No Meeting in July

Greetings to all Southern California piano technicians and readers of the PTG Southern California Newsletter. Please make a note that there will be no chapter meeting in July for you to not attend.

In June our very own Randy Woltz gave us a preview of a program he is taking to the National Convention in Denver. Randy calls it, "How to Hot Rod your Piano."

Randy has the unique experience of being a professional musician and an accomplished piano technician. He has been playing piano professionally for most of his adult life. Randy started his program by sharing experiences of having to play the good, the bad and the ugly pianos, and finding few really good ones along the way, too. When he found a piano with a touch and sound he liked he began to take notice of the differences and compare them to pianos that were BLAH (Boring, Lethargic, Average, Heavy). He often wondered how to make these BLAH pianos into pianos with that faster, lighter and better touch.

Over the years of experimenting and, of course, attending seminars and sharing information with other technicians, Randy has developed an envelope of procedures - some simple, some more complex. However,3333 most deliver the maximum results in a limited amount of time. Randy compares this service to a Hot Rod Shop. He compares these techniques and procedures to taking a fast car out of the factory and into a shop to modify it, make it faster. Among the options discussed were, the TouchRail system, Renner wippen assist springs, both moving the capstans and replacing with new WNG capstans. These were just some of the topics discussed and considered. In the end we also covered a little about uprights.

In closing, I would like to thank Randy for the excellent program. If you missed it you can always attend the National Convention in Denver. On behalf of the few members who attended, I thank Field's piano for hosting and buying us some sandwiches for snacks.