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Pianolas in India
By Dan Wilson

Richard Vance said:

> I suspect that any remnant of the British enthusiasm for the Pianola
> would most likely exist in the Darjeeling area where the climate and
> the remnants of the British community in the Subcontinent would favor
> the preservation of instruments.  Unfortunately, this is about as far
> away from Bombay as one can be in India.

The climate is against you.  The concert pianist Malcolm Binns was
reminiscing on radio about playing in India and said he had to play
Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto in a hall where the agent hadn't checked
the piano.  It was an old grand, a Lipp or a Feurich, and the plank
(pin-block, sorry) had gone.  It was in tune up to middle C and then lost
a semitone an octave as it went on up.  He had to transpose his right
hand a semi-tone or a tone up as he played.  No-one noticed.

Hey, though, I'm wrong.  There _is_ a player repairer in Bombay, I'm sure
of it.  Don't they have 'Yellow Pages' there ?

Dan Wilson

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