American University Piano Sale

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American University announces a unique opportunity:  Grand, upright and digital pianos used throughout the past academic season are being replaced, and current models are being offered on a first-come basis by appointment during a two day event.

These instruments from Yamaha are typically less than two years old, have been professionally maintained at American University’s Katzen Center for the Performing Arts, and are typically in very good to excellent condition.  Each includes the original factory warranty.

To avoid academic interruption and ensure each piano is tuned and prepared for private acquisition, the event will be held off campus at Jordan Kitt’s Music in Rockville, MD and Fairfax, VA.  Each piano is available in the order of appointments received.

The event is by appointment only on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, and will be open to the general public on Sunday, March 15 from noon to 5pm.

To participate, please call the American University Piano Appointment Desk at (844) 711-3010 or visit www.aupiano.org

Danger: Falling Pianos

via MIT News Magazine

In the fall of 1972, Alvin “Todd” Moser ’75 hit on the perfect subject for his final project for Doc Edgerton’s 6.714 Strobe Photography Lab. A large contingent of fellow Baker House residents was plotting to throw a piano off the roof of the dorm, onto Amherst Alley. “I thought it would be really cool to film it in slow motion,” says Moser. “It would fall down very gradually, and you would see every little thing pop off of it when it hit.”

The ringleader of this clandestine operation, Charlie Bruno ’74, had “often expressed the dream of dropping a piano off the roof,” Moser recalls. Bruno, a self-described “high school wimp turned hacker,” was legendary for his antics—streaking, water fights, kicking in the dorm elevator’s door (and then carrying dorm mates’ things up the stairs during repairs to make amends). “He came to MIT pretty much as a total introvert and somehow blossomed into the most amazing extrovert I ever saw,” Moser recalls.

The chance came when Jon Kass ’74 decided to leave Baker and offered Bruno his upright piano. The drop became “almost a house-wide project,” according to a Tech article written just after the event, and took about four weeks to plan. “Being engineers, everybody got involved and made a regular project out of the whole thing,” says Moser. Aside from the allure of wanton destruction, it provided an engineering challenge and an opportunity to conduct experiments. “It’s going to be a 6.08 problem set done in experimental form,” explained a student on a tape recording made just before the drop. Another student’s rationale: “To prove that there’s gravity.”

On the appointed day, October 24, a group of students took the piano to the sixth floor in the elevator, lugged it up the stairs to the roof, and adorned it with graffiti (including “IHTFP” and “Danger: Falling Objects”). Others were on crowd-control duty as spectators gathered below.  Read more here…

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