Many thanks for Ben and Inez for their wonderfull hospitality. Ben's detailed and professional knowledge about the construction and technique of the piano inspires and infects you with appreciation for the piano.
The beautiful nature around the location and culinary surpises of Inez makes the experience complete.
Very complete and detailed info and time enough to practice.
No regrets and recommendable!
This course is amazing. How Ben has jam packed so many areas of learning into a week and deliver it with ease and enthusiasm is incredible.
I attended the course with my husband and both of us thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to get tuning pianos in Australia. We learnt so much and had so much fun. Ben provides a hands on learning approach and it was wonderful to get practice at tuning both grand and upright pianos.
The accommodation is beautiful as well. My family stayed with us in the cottage and it was so cosy and lovely. My two young daughters loved spending the day on the property and seeing the wildlife and cows. An experience not typical to the Australian tourist where we all experienced the enrichment of French culture in the countryside.
The meals are amazing. Inez's home cooked meals are delicious and you certainly won't go hungry. Such a treat to have a meal prepared for you between the study.
It was wonderful to get to know Ben and Inez. They are so welcoming and friendly. Also meeting the others doing the course. In the evenings we would stay up and chat, play music, watch videos. We certainly gained new friends after the week had ended.
Thanks Ben and Inez for having us. It was such a beautiful experience and we will keep in touch with our progress tuning pianos .
Course April 2017
This was a wonderful and professionally presented course. Piano tuning, restoration, regulation and repair are just some of Ben's many talents.
Ben has a fully-equipped workshop and is full of practical know-how on just about any piano-related subject you can think of.
The setting is beautiful, nestled amongst the flowing hills and valleys in rural France.
Mention must also be made of Inez' food included with the course. Each meal was amazing and delicious. Homely food cooked from the heart.
San Francisco, CA
Ben Verbon is truly a modern-day renaissance man who is extremely knowledgeable, skilled and proficient in so many pursuits. He is not only a master machinist, fabricator, woodworker, building constructor, artisan & craftsman, but also a very accomplished athlete! His patience and ability to share his knowledge makes this course most enjoyable.
I purchased Dirk’s piano tuning software six months before attending Ben’s workshop. Although it is an excellent tool, I struggled with the basic mechanical aspects of piano tuning. After attending Ben’s workshop, I became significantly more accomplished and confident as a piano tuner. The hands-on training combined with Ben’s aural tuning techniques have helped me achieve fantastic results with the 6 pianos I’ve tuned in the past few weeks.
The small group size allowed for individualized learning, and also gave students a chance to share cultures, experiences, and make new friends from around the globe.
This course is set in an idyllic retreat in the French countryside that is so peaceful, picturesque and unspoiled, that I really hated to go back home! To top it all off, Inez’s daily homemade, garden-fresh meals were just fabulous! It would be well worth it to come here just to visit and get away from the daily grind. In fact, I plan to take the course again, because there are so many topics and techniques that are really worth experiencing and paying for again!
You won’t get what you pay for from this course - you will get much more instead!
1. accommodation 3 meals a day morning and afternoon breaks. (I got vegetarian meals that made the carnivores jealous).
2. a great tuning course in a small group plus some practice replacing strings and other small repairs
3. the French countryside (and only countryside because you are miles away from the nearest village)
4. a fun time with hosts with big hearts and great sense of humour
What you are not going to get from this course:
Well the truth is that piano tuning is fairly simple in theory but takes some effort in reality so don’t expect that you can tune 2 pianos per day directly after this course. Ben recommends when you go home after the course you tune 6 notes on your own piano per day (expect your arm to be aching after 6 notes until the muscles adapt). If you do this then after 2 weeks you piano will be optimally tuned and will probably sound better than you have ever imagined possible.
Ben will give you some tips for building speed but always repeats that the only way to get quick is to practice.
He is incredibly patient but also has high standards so don’t expect him to use the word “perfect” from him too often!
A wonderful week in France, with wonderful people. I didn´t think it was possible to learn this much in only 5 days. Now I will buy Dirk´s pianotuner, it is a great help in your piano-tuning. Thank you Ben and Inez!
I was in the ever-first piano tuning course group of this great school. I it was awesome!!! Food is better than in a restaurant, lodging is better than in a hotel, surroundings is better than in any university town (because it is nature), studying face to face in a small group (compared to private tutoring), all day in the shop filled with curious equipment, four languages to pick from... this is the place where theory immediately turns into hand-on practice. Where your dream comes true.
Estou muito interessado em aprender a afinar pianos. Fiquei maravilhado com o que vi aqui. Mas ainda não está ao meu alcance.
Encore merci pour la formation dispensée cette semaine du mois d'avril 2017 pour l'initiation à l'accordeur Dirk's.
Merci aussi pour votre accueil chaleureux et votre simplicité, sans oublier les repas dignes de facture d'un cordon bleu.
Bon courage et à bientôt
Der Klavierstimmkurs ist einzigartig.
Er vermittelt die nötigen handwerklichen Grundlagen, um mit dem Pianotuner schnell sein eigenes Klavier stimmen zu können.
Die Kurssprache war in meinem Kurs etwas multilingual, da sowohl deutsch als auch englischsprachige Teilnehmer dabei waren. Jeder hat aber den Inhalt gut verstanden und Ben nimmt sich auch die Zeit um auf die Teilnehmer in deren Sprache einzugehen.
Abgerundet wird der Kurs durch das Ambiente.
Eingentlich ist es eher ein Bildungsurlaub als ein reiner Stimmkurs.
Herzlichen Dank an Ben.
Staufen bei Lenzburg, Schweiz
Lieber Ben, liebe Inez
Heute habe ich nun das erste Mal zuhause mein Pleyel-Flügel gestimmt und ich war überrascht, wie gut das Resultat war. Die Grundlagen dafür kamen aus deinem Kurs "Klavierstimmen für Anfänger". Ich lernte dabei, fein und genau nmit dem Stimmhammer, den Dämpferkeilen umzugehen. Daneben war der Kurs voll von einem praktischen Kennenlernen des gesamten Spielwerks eines Flügels oder Klaviers. Diese Basics führten zu einem vertieften Verständnis für die Klangentwicklung und - ich hoffe, dass ich im nächstem Jahr deine Kurswoche "Klaviertechnik" besuchen kann - wird die Ausgangslage sein dafür, dass ich mein Instrument selbständig instandhalten und verbessern kann.
Die Woche war auch ausserordentlich bereichernd. Dazu verhielf deine Frau Inez mit ihrer und deiner Gastfreundschaft, dem feinen Essen und den Spass, welchen wir mit Lex und Stale als weitere Kursteilnehmer, zusammen hatten. Euer Lebensort liegt wunderschön in der Landschaft der Dordogne und die sommerlichen Tage waren sehr angenehm. Die Gästezimmer sind sehr grosszügig und lassen Raum für Eigenes.
Viele Dank und herzlich liebe Grüsse