I have heard it said that what you were doing at 10 years old indicates what you will enjoy doing for your entire life. Well, at 10 I was playing the piano, and building model cars. What do model cars have to do with pianos? I enjoyed working with my hands to build intricate little moving parts. Putting together a precision model suspension system for a 1/24 size Corvette (complete with springs and a steering tie-rod) is similar to putting together a piano action. Everything must be carefully adjusted for it to work correctly.
Between then and now I went down a few other roads before landing at piano tuning. I went to Miami University and have a degree in Physics. Then I did graduate work at Pennsylvania State University. At the same time I was playing bass in a rock band, which may be the most fun I have ever had.
I worked in research and engineering, including a job working for a NASA contractor at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Most recently I worked as a software engineer for a manufacturer of industrial equipment.
In 2005 I joined the Columbus Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild. I met, and had the opportunity to work with, a very experienced technician and rebuilder. I have been continually learning since then -- from PTG seminars and from my colleagues here in Columbus who are generous with their time and knowledge.
I have also learned about tuning and servicing harpsichords and similar early keyboard instruments.
In addition to playing and working on pianos, I continue to do software engineering as a consultant, play my piano, sing with the First Congregational Church Choir, refinish furniture, garden, yoga, read nerdy books, and even play the old bass once in a while.
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