In 2014 I decided to travel from Brisbane (where I was living), to Melbourne in an effort to change my career and in doing so,(hopefully) the trajectory of my life. I had worked in finance for about 10 years and for the last 5 I really was not enjoying it. But it was one of those things where you keep doing something because you’re good at it, its paying the bills and you don’t know what else to do.
The course in Melbourne was difficult but a lot of fun. I hadn’t been a full-time student since high school and I think for the first time in a long time, I was learning something that I was truly interested in. The class was small (4 people) and so the individual attention we received was excellent. Our days were broken up between tuning and regulation, with workshop time on Friday afternoons when we really didn’t have the attention span for anything else. I loved Friday afternoons. I had taken woodwork in high school and more recently done a 6 week course in furniture restoration and upholstery so the move into repairs and re-stringing came quite naturally and with great satisfaction.
The course was run by Brent Ottley, a well respected Piano Technician and the former Yamaha Head Technician for Australia. He was a great teacher and was willing to encourage my enthusiasm for the workshop when I had spare time.
The time I spent at ASPT was fantastic and I would do it over in a heart beat.