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Piano Tuners' Opinions of Player Pianos
By Bruce Clark

[ Rae Walzer asked, "Anyone else experiencing 'anti player piano
 [ attitudes'?"

Long before I retired from the piano business, I was approached by
"a certain organization of piano tuners" and asked to join their group.
When I mentioned player and reproducing pianos I was told that all
those old things should be removed an put on a bonfire!

At first I was patient and attended a few meetings.  Whenever I asked
a question regarding a player piano and making adjustments, not one
member of the group had an answer.

I felt that the purpose of belonging to a group was a way to learn
from others on how to adjust and work with all pianos, but their minds
seemed to be set on straight pianos only.  In addition, I found their
slurs toward others who were not members, and the pungent cigar smoke,
most objectionable.

In spite of me telling them I am retired and live more than two hundred
miles from their meeting site, I still receive requests to join their
group and send money for dues!  This further confirmed to me that they
are not with it.

Bruce Clark

 [ The attitude is probably the result of being called back to the
 [ home after the customer discovers that the player doesn't work
 [ anymore.  See the articles "Player Piano Failed After Tuning".
 [ I wonder if PTG nowadays offers new tuners any training on how
 [ to deal with the extra problems encountered when tuning and
 [ servicing the piano portion of a player piano.  -- Robbie

(Message sent Tue 17 Jul 2001, 10:54:41 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Opinions, Piano, Pianos, Player, Tuners

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