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Lawrence J. Cook Memorial Lending Library

Larry Cook was a long-time member and President of the San Francisco chapter of the PTG. Our chapter library has a large selection of books, pamphlets and videos about piano technology & history; excellent resources to prepare for RPT exams, plus items of interest to all piano techs. These are available for loan to current members.

To check out a book, please contact our Chapter Librarian


Books, Manuals and other Print Media

A Guide To Restringing by John W. Travis

A Treatise on the Art of Pianoforte Construction by S. Wolfenden

Apprentice Training Manual by Randy Potter

Art Of Tuning The Piano by Herman Smith

Art of Wood Finishing, The by H. Behlen

Baldwin Piano Service Manual - Grands, Studios, Consoles, Spinets by Baldwin

Baldwin Grand Piano Service Manual by Baldwin

Building A Lathe by A.W. Burford

But You Can Feel It by Emil Fries

Calculating Technician, The by David Roberts

Children of Dipsea, The by CF Brughere

Creation Of Sound by Kawai

Determination of Piano String Tensions by Klaus Fenner

Educated Piano, The by Edward McMorrow

Electronic Piano Tuning by Floyd A. Stevens

Fundamentals of musical Acoustics by Arthur H. Benade

Guide To Restringing, A by John W. Travis

Harpsichord Manual by Hanns Neupert

Harpsichord Regulating and Repairing by Frank Hubbard

I Really Should Be Practicing by Gary Graffman

Keyboard Instruments by Clive Unger-Hamilton

Larousse Encyclopedia of Music

Letís Tune Up by John W. Travis

Lou Harrisonís Music Primer by Lou Harrison

Michelís Organ Atlas by N.E. Michel

Michelís Piano Atlas by N.E. Michel

Music for the Millions by Van Allen Bradley

Musical Engineering by Harry F. Olsen

New Techniques For Superior Aural Tuning by Virgil E. Smith

Niles Bryant School Manual

On Pitch by Rick Baldassin

On the Calculation of the Tension of Wound Strings by Klaus Fenner

Organs Construction and Tuning/ Player Piano by Oliver C. Faust

PACE Lessons 1-7 by PTG

PACE Lessons 8-19 by PTG

People And Pianos by Theodore E. Steinway

Piano -- Its Acoustics by. W.V. McFerrin

Piano Action Handbook by PTG

Piano Action Handbook (1991) by Randy Potter/PTG

Piano Book, The by Larry Fine

Piano Facts by Bill Finnegan

Piano Key and Whippen, The by Walter Pfeiffer

Piano Nomenclature by Nikolaus Schimmel and H. K. Herzog

Piano Ownerís Guide by Carl Schmeckel

Piano Parts and Their Functions by Merle H. Mason

Piano Servicing, Tuning & Rebuilding, 1st Ed. by Arthur Reblitz

Piano Servicing, Tuning & Rebuilding, 2nd Ed. by Arthur Reblitz

Piano Shop on the Left Bank, The by Thad Carhart

Piano Technicianís Guide to Field Repairs, A by Stephen H. Brady

Piano Tuning and Allied Arts byW.B. White

Piano, The by Philip Gurlik

Pianoforte and its Music, The by Henry Edward Krehbiel

Pianos and their Makers by Alfred Dolge

Pianos In Practice by Eric Smith

Pre-Screening Manual by PTG

Principles of Player Action Operation by Standard Player Action Co.

Professional Piano Tuning by W. Dean Howell

Randy Potter Course by Randy Potter

Regulating Grand Piano Touch and Tone by Danny L. Boone

Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments, The

Service Manual for the 64 Note And 80 Note Standard Pneumatic Action by Vestal Press

Steinway by Ronald Ratcliffe

Steinway Saga, The by DW Fostle

Steinway Service Manual by Steinway

Talking About Pianos by Steinway Co.

Technical Examination, The: A Source Book by PTG

Temperament by Stuart Isacoff

Theory and Tuning: Aronís Meantone Temperment and Marpurgís ďIĒ by John Link

Theory and Practice of Pianoforte Building by WB White

Tunerís Guide: Piano Forte, Organ, Melodeon, and Seraphine by Oliver Ditson

Tunerís Pocket Companion by Oliver C. Faust

Tuning by Owen Jorgensen

Tuning Examination, The: A Source Book by PTG

Understanding Wood by R. Bruce Hoadley

Vertical Regulation by Yamaha

Vom Hammer (in German) by Walter Pfeiffer

What Makes Music Work by Seyer, Novick, and Harmon

Wonders of the Piano, The by Catherine C. Bielefeldt


Currently Out On Loan:

Good: Giraffes, Black Dragons, and Other Pianos

Helmholtz: On The Sensations of Tone

McFerrin: the Piano -- Its Acoustics

Michel: Historical Pianos, Clavichords, and Harpsichords


Other Media

A Portrait of a Piano Maker; Seiler; Video; ; ;Reference

Aftertouch The Secret Of Ultimate Piano; Yamaha; Video & Softcover; ;46p; Regulation

Grand Action Regulation in 37 Steps; Yamaha; Video/ Booklet; Tutorial

Key Leveling Made Easy; Meyer, Carl W.; Video; Reference

S.F. Young Pianist Competition; Audio Tape


Public Domain Books

Annie Grieshop maintains a listing of piano books available in the public domain.  Visit her website at:

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