November Meeting: (3rd Monday)
Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Time: 6:00 - Socializing and Light Dinner
7:00 - Meeting
Location: Keyboard Concepts, Santa Monica
3232 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica CA 90404

Our October meeting was a combination of mini technicals and information sharing, enjoyed by an excellent turnout! Among the people and topics:
- Don Mannino demonstrated Kawai grand damper tray block replacement without removing the dampers.
- Carl Lieberman gave a quick summary of some classes from the SCRC in Texas:
    • For vertical service, the quickest, most noticeable fix is raising capstans to eliminate most of the lost motion and adjust balance rail for overall key height
    • A way to splice bass strings with just a 'u' on the windings side rather that the traditional string-consuming twist.
    • For grand service, quick hammer surfacing, capstan and let-off can work wonders.
    • Social networks and business marketing: customers are using mobiles more than laptops so make sure your website is mobile-friendly.
    • Christian Bolduc is selling a voicing tool which can voice hammers from the sides.
- Ruth Andrews talked about customer courtesy: Treat instrument with care. Make sure first-time customers are there at the beginning and the end of the job. Discuss problems you found and repaired. Get customers' email address. Be the sort of person you would want to have working in your house.
- Sheila King mentioned she uses rubberized gloves for securely gripping case parts!
- Bruce Grimes showed a lid prop with rotatable dowel. Using 1/4 of a foam ear plug cut longways eliminates the natural resonance and protects ears when tuning the high treble.
- Steve Schell recommended McLube for key bushings, which almost stops bushing wear.
- Bruce Stevens showed a great jig to speed the replacement of butt flange spring chords.
- David Reed showed off his Kline screwdriver set where he cut the handles off and notched them to use with one combo handle.

This month we will meet with the LA Chapter on Monday, November 17 at Keyboard Concepts. See the LA Chapter page for details on Ray Chandler’s presentation.