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It is with great pleasure that I invite you to “A Grand Adventure”, the 18th APTTA Convention and Expo in Melbourne, hosted by the Piano Tuners and Technicians Guild of Victoria. The convention will run from the 17th – 20th October 2019 at Hyatt Place in Essendon Fields, Melbourne.
It has been 18 years since the convention was held in Melbourne, so with much anticipation and hard work, the PTTGV will be offering a wonderful program with technical presentations and social events for everyone’s enjoyment.

The 2019 convention will:

• Present learning opportunities for all piano technicians of all abilities.
• Showcase technology, foster skill development, and provide strategies to enable the ongoing success of the profession into the future.
• Promote the Australian Piano Tuners and Technicians Association in a positive and inviting way for closer industry connection.

The convention’s aim and focus will be to:

• Create opportunities for technicians of all abilities including hobbyists, restorers and professionals.
• Provide education, showcase our field, and create an opportunity for the general public to become more familiar with our range of connected industries.
• Provide access to resources and product information via a trade display, while sharing ideas and connecting members of our industry.
• Showcase new technology and strategies in accordance with like-minded industries such as manufacturers, to promote future development.
• Promote, educate and work with members of the music industry such as VMTA, AMA and AMEB corporations.
• Bring together like-minded industries and groups to encourage future involvement in APTTA conventions.

Please join us in making this Convention and Piano Expo the best it can possibly be. We think the piano industry is a fantastic adventure, with great people connecting it.

I invite you to join us in Melbourne for “A Grand Adventure”.


Yours sincerely,
Bradley Saul
Hon. President PTTG Victoria




Bradley Saul – President
Ben Briggs – Vice President
Bryce Clark – Secretary
Jonathan Parise – Treasurer
Brent Ottley – Committee
Julian Morgan-Smith – Committee
Christine McCrae – Committee

Registration closing dates
Early bird closes: Wednesday 31st July 2019
Regular registration closes: Friday 20th September 2019

Registration desk opens: Thursday 17th October 2019
Lectures and technical program: Friday 18th – Sunday 20th October 2019
Piano Expo: Saturday 19th October 2019

Welcome Reception: Thursday 17 October 2019
Dinner at Copacabana International, Brazilian Restaurant: Friday 18th October 2019
Gala Dinner at Goona Warra Winery: Saturday 19th October 2019




Piano Expo


The 2019 APTTA Convention hosted by the Piano Tuners & Technicians Guild of Victoria, will open its Piano Expo to the public on Saturday 19th October 2019 between 12:00pm and 3:00pm. Come and participate to be in the draw to win a new Piano!

A wonderful opportunity for teachers, parents, students and piano lovers of all ages to come and see a wonderful range of pianos on display from multiple manufacturers in one easy location. Supported by members of the Piano Tuners and Technicians Guild of Victoria.

The Piano Expo will be held at the Australian Events Centre (Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields) with plenty of parking and easy access from the freeway. If you love pianos, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to come along and speak directly with the experts before choosing the piano that’s right for you.


Amey Piano Works
Australia Piano World
Australian Piano Warehouse
Bernies Music Land
Parke Piano Strings and Materials



The APTTA 2019 Convention committee acknowledges the valuable contribution of the
2019 sponsors and exhibitors. Special thanks to our Platinum Sponsor Piano World Australia.

Platinum Sponsor Gold Sponsors

• Piano Tuners and Technicians
• Australian Music Industry Representatives
• Music Teachers and Educators
• General Public

• An exciting lecture program with presentations by key industry technicians.
• Piano Expo open to the public.
• Social functions including:
  • Welcome reception.
  • Dinner at Copacabana International Brazilian Restaurant with famed Brazilian meats on the menu, drinks and live show entertainment.
• Gala dinner – Goona Warra Winery with fine wine, food, entertainment and more.
• Tour and partners program.

