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!
Tolleson AZ is one of those interesting and independent type of places that is a superb example of the modern day expression of “Hangin’ in there!”
This city is surrounded completely by bigger places, but has maintained its own identity outside the umbrella of big-brother Phoenix and all its important places ever since it was first settled about 1912 by its namesake “W. G. Tolleson” from South Carolina.
Incorporated in 1929, it has kept “truckin’ on ” ever since, and even today its principal industrial identity involves trucks as a vital distribution center, hub for companies wishing to deliver products to southwestern markets. This is primarily due to its excellent location just south of the I-10 and the interchange with the new loop 101. The City of Tolleson hosts several large employers, including Sunland Beef, Kroger’s, Albertson’s, Salt River Project, and Sysco Food Systems. In addition to distribution and food, fiber and natural products, Tolleson has a strong manufacturing structure. Today it has about 5,000 residents and covers all of about 5 square miles!
Its website gives a vision statement:
“We will retain the foundation of our family oriented, friendly, small town atmosphere. We will support a positive, diverse growth environment that maintains and enriches the quality of life for everyone.”
And, it also talks of the area’s strong commitment to retain the foundation of a family oriented, friendly, small town atmosphere that supports a positive, diverse growth environment, and commitment to nurturing a healthy and hopeful environment, such as concern for their youth:
“Homeless youth is a fast-growing problem, but it is not a hopeless problem. Homeless Youth Connection grew out of a concern for these kids and their futures. HYC has been successful in creating awareness in the community and has been a catalyst in turning that awareness into positive action thanks to the generosity of local service clubs and corporations, local residents, faith-based organizations and city governments.”
This all sounds like what we wish America to be, don’t you think? It’s interesting that right here in Phoenix we have a real example of such genuine Americana!
Tolleson is sort of a center for my Workshop serving a group of other cities surrounding it, Litchfield Park, Goodyear and Estrella.
I have a number of clients out in these cities. Here are some places
that I have worked lately in this Workshop area:
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