Piano Technicians Guild Foundation

Piano Technicians Guild Foundation The official page of the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation (PTGF).
(3)

Operating as usual

08/01/2020

Announcing the PTG Foundation Board for 2020-2021
President - Melanie Brooks
Vice President - Fred Sturm
Secr-Treas - Douglas Laing
Directors: Sheila King, Joyce Meekins, Ruth Van Dine, Lisa Weller
We're excited to have this powerhouse of talent for the coming year!

ANNOUNCEMENT -  Fred Sturm's outstanding English translation of Claude Montal's "The Art of Tuning" is now available in ...
06/27/2020

ANNOUNCEMENT - Fred Sturm's outstanding English translation of Claude Montal's "The Art of Tuning" is now available in braille through the NLS at the Library of Congress. We're very grateful to John Hanson who began this braille transcription while at the NLS, then continued on his own time after he retired. NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page.
https://nlscatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?v1=1&ti=1,1&Search%5FArg=Montal&SL=None&Search%5FCode=GKEY%5E%2A&CNT=100&PID=nlTxY7jBmYirC56uro4dkHNTfs6Z&SEQ=20200626094852&SID=1

In 1982 the Piano Technicians Guild held our annual convention in Washington, DC where we celebrated our 25th anniversar...
04/04/2020

In 1982 the Piano Technicians Guild held our annual convention in Washington, DC where we celebrated our 25th anniversary. Click link to see morehttps://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/PTG/d76a3fa5-1de9-4b09-96d5-6319711ec378/UploadedImages/1982_PTG_25th_Anniversary_Convention_Program.pdf

The Golden Tuning Hammer is PTG's most prestigious award. Several honorees have donated their awards to the Foundation's...
03/29/2020

The Golden Tuning Hammer is PTG's most prestigious award. Several honorees have donated their awards to the Foundation's Jack Wyatt Museum in Kansas City. This award, presented to Roger Weisensteiner, RPT, in 2000, was designed and built by Keith Bowman, RPT.

Five years ago, Fred Sturm's translation of Claude Montal's book 'The Art of Tuning' was published by the PTG Foundation...
03/25/2020

Five years ago, Fred Sturm's translation of Claude Montal's book 'The Art of Tuning' was published by the PTG Foundation. Alan Eder recorded and edited the lecture/concert at the 2015 convention led by Fred. Turn off Netflix and enjoy some piano-making history with this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyta_IwGCBI&t=2s

Only one more exam to go for your RPT certification? You're almost there! Apply for the PTG Foundation's Convention & Ex...
03/23/2020
Convention & Exam Scholarships - Foundation

Only one more exam to go for your RPT certification? You're almost there! Apply for the PTG Foundation's Convention & Exam Scholarship with an easy online application. There's still time!
https://my.ptg.org/foundation/scholarships/convention

The Piano Technicians Guild Foundation offers scholarships each year to members intending to take their final RPT examination during the current year's PTG Annual Convention & Institute.

1825 Babcock square piano (Boston)Alpheus Babcock was an extraordinarily innovative piano maker, best known for his inve...
03/22/2020

1825 Babcock square piano (Boston)
Alpheus Babcock was an extraordinarily innovative piano maker, best known for his invention of the one-piece cast iron string frame. Born in Massachusetts in 1785, he learned piano building from Benjamin Crehore. More photos and information at https://my.ptg.org/foundation/museum/pianos/babcock

Very little is known of the maker, James T. Murray, who manufactured pianos in London during the mid 19th century. This ...
03/21/2020

Very little is known of the maker, James T. Murray, who manufactured pianos in London during the mid 19th century. This piano is an example of a very tall upright piano, a "vertical grand" piano (grand meaning large), also referred to as a cabinet piano. Learn more about this piano in our museum at https://my.ptg.org/foundation/museum/pianos/jtmurray

The  PTG Foundation exhibit booth at this year's convention will focus on Golden Hammer recipients and their awards. One...
02/29/2020

The PTG Foundation exhibit booth at this year's convention will focus on Golden Hammer recipients and their awards. One outstanding member, Francis Mehaffey, received this honor in 1982. Please share your stories about Francis.

