Name: Leo Montero
Location: San Francisco, CA

Comment:English
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!

Name: Richard Sullivan

Comment:English
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!

Name: Astrid Åslin

Comment:English
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!
Name: Vitaliy U.
Location: Lynnwood, WA

Comment:English
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.
Name: Boiten Yvo
Location: Hasselt België

Comment:Nederlands
Sinds 2010 fervent gebruiker van Dirk's Pianostemapparaat. De cursus bij Ben Verbon (Inez) was de perfecte opleiding voor het technisch gedeelte. Na een stembeurt altijd super tevreden van de pianobezitters.

Daarom nogmaals dank aan Dirk en Ben.

Vriendelijke groeten.

Name: Ruprecht Ziegler
Location: Bühl in Deutschland

Comment:Deutsch
Nach dem Kauf von Dirk's Klavierstimmgerät merkte ich, daß die Software sehr einfach zu bedienen ist und eine sehr gute Stimmung erreicht, aber daß mir die genauen und wichtigen handwerklichen Anleitungen fehlten, um sicher zu stimmen.
Dadurch kam ich zu Ben's Kurs Klavierstimmen. Dieser Kurs ist Gold wert. Ben's Erklärungen, Anleitungen, Übungen sind phänomenal gut!!! Ben erklärt nicht nur mit allen Feinheiten und Trick's, wie man gut und problemlos stimmt, sondern auch sehr viel über die Technik und Funktion von Klavieren und Flügeln, auch über das Beheben kleiner mechanischer Störungen, Pflege der Klaviertechnik usw.. Besser geht es nicht!
Nachdem ich mich erst geniert hatte, als Laie diesen Kurs zu belegen: bei Ben sind alle gleich - ob Piano-Profi oder unerfahrener Laie; Ben geht individuell auf jeden ein und er erreicht ein sehr angenehmes Kursklima, auch unter den Kursteilnehmern. Dazu trägt auch ganz erheblich das liebenswerte Engagement von Inez bei (s. Kommentar meiner Frau Györgyi): kulinarisch und menschlich toll!
Die Lokalität La Colline allein ist eine Reise wert; kombiniert mit Klavier/Flügel/Ben/Inez ein Traum!
Ich kann Ben's Kurs nur heiß und innig empfehlen.

Wünsche Inez und Ben weiter viele nette Kursteil-nehmer,
Ruprecht Ziegler