There’s a new website called harptechguild.com, sponsored by the Lyon & Healy/Salvi Technicians Guild, that can come in handy when you need to know which technicians serve your area and when one will be coming to town.
While I wish everyone in the world would just hire me to do their harp regulations, obviously that isn’t possible. I simply don’t go everyplace. Or I do come someplace near you, but sometimes the timing of my visit doesn’t work for you. Now, you can search technician service areas through harptechguild.com.
The Lyon & Healy/Salvi Technicians Guild isn’t a guild in the purest sense. It is a group sponsored by the Lyon & Healy and Salvi Harp Companies. Technicians who are considered by these companies to be qualified to service their harps are admitted to the Guild. Members include technicians employed by both companies as well as independent techs like me who have extensive training and experience with these two brands. We get together periodically to share information and to learn from each other, and we regularly communicate about regulation issues and coordinate service for customers looking for technicians in their areas. The companies also use the Guild to keep independent technicians informed on advances and design changes happening in the factories.
The members of the Guild pushed for the creation of a website where customers could find a list of technicians who service their area and access their contact information, as well as an online calendar listing service trips for each technician. Lyon & Healy and Salvi responded with harptechguild.com.
The site is young, and admittedly not every member is using it to post a schedule, but you can find listings of highly qualified technicians who come to your area, and the listings cover the entire world. I encourage you to check it out. If you are connected to a harp society chapter or other harp group, i would encourage you to consider adding a link on your community website.
I just discovered this blog of yours. I’m enjoying reading all about harps. My husband and I just bought a used Salvi Daphne for our 16 year old daughter. She’s been playing an Ogden for seven years. Do you ever come to the South Florida area? I have heard there is a tech who comes each January so I’m hoping to find someone who does that. I checked the techguild website and don’t see anyone specifically traveling to the Florida area. This is a harp-deprived state compared to many out in the western US.
Kathy, thanks for your comment. At this time I don’t have any regular stops in South Florida on my schedule. You might try Ivan Gardner. I believe he makes some stops in Florida. His website is http://www.ivangardnerregulations.com/live/