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#1982858 - 11/05/12 04:54 AM Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand  
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I just found this interesting video.

"Trying to fix-up an upright piano with improvised tools and parts after it was submerged under murky floodwater meters deep for 3 months at the Royal Elephant Kraal in Ayutthaya - Thailand"



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG_E...ebcFg4mV2DQ&index=1&feature=plcp

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#1982873 - 11/05/12 07:17 AM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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Thank you for the link. A marvellous story!
And it just goes to show there are pro piano technicians and also superb amateur technicians - ready to take up an enormous challenge.
And to witness one very happy elephant too was so heart-warming.


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#1982877 - 11/05/12 07:44 AM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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I admire the tenacity of this man. I think he was actually making wooden rail punchings from scratch.

Anyway, the piano still has a long way to go, but at least it plays! Bravo!

(I also loved the elephant at the end. She was almost moving her head in time with the music)

Thank you for posting this video!


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#1982878 - 11/05/12 07:46 AM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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Oh, and welcome to Piano World Furlong Dude! You are in my neighborhood and it appears you finally have your power back.

Bravo to that as well!


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#1982986 - 11/05/12 12:18 PM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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What a great video!!


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#1983022 - 11/05/12 01:45 PM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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Now I know why Sanderson Accu-Tuner uses an elephant for it's logo.


"Imagine it in all its primatic colorings, its counterpart in our souls - our souls that are great pianos whose strings, of honey and of steel, the divisions of the rainbow set twanging, loosing on the air great novels of adventure!" - William Carlos Williams
#1983026 - 11/05/12 01:56 PM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Here are two more great videos from Thailand.

"Scott Joplin for a Young Elephant"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb49...ebcFg4mV2DQ&index=2&feature=plcp



Piano for Elephants in Thailand (video diary)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qQ2...bcFg4mV2DQ&index=23&feature=plcp


Thank you. Electricity is now flowing in Furlong. To see outdoor piano videos in Pennsylvania without Elephants but with a steam railroad:

http://www.youtube.com/user/furlongdude?feature=results_main





#1983218 - 11/05/12 10:40 PM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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All cool videos FD. Thank you again for sharing.

So, are you one of the ragtime players? smile


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#1983261 - 11/06/12 01:00 AM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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If you haven't seen Paul Barton reallllyy play piano I suggest you look at all his videos. He is one of the best pianists I've seen on YouTube and does some incredible tutorials. Really top notch pianist.

#1983288 - 11/06/12 04:05 AM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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that elephant is sooooo cute!


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#1983594 - 11/06/12 11:59 PM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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Thanks, this gives me some hope for my piano which was recently flooded in Hurricane Sandy.

#1985148 - 11/10/12 09:35 PM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: Coldsalmon]  
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I looked for Paul Barton on this forum. Yes, he is a member. His posts include links to other piano/elephant videos. here are a few.

'The Elephant' by Saint-Saƫns with Thai Elephants

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBdogeZfVxk


Beethoven for Elephants - Thailand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKcks_4uLmA

#1990569 - 11/25/12 04:18 AM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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Another amazing video.

Peter the Elephant plays a Green Piano

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5KoN54culM


#1990968 - 11/26/12 09:10 AM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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I'm new here and thanks for the links.

I'm in Bangkok and my 40-yr-old upright made it safe through last year's flood. I wrapped it in a PVC sheet, "lifted" it on a couple of concrete blocks about 20 cm. high. The water got to about the wheel level but did not get through the PVC sheet.

Some of those who wrapped their pianos during last year's flood didn't get it right. They forgot about the weight of the piano that presses on the wheel and onto the "roughness" of the floor. The weight-on-rough-surface tore through the PVC sheet and their piano submerged.

I thought about the problem and I had rubber pieces placed between the concrete block and the piano. This helps the sheet from coming into contact with the rough surface.


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#1991322 - 11/27/12 06:11 AM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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One Saturday morning show, the circus band changed the music for the elephant act. The elephants refused to move. After a quick shouted instruction to play the old music that had been used for the past 30 years, the elephants went into the ring. the old music had been removed from the book but it doesn't take long to memorise a 2 hour show on 4-5 shows a day whether you want to or not so we all played it from memory.