"Francis was well-known by almost all guild members by the tools that he has invented and that we all use daily. Many of his inventions include: the double-sided all size wire carrier, screwdriver tips for plate screws and the Impact Tuning Hammer.

He established a School of Piano Technology that was very successful. A long time before this school closed, we counted 27 PTG offices that had been or were being filled by his students. He encouraged all of his students to join PTG. He was so “sold” of PTG that he would refund a good portion of the school tuition when and if the student became a member of PTG.

Francis taught at many local, regional and state seminars. He was also an instructor at many PTG Annual Conventions. He received the Member of Note award in 1975."

The 2019 recipient of our MTNA grant was Aubrey Faith-Slaker. The PTGF grant helped her attend the 35th annual Suzuki Fe...
02/09/2020

The 2019 recipient of our MTNA grant was Aubrey Faith-Slaker. The PTGF grant helped her attend the 35th annual Suzuki Festival in Lima, Peru.
From the festival co-coordinator -"In each festival we offer teacher training courses for musicians, music teachers, teachers, administrators and parents as well as courses for children and youth studying via the Suzuki Method. Our festivals in Lima have become a center for Teacher Training for all of Latin America with teachers attending from nearly every Latin America country, including Cuba, the USA, Canada and from Europe. Our commitment to international community through music runs deep and Aubrey has become a part of that community."

Is it time to add your name?https://my.ptg.org/2020convention/examsPast Scholarship Recipients2019Sarah Dressel - Charlo...
01/27/2020
Exams - 2020 convention

Is it time to add your name?
https://my.ptg.org/2020convention/exams
Past Scholarship Recipients

2019
Sarah Dressel - Charlotte, NC
Nathaniel Everett - Carlisle, PA
Daniel Garrido - Sarasota, FL
Nicolas Lessard - Montréal, QC
Yoshie May - Los Angeles, CA
Robert Rothschild - Sante Fe, NM
Bob Runyan - Santa Clara Valley, CA

2018
Arthur Heller - Englewood, CO
David Hed - Las Vegas, NV
William Zanellato - Indianapolis, IN

2017
Torger Baland - Roberts, WI
Michael Byrley - Chicago, IL
Nathan Cook - Austin, TX
Joshua Eyler - Irmo, SC
Jenny Stokes - Dallas, TX

2016
Gina Bonfietti - Milford, CT
Jorge Gonzalez-Cumplido - Santiago, Chile
Nathan Mills - Augusta, GA
Daniel Minnick - Bergen, NY
Guy Russo - Pittsburgh, PA

2015
Ryan Bangert - Pasadena, MD
Lucas Brookins - Janesville, WI
Ray Cugnolio - South Africa
Stephen Rask - League City, TX
Joe Raville - West Babylon, NY

2014
Richard Bushey - Waynesville, MO
Dave Erb - Minneapolis, MN
Joel Klar - Millbrook, AL
Douglas Laing - Safety Harbor, FL
Michelle Lamm - St. Augustine, FL

2013
Richard Beebe - Chicago, IL
Roger Harwood - Albemarle, NC
John Shebesta - New Berlin, WI
David Weaver - Pasadena, CA

2012
Peter Thomason
Amy Zilk
Nick Titakis
Natale Carabello

2011
​Blair Benjamin
​Madilene Loosier
​Joan Smith
Patrick Wingren

2010
Thomas Dowell
Angela Espinoza
Loren Korevec

2009
Paul Wesley
Spike Taylor
David Norman

2008
Jeff Farris
Terrence Terricola

2007
Geoff Sykes
Mark Milligan
Steve Norris

2006
Ursula Hammerling
Peter Acronico

2005
Steve Hug

2003
Lee Bledsoe
Jeff Tanner

1999
Ann Fell
Chad Allen Fryes

1998
Alice Alviani
Cate Carulli

1997
Daniel Alberts
Phillip Roman

1996
​Alan Hoecklman
Margaret Elmslie

1995
Patricia Ludden

1994
Jerome Debrosse

1992
L. Nicholson

1991
Laura Olsen

You must pre-register to take any RPT exam during the convention. Purchase exam vouchers for Technical and Tuning Exams when you register for the convention or you may use previously purchased vouchers. Be sure to bring proof of membership, Reclassification Form(s) and payment vouchers when reportin...

