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Tuning for Celebrities in Hollywood #2850874
05/21/19 07:45 PM
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I have been tuning in the Los Angeles area for 6 months now. There are a lot of celebrities here as you probably know. Some tuners here in LA list all the celebrities they tune for on their websites. Well I had finally had my first taste of celebrity today as a tuner.

The dog of Leonardo DiCaprio’s mother sat by my leg the whole time I tuned a piano this morning. Apparently, they are at the Cannes Film Festival so a friend was keeping the dog at her home. Now I can say on my website that I have tuned for dogs of Hollywood A-list celebrities’ mothers.

I’m being sarcastic if somebody doesn’t pick up on it. I actually find the celebrity name dropping stuff that goes on in this town to be ridiculous. I guess it is effective for attracting clients, but still it’s ridiculous. I’d hire a tuner that is good and not care who they tune for.

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Re: Tuning for Celebrities in Hollywood [Re: TimM_980] #2850885
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So, yer goin' to dogs eh? crazy


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Re: Tuning for Celebrities in Hollywood [Re: TimM_980] #2850903
05/21/19 10:06 PM
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I found it the same way in the DC area. Drove me nuts.

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Re: Tuning for Celebrities in Hollywood [Re: P W Grey] #2851082
05/22/19 11:12 AM
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Here are two personal experiences that humbled me about name-dropping:

When Amy Grant was 17, shortly after the release of her first album, a friend and I contracted to bring her to our small town in Western Colorado for a concert. (BTW, the cost was $1,300 including her flight). Even that early in her budding career, she packed the school gym and drew attendees from some distance.

I tuned the piano for the concert—one of those ubiquitous 45" Baldwin institutional pianos. I was just beginning to learn to tune...aurally with no teacher other than the Niles Bryant course. I didn't know what I was doing. But nonetheless I tuned for Amy Grant, and I had bragging rights! I've rarely told anyone, and when I have done it, I always put it in this context.

As a key idea in General Semantics states, the symbol is not the thing; the map is not the territory. To say that I tuned for Amy Grant says nothing about the quality of my work or whether I was the best tuner for the job. To simply drop her name and let others assume I'm a very good tuner would not be honest. One more example:

Still in my early learning days with no teacher or mentor, I was asked to tune for a couple of George Winston concerts in a mountain ski town. I said I would but when I got the tuning rider and saw what was expected, I was thoroughly intimidated and called his manager to say "I can't do all this!" and I was ready to back out. I was told not to worry about it—just do what I could.

Even though at that point I had a Sight-O-Tuner and was probably doing a decent tuning job, I thought it only realistic to believe that I was the only tuner they could get and/or anyone else would have cost them a lot more. George has performed in this part of the state many times, and I've tuned for him often. If that first time were the only time I had tuned for him, I would not have felt entitled to use his name to imply how good I am.

I don't mean to say, in relating these experiences, that I look askance at technicians who list prominent clients in their business promotions. Not at all. But from my personal experiences, I keep in mind that "the symbol is not the thing"—that a client's name may or may not, to varying degrees, indicate the reputation and quality of one's work.


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Re: Tuning for Celebrities in Hollywood [Re: TimM_980] #2851101
05/22/19 11:48 AM
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OK, folks. We can all choose how we want to "merchandise" our talents and our customers can choose what "merchandising" they prefer.


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Re: Tuning for Celebrities in Hollywood [Re: TimM_980] #2851133
05/22/19 12:51 PM
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Can't help myself, shameless as I be. I tuned for Sandy Dennis ("The Out of Towners", "Oh, MY God..... ") when she lived in Westport, Connecticut. She wasn't there, just me, the housekeeper, and 26 cats. The cats were not impressed.

I also tuned for George Winston in a mountain ski town - Gunstock in Gilford, New Hampshire. (Peter Grey will know it.)

Tuned a Yamaha CP70 for Aerosmith twice. The PA system was so loud that I would salivate involuntarily every time I struck a note. Go paid in cash - the guy peeled off the bills from a wad that would choke a horse.


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Re: Tuning for Celebrities in Hollywood [Re: TimM_980] #2851154
05/22/19 01:30 PM
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But who can play "Dixie" with their armpits? wink


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Re: Tuning for Celebrities in Hollywood [Re: TimM_980] #2851245
05/22/19 06:46 PM
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Will,

I may have even been at that concert...not sure though.

In DC techs like to quote the White House. Goes like this:

"Well, when I'm in the White House..."

"When the White House calls, I go..."

"I'll need to change your appt since I'm needed at the White House for a concert...'so and so' is playing there tonight..."

Etc. Etc. All SUPER impressive. Gives the impression that they are SO GOOD that they are THE White House technician and the only one allowed to take care of these pianos. What they are not saying is that quite a few different tuners have White House clearance through the local Steinway dealership. They're just one fish in the fishbowl. What they are also not saying is that the reality is IT IS A ROYAL PAIN IN THE NECK to have to tune at the WH. Not paid extra for all the extra time and hassle involved. But it sure SOUNDS good. Name dropping 101.

I handled concert work at about a half dozen embassies (and embassador's residences) in the years I was there. You get to know the staff by first name, sometimes get treated real special...its nice. But I turned down the opportunity to tune at the Kennedy Center. I knew it would be a huge drain on my time. Left it for others to enjoy. They can have it.

Tuned more Steinways, Bosendorfers, Bechsteins and other nice pianos there than I ever see in New Hampshire. Was not uncommon for me to be the only person to play many of those instruments. That was a bummer.

I'm not a name dropper. Can't stand the idea. Some live for for though.

Pwg


Peter W. Grey, RPT
New Hampshire Seacoast
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Re: Tuning for Celebrities in Hollywood [Re: TimM_980] #2851285
05/22/19 11:11 PM
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I have had the experience and know other techs who have as well, had famous clients present Non-Disclosure Agreements to be signed. They all vary some but often contain details like not telling anyone that you work for them and not giving anyone phone numbers or addresses. No pictures of property or people without permission.


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Re: Tuning for Celebrities in Hollywood [Re: TimM_980] #2851543
05/23/19 04:43 PM
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Yesterday I tuned for a guy who wants to be a recording engineer. I told him I tuned for a couple recording engineers’ studios last month and told him their names. I don’t know much about pop music, but they seemed important because they had those gold/platinum record plaques on their wall and Grammy statues lying around. He left for a minute and came back trembling. He said he had to text his wife and thank her for finding me. I told him to calm down. I told him the assistants of those engineers did not hire me because I’m some great piano tuner. They hired me because they probably did a google search and saw how cheap I am. He was still in awe for some reason and gave me a nice tip. Go figure!

Last edited by TimM_980; 05/23/19 04:45 PM.
Re: Tuning for Celebrities in Hollywood [Re: TimM_980] #2851602
05/23/19 10:22 PM
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Why are you so cheap?

Pwg


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Re: Tuning for Celebrities in Hollywood [Re: TimM_980] #2852228
05/25/19 10:57 PM
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Some clients use the housekeeper's name to hide identities, but many don't. Any experienced tuner can list clients that are who's who in music, government, politics, etc. . Just cause you can list them, doesn't mean you should, though.........





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