The next show, the circus director asked for the first part of the old music and then change to the new music because it was current. (it was Galt McDermots 'African Waltz' so that dates the story to 1961).

As soon as we started with African Wz. I felt a tap on my head. It was the timpanist alerting me to what was happening in the ring. All 7 elephants were facing away from us but had all turned their heads and were staring at the band with their trunks in the air in disbelief.

Thanks for these great videos. What was done to the piano is also nothing short of amazing.


Amanda Reckonwith
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#1991327 - 11/27/12 06:25 AM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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One Saturday morning show, the circus band changed the music for the elephant act. The elephants refused to move. After a quick shouted instruction to play the old music that had been used for the past 30 years, the elephants went into the ring. the old music had been removed from the book but it doesn't take long to memorise a 2 hour show on 4-5 shows a day whether you want to or not so we all played it from memory.

The next show, the circus director asked for the first part of the old music and then change to the new music because it was current. (it was Galt McDermots 'African Waltz' so that dates the story to 1961).

As soon as we started with African Wz. I felt a tap on my head. It was the timpanist alerting me to what was happening in the ring. All 7 elephants were facing away from us but had all turned their heads and were staring at the band with their trunks in the air in disbelief.

Thanks for these great videos. What was done to the piano is also nothing short of amazing.


Amanda Reckonwith
Concert & Recording tuner-tech, London, England.
"in theory, practice and theory are the same thing. In practice, they're not." - Lawrence P. 'Yogi' Berra.


#1991328 - 11/27/12 06:26 AM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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One Saturday morning show, the circus band changed the music for the elephant act. The elephants refused to move. After a quick shouted instruction to play the old music that had been used for the past 30 years, the elephants went into the ring. the old music had been removed from the book but it doesn't take long to memorise a 2 hour show on 4 shows a day whether you want to or not so we all played it from memory.

The next show, the circus director asked for the first part of the old music and then change to the new music because it was current. (it was Galt McDermots 'African Waltz' so that dates the story to 1961).

As soon as we started with African Wz. I felt a tap on my head. It was the timpanist alerting me to what was happening in the ring. All 7 elephants were facing away from us but had all turned their heads and were staring at the band in bemused disbelief with their trunks in the air.

Thanks for these great videos. What was done to the piano is also nothing short of amazing.

Last edited by rxd; 11/27/12 12:28 PM.

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#2371924 - 01/10/15 11:55 AM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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Another great video from the same place.


Peter the Elephant Paints a Piano (and Pianist) - Thailand

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXCGw836sOc&list=PL07228141C088A986&index=22

#2371947 - 01/10/15 01:18 PM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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furlongdude,

You are back!!

I hope you visit us more than every three years.

I had asked you previously if you are one of the regtime players. Are you?


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#2372053 - 01/10/15 07:22 PM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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I'm happy to be back.

I'm not a ragtime player, just the photographer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W5VwUGU59Y&index=2&list=UUjezcYllbP12Nk4cuRoGQng

Its more than just ragtime.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y787I0Okqjc&list=PLGaCzKv-uKxdEwjxU3gpyqUwZRsmTT1Zp


I have been wanting to visit your store, Maybe next week. I will phone you.

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#2372063 - 01/10/15 07:56 PM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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I'm so glad this old post got 'revived', gave me a chance to find it too.
Loved the videos and stories!!! Great piano-rescue and wonderful elephants. Thank you for sharing.


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You crazy people! This is Paul Barton, and he is one of the best pianists of all time and an incredible human being, second to none. Watch his videos -- he's a marvellous, patient, skilled teacher, performer, and chef/martial-artist/linguist (really, he's good at many things).

Does a great Faure - Requiem and also

O Fortuna
Manual Ponce's "Intermezzo"
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Chopin etudes, both sets

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
everything by Mayumi Kato, including "Kyoto" and "Oriental Wind"

Faure's Berceaux (song)

jazzy Bill Evans stuff

and so much more

and everything.

I absolutely LOVE Paul Barton, this guy is a saint.

How can anyone not love this?

[video:youtube]7VanZzC4rc0[/video]

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#2372201 - 01/11/15 04:43 AM Re: Piano Returns from the Deep - Thailand [Re: furlongdude]  
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Paul Barton is a member of this forum and is also a painter.

https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulBartonArt/featured


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