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By Nick Litterski

Summer 2013 Newsletter

Piano Technician Guild’s Convention – Chicago July 2013

First, I’m excited to announce I will be attending the annual PTG Convention and Technical Institute in Chicago July 10-14. Offering, five days of classes on a broad spectrum of topics pertaining to piano technology, this is the largest conference of its kind, featuring over 100 courses from the best instructors in the field. To find out more about the PTG or the convention visithttp://my.ptg.org/2013Convention/Main

Registered Piano Technician Certification

While at the conference I will be taking the PTG's tuning exam. I previously passed the written and technical exams and this is final test I must pass before graduating to Registered Piano Technician! Having learned and as a practicing aural tuner, I am confident I have what it takes to pass. Still, I've been putting my tuning skills through their paces in recent weeks, practicing each day on the job as if I am taking the exam! This could only work to your advantage as my client, and this is part of what I like so much about the Piano Technician’s Guild: it forces members to double down on their commitment to excellence, to the benefit of the trade, and to the piano playing public.

Working Vacation – Wisconsin July 2013

Attention WI clients: I’m happy to announce a working vacation in July! That’s right, I’ll be packing up my tools, a few musical instruments and driving north... Click to read more.

By Nick Litterski

2012 South Central Piano Technicians' Conference

I recently attented the three-day PTG South Central Regional conference at the YO Ranch and Hotel in Kerville, TX.  I attended all sorts of classes from advanced tuning and repair, to business practices and client relations.  It was energizing and wonderful to make new connections and learn new techniques!
Here are some photos of the conference.


A view of some custom keytop colors now available!


Carl Lieberman in an engaging demonstration of advanced tuning theory.

By Nick Litterski

What to do with old pianos? - NY Times

So we've all seen it.  The old abandoned piano in the garage, seeingly beyond hope for repair.  Well, if you have an old piano and you don't know what to do with it, how about giving it to charity?  In the case you have a piano that is beyond repair, Austin Piano Tex offers eco-friendly piano removal. We take your piano, disassemble, and dispose, removing lead and other environmental dangers. Click the picture below for a link to the NY Times article.

By Nick Litterski

Concert Tuning for Norah

Nick with Nora

During SXSW 2012 I had the opportunity to tune Norah Jones' personal piano for two appearances in Austin. The show was amazing! This picture was taken at Antone's, before the Little Willies performed.

By Nick Litterski

Podcast - Nick talks about tuning

Thanks to Lindsay Patterson for recording and editing this podcast. Part of the listening lounge podcast project, her collaboration with other podcasters here in Austin. Enjoy!

Nick discussing piano tuning

By Nick Litterski

Play Me I'm Yours - Pianos on the Streets of Austin

I've had the pleasure of working on some of the pianos to be put out on the streets of Austin, including three player pianos specially designed by the UT Engineering Department to have flashing lights that will be visited by a group of students at the Texas School for the Deaf.  To see the location of the pianos and to learn more about the project, visit http://www.streetpianos.com/austin2011/

By Nick Litterski

Piano Technician's Regional Conference Oct 7-9th

Located in the beautiful hill country outside of Burnet, TX, the annual South Central Conference of the Piano Technician's Guild is a three-day event featuring full days of hands-on instruction and lectures.  Over 100 Participants from from NM, TX, OK, AR, and LA will gather to focus on tuning, regulating, voicing, and rebuilding, as well as business management.  The scenic location features 14 miles of hiking trails and river kayaking/canoeing.  I'm proud to announce my participation in this event, and I'm excited to take part in the advancement of piano technology in Central Texas! 

The South Central Regional Conference website can be found here.

UPDATE: The conference was a huge success, as I met many piano technicians and learned much from some of the best teachers in the region.  I'm looking forward the the National Convention in Kansas City 2011!

By Nick Litterski

Keytop Replacement Available

Many older pianos can benefit from a new set of teeth!  This service is available for all types of pianos, and includes new plastic, white or ivory look-alike keytops.  For pricing see the "rates" page.

Thanks for choosing Austin Piano Tex!

By Nick Litterski

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