QUICK! ...Do you tip a piano tuner?

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    Jan 03, 2009 4:54 PM GMT
    He is here now....I think I only have to pay him. He's not like some delivery guy.
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    Jan 03, 2009 4:57 PM GMT



    Psst ....Caslon, try the piano out BEFORE HE LEAVES, and if it sounds nice, tip him. If not, see if he does a few more tinkerings - if he does, tip him.

    I love our piano tuner - good guy.

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    Jan 03, 2009 5:14 PM GMT
    No, he's a professional. But do offer him tea or coffee and ask to hear him play.
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    Jan 03, 2009 5:18 PM GMT


    We tip someone for doing a great job - it isn't always money - like a thank-you card to Mom's doctor.

    Up here piano tuners don't make that much, so a tip for a good job just seems like a great idea, and so we do.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 03, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
    Do you know what's nicer than roses on a piano?

    Tulips on your organ.

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    Jan 03, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    Ok....I heard him play the piano....and it sounded great.

    I need to research the etiquette of tipping a tuner. I dont tip the furnace man or a plumber. He isnt an independent tuner. He works for Jordan Kitt.

    Turns out he is my age. I warned him to get his PSA checked....how sexy is that! He seemed as tho he could be a friend of Dorothy's. I never know how to broach such a topic in a polite way in a professional situation.
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    Jan 03, 2009 5:32 PM GMT
    Caslon, just offer to do your own version of a PSA exam. That'll let you know REAL quick icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 03, 2009 5:41 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidDo you know what's nicer than roses on a piano?

    Tulips on your organ.

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  • tailgaytor

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    Jan 03, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    Give him a twenty and wish him a Happy New Year!

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    Jan 03, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidDo you know what's nicer than roses on a piano?

    Tulips on your organ.

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    I love it....
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    Jan 03, 2009 5:49 PM GMT
    Tipping Etiquette ... http://www.findalink.net/tippingetiquette.php

    ...Let FindaLink.net help take the mystery out of tipping etiquette. This brief guide covers most tipping opportunities. If you find yourself in a situation not covered, please use our feedback page to get your questions answered. You may also post your question at our Tipping Etiquette Discussion Forums.

    Remember that tipping is discretionary. If you don't think tipping is necessary in a particular circumstance, then don't tip. This is a guide for people who are planning to tip and want to know the customary amount. If you think tipping in general is stupid, then don't tip. But don't complain that the minimum wage is too low. Don't complain that the only new jobs being created are low income. And don't send me an email rant about tipping. I won't even respond. See also: email etiquette.

    This is a guide. It is not implying a moral obligation to tip. That said, if you are using a service that is widely-known to be a tipped service, such as restaurants, bars, hair salons, valet parking, etc., then I believe there is a moral obligation to tip for good service. Here is why - a waiter at a restaurant provides you service with the expectation of being compensated a minimum of 15% for quality service. If you don't intend to tip, then you should tell the waiter up front so that he can decide whether or not to provide you the service. ...

    Miscellaneous services
    Accountants - Nothing.
    Appliance repairman - Nothing.
    Auto mechanic - Not necessary. If you insist, tip about $10-20 for bills up to $500, and $50 for bills over $500.
    Bagger at grocery store - Check in advance to see if the store has a no tipping policy. Most have one. If it doesn't, then $1-3 for the bagger and $1-5 for the person who loads your car.
    Baptism - Nothing.
    Car detailing - 15%
    Car salesman - Nothing.
    Car wash - $2-3 for a car; $3-5 for an SUV or large vehicle. If there is a tip jar, leave your tip there. It will be split among the workers. Otherwise, tip the person(s) who did the cleanup after the wash.
    Carpet cleaners - Nothing.
    Clown at children's party - $15-25 depending upon the quality of the performance and the heat level of the day. Others say 15-20% of the performers fee.
    Contractors, installers, and home remodelers - Nothing. Offer a cool drink instead.
    Cosmetologist at makeup counter - Nothing. Makeover specialist at department store - Nothing unless you used over 15 minutes of her time and then bought nothing.
    Electricians and plumbers - Nothing. Offer a cool drink instead.
    Exotic club - Nothing. Shame on you. I can't believe you would even ask.
    Farriers or horse haulers- Nothing.
    Financial planners - Nothing.
    Graphic designer - Nothing.
    Interior designer - Nothing.
    Maids - Nothing, except at Christmastime. See above.
    Mary Kay representative - Nothing.
    Mortgage loan officer - Nothing.
    Nurses - Nothing.
    Painters (house) - Nothing. Offer them a cool drink instead.
    Personal shopper or salesperson at department store - Nothing.
    Pet groomers - Most pet groomers are paid based upon a commission, not a regular salary or hourly wage. Typically your tip is 15% of the bill or $2 per dog, whichever is greater. If your dog is difficult, then tip more. Obviously, don't tip if the quality is poor.
    Pet sitters - Tipping is not required, but most pet sitters will appreciate a tip. 15% is appropriate if you want to tip.
    Physical therapist - Nothing.
    Piano tuner - Nothing.
    Realtors® or real estate agents - Nothing. The best way to say thanks is to refer people to them.
    Sports arena in-seat food service - This one is tricky. At most arenas you tip the person who takes the order 15%. You tip at the time of payment, not delivery. The best thing to do is to ask before you order. You definitely do not need to tip both the order taker and the deliverer unless you split it.
    Shoeshine - $1-2.
    Swimming lesson instructor - Nothing.
    Tailor or seamstress - Nothing.
    Tattoo or piercing artist - 10-20% or whatever you can afford. It isn't necessary, but it is appreciated.
    Telephone, security, cable, satellite, internet installers or repairmen - Nothing.
    Title company closing agents - Nothing.
    Travel agents - Nothing.
    Tree removal service - Nothing.
    Weekly lawn or landscaping service - Nothing.
    Window tinting service - Nothing.
    Window washer - Nothing.


