SANTA BARBARA CHAPTER
April Meeting: (2nd Monday)
Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Dennis Schwendtner’s Home
2220 Channing Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1806
Five of us met at Jim Connolly's shop on March 10, 2014. Before we got to technical questions, we had a brief discussion about how low-priced tunings advertised on the Internet might affect our businesses. Topics covered during our technical discussion included a damper lift tray problem, whether we should automatically turn down work on instruments that are not acoustic pianos, and how the dry weather has made pianos more out of tune than normal.
Jim Connolly gave the program on a conference he recently attended. One notable presentation was about concert preparation from the point of view of an accomplished pianist who is also a technician. He also discussed how market trends toward fewer, but higher quality pianos is changing the way we should think about our businesses. Another presentation was about a playful approach to voicing hammers, always looking to expand our understanding rather than doing things the same way every time.
After the program we discussed how long it takes to do a good tuning and whether or not to fix work done by other technicians that seems unusual. They may have a good reason for doing it the way they did. This may not become apparent until after we have spent much time on a problem. It may also be that the technician(s) had time and material constraints that made it necessary to do a quick, temporary fix.
Michael Sloan has graciously offered to give the April program at the home of Dennis Schwendtner. His subject will be, “Don't forget the little things in your daily tuning and service calls.”