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    erin-wood on #148641

    Is it customary to tip for regulation services? If so, what would be an appropriate amount? Thanks for your input!

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #148642

    I shouldn’t think so, they are charging quite high fees already, if you mean the guild members. I never have, nor had any indication of a need to, as they are all self-employed, unless you mean other circumstances.

    erin-wood on #148643

    Thank you Saul for your reply. I never have either because it hadn’t even occurred to me.

    tony-morosco on #148644

    I don’t tip either. Not that my harp tech doesn’t do a fantastic job, but because it isn’t that kind of a service. I would no more think to tip a harp tech for a regulation than I would tip my plumber or a jewler or my auto mechanic.

    They provide a service. They charge set rates for that service. We pay that rate. End of story.

    carl-swanson on #148645

    I agree. No tip.

    kathy-chanik on #148646

    Hmmm…I’ve never thought of tipping the regulator either, On the other hand, one lesson I learned while working as a harpist in one of the big Las Vegas casinos is-EVERYBODY appreciates a tip. Maybe I could hand the regulator a twenty and say “Go buy yourself an Irish Coffee on me and thanks for the great service.”

    Evelyn Tournquist on #148647

    I used to tip. About 20 years ago I started tipping the harp technician I was using at the time. He eventually told me that it messed up his bookkeeping. I stopped tipping.

    barbara-low on #148648

    Erin, it’s not customary to tip a harp regulator, but if you feel he or she went the extra mile and you got exemplary service, go ahead and tip.

    barbara-low on #148649

    My husband and I have tipped service people who have set rates and charge accordingly. I think a tip is appropriate under certain circumstances.

    Guidelines for tipping are somewhat baffling, in my opinion.

    As a harpist, I provide a service and charge competitive rates. I don’t expect tips, but sure do appreciate them when I get them. I’m sure there’s a lot of people who feel musicians are paid plenty enough so therefore won’t tip on top of our requested fee.

    barbara-low on #148650

    Kathy, that would be a very kind gesture. I like the way you think. ;-)

    Sherj DeSantis on #148651

    Hi Erin,

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #148652

    I think the best tip is a recommendation to others to use their services. I wouldn’t object to serving coffee, or lunch if we were friendly. And I might tip if they were offering services for a very low fee. But as a professional, I feel insulted by being offered a tip rather than the rate I asked for. I am not a waiter.

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