Dale Probst is a Registered Piano Technician in the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) and a member of the Music Instrument Technicians Association(MITA). He has been restoring, repairing, servicing and tuning pianos and organs in the Texoma area for over thirty five years.
A musician since the age of eight, Dale played in groups in Austin, Houston, and Wichita Falls,Tx. A native of Wichita Falls and graduate of Midwestern State University,he feels fortunate to have a vocation that combines his love of music, woodworking, metal working,and electronics.
He received training at the Baldwin Piano factory and is a graduate of the Yamaha "Little Red Schoolhouse". In addition, through PTG and MITA he has received training on most major brands of pianos and organs. He services and restores electronic organs, pianos and both pneumatic and electronic player systems.
He is proud to have served the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) as President twice, Vice President twice, Secretary Treasurer twice, Regional Vice President twice and Institute Director four times and on various committees. He was elected President of the Texas State Association (TSA) of PTG three times, Vice President twice and Seminar Director three times. When TSA became South Central Regional Conference (SCRC) he was elected President three times. He has taught technical classes at the PTG Convention, TSA Conference, Mid Atlantic Regional Convention, WestPac Regional Conference and the SCRC in addition to various chapters. He served the Texoma Chapter of PTG in various offices, as instructor and PTG Council delegate.
In 1995, Dale received the Jimmy Gold Award for service to the Texas State Association of PTG. Dale received the PTG Crowl Travis Member of Note award in 2000. He also received a Presidential Citation from PTG President David Durben RPT in 2000. In 2011, he received a Presidential Citation from PTG President Allan Gilreath RPT. At the Atlanta Convention in 2014, he entered the PTG Hall of Fame.
Dale received the Golden Hammer Award, the highest award the Piano Technicians Guild presents at the 2015 PTG Conference and Institue. PTG is the largest international organization of piano technicians in the world. We view this as the highest honor a piano technician can receive and Dale is honored and humbled to receive it. A video of his acceptance speech with a link to the text of the speech is found here . A link to an interview with Dale by the Oral History Project of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAAM) can be found here.
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Dale Probst, RPT