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 Post subject: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:45 pm 
Hey Guys! I just thought I would let you all now that The Institute of Instrument Technology just launched the first and only online piano tuning and repair certification course. Check them out at ********edit


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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:05 pm 
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Ok, ... but this Certification isn't important to piano players. I might be wrong, but I don't think anyone in this Society is interested in earning money tuning other people's pianos. I don't think this is the right web site for you. IMO.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:15 pm 
I am a piano player and most tuners are as well. Just thought it might be appropriate for people who might want to learn to tune or add to their career as a player. I have found that a lot of players tune on the side for some extra money between gigs.. Every one could use a little extra money am I right?


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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:51 pm 
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MichaelStilwell wrote:
Hey Guys! I just thought I would let you all now that The Institute of Instrument Technology just launched the first and only online piano tuning and repair certification course. Check them out at

Hey Guy ! I think this site looks suspiciously like a one-man (that being you) web shop. It's understandable that you want to make some money, don't we all, but on this site we do not like people plugging commercial things. I could be all wrong about it but this IIT site looks totally fake to me, showing no names, addresses or any other concrete information that one would normally look for to get some confidence. I also could find no references on the web. What I do find are these

College of Instrument Technology
Institute Of Musical Instrument Technology

and maybe more, but not your IIT which is evidently just a flashy alias for pianotuningschool.com.
Tell me if I'm wrong !
Actually, I would not like to have a tuner who learned his trade from an online course . . .

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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:38 pm 
Nope. Not a one guy shop. was formed by a "group of passionate instrument lovers" (page -Why IIT). I am a third generation piano technician and I view the school as a starting point for people wanting to learn the trade. Not everyone can get an apprenticeship so our school gets them started on the right path. I'm not hear to "Plug" commercial "things". I am a pianist as well and I wanted to join in on some of the conversations I have been reading.

Since you took the time to bash my work and the company I work for, tell me techneut, how would you feel if I did the same thing to you?


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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:00 pm 
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MichaelStilwell wrote:
Nope. Not a one guy shop. http://pianotuningschool.com/ was formed by a "group of passionate instrument lovers" (page -Why IIT). I am a third generation piano technician and I view the school as a starting point for people wanting to learn the trade. Not everyone can get an apprenticeship so our school gets them started on the right path. I'm not hear to "Plug" commercial "things". I am a pianist as well and I wanted to join in on some of the conversations I have been reading.

Since you took the time to bash my work and the company I work for, tell me techneut, how would you feel if I did the same thing to you?

I would feel like I and my company would need to present themselves better, so as not to give the impression of a one-man shop.
Take the hint, as it were.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:40 pm 
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I would feel like I and my company would need to present themselves better, so as not to give the impression of a one-man shop.
Take the hint, as it were.


I agree. This piano tuning website has the look of a scam, and not even one that's slickly presented. The idea of such a hands-on skill being taught in a "multiple choice, true/false and short essay question" format seems risible to me.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:48 pm 
Thanks for your "hints" guys... Have you ever looked at other piano tuning schools? This is how it is done at EVERY school... We don't have many options with online schools guys.. And since all the in person schools have gone out of business due to lack of intrest, online is the only way we can truely spread our knowledge...

Try not to be so cynical.. Do your research before cutting down people projects (which they pour their lives into). It makes you look like you think you know everything...


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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:00 am 
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Michael,
Just because all technicians play some piano in no way translates the otherway. Again, "certification" is for peolple trying to warrant their business and fees. We just aint' those people here. Some of us will do some tuning and repair to our personal instruments but have no interest in trying to have a side job working on other people's pianos. We want nothing more than to spend more time playing our pianos. Good luck as you look elsewhere.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:46 pm 
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Why do we not get all together and start an online driving school? :D

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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:20 pm 
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richard66 wrote:
Why do we not get all together and start an online driving school? :D


Anymore, aren't most people some form of on-line while they're driving??? :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:00 am 
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musical-md wrote:
Michael,
Just because all technicians play some piano in no way translates the otherway. Again, "certification" is for peolple trying to warrant their business and fees. We just aint' those people here. Some of us will do some tuning and repair to our personal instruments but have no interest in trying to have a side job working on other people's pianos. We want nothing more than to spend more time playing our piano music. Good luck as you look elsewhere.

Very well said man. Well as a pianist, I wouldn't really be interested in this online piano tuning certification course. Knowing how to tune and all is good but I'll just let other people do that for me. Just saying.


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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:30 pm 
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A few years ago I read in an old book that it is very good for a pianist to tune their own piano,
because it forms a certain bond between the pianist and the instrument.

I then began to learn to tune my own Piano-Forte and at first I was very nervous,
but now it goes very easy and is very convenient when the weather changes again.

I have noticed that the writer of this old book had a very good point
because since tuning my own Piano-Forte I have “bonded” very well with my instrument;
we have become a “working unit” and I feel very good about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:40 pm 
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Performing a DIY piano tuning is a risky thing to do, especially if you have a vintage piano. There are also, however, many pianos that have been "rebuilt", or "restored" by professed rebuilders or parties who:

a) Didn’t know what they were doing,
b) Cut corners, or otherwise tried to get by with the bare minimum in order to save a few bucks,
c) Used substandard parts or materials, or
d) "Customized" or altered the piano in experimental and untested ways.

Piano tuning is more than tightening or adjusting the strings of the piano, it's about making the piano sound harmonious and return it to its proper pitch. Generally it should be done every six months to a year.

You can read more about it at http://www.steinway-piano.com


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 Post subject: Re: Piano Tuning
PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:06 pm 
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this is a really funny topic. Well I have to say I prefer learn piano tunning direct with the person(teacher) next to me on a piano which I did. So there is no frequency distorsion over the internet.
Good luck with your business project.


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