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#615510 - 01/22/09 08:07 AM White House Piano Maintenance  
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Inquiring minds want to know -
(originally posted by Lilylady)

How are the pianos at the Whitehouse cared for and and who does it?

Do they have a damp chasers?

How often are they tuned and who does it?

Anyone know what kind of piano the Obamas have at home in Chicago?


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#615511 - 01/22/09 10:40 AM Re: White House Piano Maintenance  
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Knowing our government and it's thinking, I would guess they have a secret agent or military guy with clearance, trained specially, that does the high level people. I doubt many people are allowed in the inner chambers of the Bush or Cheney compounds or vacation homes around the world.


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#615512 - 01/22/09 11:40 AM Re: White House Piano Maintenance  
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Who tuned Condoleeza Rice's piano?


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#615513 - 01/22/09 01:34 PM Re: White House Piano Maintenance  
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I would suspect that Steinway still has a hand in it.

My favorite picture of the White House Steinway is the one in Music Is My Mistress, with Duke Ellington and Willie The Lion Smith playing 4-hands, Willie with his derby hat and cigar.


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#615514 - 01/22/09 03:50 PM Re: White House Piano Maintenance  
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I could tell you but then I had to kill you laugh


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#615515 - 01/22/09 06:11 PM Re: White House Piano Maintenance  
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Yea, my secret service agent won't let me tell anybody that's it's me.


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#615516 - 01/22/09 07:28 PM Re: White House Piano Maintenance  
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Bush wanted to pose in front of that smashed white/gold grand in one of SH's palaces(the picture that was shown at the beginning of the war)when he made his "mission accomplished" speech. But someone warned him he might lose some votes from PW members.

#615517 - 01/22/09 10:10 PM Re: White House Piano Maintenance  
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I know Rick Butler ( http://www.rickbutler.org/ ) did some work at the White House...


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#615518 - 01/23/09 10:08 AM Re: White House Piano Maintenance  
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From Well Tempered Forum (WTF)

http://well-temperedforum.groupee.net/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9130004433/m/3860080195

plays88keys writes:

"The piano in the White House is a Steinway D. The technician that works on it is named Dave Campbell. He drives a white van with a vanity plate: PIANO DR
When I had to have some work done on my Steinway ...sent Mr. Campbell to me to get it done. He told me about working on the White House piano and that he had to get special security clearance to be able to bring his tools in with him."


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