The Piano Technicians Guild, Inc. is the largest non-profit
organization serving piano tuners, technicians, and craftsmen
throughout the world.  Formed in 1957 by the merger of the American
Society of Piano Technicians and the National Association of  Piano
Tuners, the Guild was organized to promote the highest possible
service and technical standards among piano tuners and technicians.
The Washington DC Chapter was the first chapter in the Piano
Technicians Guild (PTG).  We have approximately 70 members in our chapter and over half of our members are Registered Piano Technicians. A Registered Piano Technician (RPT) is a piano technician who has passed a series of rigorous tests given by the
Chapter Board Members 2017-2018
Vice President:
Past President:
Robin Olson
Michael Travis
David Lamoreaux
Steve Jones
Frank Cahill
John Becker
Mary Beth Tawes
The Piano Technicians Guild website can be found at
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Regular chapter meetings include both a Business Meeting and a Technical Presentation.
Usually the Chapter provides light food and beverages during the meeting.

We welcome guests who may be interested in joining our chapter!

Regular chapter meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month,
August - November
and February - May


Monday, May 14,


Steinway Gallery
111611 Old Georgetown Rd
Rockville, MD 20852

Technical: Elements of Stability and Longevity in Modern Grand Piano Design & Construction
Tom Wright, RPT


Tom Wright, RPT will present a class he calls “Elements of Stability and Longevity
in the Design and Construction of the Modern Grand Piano.” His focus will be on
critical details of materials and design features of the stringing components, and
of soundboard and bridge components found in modern pianos. He hopes to
help both the piano technician and rebuilder be able to further identify and
utilize or appreciate well-functioning materials, construction processes
and design elements. As an example, he will consider tuning pins. Tuning
pins made around the world today have different characteristics which
substantially influence piano tuning, tuning stability and longevity of tuning
pin torque. Tom will talk about his personal experiences in the field as
well as experimentation in the shop with two different kind of tuning pins,
including long-term follow-up of his own rebuilt pianos, which allowed
him to gather further information and to reach conclusions.

RPT Michael Travis will be available from 3:00 PM on for
Associates without prior appointment to take the PTG Written
Exam, the gateway for eligibility to take the Tuning and
Technicial Exams required to obtain RPT status.


                                               3:00-5:00 PM     PTG Written Exam Opportunity
                                               5:00 PM               Food and Conversation
                                               6:00 PM:             Business Meeting and Break
                                               7:00`PM:            Technical Presentation



The Piano Technicians Guild
Chapter 201 - Washington, DC