The convention and Piano Expo will be held in the Hyatt Place Convention and Exhibition Centre in Essendon Fields. The centre is a short distance from the airport, close to Keilor Road shopping precinct with a wide range of restaurants, shops and much more. The hotel is waking distance to the Airport West tram which goes into the Melbourne Central Business district.


The APTTA 2019 Convention committee acknowledges the valuable contribution of the
2019 sponsors and exhibitors.

Piano and Lanyard Sponsors
David Amey

Mr David Amey (AUS)

Fitting grand, upright and digital Amey piano cradles After many years of designing and manufacturing ,what I believe are the best cradles you can purchase to enable even the weakest of people to move pianos with ease, many added upgrades incorporated such as stability screws and quality wheels also 100% build in Australia using Australia businesses.

Timothy Barnes

Mr Timothy Barnes (USA)

Gazelle ‑ All‑In‑One‑Business‑Management‑Software for Piano Technicians.

Gazelle’s all‑in‑one business management software will transform your piano service business. This new technology will help you save time & wow your customers. No more phone calls, no long email chains trying to find a time that works. Just intelligent automation provided by Gazelle.

And Gazelle ‑ Maximize Your Business Geared towards young businesses and new piano technicians, this class demonstrates how Gazelle helps you build & maximize your piano service business. We will cover marketing,
managing your business on the go, and things you can do to easily increase your revenue this coming year.

Christopher Brown

Mr Christopher Brown (USA)

Session 1: Overview of the Grandwork System of grand regulating and introduction to the parts and functions of the Regulation Station. This includes the Keysteps Sampling Kit, the Custom Keybed, the Regulating Rack with Templates, the Squaring Platform with Shank Traveler and Hammer Square, and the String Height Gauge.
Session 2: Description of bedding and sampling procedures in the piano and their application in setting up the Regulation Station for accurate regulating. Also covered are: setting up the Regulating Rack, Squaring Platform, and String Height Gauge, including recording the hammer spacing scale and strike heights.
Session 3: Discussion and demonstration of traveling and squaring hammers to vertical. Also, hanging custom-bored hammers to be vertical at strike and the significance of this to regulation and voicing. And finally, preparing the piano’s wire and mating it at strike to the vertical hammers.
Session 4: Regulating at the Regulation Station: key leveling, squaring, and spacing, regulation samples, dip, backchecks, springs, jacks to knuckles, winking, hammer line, letoff, drop, and aftertouch. How the tools and protocols integrate to make these steps fast and easy. Then the action goes back to the piano and fits! Photoplayer restoration. And Pianola tips for easier rebuilds and better materials for the perfect results.

Les Davies and Bradley Saul

Mr Les Davies & Mr Bradley Saul (AUS)

Helpful Hints For The Tired And Neglected. We all come across pianos that are very old, not working properly and have not been tuned for many years. Les’s experience in this field is vast and he will be happy to share his experiences, short cuts, tricks of the trade etc. On pianos and player pianos.

Luca Fazioli

Mr Luca Fazioli (ITA)

Outlook into the unique FAZIOLI manufacturing process.  The discussion will include an overview of crucial technical features, with a special focus on soundboard, use of different woods and materials, combination of artisan skills and the most advanced technologies, continuous commitment to scientific research, new patents and much more.

Kevin Hanna and Nathan Smith

Mr Kevin Hanna & Mr Nathan Smith (NZ)

Restoring unique instruments.

Recent Wurlitzer orchestral pianola restoration and Pianola - tips for easier rebuilds and better materials for the perfect results.

Nils Hasse and Lothar Kiesche

Mr Nils Hasse and Lothar Kiesche (Germany)

Variety instead of monoculture of sound
Nils Hasse will give a short introduction into the current status of what we call “monoculture of sound” and what Schimmel does to break this fossilised world to bring more variety into today

Voicing Masterclass
Part 1 and 2: There exists various ideas about piano sound just like there are various methods to voice an instrument accordingly. The seminar is designed to introduce into general knowledge about voicing and to demonstrate Schimmel´s philoshopy of sound and how to voice instruments accordingly. The seminar starts with a presentation (theory) and will be followed by a "hands on" part, where Nils Hasse demonstrates Schimmel´s way of voicing and where participants can try themself on a Schimmel grand piano.

