SOUTH BAY CHAPTER
June Meeting: (2nd Tuesday) Board Meeting:
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm 7:00 pm
Location: Kawai America
2055 E. University Drive
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220
Ed Whitting presented our May program, "A day in the life of a high level piano tuner/technician in Los Angeles." Some of the finer points made by Ed include:
A good tuner is a stable tuner. What matters? Humidity. Tune in the environment in which piano will be played (lights, location) Example: at the Hollywood Bowl, tune after the sun is behind the hill, or pitch will change enormously prior to the concert.
What to know: producer, engineer, artist, material
BE EARLY and make sure the customer understands how long a tuning takes.
Stay below the radar. If something goes wrong, quietly fix it if possible. Seek advice from manufacturer service reps if necessary.
Thank you, Ed, for your interesting program.
Our June program will feature the inimitable Don Mannino who plans to demystify the concept of spoon bending. Don titles his program (for those fans of 'The Matrix'), "Spoon Bending: There Is No Spoon." Don says, “In the session I talk about why regulating upright damper spoons is important to the touch and its impact on many actions which have a tendency to bobble with tentative players. I give an overview of how it can be done quickly and efficiently using some specialized tools, then I demonstrate the procedure using an action model and an upright piano. Finally, class attendees will have a chance to practice on the action model and on the piano for themselves.”
We hope you will join us.