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Embarrassing Piano Stories - Rocking the Piano
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  I'd like to thank all of you who wrote to me about my mishap
the other day.

After reading all the responses to my 'tilting' problem (no it's not a
drinking problem :-)), I'm somewhat relieved to hear that I'm not as
alone as I might have thought.  I also received a few good suggestions
on how to avoid the problem in the future.  The best one came from Jon
Page who suggested I clamp the tilter to the back of the unit.  (Good
idea, Jon).  But I'll still chock the wheels next time.

The heart of the problem actually came from the fact that, with the new
wheels, the piano is about one inch taller than before (which I didn't
take into consideration), so the wheels made contact sooner than with
the old cast iron wheels.  Changing the weight distribution by those
few degrees made the unit much heavier 'feeling' than I was accustomed
to, and I had to 'muscle' it over the fulcrum.

Hey, what else can I say ... You live and learn, or you don't and die.
Hard words?  Perhaps, but this can be a very dangerous business if and
when we don't consider ALL the possible problems beforehand.

Admiring my nasty bruises, :-)

John A. Tuttle

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