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Special poi nts of i nterest:  NAMM Show Dinner

THE PIANO RAG National Piano Travelers Association

Meeting Photos  Special Report

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NPTA Future

“Because of all of you, the NPTA

President’s Notes

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will continue for years to come.”

Policy & Dues Structure

Ray Chandler

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Inside thi s issue: President’s Notes


New Vice President


NPTA Road Stories


Membership Policy


Members Directory Policy


Year End Report


Travel Tips


Updates on NPTAF


Sponsors’ List


Contact Us


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Let me just start off by thanking Glen Clutter on behalf of all of us for his service and tenure as our president over the past two years. Glen’s a great guy and we all wish him success and happiness. Often we travelers become too inured to the “travel” aspect of our profession and we sometimes forget to stop and think about the social and psychological benefits. We should be mindful that we get to interact with a host of people that are involved with music in so many circles of influence: commercial, educational, and entertainment related venues. Traveling the whole country is not easy but it has some upsides. One gets a better idea of the local business climates across the country. The common consensus among piano dealers is that business is beginning to picking up again yes, indeed. I’m getting more positive feedback from dealers across the board.

Now maybe it’s too early to hope that the trend continues but I am optimistic. There’s no question that the herd has thinned over the past decade but I think we’ve weathered the worst and things are looking better for the future… and maybe there really is something to those theories on Natural Selection and Survival of the Fittest, after all. Someone once said that of all art forms, music is foremost because it ministers to the soul. We would do well to remind ourselves that we are part of a noble profession – blessed with an abundance of friends, acquaintances, associates, and communal opportunities that do not exist in other professions. Our relationships with our dealers are not only germane but essential to our survival and well-being; anything we can do to help strengthen our dealers will ultimately strengthen our industry. Pianos continue to be a vital part of music making and perhaps Aldous Huxley said it best about music…“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music”.

New Vice President Bob Dove

Do you ever think about your career and wonder what it would have been like if you had chosen a Vice President different line of work? At one time or another, we’ve probably all had thoughts and made comments regarding the opportunities for more money in a different profession or industry. So why have we all stuck with the music business? I think part of it is because we don’t “punch out” at 5 PM every day and then forget about it all. What we do is not just a job, it’s a way of life for us, and it’s contributing to a better life for thousands of people over the course of our working years. (continued on page 2)

“If I ever go to China, I’m going to find a piano and play “Chopsticks”-only not with my fingers, but rather I’ll be using two forks.” - Jarod Kintz,

Bob Dove from Pg. 1 Most people who buy pianos aren’t just buying a piece of furniture. They’re fulfilling a dream for their kids or themselves. How many people have told us over the years that they “wished” they could play the piano? It happens every time the subject of your job comes up in a conversation, or if you play, when people have listened to you. How many of them never do anything about it? Most of them, right? But then, there are the ones you and your colleagues have convinced to try. That’s nice to think about when the work day (and often the evening as well) is done. What would you be thinking about instead if you were coming home from the


brokerage house, or the accounting firm, or from a grueling day selling used cars? Sure, there are times when you feel tired, or unappreciated and undercompensated, but what else would you rather have done? Don’t you have one of the best jobs in the world? That’s also why when we get together at NPTA we have such a good time. Who would you rather associate with than a bunch of like minded career music people? Pass that message along to your colleagues who aren’t yet involved. NPTA has recently had a rebirth. Let’s keep the spirit strong and continue to grow!

NPTA Road Stories

REWARD! Send in your road stories for future newsletters. You can change names to protect the

“I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.” - Elvis Presley

innocent or the guilty.

We know you have more than one! Email to Dawn DeMars.

The Best Road Story gets 4 Free Drink Tickets at Next Years Dinner! THE PIANO RAG PAGE 2

Fun Musical Trivia 

Beethoven's Studio Piano is in the National Museum, Vienna, Austria

A drop of 1/2 step in pitch can equal a change of 3000 to 5000 Pounds of tension!

The worlds largest piano is a Challen Concert Grand. This piano is 11 feet long, has a total string tension of over 30 tons and weighs more than a ton

Membership Policy and Dues Structure The Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of changing our membership policies. As of February 1, 2011 the following new rules apply to membership: New Members: Membership is available to all independent reps, reps employed by piano manufacturers, their executives and employees who travel to support the piano industry, i.e. clinicians, product specialists. The piano industry represents both acoustic and digital pianos. Also included are those who have worked in this capacity although they might not be a ‘traveler’ at present, either retired or no longer in a ‘travelers position’. New Membership Dues: $40 per year and $30 for seniors (65 and older). Renewal Memberships: A renewal membership is available to all described above who paid their previous year’s dues. Membership Dues: $25 per year and $15 for seniors (65 and older).


