Upcoming Reyburn CyberTuner Classes at PTG and other conventions
Class 1: Introduction to the SMARTER Reyburn CyberTuner for iPhone/iPod/iPad
Dean Reyburn, RPT
Nate Reyburn, RPT
Carl Lieberman, RPT
will be teaching classes on
impact tuning lever at PTG Regional Conventions and other locations (see below for contact info).
We plan on exhibiting and/or teaching at the following organized Piano Technician
conventions and seminars:
April 27 - 30, 2017
PTG MARC (Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference)
Sheraton Harrisburg - Hershey Hotel, Harrisburg, PA
Contact: Steve Taylor
Dean Reyburn, RPT and Nate Reyburn, RPT will be teaching and exhibiting.
July 20-23, 2016
60TH ANNUAL PTG CONVENTION & TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
2017 International Association of Piano Builders and Technicians (IAPBT)
St. Louis Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Make hotel reservations online
Contact: Sandy Roady at PTG Home Office
4444 Forest Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66106
Dean Reyburn, RPT, Nate Reyburn, Dave Lamoreaux, RPT and Carl Lieberman, RPT will be
teaching and/or exhibiting.
October 17 - 19, 2017
Australasian APTTA Convention
Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg South Australia
Contact: Guus van den Braak
Dean Reyburn, RPT and Marty Reyburn will be teaching and exhibiting.
In this class we will be using the NEW iRCT for Apple iOS. We quickly cover RCT basics, then demonstrate using
RCT's Smart Partials analyzing a piano's inharmonicity to create smoother transitions at the breaks. We also
explore basics such as quick, accurate pitch raises, and converging the ear's aural preferences with a machine's
digital decision making using RCT's Custom Equalizer and Pianalyzer tools.
Class 2: Ergonomic Tuning: Tools and Techniques
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.
Class 3: Advanced Reyburn CyberTuner techniques
RCT's more powerful features will be shown: using RCT's graphs and spreadsheets to analyze and
predict the sound of a tuning; Custom EQ which lets you preview aural intervals and micro-adjust
the stretch of each octave; Limits, which auto-modifies a tuning if it detects scales problems,
e.g., on a spinet; Pianalyzer which displays volume, sustain, pitch, and inharmonicity of 16
partials for any note; converting to one of RCT's 57 built-in Historical Temperaments or creating
Class 4: Pitch Raising with Reyburn CyberTuner
Whether you use a laptop or Pocket PC, using RCT's automated pitch raise program, one quick pass (15 minutes) leaves most notes within a
cent or two for pitch raises of 50 cents or more. RCT auto-measures each note and auto-calculates its
overpull using each note's optimal overpull percentage from a custom chart. New feature: you
can now create, name, and save your own customized overpull percentages charts.
Class 5: Hybrid Tuning Combining Digital and Aural Techniques with RCT
Aural versus electronic tuning is the wrong question. The right answer is Hybrid tuning, which combines
aural and digital techniques to help you tune more efficiently, accurately, and profitably. We'll use
our ears and Reyburn CyberTuner to explore this concept, including when (and how) to stretch
more or less, tuning aftertouch, improving your stability and unison tuning, hearing how to choose a
low bass tuning partial, and more. Advanced RCT techniques demonstrated will include Custom EQ to preview
scale problems; Limits which automatically modifies a tuning based on scale deficiencies (eg, the accursed spinet);
Pianalyzer which displays volume, sustain,
pitch, and inharmonicity of 16 partials for any note; and converting to one
of RCT's 57 built-in Historical Temperaments or creating your own.
Class 6: Stability, Unisons and Tuning hammer technique
Unisons are the most hearable component of every tuning, if a unison is out of tune so is every interval of
that note. If a string moves tomorrow, it doesn't matter where you tune it today. Tolerance for unison error is
much tighter than any interval, even octaves. Stability and unisons greatly affect your chances of
earning a living as a pro tuner. We'll discuss and demostrate methods to achieve a more stable tuning
including both equipment and technique
Class 7: Aurally Troubleshooting the Midrange
Whether you tune aurally or electronically, you need to know how to hear, localize, and fix tuning errors
left over from your initial passes. Using aural techniques only, we'll demonstrate efficient troubleshooting
techniques to polish your tunings, such as interval prioritization, voting for the villain, and choosing the
best aural tests. This class is designed for all tuners who want to be faster and more accurate (i.e., everyone)
and should be especially useful for Associates who are preparing for the RPT Tuning Exam.
Class 8: Tuning Exam Prep
Are you worried about what goes on inside the Tuning Exam room? If so, this is your class. We'll explain: how
to practice for the exam using an ETD as a tutor, how to score yourself and how the examiners master tune the
exam piano. We'll cover exam time limits, detuning and the scoring procedures. We'll also show you some aural
verification techniques which are especially important to examinees using an electronic tuning device.
Note: Dean Reyburn, RPT is a CTE (Certified Tuning Examiner), advisor to the PTG Examinatiton and Test Standards
Committee, designated CTE trainer, and has taught the above Tuning Exam Prep class at seven National PTG
Convention Institutes held in June or July.
Class 9: Developing your Private Practice Piano Tuning & Repair business
A practical how-to business class. There are several stages of developement in a piano tuning & repair business,
we'll discuss practical methods for getting new business in the early stanges and maximizing your time and income
for mature businesses. How to quickly fill your tuning & repair schedule with full price paying customers which you
enjoy servicing. If you're not making $100,000 a year you need this class!
Class 10: Learning Aural Tuning for tuning device users.
Are you dependent on your tuning device? Want to learn aural tuning to pass the PTG exam? Do you have trouble verifying
your tuning device's decisions by ear on a piano? This class gives practical techniques and information to start you down
the road to learning aural tuning. This class will help with choosing an aural temperament sequence, aural interval rules of thumb,
coincidental partials, and aural error detection techniques are just some of the topics covered.
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