David Jenkin

Mr David Jenkin (NZ)

“After the ETD”. Aural tuning skills in the age of the ETD
A re-visiting of traditional aural and dextrous skills plus some insights and new skills necessary to tune well in the age of the ETD.

Ron Overs

Mr Ron Overs ( AUS )

The newly completed upright piano by Ron Overs.
Made for the 21st century piano player.

Randi Potter

Miss Randi Potter (USA)

New methods in training for starter tuners.
How to help others become associated with our industry.

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan (AUS)

How to choose the correct replacement parts
Michael will demonstrate to participants how to calculate new replacement parts for old pianos using action geometry.

Paul Tunzi

Mr Paul Tunzi (AUS)

Working with the benefits of the Churchill Fellowship

Rob Walker

Mr Rob Walker (AUS)

An Overview of the Australian Piano Market.

Christopher Whelan

Mr Christopher Whelan (AUS)

Piano Vermin, Finishes, Dusts, Poisons and your Wellbeing
Chris will be looking at the ramifications of Rats Mice Insects as well as Lacquers, Polyesters and Dusts distributed and generated within the piano.

Randall Woltz

Mr Randall Woltz (USA)

Action Centers
This class discusses the importance of action centres in the piano-centre pins, re-bushing, repair, reaming-on all types of pianos. Many detailed pictures will be shown and you will see the world’s largest Flange.

Dr Li Zhi Yeoh

Dr Li Zhi Yeoh ( USA )

Building your ability to be a better Technician.



A Grand Adventure



06:00am - 03:00pm Exhibition piano Bump-In and tune
08:00am - 10:00am APTTA Executive Meeting Rm: Boardroom
10:00am - 12:00pm Examination Board Meeting Rm: Boardroom
12:00pm - 1:00pm Executive Lunch (Location to be determined)
01:00pm - 03:00pm Registration open Rm: Prefunction 3
03:00pm - 05:30pm APTTA Annual General Meeting Rm: Stateroom
05:30pm - 06:00pm Free Time
06:30pm - 08:30pm Official Exhibition opening - Welcome Reception Cocktail

Disclaimer: This program has been prepared for PTTGV. The Committee reserves the right to make changes to its contents as it sees fit. Copyright PTTGV 2019


Friday Saturday Sunday
Schimmel Pianos



Welcome Reception (Optional)
Thursday 17th October 2019
Cost: AUD $55 per head inc. GST.
Venue: Hyatt Place
Includes: Finger food, hot fork dishes and 1 hour drinks package

Dinner at Copacabana International Restaurant (optional)
Friday 18th October 2019, 7:00 pm
Cost: AUD $80 per head inc. GST.
Children’s rate: $40 for ages between 4 and 12 years old (must be
accompanied by an adult)
Includes: Return coach transfers to and from Hyatt Place, traditional Brazilian
BBQ Grill offering 7 choices of meat, buffet of salads, hot dishes, desserts,
drinks package, entertainment with live Latin band, Latin floorshow and DJ.
Dress code: Smart casual

Goona Warra Winery Formal Dinner (Optional)
Saturday 19th October 2019, 7:00 pm
Cost: $110 per head inc. GST.
Includes: Return coach transfer to Goona Warra Winery, 3 course meal including entrée, main, dessert, freshly brewed tea and coffee, Goona Warra drinks package and entertainment.
Dress code: Lounge suit


All fees are inclusive of GST and are in Australian dollars
Early Bird Registration: Closes Wednesday 31st July 2019
Guild Member AUD$495
Non Member AUD$594

