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I recently retired from the restaurant business after almost 20 years and decided to make a career change. For a long time, I have wanted to learn to be a piano technician but do to my crazy restaurant schedule I didn’t have the time to pursue a study. Now that I am free if the business I have been looking at a home study course, perhaps even the online one. I know that eventually I will need some mentoring from a current tech, but haven’t had any luck finding anyone willing to teach. I asked my current tech about it and his response was “good luck finding someone to mentor you, they are always afraid of someone taking their business”....

So my question is, am I taking the right approach in taking the home study then try to find someone? And are most techs so afraid of losing business that they really don’t want to mentor?. I’m not looking for a paid internship or anything, just someone that will let me help a few days a week so I can learn.

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If yo have a chapter of the PTG that meets close by that you can attend, I would go to the next meeting. You can go to PTG.org and search for your nearest chapter and a contact person.


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You might want to update your profile with your location and history with pianos. Thank you.


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JodyT, have you already taken any steps towards your goal? Inexpensive first steps could include buying a copy of the Arthur Reblitz book and a tuning lever and mutes, and practicing on your own piano. That might give you some idea of whether you like it and have any aptitude. There are similar threads in this Forum where there has already been much discussion of this whole topic.

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Hi Jody
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Thanks for the advice. To answer some of the questions, I did buy a studio piano to practice on, a Schaff Tuning kit and the book by Reblitz. My interest goes back quite a while just never had the time to make the happen. I have a great year and find the trade fascinating. I’ve been playing for about 10 years now so I do know my way around a piano.

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Will do, thanks.


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I have also found Mario Igrec's book to be a fantastic resource.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982756305


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Mario Igrec's book is without a doubt the best technical text ever produced on piano technology; wholeheartedly to be recommended.

I didn't mention it, because not knowing what stage JodyT was at, I thought it might be an idea to start with the less expensive Reblitz book.

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Willingness to invest in a truly encyclopedic reference (regardless of cost) is a good indicator of interest in the profession.

If you look up PTG sponsored videos you can be assured of responsible training that way. There are a lot of "piano tuning" videos, but many of them are total idiocy.

My question is: Are you wanting to learn to tune aurally, or do you want to use a device? The reason I ask is that you are more likely to get personal help (I believe) from established techs if they see that you are inclined to learn "the hard way (in their mind 'the right way') versus simply buying an ETD and getting out there to 'make some money' as fast as possible.

You can run into the same attitude at PTG chapters as you already have (it all depends on the area and other factors) but if you persist and show a willingness to study and learn, you will get the help you need (at least some of it).

There is also the upcoming PTG National convention in Lancaster, PA also. If you can attend that you will be deluged with training to the point of bursting. Check the PTG website.

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PW Grey, I want to learn Aural Tuning. No interest in using an electronic method, in fact, I won’t even hire a tech for my own Piano who uses one. I know this is a commitment and not looking to get out there and make quick money. Just looking for a push in the right direction.


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Okay, good.


So what do you know so far (in general), and what do you not know (and need to know more about)? IOW, have you actually put your hand to a tuning hammer and done any tuning of any sort?

Can you:

1) tune unisons?

2) hear the beats in 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths?

3) understand anything about "setting the pins"?

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Originally Posted by P W Grey
Okay, good.


So what do you know so far (in general), and what do you not know (and need to know more about)? IOW, have you actually put your hand to a tuning hammer and done any tuning of any sort?

Can you:

1) tune unisons?

2) hear the beats in 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths?

3) understand anything about "setting the pins"?

Pwg


I have a basic understanding of the process. In fact my book came in today so I’ve been researching the process. Before reading I knew about setting the pins but other than that I just have a basic understanding. I did find a practice piano for sale by a local tech, an Everett studio that he’s willing to make me a deal on for my purposes. He says they are easy to work on and the parts are universal. He also offered to possibly let me work for him on my days off. I’m going to go see him and the Piano tomorrow so he and I will talk more. He also told me I could call him with questions at anytime. He seems like a helpful guy.


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Sounds like a good start!

You can always post questions here about specific things you may be having difficulty with. You will usually get various opinions...one or two may work for you. The value of this is that others at your same level may have the same question but refrain from asking. They too can benefit.

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Originally Posted by David Boyce
Mario Igrec's book is without a doubt the best technical text ever produced on piano technology; wholeheartedly to be recommended.

I didn't mention it, because not knowing what stage JodyT was at, I thought it might be an idea to start with the less expensive Reblitz book.


It was somewhat expensive, though it seems a LOT more expensive a few months later...perhaps they only printed a small number of copies? I find a lot of the historical context to be absolutely fascinating.

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Thanks PW. I’m pretty excited. He’s willing to let me work I. His shop 1 day a week on my off days and he will let me apprentice. I appreciate the offer to post questions here, I’m sure I will have a lot of them


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Originally Posted by JodyT
Thanks PW. I’m pretty excited. He’s willing to let me work I. His shop 1 day a week on my off days and he will let me apprentice. I appreciate the offer to post questions here, I’m sure I will have a lot of them


Most of the folks here are very helpful. I think you're in for quite a bit of schoolin' and fun.

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