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#1 - 09/30/03 02:29 PM Pictures from Charles Walter factory tour  
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios ... Correct Link is Here

Sorry for the wrong link in our newsletter.



I drove over to Elkhart, Indiana yesterday and toured the Charles Walter manufacturing facility. Here's a link to a few general impressions and some photos:

http://home.netcom.com/~arch2/Walter.html

Hope you enjoy.

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#2 - 09/30/03 02:37 PM Re: Pictures from Charles Walter factory tour  
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Cool pictures. Thanks Dwain.

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Nice job Dwain.
Looks like a fun tour, hope I can make it sometime.

Thanks for the pictures (and captions).


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#4 - 09/30/03 03:01 PM Re: Pictures from Charles Walter factory tour  
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Dwain, that was fantastic! I like the way your mind works, you would be a lot of fun tag along with when poking around old historic buildings, houses, and such. This must've been really interesting for someone who is in the middle of a piano rebuild. (how's that going, by the way, have you had any time to work on it lately?)

Thanks for the "second hand" tour, I really enjoyed it.

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#5 - 09/30/03 06:40 PM Re: Pictures from Charles Walter factory tour  
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Thanks, Dwain, for the tour! Your running commentary made it fun and instructive.

Chris

#6 - 09/30/03 06:50 PM Re: Pictures from Charles Walter factory tour  
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Great pics Dwain,certainly better than most manufacturers sales material. smile


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#7 - 09/30/03 07:10 PM Re: Pictures from Charles Walter factory tour  
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A great tour, both text and pictures. Thanks!

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Very informative. Thank you.

#9 - 09/30/03 11:15 PM Re: Pictures from Charles Walter factory tour  
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Great pictures and tour! The Walter company is a class operation and one of only a handful of manufacturers left making pianos the right way here in the U.S. All that is missing is a shot of Kevin Walter signing the pianos when they are done or of his sister Rachel having another baby!

#10 - 09/30/03 11:23 PM Re: Pictures from Charles Walter factory tour  
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All that is missing is a shot of Kevin Walter signing the pianos when they are done or of his sister Rachel having another baby!
brief explanation:

Rachel has about.....let's see.....52 kids...or 5 - I forget which.

Very funny RJ! thumb

Great pics Dwain! wish I could have been there with you.


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#11 - 09/30/03 11:29 PM Re: Pictures from Charles Walter factory tour  
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I did mean a picture of her holding the baby, you know, fully clothed and all. I wasn't talking about an action shot of the actual delivery itself. You all do know that, right? :rolleyes:

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Dwain, great pictures, and nice website setup as well.
Were there many other people on the tour other than yourself? From intro to coda, how long did the tour take? [were you a PITA, getting all the shots? (you don't HAVE to answer that one, I just thought I'd give RJ McIetc a straight line he didn't have to deliver himself)] laugh

The picture of the big press used to make the inner and outer rings was pretty impressive. (6th from the last , with the white coated technician holding what looks like a large power nut driver.) It looks like the press itself was also built from laminated wood. Is that correct?

Bob

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Dwain, this is a beautiful job and a lot of fun to ramble through. What stuns me most, however, is the timing. Let me get this right - you toured the factory yesterday (Monday) and posted this, photos and all the very next day?? eek wow How??? Do you sleep?

awestruck,

Ariel


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#14 - 10/01/03 04:43 AM Re: Pictures from Charles Walter factory tour  
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Dwain, whatever you do - it's like a textbook to me. Thank you! I even copied your account of a wedding and saved it - I intend to give it to my students as a reading class, if of course you don't mind.

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Thanks all for the comments, I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. A few answers to various folks.

The tour took about an hour, I'd guess. In retrospect, I would have loved to have taken more time, asked even more questions, had a bigger memory card in the camera, etc. I tried very hard not to be a PITA, and if I was, my guide and the staff were very gracious in hiding any annoyance.

As someone who has been known to sign some of his own work myself, I wish I did actually get a picture of a Walter signing one of the pianos. That would really have been great.

The picture of the big rim press is my favorite, too!

I was only able to put that page up so quickly because I ended up sitting at home tending to a sick kid yesterday, so I had some time on my hands.

Cephas, of course you have my permission to use the wedding story, or any other posts - although it really frightens me that an entire class of Bulgarian youth might be ruined for life studying my words. wink

Gotta run,

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Personally, I think that the youth of Bulgaria will be well served.

Very good job, Mr. Lee. thumb


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Dwain,

I'm envious! laugh Thanks for letting those of us who can't do the tour, live vicariously through your words and pictures.

The pictures were great. I too liked the rim press photo!

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wow Hello Dwain

From a piano lover to another, a million thanks for sharing your visit. The pictures a GREAT

Jeffrey

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Originally posted by RKVS1:

The picture of the big press used to make the inner and outer rings was pretty impressive. (6th from the last , with the white coated technician holding what looks like a large power nut driver.) It looks like the press itself was also built from laminated wood. Is that correct?

Bob
Yes. The rim press is made of laminated maple/poplar plywood cut to shape then glued and screwed together to form separate inner and outer cauls. The clamps are tightened using a very large air-operated impact wrench.

Del


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Thanks Dwain, I really enjoyed seeing the tour.
You did a great job!

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Dwain, do you have an opinion on the Walter Grand? I just made an appointment to try one here in Maine.


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