This fall I will be starting a complete rebuild of Tim’s 1925 Howard. It is a 6 leg grand. I will be posting progress here for those who would like to see. Here is the piano now. Before I begin the work.
Category A Piano Tech's Journey
Randy Potter School of Piano Technology
I have completed the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology and am putting the training to good use. I will be attending the Master Piano Technicians Convention this summer. I joined the MPT several months ago and was sponsored by Jack Hamilton. Getting the hands on training is so important to what I have learned so far and working with Tim Upton and Jack Hamilton has given me a great advantage as I learn the craft.
I started a semi-apprenticeship in rebuilding with Tim Upton two weeks ago. Right now I am working on a grand action. Started by sanding and reshaping hammers and then voiced them up a bit to bring some power back to the piano. It has a beautiful finish now, it is a 1927 Howard Grand make by Baldwin grand. We will move on to more regulation this week. I am about to watch the 37 steps to regulation from the Yamaha technician the Jack gave me yesterday. I will post some pics of the hammers later. We also added a new green hammer rail felt.
Studying to become a Master Piano Technician
I am studying to become a master piano technician with Randy Potter through his school for piano. Things are going great and I have a local mentor, Jack Hamilton. With his experience and help I now have the ability to offer many services even if I do not do that specific work on the instrument at the current time. For any job, let me know what you may need. I will become a RPT through the Piano Technicians Guild very soon.