I hold “workshops” on pianos and piano tuning wherever asked to do so, but also each of my owner service calls also includes an owner workshop about tuning and maintenance of their piano — information and instructions given to whatever length and extent they wish, lasting from a few minutes to an hour.
I provide these workshops because the more an owner knows about their piano, the better care they will take of it, and the more they will enjoy using it, and — very important — the more likely they will be to read my book [this website] “Piano Tuning Phoenix” and to tell other people about this book. It’s the only book available anywhere written in owner language, not technical language, that covers all aspects of acquiring and owning and maintaining a traditional physical acoustic piano. And, it’s FREE! Right here on the internet!
To the locals, “Phoenix” means ‘downtown’ or ‘central Phoenix area’.
In an area this big, the list of cities and places is not only long, but complicated and confusing — you can travel along and not pay good attention, and find that you have been through 4 or 5 cities and towns and didn’t even know it! The metropolitan Phoenix Valley area includes over four million people, and covers more than 5000 square miles; what is actually the city of “Phoenix” proper includes about 1.5 million folks and covers over 500 square miles.
To the US Postal Service and the rest of the world ‘Phoenix’ sort of means the huge Phoenix Valley and all the towns the area includes. This “valley” is more than 100 miles wide and 50 miles deep, before you reach serious mountain ranges and need to change directions and start climbing to get past them.
The collage to the right, and the panorama below suggest the world’s idea of what Phoenix AZ is all about. Picture lower left captures Central Avenue in 1908, center photos the downtown area in 2010, and right is Randy Johnson pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
And, naturally, Phoenix, Arizona is also my biggest Workshop —
There are a lot of pianos in this whopping Phoenix place!
This is me working on a Baldwin 6-foot grand piano in a Central
City of Phoenix recording studio —
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