01/01/2020
higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com

Since 1991 the Foundation has awarded 70 technicians the opportunity to complete their exams at the Annual PTG Convention. The application deadline is April 1, 2020. Begin your New Year with a scholarship application!
https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/PTG/d76a3fa5-1de9-4b09-96d5-6319711ec378/UploadedImages/Scholarships/Convention___Exam_Scholarship_Instructions_-_revised_8-23-2019.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2Nigs14PeGBtC8WidklRVRRUem1UWPxNlB2PxwbrVhYeE_qqAY5mNxiAc

LibraryThe PTG Foundation maintains the Steve Jellen Memorial Library. This library and historical archives are preserve...
12/23/2019

Library
The PTG Foundation maintains the Steve Jellen Memorial Library. This library and historical archives are preserved for reference and research, and are available to everyone who visits the PTG Home Office.
Follow the link to learn more. Books are searchable by author or title.
https://my.ptg.org/foundation/steve-jellen-library/new-item

Research Grants The PTG Foundation is now offering grants for research pertaining to the science and history of the pian...
12/08/2019

Research Grants

The PTG Foundation is now offering grants for research pertaining to the science and history of the piano. Any original research project that aims to further the knowledge of the technical community and the public about the science or history of the piano, or the field of piano technology will be considered. Grants can be used to purchase equipment, to gain access to research materials, and for material expenses directly related to the research project. Grant funds may not be used to compensate for activities performed within the normal scope of a technician's work, such as tuning pianos.

https://my.ptg.org/foundation/research-grants

Please consider a donation to the PTG Foundation on  Giving Tuesday, Dec 3rd. Use the donate button and 100% of your don...
12/02/2019

Please consider a donation to the PTG Foundation on Giving Tuesday, Dec 3rd. Use the donate button and 100% of your donation will go to PTGF. Starting at 8AM EST on Tuesday, Facebook will match up to $7 million of donations given to nonprofits. Help make us one of them.

Start your application now for the Convention & Exam Scholarship by following the link below. It’s never too soon to pla...
11/24/2019

Start your application now for the Convention & Exam Scholarship by following the link below. It’s never too soon to plan for the future!
The PTG Foundation sponsors scholarships for members of PTG to help them advance their education. The scholarship pays for registration at the annual convention and the cost of the last exam necessary to complete their Registered Piano Technician certification. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship or seeing a list of past recipients, go to Convention & Exam Scholarships.
https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/PTG/d76a3fa5-1de9-4b09-96d5-6319711ec378/UploadedImages/Scholarships/Convention___Exam_Scholarship_Instructions_-_revised_8-23-2019.pdf

11/24/2019
The Golden Hammer Award is presented to one outstanding PTG member per year who has made a definite and permanent change...
11/03/2019

The Golden Hammer Award is presented to one outstanding PTG member per year who has made a definite and permanent change for the better by many years of outstanding contributions to PTG and the piano industry for service and dedication above and beyond the call of duty. Candidates must have contributed more than 20 years of service and dedication.

The first award was given to Aubrey Willis in 1969.
Aubrey Willis was born in 1914 and launched his career in the piano industry in 1950 at which time he had a partnership with his brother-in-law Alfred P. Greer. He became a tuner-technician studying with Al Greer and the Rockwell School of Piano Tuning. Aubrey also studied law part-time and completed courses in business administration and speech.

He was a piano dealer and tuner-technician from 1950 to 1966 and was employed by the Piano Technicians Guild as International Field Secretary from 1966 to 1969. Aubrey traveled into all 50 states and Canada and organized 76 chapters, including chapters in 22 states where no chapters previously existed. During his employment with PTG, membership increased by 40%.

In 1969 he founded the Aubrey Willis School of Piano Tuning and Repairing, and served as its director.

Aubrey also served as Southeastern Regional Vice President, chapter president and on numerous committees. He was an instructor and served as director for regional seminars and conventions.

He was known for his cooperation and help and has been applauded for his determination, devotion, dedication and loyalty to technicians and the piano industry.

09/29/2019

Get to know more about your Foundation. Do you know what the mission is?
“The Piano Technicians Guild Foundation (PTGF) was established in 1982 to support the mission of the Piano Technicians Guild through charitable, historical, scientific and educational programs.”
See your Foundation at every Annual Convention of the Piano Technicians Guild!

