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Piano tuning hits right note for Ben

Ben Fraser tunes a piano at the Emerald Marist College.
Ben Fraser tunes a piano at the Emerald Marist College.

IT MIGHT not be the most well-known trade out there, but for Ben Fraser being a piano tuner was always high up on his to-do list.

The 19-year-old recently went to the United States to complete a nine month piano tuning and repair regulation course and said it was one of the best experiences of his life.

"Piano tuning was always one of the jobs that really stood out for me," Ben said.

"Moving out of home to a foreign country was pretty great... every dinner time over there was like a United Nations meeting there were so many of us from different countries."

During his time overseas, Ben studied at the North Bennet Street School five days a week with 14 other students and completed a series of tests as part of the Piano Technicians Guild.

"They teach all these really obscure trades at the school," he said.

But getting a spot in the school wasn't easy for the ex-Marist College school captain, as he had to make to trip over there just for a face-to-face interview to be successful in his application.

Ben said while the course was "really hard work", he was more than happy with his choice to study the trade.

"It's a really fine trade, there are a lot of technical aspects to it," he said.

"There is a lot of variety, every piano is different, and it's just nice to be personable and go to other people's houses.

"You get to meet a lot of great people. It's also a great job to continue other studies in."

The music lover lived in Emerald for 10 years before moving overseas, and has now made his home on the Sunshine Coast where he puts all his knowledge to the test in a full-time position as a piano tuner.

As part of his job Ben still gets to visit his old hometown, venturing to Emerald twice a year for tuning and repair jobs.

While he said he wasn't sure what was on the horizon for him in the future, he said he would just enjoy what he was doing and think about studying another subject at university later down the track.


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