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Steinway piano maker on his important job

26/11/2012
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Wally Boot has spent the last half-century making Steinway pianos in New York City. He says he has a very important job to do, as each instrument leaves the building. Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50135845n

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The Secret Life of Piano Tuners

24/11/2012
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http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/secretlife/audio/2539503/the-secret-life-of-piano-tuners.asx

Hear from the people who keep New Zealand’s pianos sounding sweet, from old dingers to Steinway grands. We meet the man who tuned Paul McCartney’s family “joanna” and hear stories of the itinerant piano tuners who were much sought after in 19th century New Zealand. People interviewed in this programme include: Anthony Fry – piano tuner, Chris O’Connor – percussionist, Dr Kirstine Moffat – author of Piano Forte: Stories and Soundscapes from Colonial New Zealand, David Jenkins – tuner, Yuji Nakamura – tuner, David Salmon – tuner, Hermione Johnson – pianist. (24′19″)

Produced by Julie Hill for Radio New Zealand National.

Source: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/secretlife/20121124

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Motown sound to come from 1877 Steinway again

03/10/2012
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1877 Steinway grand piano

Onetime Beatle Paul McCartney paid to restore this 1877 Steinway grand piano used by Motown artists that is now part of the collection at the Motown Museum in Detroit. He came upon it when he toured the museum in 2011. It couldn’t be played at the time because of its deteriorated condition. He’ll get to play it now. (Detroit News via Associated Press)

Mowtown enthusiasts at Detroit’s Mowtown Museum (USA) are happy to welcome back their 1877 Steinway & Sons model D grand piano following a complete restoration at the Steinway & Sons New York Factory.

The piano was originally used in the museum’s recording studio (before the studio became a museum) and has been used by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. The restoration project was started by Paul McCartney, who wanted to see the piano restored to its former glory.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney will play the 1877 Steinway grand piano he paid to have restored at a Sept. 18 charity event in New York City before the piano is returned to the Motown Museum in Detroit. He’ll perform with Motown founder Berry Gordy. (Associated Press)

You can read the full article at the Washington Times on line by clicking here.

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