August Gathering: Annual Picnic
Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Foster Park
438 Casitas Vista Rd., Ventura 93001

Four members and one guest met at Jim Connolly's shop on July 14. For the edification of our guest, each member explained how he prepared to become a professional piano technician. Each of us had a different way of getting the education and experience needed to start our business. We then discussed the advantages and disadvantages of being self-employed.

Jim showed us the results of an experiment demonstrating that using wallpaper remover to dissolve a glue joint makes the new glue joint weaker. The members expressed a desire to see the experiment duplicated with all other variables rigorously controlled.

Jim Connolly and Dennis Ashly gave us a program on using steam to voice hammers. The steam softened the tone quickly and considerably. Filing the hammers with sandpaper strips restored sufficient brightness.

We will have our annual picnic at Foster Park on Sunday, August 10th, starting at 2:00 pm.