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August 13, 2003

Say hello to our new baby...

...grand piano.

It's a Cramer 4ft baby grand, from between 1931 and 1940. And it's in not bad nick, given that it came from a school. Action needs a bit of evening up, but it's held its tuning through being moved. There's a *tiny* crack in the soundboard, but I'll save that for when I'm feeling rich. Other than that it's all cosmetic stuff.


Posted by Tom Dolan at August 13, 2003 05:00 PM

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That's beautiful.

However, I should also like to register the fact that I am more jealous than Mr Jealous from the Land of Jealousy. :-)

Posted by: vaughan at August 13, 2003 05:58 PM

Well some things are playing in beautifully, particularly the bass end, which is now getting some attack and top as dust and corrosion get worn off the strings. (It hadn't been played for years, as far as I can tell).

However, other little niggles are revealing themselves. For example it's permanently in 'soft' mode. (For those that don't know, this moves the keyboard and all the hammers a little to the left so that fewer strings at the top are hit) So it's sometimes picking up the semitone below. Grrr.

Oh and of course all the keys that stick are C# and G#, so loads of my favourite Debussy, Rach and Chopin pieces sound 'orrible.

Still, as soon as I've got a couple of hundred quid to throw at a piano technician, that'll all get sorted. Just got to recover from the financial pain of getting it moved.

Posted by: Tom Dolan at August 13, 2003 09:17 PM

I think you should sitck some pipes and ducts on the outside and call it Renzo.

Posted by: Tim at August 17, 2003 09:35 PM

That is so beautiful, lush. My piano is a crumbly upright overstrung, standing in my hallway where it gets tinkled with everytime a child passes. I like that about it. I think I'd have constant hives if I had such a beautiful piano.Hurrah indeed, what a lucky duck.

Posted by: Eddie at August 18, 2003 02:59 AM

Hi, My friend just bought a Cramer Baby Grand here in U.S. and I think it has a tortoise finish?? Anyway, do you have any idea of value. kate

Posted by: kate at October 1, 2004 03:44 PM

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