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I’m back! After a long hiatus, I am back at my desk and behind the camera, making more eBooks and YouTube videos. In order to complete my goals of producing the Piano Technician Tutorials, (as seen on my webpage) I have semi-retired. That basically means less work out of town. It has been nearly impossible to carry a full-time schedule of piano tunings, music store work, etc., and dedicate the many hours necessary to produce more eBooks. 

My goal is to publish many more eBooks this year, including finishing the “Five Pillars of Piano Technology, as well as many of the Essential Skills tutorials. I’m encouraged by the many emails from all over the world that thank me and ask for more! 

A shout out to all my Swiss, South African, and now many South American subscribers!) Please let me know how I can help you. Some translations are in the works, but first, I must finish the English versions. As you know, I answer each and every email, so don’t hesitate to ask for help

Tools and Tips

This month I’m attaching two small pamphlets from Yamaha USA that I found in my files. They are currently out of print, and rather hard to find. I called Yamaha and they sent me the PDF files (attached) with permission to send them to whomever I’d wish. They are both written by LaRoy Edwards and the Yamaha team. LaRoy is one of the greatest piano technicians of our time, and a dear friend and mentor to many of us.

While the concepts in the pamphlets may seem all too general and simplistic, they contain a wealth of information and a few unique concepts you’ll see nowhere else. The Aftertouch pamphlet has graphs that depict how the piano key rises, and at what point the various things happen along the way. It then shows what happens to aftertouch as these aspects of regulation are changed. For instance, what happens to aftertouch when hammer travel (blow distance) is increased, or decreased? Or, if key travel (dip), or letoff is changed? Study them and you may discover things that you haven’t considered about aftertouch. There is a whole video on this, but it is in VHS format so I’m not able to get this to you. It is also out of print, but I’m hoping to get permission to pass it along to you someday.

The Secrets of “Piano Performance”: Preparation is deceptively short, yet contains the essence of how Yamaha trained technicians assess aftertouch and the overall condition of a grand regulation. I have used these methods for many years now. In mere seconds the technician can test the basic touch/regulation of the action by pressing down to the “shelf” and determine how firm it is, or whether there are discrepancies between keys. 

 Later the “Bounce Test” is described, which is how to evaluate drop. Don’t brush aside this concept! By using this uniquely Yamaha technique you can refine drop in a matter of minutes! This adds an element of evenness to the regulation that fine pianists will appreciate. Add this to your “toolbox of tricks” and it will be one more thing to help you become the favorite technician of discerning pianists. JB

Your Questions Answered

One of my readers asked me to explain more about the Aftertouch. This week I’m adding a new video to YouTube which explains more about Aftertouch Evaluation Tricks. I’m puting it in this newsletter as well, for those of you who don’t subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Aftertouch Evaluation Tricks


The latest eBook Dampers Complete was released last summer, and soon I will have the first update. As always, if you purchased Dampers Complete or any PTT eBooks, the update is free. Remember, unlike a hard copy of a book, eBooks can be upgraded as needed and buyers will receive those updates for free.

Scheduled release dates

I have had many requests for an eBook on piano touchweight, and so that is my next endeavor. Stay tuned!


Jim Busby

Jim Busby has worked as a concert technician for Snow College in Utah, for over 26 years, and simultaneously at Brigham Young University for the last 13 years. Receiving extensive training from Yamaha, Steinway and Kawai has given Jim a unique perspective that few technicians have been afforded.

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The mission of the Piano Technician Tutorials is to bring accurate information to technicians in a way that is: 

Affordable: We keep our prices low.
Portable: Carry it on your iPhone or iPad.
Dynamic: Continually being updated, and updates are sent out for free!

Pesented by Jim Busby, RPT, Utah Valley Chapter
Jim is continually seeking for new and better ways to teach “The Art and Science of Piano Tuning and Technology” to others.

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