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Tuning pans at Coudersport MS

Tuning pans at Coudersport MS

Minsky Delmonte came to collect his Performance Series pan from me.

Minsky Delmonte came to collect his Performance Series pan from me.

The coolest paint job I have yet seen on a set of pans is at Hoban High School in Akron.  Taken when I was tuning their pans after the "Great Flood".

The coolest paint job I have yet seen on a set of pans is at Hoban High School in Akron. Taken when I was tuning their pans after the "Great Flood".

Steelin Hearts performing at Hattie Larlham in Mantua, Ohio

Steelin Hearts performing at Hattie Larlham in Mantua, Ohio

Polishing/Buffing is a dirty job, but its critical to get the pan shining nicely before sending it to the chromer.  This pan still needs to be scribed and tuned.  It is one half of a custom "Lead Pan Extension" set.

Polishing/Buffing is a dirty job, but its critical to get the pan shining nicely before sending it to the chromer. This pan still needs to be scribed and tuned. It is one half of a custom "Lead Pan Extension" set.

Tuning Pans at Kati Kati school in New Zealand.  This is one of three steelband programs in the whole country.  The instruments were mostly made by Nat C in the 1990s, and I had in fact owned a Nat C pan myself in South Africa.<br><br>Before I was allowed on to the school premises I was welcomed with a traditional Maori Powhiri ceremony.

Tuning Pans at Kati Kati school in New Zealand. This is one of three steelband programs in the whole country. The instruments were mostly made by Nat C in the 1990s, and I had in fact owned a Nat C pan myself in South Africa.

Before I was allowed on to the school premises I was welcomed with a traditional Maori Powhiri ceremony.

Ok, I know this is not directly related to pan, but how often do you get to go past a seriously active volcano?  This is Mount Ruapehu in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand.  This volcano was used for the filming of Mount Doom in Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Ok, I know this is not directly related to pan, but how often do you get to go past a seriously active volcano? This is Mount Ruapehu in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand. This volcano was used for the filming of Mount Doom in Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

My 2013 Pan Tuning Workshop was attended by Jared Allen, Ryan Roberts, and Chris Kim.  The three budding tuners were given a theoretical introduction to pan tuning, and then let loose on their own pans as well as some of my own instruments.  By the end of the week they all displayed a level of competence to the point that I was comfortable letting them work on their own. <br><br>This course will probably become an annual event.

My 2013 Pan Tuning Workshop was attended by Jared Allen, Ryan Roberts, and Chris Kim. The three budding tuners were given a theoretical introduction to pan tuning, and then let loose on their own pans as well as some of my own instruments. By the end of the week they all displayed a level of competence to the point that I was comfortable letting them work on their own.

This course will probably become an annual event.

Ken Green came by to get his pan tuned.

Ken Green came by to get his pan tuned.

Nate Brown drove 2.5 hours from Charlotte, NC to bring his 1970 Kim Loy Wong Double Tenor pans to me for tuning when I was in Asheville, NC.

Nate Brown drove 2.5 hours from Charlotte, NC to bring his 1970 Kim Loy Wong Double Tenor pans to me for tuning when I was in Asheville, NC.

Jonathan Scales checks out his Double Seconds made by Keith Moon after I touched them up in Asheville, NC

Jonathan Scales checks out his Double Seconds made by Keith Moon after I touched them up in Asheville, NC

Emily Talley and I after I had worked on the pans at Asheville HS.

Emily Talley and I after I had worked on the pans at Asheville HS.

Tracy Thornton, me, and Jonathan Scales at Asheville HS.

Tracy Thornton, me, and Jonathan Scales at Asheville HS.

Tracy Thornton and Jonathan Scales enjoy an impromptu jam session after I worked on Jonathans practice pans.  It was a treat to watch these guys play together, the rest of us should give up and leave them to it!

Tracy Thornton and Jonathan Scales enjoy an impromptu jam session after I worked on Jonathans practice pans. It was a treat to watch these guys play together, the rest of us should give up and leave them to it!




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