MPT CONVENTION 2014
AUG. 3 – 6 MYSTIC, CT.
A SUMMARY OF TOPICS COVERED AT THIS YEAR’S CONVENTION WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE FALL EDITION OF THE MPT JOURNAL – COMING IN SEPTEMBER 2014.
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Mike Song - our special guest speaker for the convention. Mike is the owner of GetControl—visit his website getcontrol.net He has appeared on Good Morning America, Fox Business News, CNN, CNBS, in the Wall Street Journal and is the author of “The Hamster Revolution”. I recently heard him present, “Time Management is Dead” for a group of local piano technicians. This may be worth the price of admission alone
Chris Brown (TPR Tools LLC, Boston area) Chris designs, manufactures, and offers training in the use of tools for the piano trade. His Grandwork™ regulation station and its component tools / accessories allow grand piano actions to be worked on successfully out of the piano. He is also the ‘action’ component of a Boston area rebuilding consortium, the Piano Rebuilders ( five companies each specializing in a facet of piano rebuilding).
Arlan Harris (Sales and restoration – White Plains NY and Dallas TX) Arlan is one of our favorite regular instructors – he brings over 3 decades of expertise to his work with many top performers, festivals and concert venues. After working in the famous Steinway Hall basement in the 80’s, he worked as an action specialist as well as tuner/technician, honing his skills learning from his superiors, colleagues, and top level pianists. Arlan’s retail stores in New York and a newly-opened ‘atelier’ in Dallas, Texas offer restored concert-grade pianos as well as pianos for clients on a budget.
Randy Potter (Randy Potter School of Piano Technology)Just sit right back and hear a tale…..our own Mr. Potter (not to be confused with Mr. Kotter) will allow us the privilege to be on the other side of a three hour tour, the customer’s side, as he teaches us “The Six Things You Need to Know to Tune a Temperament”. So grab your coffee, sit back, don’t snore out of key, and be prepared to hone your listening skills.
Gerry spent 25 years as owner of Best Piano Services, a successful business that provided services to more than 3,000 clients in the New York City metropolitan area. He also provides consulting services related to business strategy, computer systems, and has led educational seminars for the Piano Technicians Guild. Visit Gerry’s website
TOUR OF ZUCKERMANN HARPSICHORDS
Zuckermann Harpsichords International is a builder of fine instruments – harpsichords, clavichords, spinets and virginals, closely based on the best existing antiques from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They also specialize in restoration as well as the supply of parts and kits. Visit the Zuckermann website
Attendee room rate is $89+tax
Our event will be on site and free breakfast is included.…
There is a restaurant also on site: LaLuna
and attendees get a 15% discount.
Free coffee available…all day, Dunkin Donuts right next door.
Within 15min walk are the following “restaurants”:
Jack’s Wayback Burgers, Thai One On, Steak Loft, Starbucks,
Mystic Diner, Ten Clams, Go Fish
There are dozens more within a 15min drive.
It is ~1.25hrs from BDL(Bradley Int Airport-Hartford) & 45min from PVD (Providence Airport)
Mystic was founded in 1654 and quickly rose to prominence as a shipbuilding center during the clipper ship era. Nowadays, Mystic has become known for its quintessential New England charm, as well as its two world-class museums: the Mystic Seaport, the world’s largest maritime museum; and the Mystic Aquarium, featuring fascinating creatures from both sea and land, as well as the exhibits of Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic.
The relaxed New England charm that has made Mystic a well-known vacation destination can be felt all through the area – from the quiet farm areas of the Northeast corner of Connecticut, to the coastal towns of Connecticut and neighboring Rhode Island. As a result, it has become known as Mystic Country.