THE 2014 MITA Convention will be held in The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas
The 2014 convention dates will be July 21 to 24, 2014 .
The convention is held every-other year.
The class schedule for 2014 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, Artisan, Hammond (Tone Wheel), Hammond-Suzuki, Rodgers, Kurzweil and possibly Nord. 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, and servicing the Yamaha EMX512SC, assisted by Dave Willman. Ed Wilson will be giving the Rodgers classes which will cover LTG organ technology. Bill Whitlock, president and chief engineer of Jensen Transformers, Inc. is back again to present classes on ground loop elimination and other topics on troubles encountered when connecting various audio components together! Melvin Lewis will 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. Artisan will be demonstrating on how you can take an old reliable console with old technology in it and us it as a structure to put the latest pipe voicing by way of computer equipment, to create an old organ into a great new sounding instrument. Hammond/Suzuki's Ray Gerlich will be covering current Sk organs, the XK-3 system, the "New" B3 mk II, and the A162 preliminary information, as well as the current Leslies: 122XB 122A, 147A, 3300 and Studio 12 tone cabinets and sound reproducing equipment. 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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)|
All four days $435.00
One Day: $175.00 additional days $105.00/day
Non Member Rates:
All four days $485.00
One Day: $225.00 additional days $125/day
Non Member Rates:
(Registration form is below the class schedule.)
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If paying by credit card, you may also fax the form to the phone number listed on the form.
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TRANSPORTATION GUESTS at LUNCH:
THE ORLEANS HOTEL & CASINO • 4500 WEST TROPICANA AVENUE • LAS VEGAS, NV 89103
Family and friends are welcome to join us at lunch (Cost $_19.00_/ day)
GUESTS at LUNCH:
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 2014 MITA Convention
Tentative 2014 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 2014 Schedule as of March 7, 2014:
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.
Monday AM: Hammond Tone Wheel – Lonnie Smith and Bill Dotsey
Monday PM: Certification Preparation Class- Instructors TBD
Tuesday AM: Hammond Tone Wheel – Lonnie Smith and Bill Dotsey
Tuesday PM: Artisan - How to update an older organ at a fraction of the cost – Mark Andersen
Wednesday AM: Artisan - How to update an older organ at a fraction of the cost – Mark Andersen
Wednesday PM: Kawai Old & New Products – Juan Escobar
Thursday AM: Kawai Old & New Products – Juan Escobar
Thursday PM:Certification Preparation Class- Instructors TBD
Monday AM:Yamaha and other keyboards - Keyboard Failures and Common Failures and servicing the Yamaha EMX512SC – Harvey Casey and Dave Willman
Monday PM:Rodgers – LTG organ technology – Ed Wilson
Tuesday AM:Rodgers – 751/790/W-5000 organ technology – Ed Wilson
Tuesday PM:Yamaha and other keyboards - Keyboard Failures and Common Failures and servicing the Yamaha EMX512SC – Harvey Casey and Dave Willman
Wednesday AM:Yamaha - New CLAVINOVA and DIGITAL PIANO Block diagrams, frequently used parts, service bulletin and troubleshooting techniques
Models: CLP-585, P-255, Part 1 - Daniel Chung (Class size limited)
Wednesday PM:Yamaha - New CLAVINOVA and DIGITAL PIANO Block diagrams, frequently used parts, service bulletin and troubleshooting techniques
Models: CLP-585, P-255, Part 2 - Daniel Chung (Class size limited)
Thursday AM:Yamaha - Hybrid Piano, Tyros Series and Analog Mixer Non-contact keyboard basics, block diagrams, service bulletin and troubleshooting techniques. Models: NU-1, Tyros 5, 3rd generation MG mixer, Part 1 - Daniel Chung (Class size limited)
Thursday PM: Yamaha - Hybrid Piano, Tyros Series and Analog Mixer Non-contact keyboard basics, block diagrams, service bulletin and troubleshooting techniques. Models: NU-1, Tyros 5, 3rd generation MG mixer, Part 2 - Daniel Chung (Class size limited)
Monday AM:Kurzweil - MPG200, trouble shooting, dis-assemble and repairs- Roger Jessup
Monday PM:Kurzweil - deeper into circuity and theory, the new model to released in Nashville, review of legacy products, Q&A. - Roger Jessup
Tuesday AM:Hammond/Suzuki - Current Sk organs, XK-3 system, New B3 mk II, A162 prelim, Current Leslies 122XB 122A, 147A, 3300 and Studio 12 – Ray Gerllich
Tuesday PM:Ground Loops - why and ways to fix - Bill Whitlock
Wednesday AM: Rodgers – LTG organ technology – Ed Wilson
Wednesday PM:Ground Loops - why and ways to fix - Bill Whitlock
Thursday AM:Hammond/Suzuki - Current Sk organs, XK-3 system, New B3 mk II, A162 prelim, Current Leslies 122XB 122A, 147A, 3300 and Studio 12 – Ray Gerllich
Thursday PM: Rodgers – 751/790/W-5000 organ technology – Ed Wilson
Wednesday: "Banquet, Attendance Prizes"