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Old 12-20-2006, 03:56 PM
Alan Bates Alan Bates is offline
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I stand corrected, Jazzou. The DQSB pianos were exceptional. Having an in-house repairman (you) made the big difference.
During my time working in dance bands I probably moved more pianos than Puritan Truck Line. And some were so awful that we would tune up to each other, ignoring the poor beasts. There is a long-standing tale about a night club owner who proudly told the band that the piano had been fixed up. They didn't tune it. They had just painted it blue!
Tuning the middle of the range was no joke. The piano man had to stay in there, like a calliope perfesser. And, of course, nothing could be done about the action with stuck keys, missing hammers, etc.
Today piano men carry a case, just like the other sidemen, containing an electronic keyboard machine.
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