THE 2012 MITA CONVENTION WAS IN ST LOUIS MISSOURI
The 2012 convention dates were July 23 to 27, 2012 and was held at the HoteLumiere in downtown St. Louis on the Riverfront.
The convention is held every-other year.
The class schedule for 2012 is below for reference; the Registration cost info is for 2012 in St. Louis.
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, Lowrey, Kawai, Artisan, Hammond, and Rodgers. Ed Wilson will be giving the Rodgers classes and have not confirmed as of January 1st, but hope to have Bill Whitlock, president and chief engineer of Jensen Transformers, Inc. back again to present classes on ground loop elimination and other topics!
For those who want to become certified, there will also be an opportunity to take the MITA certification exam.
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 five days $435.00
One Day: $175.00 additional days $105.00/day
Non Member Rates:
All five days $485.00
One Day: $225.00 additional days $125/day
Non Member Rates:
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!
Click here for the Registration Form in PDF format
MITA International Convention Registration
This address is on the form.
The accommodations at HoteLumiere are great. The hotel started out as an Embassy Suites, so all rooms are suites with either two Queens or one King size bed and a hide-a-bed in the front room. All rooms are clean and comfortable and are offered at a special price to our convention attendees. To take advantage of this rate ($99 per night), mention group code G11330 when making your reservations. (The Four Seasons Hotel is also part of the complex so make sure you specify the "HoteLumiere")
999 North Second Street, 877-450-7711.(Reservations)
HoteLumiere has 5 restaurants on premises, is 2 blocks away from the Gateway Arch, is adjacent to Laclede's Landing with many shops and dining, walking distance to Bush Stadium (Cardinals in town July 20 to 26), free parking for hotel guests, free internet access in the guest and meeting rooms, 2 blocks from Metro Link (light rail), walking distance to several other downtown restaurants and shops.
Cheap Airfare to St. Louis
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Transportation to and from Lambert St. Louis International Airport is provided by the following companies:
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|Taxi||$30.00 per person (each way)|
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How to make reservations:
A special group rate has been negotiated on your behalf. Walk-ups will not be eligible for group rate.
Please click here www.gobestexpress.com to go to our website. In the gray box on the right where it says "ENTER YOUR COUPON, GROUP OR CONVENTION CODE HERE", enter MITA and begin your reservation to reserve a seat.
ANNUAL MEETING and BANQUET
As always, Wednesday evening is special as this is the time when we hold our annual banquet (Cost $_39.00_)
and conduct our annual business meeting. (You do not have to attend the banquet to attend the business meeting.) The evening will conclude in a drawing in which several hundreds of dollars in prizes will be given away. You must be at the meeting to be eligible to win. So, don’t miss it!
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 St. Louis 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 2012 MITA Convention
Tentative 2012 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 2012 Schedule as of May 18, 2012:
Monday AM: Hammond Tone Wheel – Lonnie Smith and Bill Dotsey
Tuesday AM: Hammond Tone Wheel – Lonnie Smith and Bill Dotsey
Tuesday PM: Baldwin - Baldwin D400 & MCO – Robert Spoon
Wednesday AM: Baldwin - Baldwin D400 & MCO – Robert Spoon
Wednesday PM: Kawai Old & New Products – Juan Escobar
Thursday AM: Kawai Old & New Products – Juan Escobar
Monday AM:Rodgers – PDI organ technology – Ed Wilson
Monday PM:Rodgers – CMOS organ technology – Ed Wilson
Tuesday PM: Rodgers – PDI organ technology – Ed Wilson
Wednesday AM:Rodgers – CMOS organ technology – Ed Wilson
Monday PM:Van Koevering – VIP 300, 600, 900 & 950 repair – Mark Ziino
Tuesday AM:Van Koevering – VIP 1300, 1900 & 1950 repair – Mark Ziino
Tuesday PM: Artisan - How to update an older organ at a fraction of the cost – Tom Fuchsen and “assistants”
Wednesday AM: Yamaha – 2011 CLP400 series Technical Seminar, Repair and
Maintenance of Yamaha Keyboard Assembly (old and new) – Elijah Brady
Wednesday PM: Yamaha – New Product (Pro-Audio Product), NP11 and NP31
Technical Seminar, THR5, THR10 Technical Seminar - Elijah Brady
Thursday AM: Yamaha – New Product (Pro-Audio Product), THR5, THR10 Technical
Seminar - Elijah Brady
Thursday PM: Yamaha – 2011 CLP400 series Technical Seminar, Repair and
Maintenance of Yamaha Keyboard Assembly (old and new), NP11 and NP31 Technical
Seminar – Elijah Brady
Friday AM: Allen – Discussion of common problems and repair of “older” instruments – Jesse Betlyon and “staff”
Monday AM: Certification Boot Camp Session 1 - Terry Wall
Monday PM: Certification Boot Camp Session 2 - Terry Wall
Tuesday AM: Certification Boot Camp Session 3 - Terry Wall
Tuesday PM: Certification Test Session
Wednesday AM: Certification Boot Camp Session 1 - Terry Wall
Wednesday PM: Certification Boot Camp Session 2 - Terry Wall
Thursday AM: Certification Boot Camp Session 3 - Terry Wall
Thursday PM: Certification Test Session
Friday AM: Guitar Amplifiers – Discussion of and repair of them – Terry Wall
Monday: Hammond Suzuki With Ray Gerlich by way of telephone - Update the changes at Hammond,
go over the 122A and 122XB Leslie and the changes in it over the last 5 years.
Then if time I will go over other new products
Tuesday: YAMAHA SERVICE “MEET AND GREET” 6:30 pm ~ 8:30 pm; Topics and Refreshments,
• Service Power
• The “new” Service Mall
Wednesday: "Banquet, Attendance Prizes"
Thursday: Riverboat Dinner and Cruise