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#1460949 - 06/22/10 12:45 PM Blind Tuner holds true to his vision  
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Maurice Dinkins lost his sight as a young teen. Thankfully he did not lose his vision. I love Maurice! He is a great guy and he deserves this type of recognition.



The news crew that interviewed him were very nice and truly enthusiatic about interviewing him and relating his story. They know nothing about piano though and made a few mistakes. For instance, nobody ships their piano to Philly for Maurice to tune it.

It is a very nice interview just the same. Bravo Maurice!


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#1461074 - 06/22/10 04:23 PM Re: Blind Tuner holds true to his vision [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Kudos to Maurice and to the Cunningham folks for recognizing what a wonderful asset Maurice is to their shop and factory!

#1461167 - 06/22/10 06:17 PM Re: Blind Tuner holds true to his vision [Re: Rank Piano Amateur]  
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Very nice Rich, thanks for sharing this!

#1461249 - 06/22/10 09:16 PM Re: Blind Tuner holds true to his vision [Re: deAlmeida]  
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Fantastic!!!!
I love to see piano techs get recognition.


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#1461488 - 06/23/10 09:03 AM Re: Blind Tuner holds true to his vision [Re: Rod Verhnjak]  
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Especially the ones who do not let a disability interfere with their career in life.

Very good Rich. Thanks for the video.


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#1461497 - 06/23/10 09:12 AM Re: Blind Tuner holds true to his vision [Re: Silverwood Pianos]  
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That was very nice, Rich... very inspirational!

Thanks for sharing it!

Rick


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#1461518 - 06/23/10 09:39 AM Re: Blind Tuner holds true to his vision [Re: Rickster]  
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What I found fascinating, was Rich's comment that Maurice could say, for any note, how many cents it's off. I've checked my ability to find A440 with a variable frequency generator, and can come to within 2 Hz (not sure how many cents that is at 440 Hz). But to actually quantify the "off-ness", and on all 88 notes? Wow...


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#1461867 - 06/23/10 05:19 PM Re: Blind Tuner holds true to his vision [Re: Mark R.]  
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The trait that I enjoy most that Maurice possesses is the ability to make into an advantage any negative force that he might encounter. This comes out in the interview. He is extremely positive, even though he has every right to be bitter and cantankerous!

Thank you for the comments - I plan on sharing them with Maurice when I see him tomorrow. Believe me, it will make his day. smile


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