Regular Registration: Closes Friday 20th September 2019
Guild Member AUD$550
Non Member AUD$660
Trainee AUD$330

APTTA Membership
For enquiries regarding membership please visit http://www.pianotuners.asn.au

Registration closing dates
Early-bird – 31st July 2019
Regular registration – 20th September 2019


• More than 30 days prior to convention - $110 administration fee.
• No refunds after Friday 20 September 2019 (substitute participant accepted).
• Substitute participants welcome even prior to 20 September 2019.
• Changes and/or cancellations for registration bookings must be made in writing and sent to A.M. Meetings Plus P/L by email to aptta19@ammp.com.au
• Changes and cancellations to hotel bookings are subject to group booking conditions at the venue’s discretion.


A.M. Meetings Plus Pty Ltd
PO Box 16 Ascot Vale VIC 3032 Australia
Phone: + 61 (0)3 9372 7182
Mobile: (+61) 0412 352 300
Email: aptta19@ammp.com.au

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Hyatt Place Hotel

Address:  1 English St, Essendon Fields, Melbourne


Room options – all rates are per room per night only

Standard King Room


Mountain View King Room


City View King Room


2 x Queen bed Room Standard



Accommodation Inclusions

Guestroom rate includes Free breakfast and Wi-Fi

Check-in time from 1500 hrs and check-out time is 12 noon


Bookings made on the Convention registration forms including electronic are part of a group block booking with the hotel. Block bookings are made on behalf of Convention delegates to ensure availability of accommodation during the convention and to reduce the impact of price fluctuations which occur during major events.
Block bookings are subject to different terms and conditions to regular individual bookings. For this reason full payment is required in advance and all changes or cancellations to bookings MUST be made in writing to A.M. Meetings Plus and NOT to the hotel directly. Cancellations to group bookings are at the discretion of the hotel and are subject to group booking conditions.

1. Rates are available by booking on the convention registration form only or securely using the register on-line link at
2. Full payment in advance is required (see terms and conditions).
3. Bookings are strictly subject to availability and early reservations are recommended.
4. Changes and cancellations MUST be made in writing to A.M. Meetings Plus on aptta19@ammp.com.au and not directly to the hotel.
5. If your changes incur additional costs, please include your written authorisation to charge the card already provided for the balance.
6. Please note that ‘no shows’ or cancellations in full or partial may be subject to penalties at the discretion of the venue and may not be eligible for a refund.
7. All rates listed are in Australian dollars and are inclusive of the 10% Australian Goods and Services Tax.
8. Check your personal itinerary for check in and out times. Earlier and/or later check in/out will be at the discretion of the venue and may be subject to additional fees.
9. Tax invoices and personal itineraries will be issued on receipt of your booking and once full payment has been processed.
10. Room rate includes free breakfast and Wi-Fi
11. Note that disbursements and other expenses must be paid directly to the hotel prior to departure.
12. A credit card imprint may be required on check in for disbursements and other hotel expenses.


Spring in Melbourne (September – November)
The Spring average temperatures in Melbourne range from 9.6 - 19.6°C (49.3 - 67.3°F). The weather is the most variable than at other times of the year, and weather can change quickly from calm and sunny to cold and windy. Pack your umbrella – October is the wettest month with roughly 10 days of rainfall.

Getting to Melbourne
International travellers
Melbourne Airport is serviced by around 30 international airlines, and is just a 25 minute drive from the city. Direct flights to Melbourne are available from London, North America Ex Los Angeles or Ex New York/Toronto. From New Zealand, fly direct (ex Auckland) in approximately 3.5 hours. Please visit the respective airline websites for full details and flight schedules and costs.

Domestic travellers
Melbourne is serviced by all major domestic air carriers including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tigerair. Jetstar also flies from Avalon Airport near Geelong and regional airlines Qantas Link and REX (Regional Express) fly to Melbourne. Please visit the respective airline websites for full details and flight schedules and costs.

