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"May I Tune the Piano For You?"
By John A. Tuttle

Just like beauty being in the eye of the beholder, good music is in the ear of the listener, and we're _all_ different.  Just yesterday I repaired the player in a 30-year-old Aeolian that hadn't been tuned in more than 15 years -- it sounded really bad.  After completing the repairs, I asked if I could tune the piano.  The lady said, "No, we're moving away soon."

I explained the need for tuning but I didn't argue, and I finished putting the player unit back together.  Shortly after the music started playing I looked at the lady and she was crying!

She sniffled through her tears, "The piano hasn't sounded this good in many years. You did a really nice job. Thank you!"

...?? ...  _You_ figure it out!

John Tuttle

 [ Editor's note:
 [
 [ I once visited a noted Ragtime piano roll collector, and when I heard
 [ his piano I gasped, "Albert, what happened?"
 [
 [ He replied, "A bass string broke six months ago so I used my tuning
 [ hammer to reduce the tension of all the other strings.  I've played
 [ the piano every night since then and no more strings have broken.
 [ How did you know?  Does it sound bad?"
 [
 [ Robbie Rhodes


(Message sent Sun 15 Dec 1996, 14:06:15 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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