2016 Annual CAPT / ACAP National Convention

ARCHIVED …  CAPT/ACAP NATIONAL CONVENTION May 26 – 29, 2016 held at (UBC) Vancouver Campus Vancouver, BC. Convention Agenda   Exhibitors Jurgen Goering – Piano Forte Supply Christian Bolduc – Pianos Bolduc Melanie Brooks – Brooks LTD Rick Studd – Dampp Chaser Convention Supporters: CAPT/ACAP appreciates the generous donation of the use of a Yamaha grand piano…

The Papp Mute

Submitted by Ted Sambell The Papp mute is a familiar tool to piano technicians in Canada and the USA today, though its use is far from universal. When I arrived from the UK in 1949 I found it was completely unknown. The usual mutes were rubber with wire handles, while the factory tuners at Heintzman and…

A Rare Opportunity!

A Bolduc Factory Tour Plus A Live Demonstration of Pinblock Removal and Replacement submitted by Mark Larin At the Quebec City conference, we chartered a comfortable bus to bring everyone on a one-hour trip that was to begin a lesson of a lifetime for most or us. We were going to spend the day with…

Oliver Esmonde-White’s Klavier Roller and more!

Submitted by Mark Larin We were treated to an exhibition of the ONLY Klavier Roller in all of North America during our 2015 CAPT/ACAP convention at Laval University in Quebec City. Oliver made the debut by having the Klavier Roller enter the building by climbing the two flights of stairs in the center of the…

Projects 2015

A Followup to Convention 2015 (Quebec City) submitted by Ron Giesbrecht During the recent annual CAPT/ACAP convention and AGM held in Quebec City technicians interacted in many ways including great educational sessions, a tour of a world-class sawmill and production facility specializing in manufacturing high-quality soundboards and pinblocks, and opportunities for interaction between the registrants. Although piano…

2015 Annual CAPT / ACAP National Convention

2015 Annual CAPT / ACAP National Convention Dates: May 28 – 31, 2015 (ARCHIVE) Location: Quebec City Venues: Laval University in the Pollack-Desjardins Building (Rooms #2320 and #2326) at 2305, Rue de L’Université, G1V 0A6 and a chartered bus to Bolduc’s Saw Mill and Bolduc’s Piano Rebuilding Factory Presenters: Christian Bolduc will host a visit…

A New Format for Unisonus

Welcome to a new format of distribution for Unisonus! With the launch of the new UNISONUS.CA website we are now able to share and archive new Unisonus articles as on-line posts as they become available. No more waiting until an entire edition is complete before receiving articles! We are also providing for comments on Unisonus…

Safety First!

Mark Larin spoke once again about the ‘Two Hats’ that we wear. With this, he asked how good of a Boss we are. Firstly, noting that our Bosses have funded our trip to BC to learn more from presenters, we might consider that our Bosses are well invested in our advancement. Our Bosses are likely…

Owen’s Tool: ‘The Third Hand’

Owen Greyling introduced a tool that he had seen somewhere beforehand that helps aural, electronic and hybrid tuners. (Hybrid tuning refers to ways that folks integrate both aural and electronic tuning into their work.) Owen had constructed this handy little tool from brass. It’s called the ‘Third Hand’ and it allows you to tune and…

An Introduction to Electronic Tuning

For aural tuners, Mark Larin described a few terms of reference that are used readily in electronic tuning that would be very helpful for someone to know when beginning to explore electronic tuning. The first of these terms is ‘cents.’ Simply put, Mark noted that ‘cents’ represent which ‘percent’ of the distance a note might…