Tuesday, January 11, 2011


You know that feeling you get in your stomach when you're standing at the top of a VERY tall building, and you look over the edge? I had that feeling today for just a moment when - 'ping!' - the first wires were cut on the inside of VPR's performance studio piano.

Last summer while tuning VPR's piano for an upcoming performance, Piano Technician Allan Day realized that there were bigger problems to be addressed: the Yamaha's wires were finally wearing out after supporting forty years of great performances.

We scheduled the work to be done in early January after the busy holiday music season and before things really begin to pick up again in the spring. The work began today, with the old wires being cut and removed.

This is a big procedure! It's not something you get to see every day. I'll be taking a few videos and talking to Allan as the week progresses. Here are the first two in the series. Enjoy - and, big thanks to our contributing listeners for making this important work possible.

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