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REBUILDING & RESTORING THE UPRIGHT PIANO
INSTRUCTOR: BILL MONROE
Rebuilding & Restoring the Upright Piano is a photo journey that winds its way through the process of a complete rebuild/restoration of a 1914 A.B. Chase Upright piano. I’ll be your tour guide as we take a visual journey that winds its way through the entire restoration process. We’ll have an opportunity to explore every step of the restoration, and there will be opportunity to explore some of the steps of the work in greater detail, such as soundboard/pinblock work, action restoration, how to decide whether to rebuild or not, or anything that piques the interest of the class. The goal of the class is two-fold. The first emphasis is to help technicians appreciate that with good planning and thoughtful selection, rebuilding old uprights is justifiable not only musically, but financially as well. The second emphasis of learning will be more driven by what the class is interested in as we explore various segments of the process in greater detail.
INSTRUCTOR: CHRIS BROWN
2-tiered boring, one distance for bass hammers and another for treble hammers, unnecessarily complicates and compromises grand regulating. Since the cooling of cast-iron plates traditionally warps them, string heights in the finished pianos often bow upward in the middle, creating discrepancies that can have problematic regulating consequences. With an accurate bench setup, bedding as in the piano, and strike provided by a Regulating Rack, custom-bored hammers can be hung vertically at strike, maximizing power, repetition, and clarity of tone. Live talk-through over silent video. Q&A.
TUNING TIPS, TRICKS AND TOOLS
INSTRUCTOR: RANDI SUE POTTER
Tuning tips, tricks and tools from a veteran instructor of piano tuning skills. Randi gives us a tour of her favorite tools to get the job done. This includes explanations of various styles of tuning hammers and what utility you can find in them. In addition, Randi addresses questions and conundrums that students are repeatedly challenged by. She explains the utility of a wide variety of mutes, demonstrates efficient procedures for tuning and gives a thorough overview of essential but often overlooked information necessary for achieving solid, professional-level tunings.
CYBERTUNER KEEPS GETTING SMARTER
INSTRUCTOR: CARL LIEBERMAN
We introduce how CyberTuner operates and thinks. Sampling variance, smart pitch, smart tune, our pure 12ths - OTS P and new AI mode will be presented. If you've wondered why CyberTuner is special this class will show you.
NEW AND REBUILT PIANO PREPARATION
INSTRUCTOR: SALLY PHILLIPS
A check list of things to watch for in new and rebuilt pianos when prepping for delivery.
PIANO APPRAISALS FOR PIANO TECHS
INSTRUCTOR: LEO HOLDER
Definitions of various piano appraisals. Definitions and examples of Fair Market Valuation, Insurance Replacement, Estate Evaluation and Charitable Donation appraisals.
FOUR IMPORTANT EARLY AMERICAN-MADE PIANOS
INSTRUCTOR: TOM STRANGE
America was never simply a consumer of pianos, but began producing them contemporaneously with London and Paris in ways that will be new to most viewers. We will describe in some detail the technology and stories behind the John Behrent piano of 1775, the Alpheus Babcock 'first iron frame' piano of 1825, the Robert & William Nunns 'Unichord' piano of 1834, and the Chickering 'Cocked Hat' grand piano of 1855. The ways that these pianos changed the landscape for piano making and marketing, and the technology hurdles that were overcome, create a fascinating background to the modern piano today.
RESTORATION: 1843 PLEYEL GRAND AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY
INSTRUCTOR: KEN ESCHETE
This was a very challenging structural repair that I did with Ken Walkup at Cornell University's Historic Keyboard Collection. The wrest plank was pulling out of place, causing the piano to be unstable. This slide lecture will go over the challenges of restorative conservation treatment.
KEYBOARD AND ACTION EVALUATION AND REPLACEMENT FOR THE REBUILDER AND TECH
INSTRUCTOR: DEAN REYBURN
We'll demonstrate practical and objective ways to make sure your action rebuild will be successful by checking the condition of the keyboard and checking geometry. Learn about the ramifications of installing a new keyboard and/or action stack. See a virtual tour through Reyburn Pianoworks keyboard manufacturing shop which using the latest CAD and CNC robotics
THE UNCOMMON, THE UNUSUAL, AND THE UNIQUE
INSTRUCTOR: ALAN EDER
“The Uncommon, the Unusual and the Unique” is a brand-new class incorporating tools, methods and ideas gleaned from various technicians in addition to Alan’s original approaches that have been warmly received and adopted by others. Even if you have your own established ways of doing things, you may welcome the stimulation of new ideas. (After all, one of the best ways to verify the results of one’s own work is to check it by a different method than the one originally used!) From techniques used in regulation and reconditioning (including action handling) to various miscellaneous items, this class will be packed with images and information which will be thought-provoking at the very least and will likely bring improved accuracy and efficiency to your piano servicing operation.
GLENN GOULD'S PIANO
INSTRUCTOR: WAYNE FERGUSON
A lecture on the Care & Maintenance of Glenn Gould’s Yamaha CF Grand Piano.
GRAND PIANO CONSTRUCTION
INSTRUCTORS: MICHAEL SPREEMAN & JOACHIM LEONARDY
Why did they do THAT? An overview lecture and discussion of how grand pianos are constructed will be presented. We will touch on how some design elements, materials, and construction techniques effect the look, sound, playability, stability, and longevity of the instruments. We’ll look at what can go wrong in the design and construction and what, if anything, can you do in the field to abate certain issues.
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UPRIGHT REBUILDING & RESTORATION
Bill studied engineering, biology and wildlife ecology at Michigan Tech, Eastern Michigan, and Montana State Universities, respectively, and later began his piano career with encouragement from Ward Guthrie, RPT in Bozeman, MT. His education included the Randy Potter School, attending the 2002 Randy Potter Advanced Training Seminar, 2004 Yamaha Little Red School House, 2008 Steinway & Sons Technical Academy and the 2010 Steinway & Sons Extended Technical Academy. Bill has worked for dealers in the past but currently serves an exclusively private clientele, providing in- home tuning and service as well as offering complete, custom rebuilding
and restoration services in his shop.
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