WNG Upright Action
An aging upright action can be repaired a limited number of times. For a variety of reasons, eventually a century old action must be replaced. Absent such job, that piano will cease being a piano and consequently will likely be discarded.
Often, these old uprights are, in fact, better pianos than the new uprights now available in showrooms. And, often the cases, of these old pianos, are quite elegant unlike the square utilitarian cases of today.
Rebuilding, in the US has tended to focus on grand pianos. For this reason, US piano rebuilders are seldom proficient with uprights. Installing a new action is more piano making than rebuilding. It is not reasonable to expect that the skill set of the typical rebuilder includes piano making. Thus, the WNG Upright Action Replacement Class.
WNG now has a replacement action kit available for old upright pianos. To go with this WNG is offering access to a complete set of factory level tools so the rebuilder can install an upright action in an efficient manner. As part of this program, WNG is offering a class that will impart the skills and know how required to take advantage of this opportunity.
The class includes:
• How to take an upright action scale stick.
• How to return the upright to the state it was when the original action was installed.
• How to position a new action in relation to the string plane, the strike line and the keybed.
• How to support the action in its new position.
• How to arrive at hammer boring specifications for the new action.
• How to set and regulate the dampers in the new action.
• How to shank the hammers.
• How to properly trim the shanks on a set of hammers.
• How to glue the hammers into place.
• How to set the blow distance and spoon the action.
• How to install the keyboard under the action.
• How to install new dowel capstans.
(B) Installation of the Upright
Christian Bolduc, Pianos Bolduc
Discover the best way to take proper measurements and references before removing the original soundboard. You’ll also learn how to keep dry and prepare the new pre-crowned soundboard before installation. We’ll conclude with how to do the down bearing, drill and notch the new bridge cap.
(E) Ergonomic Tuning: Tools and Techniques
Dean Reyburn, RPT and Nate Reyburn, RPT,
Reyburn Piano Tech
This hands-on class introduces ways to reduce stress on your body using both impact hammers and the traditional rigid lever. Reducing the strain on your shoulder, neck, and back by using the right tools the right way is crucial whether you're just starting out or have been tuning for years. We'll cover the basics as well as some advanced tips, then offer hands-on instruction.
(E) Learn about PiANOcal - the Intelligent Calendar
Mark Veenman, PIANOcal
Come and learn how our complete customer/piano database management system with integrated geo-locating calendar will help you service more pianos in a shorter timeframe, or arrive home earlier, with less downtime, less fossil fuel burned, more time with family, and more income, while sparing clients the headaches of telephone tag by empowering them to book appointments online with their smart phones or computers.