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Composer considering becoming a tuner/technician #2827993 03/17/19 07:15 PM
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I live in Southern Maine, near Portland. I'm a composer considering training as a piano tuner/tech to supplement my very modest income. I have a few questions:

1. Is the market for piano tuners sufficient to support another tuner?
2. Are the investment of training and tools worth the money that can be earned?
3. Are places like https://www.pianotechnicianacademy.com/ worth the money, or should I look for something in-person?

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Re: Composer considering becoming a tuner/technician [Re: rdecosta] #2828005 03/17/19 08:00 PM
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Maybe someone from your area will chime in, but how easy it is for you to find a piano tuner if you’re looking one up? That might be a clue as to the market in your area.

I encourage you to learn either way, though. You’ll be quite pleased to be able to tune for yourself, especially if you get good enough to do a very good tuning. I ‘apprenticed’ with a respected technician and I tend to think in person learning is usually better, but if you have a knack for piano work then a more self-guided approach could work.

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Re: Composer considering becoming a tuner/technician [Re: rdecosta] #2828022 03/17/19 09:26 PM
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Richard,

Have you learned a second language? Or do you only speak/write English? This is not a stupid question BTW.

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Re: Composer considering becoming a tuner/technician [Re: rdecosta] #2828032 03/17/19 10:01 PM
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Investigate the piano technicians guild, find s chapter near you and go to a meeting.
Get to know the techs and maybe find a mentor.
You will likely find experienced advice about the market, tools and training.
The guild has the Pace program that is a great start into tuning, regulation and repairs.


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Learning this trade is very much like learning a new language or learning to play a musical instrument (which you are doubtlessly familiar with). If you are ready for that kind of learning curve then you may be suited to this profession.

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Re: Composer considering becoming a tuner/technician [Re: rdecosta] #2828588 03/19/19 08:48 AM
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If you start tuning pianos you may also start composing music differently. It could also depend on whether you use an ETD or not, and if aurally, what sequence you use to set the temperament, and if you choose to tune an equal or unequal temperament.

But as far as the business end, acoustic pianos are on the decline. Demand for my services has been steadily going down as fewer and fewer people play piano. I would have to greatly increase the area I cover to keep the same revenue. Fortunately, I do it as much as a public service as anything else. It is just a side job.


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Richard, there are several good threads in this forum on the viability on setting up as a tuner/technician .
I share the thoughts and recommendations of the others who have replied in this thread. If you have the aptitude for the type of work, and enjoy it, it could be a useful added income stream. But it may be unwise to expect it to be more than that, give the current state of things piano-wise, and economically.

It would be unwise to think of tuning only - you need to be a technician too.

Why not pick up a freebie old piano from somewhere, and learn how to do things on it, while pursuing the recommendations already given.

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