Officers of the Connecticut Chaper
President: Rich Lindahl
Vice President: Jim Salvatore
Treasurer: Evan Dunnel, RPT
Secretary: Bill Ticehurst
Chapter Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Piano Technicians Guild Code of Ethics
In order to promote the highest standards of professional conduct of Piano Technicians Guild members, and to foster a relationship of trust between PTG members and their clients, this Code of Ethics constitutes the standards for which each member will be held accountable, and to which each member agrees upon joining PTG. (Link to PTG home Page)
1. I will act honorably and in a professional manner.
2. I will uphold the principles of honesty and integrity for which the Piano Technicians Guild stands.
3. I will represent my education, training, experience and area of expertise honestly and accurately.
4. I will uphold the Mission, Objectives and Principles of the Piano Technicians Guild.
5. I will render the best possible service under the circumstances, always keeping the best interests of my client in mind.
6. I will use the name and trademarks of the Piano Technicians Guild properly and will encourage others to do the same.
7. I will strive to upgrade my professional skills and I will encourage and help others to do the same.
8. I will promote good will towards my profession and towards the music industry.
9. I will engage only in business practices that are in accord with the antitrust guidelines as set forth by the Piano Technicians Guild.
History of the Piano Technicians Guild
Attempts to organize piano tuners and technicians began in Chicago during the Columbian Exposition of 1893 with the founding of the National Tuners Association. This organization was short-lived, as was a similar group founded in New York during 1904.
On January 9, 1910, a group of four technicians, Julian Elliott Diez, Albert Endress, Basil Britain Wilson and William Braid White, formed an organization known as the American Guild of Piano Tuners (AGPT). Its first meeting was in June of that year and attracted 50 technicians from around the United States. It continued to grow, reaching a membership of nearly 2,000 and was instrumental in the establishment of A-440 as standard pitch.
The AGPT changed its name in August 1917 during their convention to the National Association of Piano Tuners (NAPT). According to White, the NAPT began to disintegrate during the Depression. In 1941, seceding members formed yet another organization, the American Society of Piano Technicians (ASPT).
Both NAPT and ASPT continued to operate until 1957, when a committee of representatives from both organizations worked out details of a merger. The new organization became the Piano Technicians Guild. A commitment was made to promote the highest possible service and technical standards among piano tuners and technicians.
The earliest technical publication for piano tuners was issued by Sumner L. Bales as The Tuner's Magazine in January 1913. This monthly magazine soon became the official AGPT publication. Both NAPT and ASPT continued to publish technical journals until the merger, when they were combined into The Piano Technicians Journal. The Journal is now published monthly from PTG's Home Office in Kansas City and features articles on tuning, repair, refinishing and restoration of pianos.