Professional Work Experience
Carol Beigel, RPT
I consider myself blessed to have found a vocation that uses my hands, my head, and my heart, and providing a playground for my life-long fascination with player pianos and tools. I started rebuilding and restoring pianos in 1978, and for ten years maintained an independent piano shop. In 1988 I went to work for Jordan Kitts Music, the local Steinway dealership, as a field technician covering the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. During those 9 years my work was supervised and my technical skills were broadened through their sponsorship of my factory training at the Kimbal Piano factory in Indiana, and Steinway & Sons in New York. After becoming an independent technician again in 1997, Yamaha sponsored my attendance at their Little Red School House, and again to their Disklavier school.
Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to have the mentoring of many fine piano technicians, and extensive technical training through my membership in the Piano Technicians Guild. Submitting my tuning and technical skills to peer review, I passed the craftsman exams in 1985, acquiring the designation of Registered Piano Technician. In my quest to learn more about piano tone color and power, I have benefited greatly from the hospitality of European concert technicians in Iceland developing new techniques in hammer voicing. As in any profession, there comes an outstanding moment that revitalizes and inspires one to be the best they can be, and for me that moment came during a very intense visit to the Bosendorfer piano factory in Vienna, Austria.
Currently, I am happily self-employed as an independent piano technician here in the greater Washington, D.C. area. My specialty in Disklavier piano service has taken me to providing concert services for performing artists on tour here in town, including several Embassies and such venues as the Baltimore Symphony, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian and the White House.
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