In today’s episode, Eathan shares his experience of attending the memorial service of the late David Anderson, who used to be a co-host on this show, an amazing musician and an even better human being. Community members join in the conversion and each share a few thoughts about David, his unmatched energy, and incredible acumen as a piano tech. We touch upon lesser-known facets of David’s rich life, exploring his legacy as a rock musician as well as a passionate writer. In addition to writing song lyrics, David penned an archive of incredible love notes and poems to his soulmate, Tanya Ragir. Carl Liberman says, “We should all be so lucky to be remembered like him,” and that captures the essence of the conversation. 

Further along in the episode, Eathan shares his insights from a previous radio hour featuring guitar maker Danny Koentopp. Danny shared three main topics relevant to all sorts of instrument builders and technicians: hand tools, health issues developed by people who work with their hands and bodies, and import-export issues. One thing that Danny stresses is the CAD software that he learned in school and he talks about the beauty in the math behind the musical instruments: the lines, forms, shapes, and resonances. 

Tune into this conversation to hear the community talk fondly about the late David Anderson and also learn about lesser-known yet fascinating things from Danny. 


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Creators and Guests

David Andersen
David Andersen
David Andersen, owner of David Andersen pianos in Los Angeles has been a professional musician, recording artist, and piano technician/consultant for nearly four decades. He has overseen the restoration and maintenance of hundreds of Steinway and Mason & Hamlin pianos during that time. Beginning in 1975 he apprenticed for two and a half years under Jack Cofer in Atlanta, Georgia; during the 1980s he studied at Steinway facilities both in New York and London.
Eathan Janney
Eathan Janney
Eathan has 20 years of experience as a piano technician. He studied with Dave Miller, the staff piano technician for the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Dave Carpenter, the inventor of the Verituner electronic tuning device, provided mentorship for Eathan in Chicago. Eathan also worked with Ken Eschete and Bill Schwarts, the staff piano technicians at Northwestern University in Chicago. In 2009, he founded Floating Piano Factory of New York, a company that allows piano technicians to move from Apprentice to Craftsman level while offering value pricing to clients as technicians progress toward mastery. In 2017 he founded Piano Technicians Masterclasses, an online project designed to offer cutting-edge instruction from piano industry masters to anyone on the globe with an internet connection.
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