What is a Registered Piano Technician?
A registered Piano Technician is a member of the Piano Technician Guild who has taken and passed a series of examinations. To attain the RPT classification, a PTG member must pass three examinations. A written exam tests basic knowledge of piano design, tuning theory, repair techniques and various other topics relevant to piano technology. Two separate practical, hands-on exams test tuning and technical skills. The practical exams are administered by panels of RPTs under the leadership of examiners trained and certified in standardized exam procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why hire a Registered Piano Technician (RPT)?
The Registered Piano Technician examination process, administered by the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG), is currently the only comprehensive and objective assessment of a piano technician's skills. The PTG sets high standards in order to ensure that technicians with the RPT designation are highly qualified and at the top of their field. When hiring a Registered Piano Technician, you can be confident that he or she has the necessary training and skills to provide you with the highest quality service for your piano.
How often should my piano be serviced?
Most pianos that receive light to moderate (normal) use should be tuned every six months. This is, in fact, what most piano manufacturers recommend. If your piano is subjected to extreme environmental conditions or use demands, it may be necessary to service it more frequently than this.
What if my piano is seldom played, should it still be tuned?
Yes. The structural components of your piano were designed to bear several thousand pounds of pressure. When this load is allowed to weaken through neglect, the structural integrity of components such as strings may be compromised. This can lead to costly and time consuming repairs. For this reason, we advise our clients in this situation to have their pianos serviced at least once a year.