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Re: The Junk we find inside
Bob #1292387 10/23/09 12:35 PM
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This is a fascinating thread. Immensely enjoyable! Keep 'em coming guys...... thumb


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When I was about 12, I went with my dad to a school (speaking of mice stories). When he went to push down some keys, they stayed put. When he removed them, he found a huge mouse nest that was preventing the keys from going down. We could hear a mouse scurrying around inside under the keys. As dad removed one handful of keys at a time, the mouse would scurry to the next batch of keys all the way up to high C. Dad grabbed a broom and got ready. When he removed the last key, the mouse took off running down the side of the piano with dad right behind him smacking at him with the broom and me standing there laughing my fool head off watching him chase this mouse all over the class room and back. The side door that lead outside of the building had been propped part way open. Finally, the mouse flew through it with dad right behind him whipping away!

After a few minutes, dad came in all winded. I said, well? Did you get him? YEP! I finally got him to stop running after I hit him a hundred times with the broom. And then? I squished him with my foot! That was the only mouse we found in the piano. He cleaned it all up, tuned it and ran off to the next job.


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Tweedpipe #1292442 10/23/09 01:37 PM
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Well,
She took the violin to a music shop in town and found out it is a 18th century German Stainer? If that is the correct spelling. They said the violin will need to be restored, it has come unglued in places, but they said in restored condition would be worth around 4 to 5 thousand. The piano came from a old estate in the French quarter that a older couple had. The husband had passed a few years ago and the wife was moving to a retirement home. My friend contacted the daughter of the couple about the violin, and she apparently had no idea about it, she said the piano was brought over from England when her parents moved to Louisiana 45 years ago. She said no one really played the piano but her mother during the holidays. So theyy are uncertain about why it was in there?

My grandfather use to tune pianos before world war 2, and during the war he said he picked up several violins while in germany as a U.S. soldier in abandoned houses that were looted.
Said that pianos or any musical instruments were destroyed so american troops would not take them or play them. Using the butt of a rifle to break the hammer off of the action of smash the keyboard. So that is what i gather, that it might have been hidden for a certain reason years ago during that time maybe.

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While working for Steinway I was tuning a piano in an apartment in Manhattan. The client said to me, "Look under the piano and see if my husband hid anything under there." She was referring to the beams under the soundboard. Sure enough, I found a wad of cash with a twenty on the top and a box of jewelry. She was thrilled. Another time, while out on my own, I found postage stamps from the 1950s behind the fallboard of a Steinway S. Also found a $100 bill one time when the customer wasn't home. I left her the bill and a note: "Didn't think you were going to MAKE money from my visit!" Another time, Dr. Robert Pace called me and I took my good friend, Ralph Bisceglie up to Dr. Pace's house to check out a problem with the keys. Dr. Pace was away for a week and came back to keys not working. Turns out, while he was gone, some squirrels got into the piano and feasted on the keys!


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Sam Casey #1292719 10/23/09 10:42 PM
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A 14k gold bracelet underneath the manuals of a Hammond B3.

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Ken Knapp #1292744 10/24/09 12:28 AM
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Very interesting pianohead. Thanks for that information. I did not know they did that to their instruments.


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In a German birdcage I found a aluminum German coin circa 1941 with a swastika on one side.

In a seldom used Baldwin L a perfectly preserved chocolate cookie, pertrified on the keys in the mid section. Grease from the cookie was soaked half thru the keys.

A pile of candied pecans 3 inches deep stacked on the extreme treble keys of a Gulbransen console, hauled in overnight by mice.

The wax of a large candle that dripped between low A and the keyblock of an upright and pooled under the keys on the bed. Customer always wondered how the candle mysteriously disappeared.

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I agree with the earlier comment that this is the funniest thread I've ever read.

I'm not a tuner, but I am one of those crazy people who actually used to put things in my piano. During the last big recession during the early 80's inflation was out of control and I was scared the banks were going to go under so I took my life savings and bought gold Kruger Rands and silver bars and hid them in the bottom of my old upright piano. During the time that I left them in there the price of gold and siver tripled! Too bad I was still a student and my life savings didn't amount to much.


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Did you sell them before the value of the metal crashed again?

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Originally Posted by shw123
During the last big recession during the early 80's inflation was out of control and I was scared the banks were going to go under so I took my life savings and bought gold Kruger Rands and silver bars and hid them in the bottom of my old upright piano. During the time that I left them in there the price of gold and siver tripled! Too bad I was still a student and my life savings didn't amount to much.


