Hello again: Regarding ordering piano supplies from wholesalers, I had
to earn an endorsement from a reregistered PTG member. That is how I
got my Schaff account.
When I was 16 years old, I would visit a retail piano store in Bowling
Green, Kentucky. The owner, who had seen that I had a interest in
pianos, made me a deal. He had four old uprights that needed regula-
tion and tuning. He told me if I could repair, regulate and tune these
pianos to his satisfaction, he would help me set up an account with
Well, I did fine on the repairs and regulation, but I kept messing up
on the high treble tuning. After getting the first one right (it took
me four days!) I finally started to get the hang of it. The owner
would look over and grin; he knew I was having a hard time tuning the
treble, but he never said a word. Later I learned that he had given
the same deal to other young people, and every one of them had become
frustrated and quit.
I was determined to master treble tuning, and I finally got it right.
I think the whole ordeal took a week and a half. He kept his word and
endorsed me, and I got my Schaff account at the age of 16.
He also did something I did not expect: he paid me $150 for my first
piano job! Out of that money, I bought a tuning kit, some hammer
shanks, stickers and several set of bridle straps.
That is how I got my Schaff account. The wholesalers really don't want
to answer questions. You are already supposed to 'know your stuff' in
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