No January Chapter Meeting - Multi-Chapter Meeting Instead

It was nice to see so many of you at our annual holiday gathering at Pamella Consoli's house in Claremont. We enjoyed some great food and fantastic fellowship. If you were not there, you missed something really special. Pamella is a wonderful hostess! One of the highlights of the evening was the Christmas carol sing-along with Bill Shull accompanying us on the piano.

Please note that there will be no January meeting. Instead, we encourage you to join us for the multi-chapter meeting which will be held at the Colburn School (200 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles) on Saturday, January 25, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, with a break for refreshments in the middle. Chris Brown, RPT, from the Boston Chapter, will be giving a presentation on the following topics:

Bedding the Grand Key Frame: Learn how to position the keyframe, bed the backrail, fit the topstack, bed the frontrail, fine tune the cheekblocks, bed the balance rail, and validate work as you go. Class takeaway includes at least one major tip you are unlikely to have heard before! This is the bedding every regulation should be built on and every grand piano deserves!

The Case for Custom Boring: How to successfully fit a grand action to variable string heights. This is a fairly prevalent and not well understood problem, particularly for pianos with two-distance, bass/treble boring. In a concert grand (famous name) I rebuilt this summer, the discrepancy between note 88 and note 44 was slightly over 1/4"! In a second one the height of #1 equaled that of #53! Regulation, tone, and wear implications for such situations are bothersome and can cause much conscientious work to conclude with mediocre results. I offer a tour of the problem and pathways to solving it.

For more information, including advice on parking near the Colburn School, please refer to the the Los Angeles Chapter’s section of this Newsletter.

In February Roger Domeny will do another fun-filled exam prep session for our Associate Members, with plenty of useful information for everyone. This time our focus will be on flange repinning and achieving the correct amount of resistance in each type of flange. Just for fun, there will be a quiz to see how sensitive you are to the resistance in various types of flanges. For each flange you will have the opportunity to determine, by touch alone, if it is too tight, too loose, or just right. Basic repinning tools will be displayed, and repinning techniques demonstrated and discussed.