just returned from the convention in Adelaide, held at the
in Glenelg (See picture on right!). The seminars were extremely good (as usual!), and there
was a great deal of useful knowledge shared. It was also a great chance to catch up with
old friends from previous conventions. Good also to create some new contacts!
The sessions I attended were:
Polyester Repairs & Polishing: Greg Webster. This was a basic introduction to art of repairing scratches
and dents which often happen to the polyester finishes of modern pianos. The kit which accompanies such
work is a small and very high-tech piece of equipment.
Abel Hammers (2
sessions) Led by Norbert Abel &
his daughter Jennifer
of the Abel Piano Hammer Company in Germany.
These sessions covered the manufacture of piano hammers. Piano hammers are made of felt of
course, and the story covered the
process of felt manufacture,
beginning with the shearing of
sheep in Australia! A number of short videos also showed the process of hammer manufacture
- an extremely refined and exacting procedure.
Left: The Abel Piano Hammer Factory in Germany.
Grand Piano Regulation
(2 sessions) – David Jenkins (New
David’s sessions are always worthwhile, and delegates picked up a heap of good
tips for improving the quality, speed and exactness of grand piano
A lot of very useful information on making, cutting and replacing dampers.
began by saying
that he had been in the piano tuning game for forty years,
yet still expects to
learn something new every day! A good attitude for life in general, I think!
Regulation of Older Uprights (3 sessions) – Wim Blees (USA, Hawaii).
Three very good sessions. For many of us,
this was the real coalface of our work, as
Wim's session dealt
with pianos we are most
likely to meet in our everyday work.
The convention event ended with a formal dinner - a great event where everyone 'let their hair down'!