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Hello,

Any thoughts of pro's and con's of learning to tune & repair pianos online? Also, anyone has experience learning with the following schools below and why you chose this particular school? I found this list on the Piano Technicians Guild:


American School of Piano Tuning
Contact: G. Borgnino


The Butler School of Piano Technology
Contact: Rick Butler, RPT


Piano Technician Academy
Contact: Michael Stillwell


Randy Potter School of Piano Technology
Contact: Randi Potter, RPT


Mr. Tuner Piano Technician School
Contact: Mark Cerisano, RPT, Mech.Eng.
Montreal, QC, CANADA

Any other recommended online schools, please add below.


Thank you!


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There has been discussion of these courses from time to time in this Forum. If you do a search, you are sure to find something useful.
I don't have personal experience of any of them. The Randy Potter course is long-established, and has often been highly-spoken of. Maybe it's just me, but I find Marc Cerisano's YouTube videos a bit bewildering.

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Thank you. I’ve found a wealth of information in the forum about this. I appreciate it.


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There are also the suggestions that, for much less than the cost of a correspondence course you can:

1) Buy a couple of books - "Piano Tuning, Servicing and Rebuilding" 3rd Edition, by Arthur Reblitz, and "Pianos Inside Out" by Mario Igrec, and

2) Make contact with a local Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild, if you're in the USA and there is one reasonably near you, and ask advice there. American Techs are generous with thier time and advice. Your Forum bio shows you as being in Washington DC and I'd imagine there would be a Chapter there.

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I'll look at the Washington DC Chapter first then and yes, I think starting with a couple of books makes more sense before making an investment on a course.

BTW great website. I'm looking at tuning hammers now. I'm no expert of course, but the C shaped tuning lever seems to be the way to go. I just figure that the more ergonomic position you have while tuning the better control and precision you will have.


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A vastly experienced tuner friend of mine, now in Washington DC and mostly retired, swears by his Levitan Professional C lever for all grand tuning (and a Falk carbon fiber lever for uprights).

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The DC chapter of PTG is very learning active. They have a study group for Mario Igrec's book. Their members are well-connected in PTG.

Randi Potters' reputation for not replying once you buy the course is well established, the Keyboard Magazine review which she uses to promote the course was written 30 years ago, like the course and videos.

The Butler course is up-to-date and he or his assistant will coach you.

ProPTn.org is a new technicians' web site. Fresh and inexpensive...maybe two months free trial.


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I'll look at the Washington DC Chapter first then and yes, I think starting with a couple of books makes more sense before making an investment on a course.

I have a copy of the Reblitz book (second edition) that I will mail for free if you want it. Just send me a private message with a US mailing address. Also I have the Steinway worldwide technical reference on USB if anyone wants that.

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I have to say that, while the offer of the free 2nd Edition Reblitz is kind and generous, I really would recommend, for anyone serious about learning, the new 3rd edition, which is so extensively revised and updated, and not that expensive.

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The books mentioned and PTG are great introductions to see if this is what you’d like to pursue. You may want to pick up a more traditional tuning hammer (but not the gooseneck type) to start out. You can upgrade it later when you know your preference. I’m enrolled in the Butler School, and I’m quite impressed with it. However, just like anything else in life, you have to put in an effort to get the best results.

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Agree about books and PTG chapters.
I have observed a young technician who is taking from Mark Cerisano in Quebec and his tunings are remarkably good. The online format seems to work for this person.


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The DC PTG Chapter seems to lean towards aural tuning and also the Butler School - based on their individual websites and affiliations. I’m waiting to hear back from the president.


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