500 Piano Tuners Invade Bellevue

On Sunday, July 8th, while we were (briefly) able to shed our gortex and enjoy the arrival of the sun here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, piano tuners from all over the map were quietly gathering their forces for an inharmonic convergence of dynamic proportions. It was the 55th Annual Convention and Technical Institute of the Piano Technicians Guild. This event, held every summer in various locations around the country, was the first of its kind here in the upper left-hand corner of the map and folks came from far and wide.
The week-long event began with a couple of days of business meetings followed by the Technical Institute; four and a half days of classes exploring the kinds of questions only a piano tuner would ask. There were over 100 classes offered ranging from tying a tuner’s splice knot to the latest in new stringing concepts. Ever wonder how a piano hammer is made? You would have been right at home.
Of course, it wasn’t all business. There were banquets, luncheons and social events to attend. Many out-of-towners took a break from classes to do the all-day Seattle tour including the Space Needle (of course), Pike Place Market and the Duck Tour. There was a bus tour to Snoqualmie Falls and the Cedar River Watershed Education Center and an evening cruise on the Virginia V accompanied by an incredible sunset.
All in all it was a great opportunity for greeting old friends and meeting new ones while, at the same time, learning new skills and recharging my batteries for another year on the journey for this piano guy.
Stay tuned