Piano Technicians Guild Foundation

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

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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.

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#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

03/16/2019

DEADLINE - APRIL 1st

One tuning or technical exam left?

You are an ideal candidate for the PTG Foundation scholarship.

It pays for your last exam and registration for the annual convention.

Even if you have failed and are about to give up on the exam process apply.

The Piano Technicians Guild Foundation is here to support you!

Apply for the Associate scholarships before April 1st.

Last year eight scholarships were available and four people actually applied for them

Seriously, the odds are with you but only if you apply!

We'll congratulate you in Tucson!

02/12/2019
Chickering upright shift pedal

Besides having witnessed Lincoln's assassination, the Chickering upright is a very interesting piano. It is one of the first American made uprights of modern design, and has features that are fairly unique, including over dampers. Why over dampers? To allow for the soft pedal to have a shift mechanism, as shown in this video. The dampers stay in place, while the hammer rail shifts.

Many thanks to our immediate past president and current board member, Claude Harding. His years of service to the PTG Fo...
02/09/2019

Many thanks to our immediate past president and current board member, Claude Harding. His years of service to the PTG Foundation continue as he shares information at this year's SCRC.

Don’t look back You are about to take off If you have passed two out of three examsRPT is close Prepare and Apply at www...
01/26/2019

Don’t look back
You are about to take off

If you have passed two out of three exams

RPT is close
Prepare and Apply at www.ptgf.org

If selected
Registration Paid for you
Last exam paid for you
Banquet paid for you

Thinking about applying for the Associate Scholarship?The scholarship includes convention registration and exam fee!1. T...
01/19/2019

Thinking about applying for the Associate Scholarship?

The scholarship includes convention registration and exam fee!

1. Take your written exam
2. Pass your tuning or technical exam
3. Apply before the deadline of April 1

GET READY TO CHALLENGE YOUR FINAL EXAM AT THE CONVENTION!

8 scholarships are available. Last year there were only 4 applicants!

Unleash your inner Registered Piano Technician!

Apply today! www.ptgf.org

Piano Technicians Guild Foundation's cover photo
01/18/2019

Piano Technicians Guild Foundation's cover photo

01/18/2019
Blüthner Action

The Blüthner patent action, seen up close and personal.
https://youtu.be/4hyUMKThPXc

The Blüthner patent grand action, described and in motion. Using the Blüthner action model of the PTG Foundation's Jack Wyatt Museum.

11/27/2018

It's Giving Tuesday!
Check out our Website PTGF.ORG
and consider a gift to the Disaster Relief Fund!

Check out this piano of notable history in the museum Like it? share it!
10/28/2018
The Soufléto Piano

Check out this piano of notable history in the museum

Like it? share it!

The piano company of François Soufléto was established in Paris in 1827. Soufléto had worked for both Érard and Roller et Blanchet prior to forming his own company. The case style of this piano is commonly referred to as "piano pont" (bridge piano) or "niche de chien" (dog kennel) because of the...

Piano Technicians Guild Foundation's cover photo
10/23/2018

Piano Technicians Guild Foundation's cover photo

10/08/2018

Piano Techs -
Let your MTNA teachers know that Nov 1 is the deadline to apply for the grant from the PTG Foundation.

10/05/2018

PTGF's Disaster Relief Fund is ready to help PTG members in need after recent events.
Call (913) 432-9975 or [email protected]

Last year, the PTG Foundation quickly provided aid to three members affected by wild fires and hurricanes. Now we are re...
09/20/2018

Last year, the PTG Foundation quickly provided aid to three members affected by wild fires and hurricanes. Now we are reaching out to members facing hardship from recent events.
The Disaster Relief Fund was established immediately following the Katrina disaster in New Orleans. It is used to give aid to PTG members who are affected by natural disasters such as tornados, earthquakes, and flooding. Any PTG member may request aid for themselves or another member by contacting the PTG Home Office at (913) 432-9975 or [email protected].

Everyone can now visit our PTGF installation at the NAMM Show and Museum.  We have created a 3D virtual tour of "Unseen ...
06/09/2018

Everyone can now visit our PTGF installation at the NAMM Show and Museum. We have created a 3D virtual tour of "Unseen Artists - Sights and Insights from the PTG". Take the tour on your tablet, computer or smart phone. If you have VR goggles you can walk around as if you were "inside the museum". Click on this link to enter the tour - https://ptg.space

PTGF Enews
06/07/2018
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Learn about constructing a traditional vertical piano including the back, pinblock, bridges, action and making of keys. We will use slides, models and the actual piano made for a 1974 convention class by Steve Jellen, Frank Stopa and Wally Brooks. Great class for all along with a little PTG history.

For years, these three friends have given countless hours to the PTG Foundation, almost always with a smile. We hope the...
06/06/2018

For years, these three friends have given countless hours to the PTG Foundation, almost always with a smile. We hope they know how much they're appreciated.
President Claude Harding, RPT, with Jack Wyatt, RPT and Jim Geiger, RPT. This photo was taken at Jack's shop, May 29, 2018.

The official program from PTG's first annual convention in 1958. View 104 pages of PTG history with this link.http://hig...
04/21/2018

The official program from PTG's first annual convention in 1958. View 104 pages of PTG history with this link.
http://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/PTG/d76a3fa5-1de9-4b09-96d5-6319711ec378/UploadedImages/1958_PTG_Convention_Booklet_-_Member_Directory.pdf

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

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