The Golden HammerThe Golden Hammer is the highest award bestowed by PTG. It is presented each year to one outstanding PT...
09/22/2019

The Golden Hammer

The Golden Hammer is the highest award bestowed by PTG. It is presented each year to one outstanding PTG member who has made a definite and permanent change for the better, by many years of outstanding contributions to PTG and the piano industry, for service and dedication above and beyond the call of duty.
Many recipients have donated their trophies for display in the Jack Wyatt Museum.
https://my.ptg.org/foundation/museum/ptg-history

09/14/2019

This series of tools starts with a ratchet screwdriver from the Jack Wyatt Museum.
“This is the very first ratchet two way screwdriver. There is also a page from the Lyon & Healy piano supply catalog showing it as Gay’s Double Action Ratchet Screwdriver and selling for $1.50.”
https://my.ptg.org/foundation/museum/museum2

09/07/2019

This typical toolkit from the 1800′s includes a double headed tuning hammer. Tuning hammer heads were not yet made with a “star” pattern, so the two heads are the same size, but have a square socket in different orientations. The first is straight and the second is 45 degrees different. Also in this kit are a tuning fork, mutes for tuning, action regulating tools and repair tools.
For more information about this kit https://my.ptg.org/foundation/museum/tools/toolkit

08/31/2019
Kestrel Curro plays Chopin on Montal pianino

2019 PTG Foundation Convention booth. The centerpiece of the exhibit was an 1852 Montal pianino, owned and retored by Fred Sturm. A piano that fits the music, music that fits the piano, and an amazing off the cuff performance by Kestrel Curro, one of our new Foundation committee members.

2019 PTG Convention in Tucson, Arizona, PTG Foundation booth. Performed on a 1852 pianino (straight strung over damper piano) made by Montal, Paris, restored...

Our convention exhibit includes items from the museum and library, including these books. They were part of a generous d...
07/13/2019

Our convention exhibit includes items from the museum and library, including these books. They were part of a generous donation from Larry Lobel. Scanned versions can be found on our website. www.ptgf.org

Congratulations to this year's scholarship winners!
07/11/2019

Congratulations to this year's scholarship winners!

A rare opportunity to see a Montal pianino! Thanks to Fred Sturm, the Montal is the centerpiece of the PTG Foundation di...
07/09/2019

A rare opportunity to see a Montal pianino! Thanks to Fred Sturm, the Montal is the centerpiece of the PTG Foundation display in the exhibit hall. Come visit the booth located at the end of the first row. Don't miss this chance!

Photos from Piano Technicians Guild Foundation's post
06/24/2019

Photos from Piano Technicians Guild Foundation's post

04/20/2019
1974 Convention Piano

The PTG Foundation recently acquired a special piano, built during the 1974 PTG convention in NYC by Steve Jellen, Wally Brooks, and Frank Stopa. This Youtube video tells the story. https://youtu.be/anjKsO0H2go

Telling the story of the piano built at the 1974 PTG convention by Steve Jellen, Wally Brooks, and Frank Stopa.

03/29/2019
Exploded Grand Piano

Ever wonder how a piano is constructed?

Here is an exploded view of how a piano is constructed. This Nordiska Fan Piano was built for showroom display and can now be seen at the PTG Home Office in Kansas City.
This was made for Nordiska, originally a Swedish piano maker, by the DongBei Piano Group in 2009, in China.

#PianoTechniciansGuildFoundation
#PianoHistory
#UniquePianos

Video of an exploded grand piano, showing the inner components, such as the cast iron harp, soundboard and bridges, inner rim, outer rim, keys and action. Th...

Throwback Thursday Conn Strobotuner from 1936And a class on how to use it #pianotechniciansguildfoundation
03/21/2019

Throwback Thursday
Conn Strobotuner from 1936
And a class on how to use it
#pianotechniciansguildfoundation

Address

4444 Forest Ave
Kansas City, KS
66106

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(913) 432-9975

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Piano Technicians Guild Foundation posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Piano Technicians Guild Foundation:

Videos

Category

Nearby museums


Other Museums in Kansas City

Show All