|Judith Palmer, a native of Ohio, earned a degree in Social Work and Psychology from Bluffton College in 1967 but didn’t stay in the field for long. Soon after moving to Philadelphia, and at the off-hand suggestion of a friend who observed her tuning an old autoharp, she took a class with Merrill Jackson, which offered rudimentary piano tuning skills.
By 1975 Judith had joined the Piano Technician’s Guild (PTG) where she received gracious mentoring from several established members of the Phildelphia Chapter. She specializes in action rebuilding, including touch weight analysis and correction.
Judith continued to hone her skills with regular participation in local and regional training opportunities offered by the PTG. She has also taught classes in spring rail repairs, key bushing, friction analysis, hammer installation, and vertical action troubleshooting with the use of ten home-made action models. She has served on the National PTG Ethics Committee and has participated in local administration of the PTG certification exams.
Judith is published in the PTG Journal in the Tuner’s Life section, writing human interest stories including an account of the 99-year-old, 98% deaf pianist, who miraculously knew his piano needed voicing. Judith has served as president of the Philadelphia and South Eastern Pennsylvania Chapters of PTG.
In addition to maintaining the rigors of her business, Judith composes four-part music for women’s voices and performs with the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir. Other pursuits include the invention of tools, kayaking, fly fishing, and creation of beautiful things from all manner of found objects.
|Jamie Watts, a native Texan, studied music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN with continuing studies at Collin College in Denton, TX and the acclaimed Randy Potter School of Piano Technology, located in Bend, OR. He is now an associate member of the Piano Technician’s Guild (PTG) in the SEPA Chapter.
He ended up in Philadelphia while participating heavily in its local electronic music composition scenes. From there he toured his music all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany, and New Zealand. He continues to compose music and share it with the world.
He continues to participate in regional PTG meetings and conventions and is always striving to grow his skills and unravel the deeper mysteries about the piano.
Of course it all comes back to sound. The juxtaposition of electronic music and piano technology made sense as both require an innate sense of delicate precision and audio engineering.
When he’s not tweaking capstan screws, bending backchecks, or traveling hammer shanks, Jamie can be found backpacking deep in remote wildernesses like The Canyonlands, Loyalsock, and Monongahela. He is also an avid gardener and can be found tending hundreds of succulents under his indoor LED-powered “grow-cove”.