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Forum topic by Jack Dalton posted 06-01-2017 03:55 PM 1372 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jack Dalton

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06-01-2017 03:55 PM

I have a neighbor who has just graduated high school who is an accomplished pianist, having won numerous national competitions..This fall he will attend Temple University on a music scholarship. The normal track for theses students is to either become an instructor or performer. Gray has expressed an interest in building and repairing pianos. I wonder if there are any luthier guilds in the area that would be interested in an intern while he is is school.

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#1 posted 06-01-2017 04:25 PM

wow, congrats to Gray for such accomplishment. if all else fails, you might consider contacting Steinway dealer if one is near. from my experience, the tune up and repair reps for Steinway pianos are pretty well versed on intricates of their pianos.

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#2 posted 06-01-2017 06:28 PM

Certainly check out the local piano dealers, they would like a person that can play well, and also willing to work on them.
I bought some of my equipment from a retired piano repair man. He used a metal lathe and a mill in addition to the woodworking machines. I think it would be an interesting job.

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#3 posted 06-01-2017 06:46 PM

I have a friend here in Louisiana that took an apprenticeship in Maryland building pianos and worked his way up. No way I am discouraging, but from what my friend told me it takes many years to become learn the necessary skills to repair a piano from top to bottom.

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#4 posted 06-01-2017 07:22 PM

He might try building a harpsichord from a kit.
The experience may confirm or dispel his
interest in building pianos. My guess is that
to learn piano building he would have to move
to an area with a piano factory, get a job
there and work his way up.

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#5 posted 06-03-2017 04:20 AM

Congrats to your friend on his scholarship. He might try contacting piano makers for an apprenticeship. Maybe look for smaller makers. There was one famous one here in Centralia until about 6 years ago. Fandrich (SP?) Pianos. I think they
may have moved to Olympia but they made concert grade pianos for some pretty big names.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA

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#6 posted 06-03-2017 02:47 PM

In Philadelphia there is Cunningham piano, they have an excellent reputation with piano restoration.
Talk to Rich Galassini.

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