This July, I was fortunate to be able to be one of the nearly 500 piano service specialists, manufacturersand suppliers who attended the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) Annual Convention and Technical Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s event offered 275 total hours of classroom and hands-on learning from more than 90 instructors from around the world.
One of the highlights of the convention for me was the opportunity to network with some of the world's top technicians. For example, the C. Bechstein concert grand that I service for the Prince George Symphony Orchestra has several characteristics unique to the Bechstein brand, and it was great to be able to discuss these issues personally with Bechstein's head piano technician, who flew all the way from Germany to attend this event. I also had the opportunity to take classes and network with the chief technicians from Yamaha and Kawai.
I also really appreciated the opportunity to add to the list of services that I can provide to myclients. For example, I was able to take classes on finish repair for high-gloss ebony polyester finishes and on epoxy repair for cracked piano bridges.