LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — Piano technicians from the tri-state area came together to work on some skills and learn some new tricks at a meeting of the WisMinnIa chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild on Saturday.
Gathered on the upper floors of Leithold Music in downtown La Crosse, the group of men – many of whom have worked as piano technicians for decades – were there to traverse what is known as the traveling technicians’ playground of piano.
According to the guild, different workstations have been set up in the room to test the skills of the technicians, present them with new challenges or show them new techniques for proven challenges.
Section President Larry Messerly said techs know there are always new things to learn and he commends the guild for helping to provide them with ways to train.
“The guild has been around since 1955. It was two previous organizations that came together and created the Guild of Piano Technicians,” Messerly said. “We have 3,500 to 4,000 members across the country and around the world.”
Throughout the morning, technicians learned ffundamentals such as splicing ropes, stringing and making coils, making good measurements, comprise a skill set that all technicians should know.
At each station tasks are presented in a step-by-step manner that participants can practice and imitate, the organizers said.
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