    ....ok, now back to getting into his pants! ... icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 03, 2009 5:53 PM GMT
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    Timberoo saidDo you know what's nicer than roses on a piano?

    Tulips on your organ.

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    I love it....

    You really need to get out more. ... icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jan 03, 2009 6:03 PM GMT
    are you upset he didn't tickle your ivories?
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    Jan 03, 2009 6:11 PM GMT
    Is he hot?
  • CincyBOJ

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    Jan 03, 2009 6:47 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidDo you know what's nicer than roses on a piano?

    Tulips on your organ.

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    LOL. I did this flower arrangement for a party we had once. No one got the joke though.
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    Jan 03, 2009 8:50 PM GMT
    "Hello Sir, how are you today, weather is lovely isn't it, are you a fag? tune many piano's lately, oh I bet you have, cute fella like you, did you hear the news, obama apparently wears thongs, isn't it wonderful"
    And if you spew it out as a vomiting mutter of words, he'll pick up what he wants icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 03, 2009 10:23 PM GMT

    That's quite the list Caslon. You still could have tipped him, because it's between two individuals, and a reflection on you if you wish to be remembered as outstanding, or better than the average. We're sure you both got along famously, and your PSA tip was good advice and something I would have appreciated, because it adds a personal-interest warmth to a job.

    We gave each of our movers from the moving co a twenty - there were six of 'em. You shoulda seen them move that cabinet grand piano! Amazing.

    We tip indiscriminately. Our realtor, on top of her commission, which was mind-numbingly huge, got a free standing Tiffany glass-sided plant stand that lights up from inside. Cast iron. Why not? She'll remember us and that personal touch.


    -Doug

  • Thirdbeach

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    Jan 03, 2009 10:29 PM GMT
    Get some one to kneel behind him and then you push him, mid chest height. That should get him to tip over and land on his backside.

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    Jan 03, 2009 10:45 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    That's quite the list Caslon. You still could have tipped him, because it's between two individuals, -Doug

    Actually, he works for Jordan Kitt's.
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    Jan 03, 2009 10:50 PM GMT


    Understood. Did you like this particular person who showed up?
    Then there you go. Tipping is not something anyone should decide to do beforehand. Bill and I tip depending entirely on the experience. If our movers had been crappy they would have got a thanks-bye-now.

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    Jan 04, 2009 3:26 AM GMT
    I tipped the movers who delivered my Steinway grand. It was a 6 1/2-footer, not a baby, and weighed about 1000 pounds. I never tipped the tuner, though I offered him snacks & coffee.

    That particular piano, BTW, was not satisfactory, had some kind of subtle buzz with certain notes. A technician made 2 house calls to rectify it, without success. I didn't tip him either.

    Steinway replaced it with another new one, and I tipped the movers who brought it. But I didn't tip the technician who did the initial tuning, several weeks after its delivery, which allowed it to acclimate to my home.

    So don't worry if you didn't tip. Just keep your business with him, if he did a good job, and take his cards for your friends.
  • DCEric

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    Jan 04, 2009 3:37 AM GMT
    You know, you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish.
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  • Menergy_1

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    Jan 04, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    I agree with the list from that site. Although one could always (as meninlove do) have the desire to tip whomever and that's sweet.

    I tipped the household goods moving team/packers at each end to split amongst themselves (except for the foreman and driver, the rest were pretty much all casual laborers arranged by the foreman and probably weren't getting full wages anyway) - and yes, they were very happy! I also provided bottled water and beer! lol

    I don't tip my tuner/technician, even though she is excellent at what she does in dealing with an antique Erard parlor grand piano (6'6") - which, like RedVespa's experience, is a bitch to handle and move, and also, in my case, to keep alive and working in New Mexico's dry climate!). She's an independent trained professional (formerly worked for a music store here, but broke off shortly) and charges appropriately per hour for her technical services. We're also good friends now, and yes, I offer coffee or tea, talk about arcane piano music, Poland, Chopin, the French piano makers Pleyel and Erard, her dream trip to Europe to visit those and the German factories, Rossini's piano music, etc. I've made her CD copies of some wonderful music, she's shared the same with me from recordings she bought in Warsaw of piano music played on museum Pleyel and Erards, etc. But I don't feel I have to tip -- I'll pay more if she works longer, though.

    She's a young lesbian -- so there's no talk of PSA or any lingering looks from me! lol
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    Jan 04, 2009 4:19 AM GMT



    "We're also good friends now, and yes, I offer coffee or tea, talk about arcane piano music, Poland, Chopin, the French piano makers Pleyel and Erard, her dream trip to Europe to visit those and the German factories, Rossini's piano music, etc."


    Well, she got a pretty good tip then, better than cash. Sounds like a reciprocal kind of friendship, so you got tipped too.
  • B71115

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    Jan 04, 2009 4:21 AM GMT
    Only if he's leaning.

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