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.....two bars of soap...."OLAY" #2844881 05/03/19 05:25 PM
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You find some pretty odd things in pianos sometimes. The other day I tuned a little grand in a Church but had to take the action out and when I did I found three scribbler pages, several pens, enough guitar picks to keep George Harrison going for many years and I even found a fake finger nail. I asked the guy who let me in "...if we keep looking will we find the pianist also...."

I've come to find out that people put things in pianos for "storage" or whatever the reason. Often in the bottom of a vertical, for instance, and forget that they did that and along comes piano tech and "voila" followed by a red-faced piano owner. Well, I had one of those moments today with a piano a young lady owned. She bought a small Kwai second hand five years ago and decided it might be out of tune. She was right....it was ouuuut so I proceeded to tear it down. Flip the top up and out with the top front section that covers the action.....then I see them. A cake of "Olay" soap in a little onion bag.....one at each end of the action bracket. The owner bought it from a friend and is going to ask what the bar of soap is significant for and if she gets an answer she will text me she says she never had the piano apart since she owned it. I am now curious.....

Is this a symbol of "keeping evil spirits away" or "good luck" perhaps in some cultures or is it some belief that the soap will ward off the humidity "germs". Does anyone have a clue on this? Personally, I think the soap is there for aroma....but who really knows, eh.

Also, since I have shared this with you why not give us one of your weird piano moments?

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Re: .....two bars of soap...."OLAY" [Re: Duaner] #2844890 05/03/19 05:38 PM
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Well, I've found most of the usual detritus ... paper clips, playing cards, piano lesson assignments, combs, hair brushes, meat rationing points from WW II, legos and other plastic toys. Oh yes, and guitar picks, pencils and the usual items in the ongoing battle between piano technicians and church musicians. shocked smile Also occasional coins anywhere from a penny to over 50 cents. (If the customer is around, i usually hand it to them with a comment about, "Here's your downpayment for the work" or similar.

But as far as the term "stash" is concerned here is what I have either found directly or know about from another technician I spoke directly with.
* A stack of Playboy magazines
* A chocolate candy bar (like Snickers or similar)
* My father found some silver dollars
* A colleague found $20,000 in folded-up 20, 50 and 100 dollar bills. Of course he showed the current owner of the piano (who was not the one who hid the stash). Oddly enough he never got even one of the 20-dollar bills as a thank-you.

Then, there's the animal-based stashes...
*All three sections under the keys of a console filled with dog kibbles
*Bright, shiny things

It must have been of human origin, but I also found a cup of sugar (just the sugar, not the cup) by the treble key end block of a Kimball Whitney spinet.


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Re: .....two bars of soap...."OLAY" [Re: Duaner] #2844894 05/03/19 05:50 PM
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The smell of the soap is supposed to deter mice. Doesn't work.

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Irish Spring is supposed to deter deer in the garden. Same idea.

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Re: .....two bars of soap...."OLAY" [Re: Duaner] #2844952 05/03/19 09:47 PM
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Some kids think the space between the keys are for putting coins, like a vending machine.


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Re: .....two bars of soap...."OLAY" [Re: Sam S] #2845016 05/04/19 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Sam S
The smell of the soap is supposed to deter mice. Doesn't work.

Sam

yes, Sam
Russian women take down to piano's floor pieces soap against mices and moth (insect)

Re: .....two bars of soap...."OLAY" [Re: P W Grey] #2845024 05/04/19 07:43 AM
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Irish Spring would deter me. I'm allergic to it.
Originally Posted by P W Grey
Irish Spring is supposed to deter deer in the garden.

Re: .....two bars of soap...."OLAY" [Re: Duaner] #2845041 05/04/19 08:57 AM
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I thought an open bag of Mail Pouch was supposed to deter mice and moths. Set it right next to the jar of water. smile

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Re: .....two bars of soap...."OLAY" [Re: daniokeeper] #2845047 05/04/19 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by daniokeeper
I thought an open bag of Mail Pouch was supposed to deter mice and moths. Set it right next to the jar of water. smile

(Just joking.)


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Re: .....two bars of soap...."OLAY" [Re: Duaner] #2845234 05/04/19 06:39 PM
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......there was also a very large jug of water (no cover) in there, too....a couple of years ago I was called to a large High School for an emergency mini-grand operation. They were having a musical that night and two keys in the center would not play. I went right over and pulled the action out there was a "bobby-pin" wedged between the keys in behind the fall board.....fine with me so I fixed it as if it was a major fix and tuned it and went home with a puffy little cheque.....thank you.....


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Originally Posted by Duaner
......there was also a very large jug of water (no cover) in there, too....a couple of years ago I was called to a large High School for an emergency mini-grand operation. They were having a musical that night and two keys in the center would not play. I went right over and pulled the action out there was a "bobby-pin" wedged between the keys in behind the fall board.....fine with me so I fixed it as if it was a major fix and tuned it and went home with a puffy little cheque.....thank you.....


You're a trained professional with a highly specialized skill set. Whether it was a bobby pin or a broken flange, you deserve to be well compensated for your expertise and your time, including getting there and back. Don't forget, to them it was a major fix even if it wan't so major for you. They probably would have broken off hammers if they tried pulling the action.


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