By:  Thomas M. Sterner

In my piano service business, I worked many seven-day weeks, and some fourteen to sixteen-hour days. Once, when I had a particularly long day ahead of me, I decided I would put all my effort into deliberately working slowly. Working this way might sound counterproductive, but I couldn’t get a day off, so going slowly for at least one day seemed rather appealing.

I was to start with a concert preparation on a grand piano for the local symphony. I was to prepare the soloist’s piano in the morning, along with a second piano that would be used in the orchestra. Afterward I had service work that extended over two states, and then I had to return to the concert hall to check the two pianos once again. The workload was about two and a half times the amount that was considered a full day’s schedule in the trade.

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