That was back when the Hunt brothers tried to buy all the silver on the market. They ran out of their own money and then borrowed all they could lay their hands on. Interesting story - if anyone is interested just do a google on it. It was due to their crazy buying that the market went so high.

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When the oregeno owner saw me dive under the piano after the buzz he got REAL nervous


I'm not a tuner, so I'm not up on all your fancy technical terms. Are you saying that a bag of "oregano" gave the piano a buzz? Who knew. Maybe that's why you find bags of snack food in there too.


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[Linked Image] This is an example of a piano that used a bit of "Oregano". This piano used to play nothing but classical and hymns. Now look at it!


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Dan, that was an awesome find. I love those older papers that had the hand drawn stuff well before photoshop came around. In the late 60's my parents bought a piano for me to do my playing on, an older Lesage upright. When I was around 10 y/o I discovered how to remove the knee board and went exploring inside. I found several large bundled packages containing multiple issues of both Life and Time magazines (mint condition), all issues on the Kennedy assassination dated between 1964-66. I put these away with my old hockey cards in the attic and they are still there. Although I haven't checked, they are probably worth something by now if I were to sell them. I also found an 1877 American silver dollar in a customers' piano which he later told me was only worth about 10 bucks, he did mention that if it would have had certain letter stamped on it designating a certain minting location, it would have been worth much more.


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Emmery #1298868 11/03/09 01:20 PM
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Yes During WW2 I am sure many a fine German pianos were destroyed because they didnt want Americans to play them or take them. So they made them worthless, or destroyed them to the point of not being able to fix them. There were some that werent destroyed that he saw. In one house he saw a Large Bluthner grand that the top was open and a violin was inside on the strings, which he took. It had a alligator case that went to it. When he sent it home, it never made it to the US, someone stole it. So was like easy come easy go I guess since he stole it first.
Also in China the revolution during the 50s they destroyed lots of musical instrument. (Hint, watch the movie the Red Violin) They didnt want the Western world in there country anymore or in their culture, thus the buring and destruction of any western musical instruments. So much history with music.

Also I tuned a old upright piano that use to be a player, and it had quaters from the 1940s in it. Maybe from when it was a coin operated instrument back then?


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Used to be a piano teaching method to place coins on the back of the hands to insure level hand postion. As a result, coins in the keybed.

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During the last big recession during the early 80's inflation was out of control and I was scared the banks were going to go under so I took my life savings and bought gold Kruger Rands and silver bars and hid them in the bottom of my old upright piano. During the time that I left them in there the price of gold and siver tripled! Too bad I was still a student and my life savings didn't amount to much.


That was back when the Hunt brothers tried to buy all the silver on the market. They ran out of their own money and then borrowed all they could lay their hands on. Interesting story - if anyone is interested just do a google on it. It was due to their crazy buying that the market went so high.

Ken


And the Hunt brothers would've succeeded, too, if the Feds hadn't gotten nervous and passed legislation preventing them from cornering the market.

Those were wild and woolly days indeed in the rare coin business. My coin dealer hubby waxes nostalgic about how he'd have a line of customers a block long outside his office door every day to sell silverware etc. He'd buy it all and then at the end of the day ship it via an armored car to melt it down.

The market these days is looking pretty interesting, too. Hubby's betting on gold hitting $2000 an ounce within five years. Let's just say he's buying and not selling his own position at this time.

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Looked at a antique, 1800s square grand piano at our city community building that is now used as a hall table. the piano was used there years ago in the 1930s I am sure, when the building was built. It needs a lot of work, key tops missing, broken music stand, but when I opened it all up, It had multi colored glitter all under the strings. The piano hasnt been used in many years. But never have seen glitter in a piano before....
wonder what caused that LOL!


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I don't know if there are any rules against bumping a somewhat older thread, but I just found this one, and it's amazing. I think I know where Amelia Earhart might be hiding.

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AFAIK, there's no rule against it, although I suppose Mr. Schreiber probably isn't around to read this.

I think can blame this bump on MarkR - laugh

While working for the school district, I found two conductor's batons behind the fallboards of two separate grands, and an old copy of Hustler behind the bottom panel of a practice room piano at a high school. One of the guys in Equipment Repair said it probably belonged to my predecessor (when they had to clean out his old shop, they found his stash of Playboys).



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I would think that is perfectly normal to find a stashed
"Hustler" in a piano in a H.S. practice room! I wouldn't necessarily blame the tech.


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