2016 Convention


The 2016 MITA Convention will be held at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas

The 2016 Convention dates will be July 18 to 21, 2016.

Note: MITA, Int. is not responsible for instructors who have to cancel prior to their presentations at the Seminar.

Rodgers Topics:

Ed Wilson will be covering the early PDI organs and will take any question from the class on other products that they bring up

Yamaha Topics:

Clavinova CVP700, P115/45 digital piano and other items brought up by attendees.

Kawai Topics:

Juan Escobar will be covering new products, the actions of the various models and repair techniques for older products with the leaking caps.

Hammond Topics:

Hammond Tone Wheel with Lonnie Smith and Bill Dotsey (Monday or Tuesday AM)
History of Hammond tone wheel models & Leslie models. Servicing & rebuilding of the products.

Hammond NEW B3
How to clean bus bars on a New B3. (Monday or Tuesday evening)

Kurzweil:

Model or topics: All new for 2015/16: HOME (CGP220, CUP220, KA90, KA110, KA150, M210, M230) and PRO (Forte 7, Forte SE.

Johannus US:

Model or topics: Rick Bocock (President): System layout along with Leonard Pelly, will give troubleshooting techniques and technical support offered by Johannus US. The class periods are yet to be determined.


2016 Convention Information


THE 2016 MITA Convention will be held in The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas

The 2016 convention dates will be July 18 to 21, 2016 .

The convention is held every-other year.

The class schedule for 2016 is below. It is tentative as some times and days may change.

Attending this convention will give you the opportunity to learn some new things, experience new products to sell and service, and to network with your peers on a personal level; a level that cannot be matched by exchanges on the internet alone. Attendance alone does not make you a professional, but attending as a part of routine professional development will certainly go a long way in helping you to better serve your customers, dealers, and manufacturers and to better develop your business.

Products included in the seminar schedule this year include those from Yamaha, Kawai, Hammond (Tone Wheel), Johannus, Rodgers, Kurzweil and possibly Nord. Under the auspices of MITA, Harvey Casey's class will cover Keyboards, keyers, and/or key coding from the old E3 Electone to the PAS System to the newer ebus systems. Harvey Casey will also conduct a class on servicing basic tube guitar amplifiers. Ed Wilson will be giving the Rodgers classes which will cover early PDI organ technology. As of this posting (June 19th) Melvin Lewis possibly will be able to attend and teach about troubleshooting as it applies to vintage organs using the latest in logical troubleshooting aided by apps on tablets and smartphones as it applies to Allen(analog), Baldwin (T pulse), Conn (65x and those using the 72400 chip) as well as vintage Rodgers as examples. Roger Jessup is presenting Kurzweil and is trying to get Nord product to present. He will discuss and cover common problems that a service technician will likely run across when servicing Kurzweils and have a Question and Answer period at the end of his classes. Yamaha and Daniel Chung will be covering four new products, their operation and servicing procedures. Kawai's Juan Escobar will be covering all the service issues with the "time honored" keyboard technology that Kawai is using/has used in their products, parts available to service older products, and the latest products. Hammond/Suzuki's Ray Gerlich is being tasked by management to work on projects in the manufacturing facility and will not be able to attend. I am working with him to see if he can provide a Q & A session by long distance as technology has advanced today. Lonnie Smith and Bill Dotsey will cover all the problems you will likely encounter with the technology that Laurens Hammond designed into his Hammond Organ and the Don Leslie Tone Cabinets, service short-cuts and a detailed service handout "bible" for a reference when servicing Hammonds and Leslies. Lonnie Smith will also conduct an evening class Monday night on cleaning the buss rods on the "new" Hammond organs.

The above classes will be held during the 8:00 to 5:00 class periods. In the evening periods, (7:00 to 9:00 PM) we will attempt to have some hands-on classes in using equipment of our trade and possibly other latest technology as it applies to iPhones and Tablets. If you have some particular subject that you would like to see covered, contact Ken Gerler (kenneth.gerler@prodigy.net) and make your desires know and we will try to make it happen!

For those who want to become certified, there will also be an opportunity to take the MITA certification exam. Class time are yet to be posted.