Getting around Melbourne
Melbourne is services by a range of public transport.
Taxi Cabs - Taxi services are readily available at all airports. Cab fares vary depending on the destination and length of travel time.
Yellow cab – 131924 or visit http://yellowcab.com.au/
Black and White cabs – 131 008 or visit http://blackandwhitecabs.com.au/cms/pages/!/display.html



myki cards
myki is Melbourne’s ticket to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses. It’s a plastic smartcard with stored value which can be topped up and re-used again. Purchase your myki online at https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/ premium train stations, retail outlets displaying the myki sign (including 7-Elevens), or by calling 1800 800 007 (free from a land line) in Australia.

Myki explorer
For flexible travel, buy a myki explorer pack at https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/buy-a-myki/myki-explorer, SkyBus terminals and some hotels. Packs include a pre-loaded myki card with enough value for one day of travel in Zone 1 and 2. The pack includes instructions on how to use myki, a Melbourne tram map and discount entry to Melbourne attractions.

Car Rental
Car rental is available from Melbourne Airport. You may enquire at the car rental counters for additional information and costs. Please ensure you have an approved international or Australian driver’s licence.

Convention participants carry their own risk for personal injury or loss of property, including baggage, during the convention. We strongly recommend that, at the time of booking your travel and tours, you take out a travel insurance policy. This policy should take into account loss of deposit through cancellation, medical insurance, loss or damage to personal property, and financial loss incurred through disruption to accommodation or travel arrangements due to business failures, strikes, or other industrial action. The organisers are in no way responsible for any claims concerning

Privacy Statement: If you do not want your name, organisation and state/country details to appear on the convention delegate list, please ensure you tick the relevant section on the Registration Form. The delegate list will be distributed to all convention participants.

In registering for this convention, relevant details you supply may be incorporated into a delegate list for distribution at the convention. Your details will also be made available to parties directly related to the convention including A.M. Meetings Plus P/L, the convention Committee, banks, venues and accommodation and tour providers for the purposes of processing payments, room bookings and convention options. Your details and information will also be added to the convention database in order to liaise and correspond with you in relation to your attendance. Please note that should you not wish your details to be used in the manner described above, we may be unable to process your booking or registration.

Disclaimer: The information published in this document has been prepared for the clients and associates of the Piano Tuners and Technicians Guild of Victoria Inc (PTTGV). No responsibility for any loss occasioned to any person acting on or refraining from action as a result of information in this publication is accepted by its authors, the convention organisers A.M. Meetings Plus P/L, PTTGV, APTTA or its affiliates. The contents of this document are accurate at the time of printing however, the committee reserves the right to make changes as it sees fit. © PTTGV 2018


You can register securely online following the links at https://secure.clari.net.au/mp/aptta19/reg.php. Please read all information carefully. To secure your place, complete and submit the form with your payment by the due date.

Your registration fee includes:
Attendance at convention lectures and sessions on days of registration.
Convention satchel and documentation.
Registration coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea where applicable.
Access to the Piano Expo.

Guidelines to complete the online form
2. Compulsory fields must be completed in order to activate the submit button.
3. Full credit card payment is required with this form.
4. All prices are in Australian Dollars (AUD$) and include 10% Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST).
5. Cancellations, changes and amendments to confirmed bookings must be made in writing to aptta19@ammp.com.au
6. Changes/cancellations to accommodation bookings may be subject to venue imposed fees and penalties.
7. On submission of the online form a summary of your registration will appear on the screen. Please print a copy for your records.
8. Once your registration is processed you will be issued a confirmation letter, Tax Invoice, and accommodation itinerary if applicable.

9. Please note – If paying by credit card, the following will appear on your bank statement “AM MEETINGS PLUS P L MOONEE PONDS” and that a $220 fee will apply if an authorised transaction is queried and reversed without warning, once it has been approved, processed and receipted.


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