Audiences don't always realize how much concert pianists depend on talented technicians to make sure their instruments are at their best. No matter how well you play, and no matter how good the piano is, you still need a little help. Yamaha understands exactly what artists need to create their own unique musical voices. And they use this knowledge to regulate and voice the piano to perfectly match the player’s musical taste and technique. Since 1980, Yamaha has run a Piano Technical Academy at their headquarters in Japan where they have graduated more than 5,000 expert technicians. In addition to Japanese, close to 600 overseas students have trained at the PTA. Graduates are considered the elite of the concert piano technicians' world.