No meeting scheduled for December

Greetings to all Southern California piano technicianss and readers of the PTG Southern California Newsletter.

Last Month we were lucky to get Blaine Hebert, RPT from the Los Angeles Chapter to give us a program on the corrosion of piano strings and how to prevent it. Blaine had published an article in the January 2018 edition of the PTG Journal about corrosion on strings. He developed a test experimenting with different products and different rust preventative measures for piano strings in corrosive environments. He attempted to make the test as blind as possible. The results of these tests proved surprising and sometimes counter intuitive. Some metal cleaning products actually seemed to be more corrosive to the strings than nothing at all. Blaine subjected a string jig he made to an outside environment just to see what works best. The results seemed to suggest that we should be very careful when considering using treatments on piano strings to prolong their life. However, he did find some treatments to be beneficial.

It was a great meeting. A group discussion on the cleaning and servicing of pianos ensued while talking about strings and string care. If you are interested in more details look up the article. It's an interesting read.

Randy Woltz showed us some skate board adhesive surface he found to be useful on pianos.

Thanks to Fields Piano for providing some great sandwiches and snacks prior to the meeting.

Merry Christmas to all from the Orange County Board Members. C Ya Next Year!