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Meeting Sept 28, 2017 7:00 pm Mike Chau’s

Hello there, fellow Piano Technicians

The Summer has just evaporated and we missed the hurricanes with our pianos intact!

The new season is upon us and it’s time to talk about pianos.

Here are the details for the upcoming OGPT Meeting


DATE:          THURS SEPT 28th  @  7:30 PM



PHONE:      (905)  738-7887

TOPIC:         MICHAEL will provide a presentation and demonstration of BASS BRIDGES



Older Posts » CAPT/ ACAP National Convention 2017 in Toronto

The Canadian Association of Piano Technicians will be holding their national convention in Toronto this year.

The Convention be held from the evening of June 8 to Saturday June 10.  They have kindly offered a discount for paid OGPT members and an an additional early bird savings for bookings made before may 15.

For registration and information head to the CAPT’s website : unisonus.ca

Thanks to CAPT!

Older Posts » Meeting: Wed May 10 2017, 7:00pm in London, On

Hello everyone

Hope you are keeping dry through all this wet weather.

We have a meeting planned for next week at Rob Colebrook’s store in London.
Here are the details:

DATE / TIME:  WED MAY 10  at  7:00 PM

LOCATION:     1131 Gainsborough Road London, On. N6H 5L5

TOPIC:        Rob will discuss the Kawai Millenial III  Action using composite parts.
and compare between carbon fiber and conventional components.

RSVP Please to  Stephen King  email:  nsking@primus.ca

DIRECTIONS:   Hwy 401 to HWY 402
Take Exit 98 on Hwy 402 onto Colonel Talbot Rd
North on Colonel Talbot Rd to Commissioners Rd
Left turn on Commissioners Rd
Right turn on Oxford St W
Left turn on Hyde Park Rd
Left turn on Gainsborough Rd to Rob’s shop.

Older Posts » Details for OGPT meeting Wed Nov 30, 730pm

Here are the particulars for the next OGPT meeting
DATE / TIME:        WED NOV 30 2016    7:30 PM
905 738-7887

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TOPIC:                  Ron will cover issues that develop in pianos when they become worn and no longer met manufacturer / factory
specification.  Areas to check, and adjust will be discussed, in order to maintain good working order.

Please RSVP.

Stephen King
Secretary, OGPT

Since evening traffic is difficult to get to Mike’s place, there are several places nearby, including Vaughan Mills Mall if you want to
make arrangements to go travel earlier and have dinner before the meeting.

Older Posts » Details meeting Oct 26, 2016

Hello all,

Wednesday Oct 26 at 7:30pm

At Robert Lowrey’s Piano Experts.  (click here for directions)

We thank Paul Hansen for hosting us on behalf of RLPE.

The first topic will be manufacturers requirements. It is always best for a new piano to be regulated to the manufacturer’s clearance requirements.  Kirk Shibley will discuss this topic and discuss issues that may come up even though the piano is new.

As always, our group is about sharing information, so if anyone has experience with this, we would be happy to hear from you.

The second follow up topic will be in November and will discuss what happens to these close clearances as a piano ages and how to deal with regulation requirements on an older instrument. Ron Giesbrecht will trace what happens over time.


We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday.

Kathy Normandeau, ORMTA OGPT

Piano Technician

(416) 518-8897


Older Posts » Details for April 30 Meeting 7:30pm

Hello everyone

Just a reminder about the upcoming OGPT Meeting.

Time: Thursday, April 30 7:30pm

Address: 1620 Dellbrook Ave, Pickering ONT, L1X 2M7 – Brock Road, north of Finch Ave.

Speaker: Wayne Ferguson

Topic: Master Tuner Wayne Ferguson will speak about his trip to China, and to further our previous discussion on European piano factories. Wayne has agreed to share his experiences in Asia.


Stephen King

OGPT Secretary

Older Posts » Details for Feb 26, 2015 Meeting

DATE: Thurs Feb 26th 2015

TIME: 7:00 PM


Meeting to be held in the Merchants of Green Coffee Cafe.

Hello OGPT Members,

Hope everyone is keeping busy with piano work, and staying warm during winter.

Kirk Shibley will be hosting the meeting at The Merchants of Green Coffee Cafe – Business meeting followed by a presentation by Kathy Normandeau.

TOPIC : Kathy will lead a Discussion of Piano Manufacturers Factory Contrasts and Similarities i.e. Bosendorfer vs. Schimmel

A short time will be set aside to cover business items before the presentation begins.

Bring your questions.

We Look forward to seeing you!!

Older Posts » Meeting: Thursday Nov 6, 2014, 7:00pm

Meeting Location :  Mike Chau’s Piano Emporium

80 Bass Pro Mills rd, Unit 16

Mike will be demonstrating pinblock installation techniques and materials.  Mike’s vast experience always make for informative seminars.







Older Posts » Meeting Thursday Sept 25, 2014, 7:30pm

I hope that everyone had a productive summer. (But enough time to enjoy the great weather!)

Our next meeting is out of the ordinary and will be at a private residence so space is limited and an RSVP is required.

When you reply I will forward the exact location. It proves to be an excellent learning event as I am sure many of you are not familiar with custom designing a keyboard.

Please respond early.

Date: Sept 25th 7:30pm

Location:             Between Hurontario and Mavis, south of Brittania in Mississauga


Topic: Wayne Ferguson, will discuss the design and construction of keyboards.

Steinbuhler & Company manufactures reduced-size piano keyboards (with narrower keys, grand/upright) for pianists with small hands. These keyboards provide many benefits to small-handed pianists, including wider interval stretch, better ergonomics in playing, less hand strain, increased power of playing and better tone

Wayne will showcase two DS-5.5 keyboards (octave width 7/8 of conventional size) and actions built for a Yamaha C2 and Schimmel K189 grand pianos. The design and construction of the keyboards, in particular the brace and key turn built for ensuring adequate key strength and the key-levelling plates, will be examined. The piano measurements that are necessary for custom making a keyboard will be briefly described.

Don’t miss this if you can make it.

All the best from the OGPT,

Kathy Normandeau, OGPT President, (416) 518-8897

Older Posts » AGM Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 7:00opm at The Old Mill York Room

Hello everyone,

Once again its time for  our Annual General  Meeting.  It will again be held at the  Old Mill York Room..   Coffee and snacks will be served.   This will be open to all members of the OGPT.

The Old Mill is locaded at 21 Old Mill Rd, Toronto, ON.

Elections will be held for Secretary and President and other portfolios.

It is just north of Bloor St on the west bank of the Humber River. Parking is free.

Kirk Shibley

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