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The Instruction Books

This Course in Piano Tuning and Repair is the foundation you'll need to professionally service both grand and vertical pianos.

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The Video Library

The Online Video Library is a very important part of our Course. Here, you'll be able to watch how the information presented in the Instruction Manual is applied.

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Support

As a student of the school, you will be able to email or phone us with any questions you may have.

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How the Course Works

Students use a study guide (Course Workbook) in place of classroom instruction. Using this resource as a guide, you can measure your progress.

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The Lessons

The course has 24 lessons. There are self study questions for each lesson.

  • Lesson One: Making a Good Start
  • Lesson Two: The Other Masters of the Piano
  • Lesson Three: Learning the Keyboard
  • Lesson Four: The Nature of Sound
  • Lesson Five: Introduction to Tuning
  • Lesson Six: The Unison and the Octave
  • Lesson Seven: Fifths and Fourths
  • Lesson Eight: Thirds Sixths Tenths Seventeenths
  • Lesson Nine: The Aural Gauge Tools
  • Lesson Ten: Equal Temperament
  • Lesson Eleven: Tuning below the Temperament
  • Lesson Twelve: Tuning above the Temperament
  • Lesson Thirteen: Tuning Unisons Advanced
  • Lesson Fourteen: The PTG Tuning Exam
  • Lesson Fifteen: Tuning for Customers
  • Lesson Sixteen: Introduction to the Grand Piano
  • Lesson Seventeen: Introduction to the Vertical Piano
  • Lesson Eighteen: Action Geometry
  • Lesson Nineteen: Regulating the Grand Action Model
  • Lesson Twenty: Regulating the Vertical Action Model
  • Leson Twentyone: Repairs
  • Lesson Twentytwo: Glossary

 


Instruction Manual and Course Workbook

Also, there are movies that correspond to these lessons. You can view them on line. You will recieve a username and password to log on to the 'Butler School Video Library'.

 

 

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One note Grand Action Model

The Technical Exam for the Guild requires that you assemble and regulate a grand and vertical action model. You can borrow the models from the school for a period of 2 weeks only. You must pay all shipping cost. Or you can purchased these models from the Guild here.

Recommended Tools

Tools are sold separately and can be purchased at a professional discount from Schaff Piano Supply.

List of Recommended Tools to begin the course
These tools cost about $195 plus shipping

  • Craftsmen Tuning lever with head and #2 star tip
  • Tuning lever Tip #1, 2, 3 and 4 star tip
  • Tuning lever Tip Wrench
  • Temperament Strip standard
  • Universal Bass String and Tuning Pin Gauge
  • 4 - Mutes with wire handles
  • 4 - Rubber wedge mutes
  • Papp's Treble Mute
  • Korg Chromatic Tuner CA 40 (purchased locally or from Amazon)

Tools that can be added and purchased as needed

  • Combination Tool Handle
  • Offset Key Spacer for combination handle
  • Slotted Screwdriver for combination handle
  • Screwdriver for combination handle
  • Phillips Screwdriver for combination handle
  • Regulation screwdriver for combination handle
  • Hart Spring tool
  • Grand jack screw regulation
  • Steinway Capstan screw regulator
  • 8” Tweezers
  • Grand shank press
  • Hammer shank miter box
  • Flange bushing broach kit
  • Rigid shaft screw holder
  • Hypo Oiler
  • Alcohol Lamp
  • Alcohol Lamp wicks
  • Center pin case filled with pins
  • 3/8” Key dip block
  • 13/32” Key dip block
  • 7/16” Key dip block
  • Capstan screw wrench, grand and upright
  • Jack screw regulator with handle, grand
  • Drop screw regulator with wooden handle, grand
  • Tuning pin crank
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Repining tool
  • Key easing pliers
  • Factory type wire bending pliers
  • Center pin nippers
  • Gram gauge
  • Digital micrometer
  • Hardened stainless steel rule
  • Suede brush

These tools are the same tools that I have in my tool case, with one exception. The alcohol lamp that I carry is no longer available. However, the alcohol lamp listed above is pretty good.

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Three note Vertical Action Model

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