February 2023

Greetings to Our New Members
If you're reading a PTG member e-newsletter for the first time, welcome! If you need anything, please get in touch with your chapter president, Regional Vice President, or the PTG Home Office. Be sure to check out some of the great benefits of PTG membership. To all members, check out the list of new members in each month's Journal and see who's new in your area.
2023 PTG Convention & Technical Institute
July 26 - 29 | Arlington, VA
Visit convention.ptg.org for
updates and new items.

Registration Scheduled to Open March 1
We’ll be welcoming international visitors from other piano technician associations around the world to join us in Institute classes and other convention events.
PTG Academy Announces Spring Class March 24-25, Kansas City
Polyester & Lacquer Finish Touch Up Academy
Come spend two full days at the PTG Home Office with Mike Ello, RPT. Learn the secrets of how to perform professional repair and touch up to damaged polyester or lacquer finished pianos. Hands-on and small group. Whether you wish to be totally safe touching up edges, light scratches, and small defects, or you are ambitious enough to take on a lacquer or polyester fill repair, discover how you can add more income to your service calls. This class is also a great opportunity for those who work in piano moving or sales. More info and registration link at my.ptg.org/touchup/home.
2023 Winter Board Update
Watch your regional community at my.ptg.org for a newsletter from your RVP with an overview of the Board meeting actions. Read about bylaws and policy changes, new projects, exam updates and more.
Interested in taking the RPT Written Exam?
The written exam is taken online. The RPT sponsor should contact the Written Exam at writtenexam@ptg.org to set up a written exam. Only the English version is available at this time. The fee for the written exam is $25. Purchase a written exam voucher in the PTG Store. Select RPT Exam Voucher from the Categories list, then select Written Exam Fee. You'll receive your voucher purchase confirmation via email. Your order # will be proof of purchase. Your exam purchase information is automatically forwarded to the written exam committee, so you don't need to submit that information when you request your exam.
Free Money (some conditions apply)
Chapter Marketing Grant | Congratulations to both the Detroit/Windsor chapter and the Central Illinois chapter for being the most current recipients of a PTG Chapter Marketing Grant. PTG provides these funds to promote local chapter members and PTG through local marketing activities. Funds can be used for program ads, exhibit booths, giveaways, event sponsorship, and more. Download an application and guidelines.
RPT Exam Grants Program | Congratulation are also in order to both the Midwest Regional Conference and the South Central Regional Conference as both recently were awarded exam grants. Any chapter, RCO or Area Exam Board is eligible to apply for funding to assist existing programs or establish new programs for delivery of RPT exam opportunities. Download an application and guidelines.
What's in the February 2023 Journal?
  • The Practical Technician Sets the Damper Stop Rail
  • The Problem of Short Pianos, Part 1
  • TT&T
The Piano Technicians Journal is always available 24-7. Read the February issue here.
Attend NAMM 2023
NAMM and the PTG have again partnered to offer members a free registration to the April 13-15, 2023 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. Here’s how it works:
  • You must be a PTG member.
  • You MUST send an e-mail to shawn@ptg.org with your complete name and e-mail address by March 15, 2023. Please include NAMM NAME BADGE REQUEST in the subject line.
  • That e-mail address will be shared with NAMM. You will receive an e-mail from NAMM with further instructions on how to complete the registration process. Once complete, you will receive confirmation from NAMM that your badge awaits you.
If you make it to the show, please make sure and say hello at the PTG booth. More information about the NAMM show is available at www.namm.org/thenammshow/attend.
Deadline Calendar
Bylaws Proposal RFAs are due – 5/19/2023bylaws@ptg.org. The Bylaws Committee will also review Organization Policy RFAs if you'd like their feedback. Use the downloadable RFA form found in the Forms & Documents library in the Members Area at www.ptg.org.

All Reports and RFAs not sent to the Bylaws Committee are due – 6/8/2023 – Barbara Cassaday, barbara@ptg.org. Use the downloadable RFA and committee report forms found in the Forms & Documents library in the Members Area at www.ptg.org.
PTG Green Initiative
As adopted in 2005, the Council Book of Resolutions states, "Home Office and PTG membership shall be environmentally aware." Over the last few years, the HO has been working towards eliminating the printing and mailing of such things as newsletters, supplements, invoices, and monthly statements. Please update your profile online or contact the HO if we do not have your current contact information. Find My Portal under PTG Members and click on your picture or the person image in the upper right hand corner to edit your profle.