About Ben Rocke, RPT, MPT
Ben first became interested in piano technology after his father-in-law dropped off a 1923 grand piano that he had been paid to take at an auction. In 2011, Ben commenced his technical education at the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology (diploma with highest honors, 2012), where studies range from the theory and technique of tuning to the repair of worn and broken piano parts and the fine regulation of the playing mechanism (action). In addition, Ben has received technical training in action design and rebuilding at the Mason & Hamlin factory and is a certified installer for both Wessell, Nickel, and Gross (high performance actions and parts) and Dampp-Chaser Corp. (piano humidity control systems). Ben has received scholarships from the Master Piano Technicians of America and the Connecticut chapter of the Piano Technician’s Guild and maintains membership in both organizations. In 2015, Ben completed his certification with the Piano Technician’s Guild as a Registered Piano Technician (RPT), a status held by only 16 other technicians in the state of Vermont.
Finally, Ben is an early advanced level pianist. Having most recently studied with Mo Tian at the University of Connecticut Community School of the Arts, Ben understands what it is that makes a piano fun to play and hear.
About Greg Moore, RPT
Music has always been a large part of Greg’s life. Growing up with parents who instilled a deep love of good music formed the foundation for Greg’s journey into the art of piano playing and music composition. From there, it was an easy decision to continue on to the study of piano technology as Greg neared the end of high school. The Randy Potter School Of Piano Technology, a course recognized for it’s outstanding excellence, provided thorough instruction in all aspects of piano care. From tuning to regulation, from repairs to restringing, from voicing to moving, Greg ventured into the world of pianos in a very in-depth manner!
Soon after graduating from the Randy Potter School with highest honors, Greg continued on to complete the rigorous tests required to become a Registered Piano Technician (RPT). Leading up to becoming an RPT, Greg studied with other piano technicians in the area: Ed and Emily Hilbert RPTs and Lowell Wakker RPT. He eventually took over Lowell Wakker’s piano service when Lowell moved out of state.
Piano moving is an aspect of Little Valley Piano Service that provides Greg with variety in his daily schedule. His very first move proved to be quite a technical one, and since then, he’s moved pianos of all different sizes and shapes, up and down stairs and even through an upper story window with a crane.
Whether it’s Grandma’s heirloom treasure, a top-end concert Steinway, or a student’s faithful upright, Greg enjoys keeping many of Vermont’s pianos in excellent shape. You’ll also find him at work in many schools, churches, colleges, and music schools.
Greg is a happy husband and father who enjoys sharing his love of music with his wife and their four young children.
What is a Registered Piano Technician (RPT)?
The Piano Technician’s Guild provides the only objective assessment of competency in piano technology that is available in the United States of America. Technicians must pass a written exam and rigorous (4 hours each!) tuning and technical exams to earn certification as a Registered Piano Technician. This certification is important to us because it demonstrates our long term commitment to excellence. You can read more here.