The cost of registration includes attendance at all available seminars, continental breakfast, a full lunch, and break-time snacks and beverages for each day that you register.
Don't miss out! Send in your registration early!

EARLY REGISTRATION (Must be received before June 15th) LATE REGISTRATION (If received after June 15th)
Member Rates:
All four days $435.00
One Day: $175.00 additional days $105.00/day

Non Member Rates:
All four days $650.00
One Day: $225.00 additional days $155/day

Member Rates:
All four days $485.00
One Day: $225.00 additional days $125/day

Non Member Rates:
All four days $665.00
One Day: $275.00 additional days $175/day

REGISTRATION FORM
(Registration form is below the class schedule.)
Print the Registration Form and fill it out. If paying by check mail it to the address listed of the form.
If paying by credit card, you may also fax the form to the phone number listed on the form.

For your own protection, please do not send credit card payment by email!






MITA International Convention Registration

376 Old Woodbury Rd.

Southbury, CT 06488


 

This address is on the form.




TRANSPORTATION

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HOTEL RESERVATIONS

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GUESTS at LUNCH:

Family and friends are welcome to join us at lunch (Cost $_19.00_/ day)

We will once again organize, for those interested, events for family and friends
to do as a group and/or groups.(details to be provided)




For the classes, it is a good idea to bring pencil (or
pen) and paper. A portable computer may be useful, too, if you have one, since
some of the presenters hand out material on CDs. It is not essential, though.
Perhaps a calculator would be useful if you take the certification test (may
need to calculate current, voltage, etc., in solving some of the problems.)

The weather in Las Vegas in July will be hot. But, the air conditioning in the
class rooms may be a bit cool. So, a Sweater or light jacket is a good idea.




The 2016 MITA Convention

Tentative 2016 Convention schedule is shown below. The schedule will be updated as information becomes known.

Note: MITA, Int. is not responsible for instructors who have to cancel prior to their presentations at the Seminar.




Convention 2016 Schedule as of July 6, 2016:

Certification Classes: These classes will be scheduled for techs that indicate they would like to take the class and then the test. Indicate on your registration form and when you arrive for the Convention and Seminar.

Room F
Monday AM: Hammond Tone Wheel – Lonnie Smith and Bill Dotsey
Monday PM: MITA, – Common failures on YAMAHA products – Harvey Casey.
Tuesday AM: Hammond Tone Wheel – Lonnie Smith and Bill Dotsey
Tuesday PM: Kurzweil - See list of instruments above. cont. and questions - Roger Jessup
Wednesday AM: Rodgers – Early PDI organ technology and questions from class - Ed Wilson
Wednesday PM: Kawai Old & New Products – Juan Escobar
Thursday AM: Kawai Old & New Products – Juan Escobar
Thursday PM:

Room E
Monday AM: Johannus - previous product generations overview with Q and A Leonard Pelly and Rick Bocock
Monday PM: Johannus - Current generation products overview with Q and A Leonard Pelly and Rick Bocock
Tuesday AM: Kurzweil - See list of instruments above - Roger Jessup
Tuesday PM: Rodgers – Early PDI organ technology and questions from class - Ed Wilson
Wednesday AM: Yamaha - New CLAVINOVA CVP700, P115/45 digital piano, and troubleshooting techniques - Daniel Chung, Elijah Bradford (Class size limited)
Wednesday PM :Yamaha - New CLAVINOVA CVP700, P115/45 digital piano, and troubleshooting techniques - Daniel Chung, Elijah Bradford (Class size limited)
Thursday AM: MITA - Basic Tube Guitar Amplifiers - Harvey Casey
Thursday PM: MITA, – Common failures on YAMAHA products – Harvey Casey.-

Room D
Monday AM:
Monday PM:
Tuesday AM: -
Tuesday PM:
Wednesday AM:
Wednesday PM:
Thursday AM: -
Thursday PM:

EVENINGS:

Monday: How to clean bus bars on a New B3 - Lonnie Smith.
Tuesday: (open)
Wednesday: "Banquet, Attendance Prizes"