Bellyman Certification Program

The Bellyman Certification Program teaches technicians how to replace soundboards, bridge caps and pinblocks.  The classes run online, but include a hands-on element that makes them effective and fun!


SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER    Sample the first module of THE CRAFT OF SOUNDBOARD MAKING for just $39. 

See how the latest online instructional design can work, right in your own workshop . In this 10 module online course, you will:

  • Make the practice jig.
  • Design a rib scale.
  • Make pre-crownecd ribs.
  • Assemble the soundboard panel.
  • Build a soundboard press. 
  • Build a hot-box.
  • Glue on the bridges. 
  • Glue in a soundboard.

All with the close supervision of your instructor, Ken Eschete, RPT.  

Module “ZERO” covers the construction of the practice  jig and is a good way to experience the online learning system.  We hope that once you see how well this works, you will want to enroll in the full course.  $390 

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Featured Course:
The Craft of Soundboard Making
Piano rebuilding is already a satisfying addition for many piano tuning businesses. But increasingly, we are encountering “Golden Era” grands that have already been rebuilt once before. Many have new cracks that have appeared alongside the old shims; ribs are held to the soundboard with screws and epoxy; plate support dowels have been sawn away; with no crown remaining in the soundboard. Clearly, we rebuilders need to be able to replace soundboards.
Soundboard making is the ultimate challenge for any rebuilder, and it is a craft that has been closely guarded. This course is designed to break barriers, so that rebuilders can learn everything they need to know, right in their own workshops.
Our method for teaching these courses relies on a combination of video/lecturing, and a hands-on element that utilizes a practice jig. As you learn, you will actually be carrying out the work using the jig.. Through photos and video, the instructor is able to judge your progress and provide timely help.
 By the end of the course, you will have made the ribs, assembled the soundboard panel, built a soundboard press, built a hot-box, built a jig for radius-cutting ribs, glued up a radius-crowned soundboard, and glued on the bridge.
Want to learn how? Join Ken Eschete,RPT for Soundboard Making, starting now.   Cost $390.
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Sample of Bridge Capping Class

Upon completion of the classes, the students will have the option of traveling to the workshop of a participating rebuilder for several days of actually work on a piano. So far, there are three shops in the USA, and I hope to find others around the world. These are well known master rebuilders, and they will be joining together to provide the certification for those who complete the program.

Classes generally run for 9 weeks. Tuition is $390.00 / class. In-shop seminars generally run 5 days and cost $1,000.00.

Currently Available Classes:  

Bridge Capping: Available now

Soundboards: Starting April 1

Pinblocks: Starting June 1

Enroll in these classes by using the contact form at the top.