A group of removalists unloading a $107,000 Bosendorfer piano have lost control of the instrument, allowing it to fall 2.5m down an embankment. One witness said the accident sounded like "ten honky-tonk pianos being hit by mallets".
The Two Moors Festival had been fundraising for two years to buy the rare instrument. The Bosendorfer piano weighs in at 750kg, has 97 keys and sports some 10,000 moving parts.
"Now we are totally devastated. This was the Rolls-Royce of pianos and it is unlikely we'll get our hands on another one," said Festival artistic director Penny Adie. She is negotiating with the removal firm and her insurance company.