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An odd item was included in today's Vancouver Sun newspaper:

The Richmond RCMP have searched an abandoned warehouse there, and found it contained a dozen pianos in apparently "perfect" condition although very dusty, from small uprights to grands. They have no idea who owns them.

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I'm pretty sure this is the unit.
https://www.ibid4storage.com/auction/15147655332379/#auction

I was told about it when it came up and I reported it to the RCMP since I know of a moving company that went out of business and had taken pianos form people and were charging them storage. Looking at the photos I noticed the skids and dollies and figured something was not quite right. The unit was abandoned and the storage company put it up for storage but after I reported it the auction was closed. I had many calls from people in the last 6 months asking if I knew where the moving company went as they were looking for their piano. I did manage to get one of them back before these guys totally disappeared. They went and picked it up and brought it to my shop.


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Oh, my. Let's hope other owners may now be identified? The newspaper item I saw is not particularly large or noticeable, on page A6 of the Vancouver Sun today. I don't know if many in the public would see it.

The article said the RCMP received a tip, which is why they checked. It was probably yours.

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Social media will get these piano's hopefully to the rightful owners.


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The warehouse must have belonged to 88 Fingers Louie.

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I wonder if the space is climate controlled? Other wise it is not a good choice for long term storage. At least not for nice pianos that you do not want to rebuild.


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That depends. Around here, pianos can do better if the space is not climate controlled.


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Rich, yes climate control and never overlook the damage pests and bugs will do.


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Very curious! We once had a case where a piano of ours disappeared in B.C. - something that rarely happens. We had it on our books and the dealer swore he never received it. We became aware of it when a technician called in for technical specifications referring to the serial number and tracked it to a secondary piano mover. After being contacted, he paid up.


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Originally Posted by Campanella12
...he paid up.

Which he? The mover? The technician? The dealer?

Interesting story. Willful deceit, or bookkeeping error?


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Originally Posted by BDB
That depends. Around here, pianos can do better if the space is not climate controlled.


Same here -- the dealer I bought from uses nothing but natural convection ventilation, with a naturally ventilated attic above.


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I also knew of this moving company. Feeling not good about things, I pulled a very expensive grand out from them about a year ago. Glad I did: I had this piano temporarily in storage for someone who showed up only shortly after demanding his piano back.
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Shades of S. Covington and Schumann's missing Bosie ...

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...he paid up.

Which he? The mover? The technician? The dealer?

Interesting story. Willful deceit, or bookkeeping error?



Our main mover had used another mover to deliver the piano to the dealer who happened to be gone from the store at the time. The secondary mover took it back and left at his warehouse. The dealers balance was always off for exactly the amount of the particular piano but we did not make much of it because there was a constant flow of units - so we did not pursue the paper trail....

The secondary mover or someone at the facility sold the piano. I always like to assume the best and figure that it must have been an error. As I mentioned before when the technician called, things became clearer. Our main mover contacted that outfit and they promptly paid up.


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