Associate Members: Associate members are those who travel in support of the piano industry aside from those who qualify under New Members. These members include (but not limited to) national piano movers, independent reps, manufacturing reps and executives of manufacturer’s of piano lamps, benches, piano dolly’s, piano covers, and other piano related accessories, those who travel to train or consult, NAMM employees, publishers of periodicals, magazines and websites that support the piano industry, travelers of finance companies who make retail credit and inventory financing for the piano industry. Associate Membership Dues: Same as above.

Pay Your Dues On Our Website! It has never been so easy! Now you can pay your dues, pay ahead for the Annual Meeting and Dinner at NAMM, make donations using your credit card on our website! Go to . Click on Membership. Click on Make a Payment. Use the drop down menu to select your dues category (regular or senior) ; get renewal discount if paid by March 31st and make a donation. You can also choose Subscription and that will pay your dues annually in January of each year! Call Dawn DeMars if you have any questions. Special extension! Get your discount for renewal through April 31st


Membership Directory Policy

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All current members will be listed in the “Membership Directory” and available to all members. The Membership Directory is lo c ated on th e NP TA w ebs ite Also included are those members who have not paid their current year’s dues for the period of 12 months. That allows members in transition or experiencing a hardship to have a grace period of 12 months. If a member is more than 12 months late with payment of the current year’s dues, they will be deleted from the Membership Directory.

to others in the Industry Re-new your NPTA membership Today!

"I do not have a single white note on my piano; my elephant smoked too much."

- Victor Borge

Forming New Committees

Historical Committee We need members to collect and archive our NPTA history!

“The Rag” Newsletter Committee We need members to collect interesting musical articles or stories for our Newsletter .

If you are interested in either of these committees contact Dawn DeMars

Funny Musical Jokes 

At a posh wedding reception in Beverly Hills the pianist falls into the swimming pool. The pianist flails furiously while calling for help, yelling "help me! I can't swim!" One of the other guests who happens to be at the poolside says "So? I can't play the piano and you don't hear me complaining”


When a musician plays a scale on a newly cleaned piano, he plays from C to shining C!

Piano players are considered to be a Baldwin they lose their hair.

A music company put pianos outside for a sale but protected all their internal organs.

Year-end Report from Dawn DeMars 2012 Treasurer’s Report Beginning cash on hand

$ 7,171.96

2012 Income from memberships & sponsors


Expenses as follows: 2011 Dinner Credit Card Fees NAMM Dues Legal Fees Postage

$4,782.12 $ 362.78 $ 195.00 $ 61.00 $ 75.53

Total Expenses Net funds on hand from 2011

$6,483.49 $5,728.47

Travel Tips ♪



Future Travel 2. Tips Coming From American 3. Express & AAA

Leave time to get to economy lots. These lots are often significantly lower-priced than other lots. As a result, they're the best place for economy-minded travelers, Pack essentials in your carry-on. Recent statistics indicate that, on average, at least one bag on every flight is lost or delayed. If there's anything you can't live without, pack it in your carry-on. Know your hotel information. If a) your baggage is lost or delayed; b) you miss your connection and will be late checking in; or c) you are going to a destination you've never visited before, you'll want to have complete contact information for your hotel on your person. Before you leave home, print out the hotel's name, address and phone number, and program the latter into your cell phone.

Save your boarding pass. Do you usually toss your boarding pass as soon as you step off the plane? You might want to reconsider. Your boarding pass can serve as proof of travel if your airline fails to give you the proper

5. Mark your bags with an easily recognizable item. Mark your bags by tying a colorful ribbon, stitching a unique patch or putting a large sticker on your bags. You won't see other passengers pulling your bags off the carousel to check for their tiny name tags, and you'll be able to see your suitcases come out the door from miles away..


Remember your flight number. This may seem like a no-brainer, but knowing your flight number can make your life easier in small or foreign airports that do not list the full names of destination airports, or list by flight number alone.


NPTA & NPTAF Mission Statements National Piano Travelers Association Since it's formation in 1904, The National Piano Travelers Association is dedicated to supporting and encouraging the progressive development of the Piano / Keyboard industry. While promoting and preserving the professionalism of the Salesman, the NPTA continues to build a strong foundation for the future of the piano industry through comradeship and integrity.

