Rick has served as chief piano technician for two large universities and as shop foreman for a major piano dealer. His service as concert technician includes many years with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, Washington Performing Arts Society, and the White House. He currently serves as one of the Concert Technicians for Steinway & Sons in Washington D.C.
His piano rebuilding experience encompasses work on all components of the instrument, including re-stringing, bridge and soundboard repair/replacement, pin block replacement, keyframe and key manufacture, as well as complete action, underlever, and trap work repair, replacement, and regulation.
Within the the Piano Technicians Guild, he has served his Chapter (Washington D.C.), as President, Vice President and Secretary, as well as served on various committees locally and nationally.
He has also lectured at local, regional and national meetings on such subjects as Tuning, Voicing, Regulation and various aspects of Rebuilding. He is also certified to administer the written, tuning and technical examinations which are given to qualify members as ‘Registered Piano Technicians’.
Rick founded ‘The Butler School of Piano Technology’ in 2005, which is a home study course helping interested people to learn this very rewarding profession.