E.J. Buck Pianos in Lowell, MA (north of Boston). The dates were August 6-8.
The conference began with an excellent presentation by David Konig, author of "Spectral Analysis of Musical Sounds with Emphasis on the Piano". (David also authored two other published books, both on "control engineering" (whatever that is), in 1991 and 2009. Del Fandrich, RPT, whom we all know and love, also participated in the writing of the book.) Normally these kinds of things are well over my head, but David made it understandable, and even interesting, for non-engineers like me.
Thursday afternoon we traveled to one of the unique, and interesting, museums in America; The Historical Piano Study Center in Ashburnham, MA. Operated by Michael and Patricia Frederick, the Frederick Collection includes more than 30 historical instruments from the 1790's through 1928, including well-known makers like Beckstein, Blüthner, Bösendorfer, Brodmann, Chickering, Erard, Playel and Steinway, and lesser know makers like Clementi, Graf, Katholnig, Streicher, Trondlin and others. Mike is a piano technician, and cares for the instruments himself. Both Mike and Patricia are accomplished pianists, and demonstrated the instruments' abilities as they taught us about them. After a catered banquet in an old church up the street, we finished the evening with a fine performance by recording artist Constantine Finehouse, highlighting various types of music using three different instruments.
Chris Brown, developer of the Grandworks Regulation Station, gave an excellent technical session on regulating and servicing pianos on Friday morning. Chris is one of the leading methodical thinkers in our profession, and his regulating sessions are always worth our time to listen carefully and take notes.
Larry Buck led several sessions, including one on how to evaluate every piano we service, and every thing we do in the process, and as well as one on grand soundboards. Larry had made their complete rebuilding and restoration shop open to technicians to both see, and touch, their tools and specialized equipment.
Roy Mallory gave another very technical seminar (much of which was over my head), and Dan Powers, an inventor, demonstrated several of the tools and jigs he has invented, and produces for piano technicians.
The three, very full days ended Saturday afternoon with a premier session by none other than Piano World's Frank Baxter! In 90 minutes Frank gave the best presentation on using the internet, digital and social media, and yes, Piano World itself, for promotion of individual piano service businesses that I have heard.
Evenings were spent socializing and networking with fellow technicians. Thursday, as previously noted, was the banquet in Ashburnham and Historical Concert. Activities varied on Friday and Saturday for attendees. I had dinner with Jack & Cindy Hamilton (Dayton, OH) and Arlan & Adrianna Harris (NYC) at the Athenian Corner Restaurant Friday, and both the food, and the belly dancer, were stunning. Saturday the Hamiltons, Larry Buck (MA), Ben Rocke (CT), and Will Steward (Cayman Islands) went to Fish Bones, purported to be one of the leading seafood restaurants in the area, and we were not disappointed.
The 2016 MPT Convention is slated to be in Chicago, IL, during the first or second week of August. You can get more information as time progresses at www.masterpianotechnicians.org.


Randy Potter, RPT
Randy Potter School of Piano Technology
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Re: Attended 2015 MPT Convention [Re: Randy Potter, RPT] #2449069
08/09/15 01:45 PM
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Excellent review. I really don't know anything about the MPT. Can you fill me in? Website? How many members, focus, etc


Mark Cerisano, RPT, B.Sc.(Mech.Eng), Dip.Ed.(Music)
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Re: Attended 2015 MPT Convention [Re: Randy Potter, RPT] #2449119
08/09/15 06:42 PM
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The website for the group is: http://masterpianotechnicians.com/

There is a $65 application fee that also goes toward the first year's dues. (After that dues are $45 per year if you receive the E-version of the quarterly newsletter and $90 if you want the print version.

I've been tempted to join a number of times, because I like and admire some of the people associated with it. One of the main reasons I haven't is because I think the whole "Masters Degree" and "Doctorate Degree" is silly. They should probably drop this if they want MPT to be taken seriously.



Ryan Sowers,
Pianova Piano Service
Olympia, WA
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Re: Attended 2015 MPT Convention [Re: Randy Potter, RPT] #2449132
08/09/15 07:24 PM
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Ed McMorrow, RPT Offline
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I would have to opine that using "Masters" and "Doctorate" smells a little like fraud. Great they had Larry Buck and Roy Mallory.


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Re: Attended 2015 MPT Convention [Re: Randy Potter, RPT] #2449201
08/10/15 06:26 AM
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If their rules and by-laws fit on one page, it might be interesting.


David L. Jenson
Tuning - Repairs - Refurbishing
Jenson's Piano Service
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Re: Attended 2015 MPT Convention [Re: Randy Potter, RPT] #2449231
08/10/15 08:47 AM
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Thanks for the kind words Randy.

I had fun and really enjoyed meeting the members.
Definitely some very knowledgeable people in this group, not to mention nice folks to chat with.

I came away with some new ideas and insights.

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Re: Attended 2015 MPT Convention [Re: Randy Potter, RPT] #2449261
08/10/15 10:47 AM
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Thanks, Randy.

The Fredericks Collection was the highlight for me. To be able to play those flat strung pianos was a thrill.

BTW, I collected data from the 1871 Streicher (flat strung) in the Fredericks collection and hope to post the results on

https://www.facebook.com/PianoData4SpecAn


Dave Koenig
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1927 Knabe 7' 8" grand
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Re: Attended 2015 MPT Convention [Re: Randy Potter, RPT] #2449373
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I owe Dave an apology for not listing his name in my previous post. His knowledge would always make a great contribution to any piano technology program. My oversight in not mentioning him was not intentional-I just didn't read Randy's post closely enough.


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Re: Attended 2015 MPT Convention [Re: Ed McMorrow, RPT] #2449383
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Thanks, Ed. I have to admit that I wondered about that.😢 🎹😄 Whew!😛 (This is my first post using my iPhone 6+ and these emoticons are irresistible)


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Re: Attended 2015 MPT Convention [Re: Randy Potter, RPT] #2449406
08/10/15 08:41 PM
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I would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time to teach;

David Koenig
Roy Mallory
Chris Brown
Mike and Pat Fredericks
Dan Powers
Frank Baxter

This group, the MPT deserves credit for making the commitment to this outstanding group of instructors. All who attended came away with a far greater understanding of the piano. Important ideas of sound and touch were put into context by all of the instructors with their unique contributions.

Everyone will bring better perspective and service to their clients as a result.
They should be supported for their efforts.

Thank You Everyone.


"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."
Mark Twain

E. J. Buck & Sons
Lowell MA 01852
978 458 8688
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