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Dangers of the Piano Trade
By John A. Tuttle

Sub-Title: "DANGER, Will Robinson"

Hi All,  I feel like I'm stepping back into the late 50's, early 60's
with the reference to 'Lost in Space' but it just hit me that this
piano business is a lot more dangerous than most people might think.
And considering the number of other technicians that have responded in
kind over the past couple of days and those who have yet to tells us
their stories, I'm beginning to wonder if I have enough life insurance.

The fact is... we've only skirted the tip of the 'Titanic' iceberg
regarding accidents and pianos.  I've heard dozens, maybe hundreds, of
stories from owners who decided that hiring a professional mover was
too expensive.  And then there are all the stories about the really
close calls; like the sub bass string that let go in an 8' grand and
almost decapitated the tuner.(I saw that one).

Point is... this is a dangerous occupation.  We deal with huge amounts
of pressure and vast amounts of weight everyday of our lives.  Let us
not become complacent but ever mindful of the 'beast that lies within'
lest we loose a finger, or a toe or worse.

And how about you music box folks?  Let's hear about your main spring
accidents.  Isn't protection the key to prevention?

John A. Tuttle

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