Friday, January 28, 2005
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
I took the bus to Cincinnati today. My first stop was the Cincinnati Museum of Art. I was wandering through the galleries when suddenly I noticed a faint yet familiar sound. What was it? I couldn't place it. Finally --- the sound of piano tuning! I followed the sound to its source --- Allen Wright of the Cincinnati Chapter PTG, tuning a Steinway for a concert that day. We started talking and before we knew it, we were having lunch and then he drove me around town, showing me some of the main landmarks on the way to the historic Union Terminal (now a museum/IMAX theater complex). The pictures show the old Baldwin Piano factory, now an office building.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Emmert Royer started BHA Pianocenter in a 6,500 square foot former raincoat factory in Dayton, OH in 1949. At first, they sold appliances - the name originally stood for Best Home Appliances. Later they got into pianos and organs. In the sixties they were the leading Conn organ dealer in the country. Even though the organ business is practically dead, BHA still has rooms and rooms of organs, including one dedicated to Allen organs.
BHA is different in many ways from piano stores in Sacramento. First of all, they own their building - and they have so much extra space that they rent it out to other businesses (including the billiards business in the basement.) They also own all their inventory outright, instead of "flooring" it and paying a monthly finance charge to the manufacturer. They offer a lifetime of free weekly piano lessons to any piano buyer. They also have a strong presence on the Internet. On their website they have pictures and prices of many of their used pianos, and they also list them on eBay. Bob Royer, the current manager and son of the founder, says his goal is "to sell fine preowned grands for $2,000 less than [my] best competition on eBay."
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Our chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild is hosting the state convention this February. To drum up more registrations, we set up a phone bank at the PianoDisc warehouse to call every Guild member in California who hadn't already registered. We did it on a Saturday so we could use free weekend minutes on our cell phones. I called every member in San Diego and got one new registration.
Friday, January 07, 2005
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
About six weeks ago I crossed over a double yellow line to get into a car pool lane and got a ticket. Today I found out for how much: $340 plus traffic school. One good thing happened, though; I looked in the CAR folder in my bag and found a car registration form that needed a smog check. After work I went to the smog check place; this is a picture of the office.
I also got into trouble with a customer that had two small barking dogs. After about twenty minutes of the barking, I asked her if she could put the dogs outside or in a room. She did so, to my great relief. It wasn't until after I was done that I realized she was infuriated and didn't want me ever in her house again.
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Monday, January 03, 2005
This is a practice room at Cosumnes River College. I tuned five of these pianos today. This is where students slave away at their scales and arpeggios --- and, according to an article in the school paper, it's one of the top spots for illicit sex.
Sunday, January 02, 2005
I'm not going to do any tunings while I'm on the Peter Pan tour, but I'll try to do at least one tuning-related thing each week --- visit a piano store, call up a tuner, or at least look at the piano in the hotel lobby. And I'll continue to manage the website for the local chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild.