Piano floats above London in spectacular crane delivery

via the Daily Mail

It may be an expensive way to move a piano, but it will certainly save you from a bad back.

A large black instrument was spotted dangling from a crane outside a Docklands apartment in east London because it was too large to fit up the stairs of the building.

Workmen were seen guiding the behemoth down on to the balcony of the flat it was being loaded into while what appeared to be fellow residents enjoyed the sight from the rooftops, taking videos for good measure.

This huge crane was spotted hoisting a piano high above buildings in Docklands, east London, pictured, for delivery to a flat.
Workmen can be seen on the balcony of the apartment helping to guide the instrument down while others take videos of the strange sight.

But the practice is actually quite common with several piano moving firms offering the use of everything from mini-cranes to 150-tonne machines depending on the size and weight of the instrument.

There are several factors movers have to consider when using a crane, including how close a vehicle can get to the delivery building, whether a piano has ton be lifted over a roof and whether there are any trees, cables or other obstacles in the way.

Firms are legally required to complete a pre-approved lifting plan and all jobs have to pass health and safety inspections.

Most firms also specialise in window removal in case the building does not have a balcony, with crews of workers on hand to fix everything after the delivery is complete.

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Or to see pianos that don’t need a crane for delivery, visit here…

Yamaha piano in Disneyland is one of world’s most played pianos

Strolling up Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland, one can’t help but hear the sounds of ragtime music drifting from the Refreshment Corner where there sits a pianist tinkling the ivories on one of the most played pianos in the world.

The Yamaha model YUS1 upright the pianist plays has been faithfully making those melodic sounds since it was placed there more than five years ago, the latest in a long line of pianos at that spot for decades.

“These pianos will get played hours a day,” said David Durben, a piano service specialist with Yamaha Corporation of America.

Yamaha supplies all the musical instruments at the Disneyland Resort, and that includes pianos of all kinds, from grand pianos in settings like the Grand Califonian Hotel, to the one at the Refreshment Corner, where it sits, most days, outside — meaning the weather is a major factor in how the piano sounds.

“There’s a great deal of wool felt used in the piano’s moving parts, like its hammers. That wool felt swells and shrinks with the heat and especially with the humidity,” Durben said.

That humidity makes the felt heavier, and the piano harder to play, but the show must go on; the pianists know that on those days, they just have to play the keys harder.

While Disneyland specialists constantly maintain the piano, keeping it in tune, sometimes something, like the shank for a particular note’s hammer, will break. But that doesn’t put the piano out of action for very long.

“We provide Disney with spare parts. They can change out whole key sets in a matter of minutes,” Durben said.

Then the whole key set can go back to a shop for more extensive repairs while the pianist starts playing again.

The music they play ranges from ragtime, with the most requested song being “The Maple Leaf Rag,” according to “Ragtime” Robert Gillum, one of the regular pianists.

Besides ragtime, they also play many Disney songs, and when those are played, many visitors will start singing along and even make requests for specific Disney songs.

“‘Part of Your World’ from ‘The Little Mermaid’ is one of the most popular, and usually the girls who want to sing that, can sing, as they’re theater majors,” he said.

The ragtime pianists Disneyland employs are not the only ones to play the piano. Sometimes a guest will ask to play the piano, as 11-year-old Lacey Fuller of Plumas Lake, Ca., recently did when she stepped up to ask Gillum if she could try her hand at playing it.

He stepped out of the way as she sat down and started to play a ragtime tune. She did so well that she earned herself some applause from Gillum and the crowd around the piano. Gillum gave her a card with her name on it congratulating her on being an authentic ragtime pianist at Refreshment Corner.

Read more here at the Orange County Register…

See the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore, Sunday March 20th

See our friends in the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore, Sunday, March 20th at 3pm and 7pm.

Tickets from $15 can be reserved by calling (301) 581-5100 or by visiting www.strathmore.org

See and hear the works of Back, Telemann, Haydn, Brahms, Mahler, Corelli, Dvorak and more.

For more information on the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore, visit www.mcyo.org

Jordan Kitt’s supplies Bösendorfer to Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

Jordan Kitt’s Music was the proud supplier of the Bösendorfer concert grand to the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for 1965 Voting Rights Marches Foot Soldiers. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Civil Rights Selma marches that motivated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In commemoration of the protestors, or “foot soldiers,” the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives held a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony to congratulate Civil Rights Activist Frederick D. Reese. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor for civilians.

Skip to the 27 minute mark to see the performance.