For Sale: Howard / Kawai 330 Grand

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Howard (Kawai) 330 Grand Piano, Satin Ebony (5’1″)
$2500

Manufactured in 1971 by Kawai, sold under the Howard brand name by Baldwin USA
Location: Mesa, AZ (85205)

If you’re looking for a solid 5′ grand at a great price, this 330 is hard to beat.
This piano has been kept in a very stable environment, and has been well maintained. It holds its ...
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Area RPT Elected to Board of Directors (News Release)

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THE PIANO TECHNICIANS GUILD
4444 FOREST AVE.
KANSAS CITY, KS 66106
PHONE: (913) 432-9975

JULY, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AREA REGISTERED PIANO TECHNICIAN ELECTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mesa’s Mark Purney, RPT, has been elected to the office of Western Regional Vice President.

Purney will serve in the position through July 2016 representing the interests of piano technicians, promoting educational opportunities and serving as a goodwill ambassador to the piano community. He’ll also be directly involved with administration and long-term-planning.

“I’m honored to be able to ...

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Upright Action Repair: Spring Rail, Hammer Filing/Reshaping

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Here are some typical upright repairs. This Astin Weight console is played regularly, resulting in worn hammers and broken hammer return springs. When the hammers become grooved and worn, they require filing and reshaping to restore proper tone. Unlike grand pianos which use gravity to return the hammers to rest, upright pianos need springs to assist in this process. When the springs are broken or not adjusted properly, poor or no repetition of notes can result.

First, the dust and debris ...

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At the 2015 Winter NAMM Show

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It’s time again for the National Association of Music Merchants Show, the ultimate gathering of musicians and manufacturers of musical instruments, recording and sound equipment. I just arrived in Anaheim this morning, and looking forward to a few days of fun with my friends from AZ, WA & FL, as well as catching up with PTG colleagues and piano manufacturers from around the world. If time permits, I’ll post photos and highlights each day.

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Jude Reveley Presents Piano Rebuilding Seminar in Phoenix

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Jude Reveley, RPT flew in from Boston to present an all-day seminar in Arizona on January 10, 2015. Jude is the owner of Absolute Piano Restoration, and is recognized among the piano rebuilding community as one of the very best. The event was hosted by the Phoenix Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild, and the meeting space was generously provided by Arizona Piano Company in Phoenix.

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Customized Red / Orange Schimmel K-213 in Arizona

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At Mesa Piano, we’re quite fond of the Schimmel K213 (7′ Semi-Concert Grand Piano) made in Braunschweig, Germany. In fact, it’s the the piano we have in our own home. But like many pianos, ours has a polished ebony finish.

This one really caught my eye (how could it not?) at a recent visit to Arizona Piano Company in Phoenix. The custom, “blood orange” color made heads turn whenever someone walked into the ...

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Build Your Own Sandblasting Box Cabinet (DIY, Cheap)

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Large sandblasting cabinets are very expensive, but probably worth it if sandblasting is a daily activity for your shop. If your blasting needs are occasional, like mine, a home-built blasting box is sufficient, and hundreds of dollars cheaper. I was asked to post more information about the one I built, so I hope this information is helpful. Below is a list of what you need, followed by instructions.

DIY 45 Gallon Sandblasting Box:

Materials Needed for Box:

  • Large Plastic Bin With Latching ...
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