National Piano Traveler's Association Foundation, Inc The National Piano Traveler's Association Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life through the experience of playing music and specifically the piano. We do so by raising and distributing funds for music and piano education so that millions of people can experience of joy of making music.

NPTA Foundation News 1. NPTA Foundation, Inc has been established and has received it’s tax ID number. 2. A bank account has been opened. 3. The current board of directors are as follows: Ray Chandler, Pres/CEO Mel Shiaman, Vice President & CPA Dawn DeMars, CFO Robert Dove, NPTA Vice President Glenn Clutter, NPTA Past President Gary Ingle, MTNA Exec Dir/CEO Christopher Patterson, Attorney Madeline Crouch, NPF Exec Director Arnold Poppenburg, NPTA Member David Rooksby, NPTA Member

4. The board met following the NPTA dinner/ meeting and accepted the By–Laws, Mission Statement, and other business. 5. What’s Next: Continuing selection of additional board meetings, obtaining nonprofit status, creating website. Arnold, Gary, and Mel are not in the photo above as they were not available… will get them next time!! THE PIANO RAG, Page 6

Many Thanks! 2013 Pledges and Contributions Can we add you or your company’s name here?

Glenn Clutter Dawn DeMars Madeline Crouch And a special thank you to Yamaha Corp of America for the loan of their Conservatory Grand for our Dinner and Meeting. And another special thank you to Daniel Ene of West Hills, CA for his contribution of a concert tuning prior to our dinner.


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NPTA Board of Directors And General Information Ray Chandler, President Glenn Clutter, Past President Robert Dove, Vice President Dawn DeMars, Secr./Treas. and Newsletter Editor

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2013 NAMM Meeting & Dinner NPTA Booth Below: Tess Clutter, Glenn and Lori Clutter and Bob Jones

Right: Tess Clutter, Liesa Covey, and Bob Nolen at the NPTA Booth at NAMM


2013 NAMM Meeting & Dinner Reception Liesa Covey … let’s get a drink!

And some Appetizers!!

Joe Orbin & Ray Chandler

To the far right: Lothar Kiesche

The Llew Mathews Trio!


2013 NAMM Meeting & Dinner Right: Mr. and Mrs. John Schienke and Jim Coleman

Left: Tom Dorn, Dick Christian, and Jay


Right: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Deutsch

Left: Gary Galanti, Larry Fresch, and Cindy Caruth


2013 NAMM Meeting & Dinner Left: Mark Baughman and Michael Sayyad

Right: Bob Popyk and guest

Left: Arnold Poppenberg and Baik Lee

Right: Bob Popyk and Larry Fresch


2013 NAMM Meeting & Dinner Left: Left to Right: Robert Dove, Madeline Crouch, Chris and Pennie Patterson

Right: Don Glasgow, Thomas Broukal, Ray Chandler, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Deutsch

Left: Don Glasgow and Thomas Broukal

Left to Right: John Larson and Joe Orbin


2013 NAMM Meeting & Dinner 2013 NPTA Lifetime Achievement Award Right: Bob Popyk sharing memories and special times with Bob Jones Below: Baik Lee speaking of his years with Bob Jones at Samick.

Far Right: Dick Christian talking about his working with Bob Jones and many good stories of those days.


2013 NPTA Lifetime Achievement Right: Bob Jones receiving his Lifetime Achievement award

Left: Bob Jones giving his acceptance speech

Right: Dick Christian, Bob Jones, and Glenn Clutter


2013 NAMM Meeting & Dinner Right: Hannes Schimmel and Lothar

Left: Facing to the East , Looking to Arizona, with a toast and cheers to Wilton Sykes who was facing west, looking to Anaheim and toasting at the same time!

Right and Below: Annual Meeting Photos

Annual Meeting photos


2013 NAMM Meeting & Dinner

Right: President Glenn Clutter calls the January 2013 annual meeting to order.

Above: Dawn DeMars presidents last’s years minutes and the Treasurer’s report THE PIANO RAG, Page 16

2013 NAMM Meeting & Dinner

Right: Glenn Clutter and Dawn DeMars honoring Dick Christensen as he retires his position as PastPresident.

Left: Presenting the Retiring President Award to Glenn Clutter

Right: Our new President, Ray Chandler, as the meeting is turned over to him.


March 2013 Newsletter  

March 2013 Newsletter

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