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04/11/2007 05:59 PM ID: 61730 Permalink   

Removalists Destroy $107,000 Grand Piano


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.

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  "Language" barrier  
I saw 'removalists' and thought it was some radical activist party with views against owning nice things like grand pianos. If you hear the word 'mover' in UK or Aus what do you think of?

Terrible shame though. I hate hearing about irreplaceable works of art or craftsmanship like that being destroyed. Although materialism can be bad, sometimes truly wonderful objects like this can be important to our culture; like Stradivarius violins or beautiful antique cars.
  by: etown411   04/11/2007 06:56 PM     
are they still removalists when they are moving the stuff -into- the new home
  by: Syoware   04/11/2007 08:32 PM     
  2.5 meters?  
That's not very far - and it's not like it was held 2.5 meters above the ground and dropped freefall style, it went 2.5 meters down an embankment. Frankly, the piano doesn't look that bad in the picture, I bet they'll be able to salvage much of it.
  by: caution2     04/11/2007 08:43 PM     
Then they are movalists.
  by: John E Angel     04/11/2007 10:44 PM     
By your comments it seems you either own the moving company or the insurance company. "Hey, look! It's just a scratch."
  by: John E Angel     04/11/2007 10:46 PM     
  Just look at the picture  
It's not exactly a heap of unrecognizable rubble.
  by: caution2     04/11/2007 10:56 PM     
You realize you can only see the top and the rest is wrapped in a burgundy blanket right?
  by: kuhl   04/11/2007 11:36 PM     
the insurance company of the removalists should beable to cover its value so they can buy another one wiht the money.. unless the covereage is like 25k =\
  by: maccheese   04/12/2007 12:01 AM     
  I don't see why this is such an issue  
Shit happens. That's why moving companies have insurance policies. The insurance company should cover it without a problem.
  by: Dark_Stang   04/12/2007 12:48 AM     
that's such a great pic -- i wonder how long it took
that guy to take his hands off his head?
  by: pixx   04/12/2007 01:37 AM     
  Ugh!!!!! this story  
almost made me cry. A fine work of art in the manufacture of this piano and they rolled it down the embankment? What a waste of a beautiful piece of workmanship. Obviously you people who think the piano LOOKS alright don't know what it takes to bring this fine piece of workmanship back to it's original standard if that is possible considering what happened to it.
  by: sleeky     04/12/2007 01:59 AM     
  Are you kidding?  
The piano doesn't look that bad? It's a grand piano... one of considerable quality. Just moving a grand piano can throw it out of tune. Dropping one can permenantly and irreperable damage it's sound even with the slightest bends in the wood. Yes, you could probably restore that piano to a playable state, and yes it could probably even sound beautiful again. But it can never again sound as it was meant too. A shame really.
  by: rapscaLLion   04/12/2007 05:40 AM     
  Few people know  
My father is was a piano tuner, and one of the best in the guild in Australia until he had to have an arthscopracy. Anyway, rapsalLion has it exactly right - the shifting and warping of the sounding board itself is enough to upset the actual timber and quality of the sound the instrument produces, not to mention the possibility of fractures or breaks (which render the instrument junk). Then you have the whole issue of trying to realign all those pins and retune the piano to an acceptable standard.

Fact is.. its most likely this piano is junk now.
  by: lauriesman     04/12/2007 07:07 AM     
you know what's funny...if you look at the source pic, it is easy to imagine it as like a religious painting of the piano if it is like Jesus or something in the world of high art...quite humorous to me in those terms...
  by: circuit_monkey   04/12/2007 09:24 AM     
  @ caution2  
At $107,477, this is a catastophy with major damage.

How can you say no damage when the top of the piano is not even visable?
Not to mention, the un-visable damage to the internals of this instrument that are precision tuned.

Quicky .... The piano is a Mazarati, and then put that Maz in a drop of a sharp burm, half-roll landing upside down. The mechanic is going to crawl up SOMEone's behind !! lol

Now, mr caution, get OUT of the damn brownie tray (are those things friggen replicating themselve's? lol) and put yer glasses on !


:) :)
  by: Discarded Vet   04/12/2007 11:14 AM     
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