The Sounds of Silence for Piano Tuners

Submitted by Mark Larin Muting strings is something that occupies many of our movements throughout a tuning, and indeed our career, so it makes sense that we give it our attention occasionally. While the brunt of our focus is on what we hear, muting deals with the complementary field of ‘what we don’t hear.’ Without…

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…

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…

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…

Two of the Hats That We Wear

Mark Larin spoke of how those of us that are self-employed, wear the ‘hats’ of employer (Boss) and employee. He asked how we would rate ourselves as employees from the Boss’ perspective. With the assumption that most folks would get positive ratings, he asked how we would do in a performance-review that asked how well…

A Pension Option Opens Up!

Mark Larin hosted the first presentation which saw Robin Moir, a representative from Ottawa’s chapter of the American Music Association’s administration team, Skyped-in. The focus of the presentation was to forge some new ground! The Ottawa-Gatineau chapter had made provisions to include Instrument Technicians into the categories that members might join the AFM, and this…