Don Mannino has always loved fixing things. He repaired bicycles as a kid and after earning a degree in music became an apprentice at a local music store learning the craft of piano repair. In 1980 he established his own piano shop and worked for local music stories tuning their floor models, which he loved as he got to know most of the new pianos coming out. He also began providing training classes at the Piano Technician Guild’s meetings on action repair and many other topics, which he continues to do to this day. Don was hired by Kawai America in 1995 as the Director of Field Services, which he thoroughly enjoys. Along the way, Don has created several tools to assist piano technicians in their work. These innovative products include the Flange Bushing Broach and the Mannino String Hook.
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