SANTA BARBARA CHAPTER

May Meeting: (2nd Monday)
Date: Monday, May 12, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Gary Hammond's Home
171 Gorrion Ave., Ventura, CA 93004
Phone: (805) 647-3202

Five of us met at Dennis Schwendtner's home on April 14, 2014. During our technical session, we discussed leaving notes in pianos for future technicians if we ever find it necessary to perform an unorthodox repair on a piano. This may prevent them from undoing our work only to discover that, under the circumstances, it was the best repair. Jim Connolly reported that restringing one section of a Steinway D has taken care of the tuning stability problem in that area. He also discussed tracking down the source of a shift pedal noise. It turned out to be caused by a broken glue joint in the keyframe. Dennis Ashly discussed a screw that was working its way out of a fallboard, making it impossible to remove the fallboard without scratching the finish.

Michael Sloan gave a program on grand action regulation. Areas covered included how to explain it to customers (the simpler the better) and the three most important benefits that regulation brings: evenness, good repetition, and increased dynamic range. We then discussed what the most important 12 steps are, and in what order we should do them.

Our speaker will be Isaac Sadigursky on Monday May 12, 2014. He will begin with a mini-technical on dealing with broken screws but, knowing Isaac, we will learn so much more. Then he will launch into his program on Perfect Pitch which he last presented to Southern California chapters about 20 years ago. Perfect pitch is both a mystery and a misery. But what is it? Tuning pianos in the field every day, our clients are fascinated and mesmerized by what we do and very often they ask if we have "perfect" or "absolute" pitch. Isaac will demonstrate advantages and disadvantages of possessing this "God's gift," tell a few stories and share both historical and "hysterical" facts about famous composers and musicians. He will show you a way to improve your hearing skills and little tricks on how to deal with some difficult customers who may think they have "perfect pitch."

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