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Need A Good Laugh? #1405606 03/28/10 02:11 PM
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This was in the morning paper in the "At Home" section of the Peoria Journal Star.

"The baby grand piano in the living room is a J. Leies & Son concert grand for an apartment."

Say What?

Maybe Rich G. can explain the amazing folding piano! ???


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Re: Need A Good Laugh? [Re: Marty in Minnesota] #1405634 03/28/10 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Marty in Minnesota
This was in the morning paper in the "At Home" section of the Peoria Journal Star.

"The baby grand piano in the living room is a J. Leies & Son concert grand for an apartment."

Say What?

Maybe Rich G. can explain the amazing folding piano! ???


I am happy to explain this amazing new technology, Marty.

The cast iron plate, soundboard, rims, and legs are outfitted with a set of custom hinges, latches, and springs. These components are controlled by a single trigger, conveniently located just to the right of the keyboard. When activated, there is a chain reaction that releases the piano parts, section by section.

The result is a concert grand sized instrument that, part by part, will fold itself up into a final package about the size of a spinet piano.

I hope that was helpful,


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Re: Need A Good Laugh? [Re: Rich Galassini] #1405647 03/28/10 03:17 PM
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If I'm not mistaken, the testing for this new technology was performed on square grands. Until reading the above posts, I wasn't aware the square implosion problem had been overcome.


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Re: Need A Good Laugh? [Re: Eric Gloo] #1405715 03/28/10 05:06 PM
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I'm having a sudden vision of a Murphy bed with a small grand that falls out instead of a mattress grin


I'll figure it out eventually.
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Re: Need A Good Laugh? [Re: Rich Galassini] #1405719 03/28/10 05:12 PM
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OMG Rich,

Does that mean that I can buy a S&S-D and then fold it back to the Baldwin Acrosonic which I first learned upon?

And I thought it was an accordion fold. Silly Me!


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Any pic or video? Is this a joke or serious (since the title is "Need A Good Laugh?"? I can't comprehend how it'd be done...

Re: Need A Good Laugh? [Re: Volusiano] #1406017 03/29/10 03:50 AM
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Hey Volusiano,

It is all very tongue in cheek. Check out the start of this thread.

How could anyone build a "baby" grand which is a "concert grand for an apartment?"

Actually, I believe it comes with a bulldozer to scrunch a 9 footer to under 5'.

I do like the Hide-a-Grand theory, or the big lever like on the side of a Lazy Boy, however.


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All right folks,
we are approaching April Fool's Day so I expect to see many more "We need a good laugh" stories.
Hold onto your hats, pedals, music stands. etc.?


Joseph

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Re: Need A Good Laugh? [Re: Marty in Minnesota] #1406132 03/29/10 09:31 AM
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Releasing 30 tons of string tension with a click of a button - somehow that reminds me of a giant mousetrap.

*ka-BOOM*


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Re: Need A Good Laugh? [Re: Mark R.] #1406211 03/29/10 11:07 AM
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speaking of quickly releasing string tension... wink
This is what someone's reaction was when a string broke in a piano...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAzpQnSKbyA#t=2m17s
Now... that was just ONE string.
I'd like to see someone's reaction when plate struts in a piano give way and buckle, folding/curving the strings and bending the entire plate in the process. blush

Hey... does anyone by any chance have any recordings of a plate (with the strings at full tension, or at least A-438 or so) breaking?


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Re: Need A Good Laugh? [Re: 88Key_PianoPlayer] #1406458 03/29/10 03:42 PM
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I found this ad on Craigslist in Chicago. Notice how they write "It has never been in storage and always in a climate controlled environment.." and then look at the pics and where the piano actually is. Um.......something's wrong with this picture.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/msg/1659071283.html

C


I often wonder what could have been.

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Re: Need A Good Laugh? [Re: manofsong] #1406720 03/29/10 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by manofsong
I found this ad on Craigslist in Chicago. Notice how they write "It has never been in storage and always in a climate controlled environment.." and then look at the pics and where the piano actually is. Um.......something's wrong with this picture.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/msg/1659071283.html

C

First --- WHEN WILL PEOPLE STOP POSTING PICS OF GRANDS WITH THE FLY LIDS LEFT UNFOLDED!! That is one of my huge pet peeves.

Second - that poor piano needs a restoration. The strings are corroded (strings are in great shape??) Someone should rescue the poor littleChickering.


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Re: Need A Good Laugh? [Re: 88Key_PianoPlayer] #1406726 03/29/10 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by 88Key_PianoPlayer
speaking of quickly releasing string tension... wink
This is what someone's reaction was when a string broke in a piano...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAzpQnSKbyA#t=2m17s


That's hysterical. The guy relly is THAT gay, and I almost fell over laughing when she told him she was going to hit him in the Va**na...


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