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#2176824 - 11/04/13 08:20 AM Hoping this brings a little additional awareness...
Rich Galassini Offline
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G'morning All,

The Discovery Channel's "How It's Made" is in our restoration center today and tomorrow to document the restoration of grand pianos.



I love the show and watch it often. I am not sure if this will help our industry in general, but I hope this brings some additional awareness to the possibility of owning a grand piano to the general public.

In 2007 (or so) the show did a segment on Mason & Hamlin and, although not many customers remember specifics, like the actual steps in building a piano or who the manufacturer was, a surprising number of our customers refer to the seeing it over the years.

Here's hoping!
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#2176829 - 11/04/13 08:30 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Excellent!

This is so much more interesting than how doughnuts are filled with jelly.

Have fun, Rich!
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#2176830 - 11/04/13 08:32 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Any clue when it is aired?
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#2176850 - 11/04/13 09:24 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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To a piano rebuilder, filling donuts with jelly can be more fascinating.

Good for you Rich!

It can only help the cause.

Take care

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#2176852 - 11/04/13 09:29 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Congratulations, Rich!

That is something to brag about... :-)

I like the show too, and watch it often. It's usually every educational and interesting.

Let us all know when it will air, as someone else mentioned.

Rick
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#2176853 - 11/04/13 09:31 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Sounds cool! I'll look forward to seeing it!

Will they film any arguments in the shop to "spice it up?" wink
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#2176866 - 11/04/13 10:29 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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That's awesome - what a coup.

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#2176872 - 11/04/13 10:41 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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OH that I want to see! Good stuff smile
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#2176878 - 11/04/13 10:54 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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That is very cool, Rich! Congratulations!

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#2176884 - 11/04/13 11:06 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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So Rich,....
Any casting couch stories you'd like to share???
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#2176887 - 11/04/13 11:07 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
Theodore Slutz Offline
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That is awesome! Congrads! I totally watch that show.
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#2176896 - 11/04/13 11:27 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Fantastic!!!!

Looking forward to seeing it.
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#2176905 - 11/04/13 11:35 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Congrats!

Do you post a link when it's on?
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#2176909 - 11/04/13 11:45 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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I catch that show every so often, and hope to catch this one. I'll check back for a date here.

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#2176922 - 11/04/13 12:02 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
UKIkarus Offline
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Excellent, I'll be sure to keep an eye out for this one smile

Watch it often!
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#2176931 - 11/04/13 12:16 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Fantastic!! I'll be on the lookout for it.
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#2177196 - 11/04/13 09:48 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
Rich Galassini Offline
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Thanks all. I do not know when this will air as there is extensive editing to do once the crew returns to their studio in Montreal, but as I know more I will make sure to post a "heads up".

Just for fun we had quite a cultural exchange with these French Canadians - our guys gave the film crew the chance to experience true Philadelphia cheesesteaks. They seemed to enjoy them. I think I heard their arteries hardening as they ate. wink



Thank you D'alessandro's Steaks! (They are my favorites) thumb
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#2177206 - 11/04/13 10:04 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Neat! I hope they make this video look different than the M&H factory tour for the sake of variety.
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#2177208 - 11/04/13 10:07 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: terminaldegree]
Rich Galassini Offline
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Originally Posted By: terminaldegree
Neat! I hope they make this video look different than the M&H factory tour for the sake of variety.


Well,

Building a piano and rebuilding a piano require different techniques, so it ought to have a different flavor.

If not, blame the editors because it really is quite different.
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#2177216 - 11/04/13 10:13 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Congrats Rich! I look forward to seeing your shop in action.

If you want to get some conflict going get a die-hard UT tuner to debate an ET tuner. Unfortunately for the ratings that will put every one to sleep!
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#2177382 - 11/05/13 07:53 AM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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This really is fun!

Rich, did they wrap-up in one day or is there another session today?

Some additional 'stills' would be great!

Thanks for posting.
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#2177514 - 11/05/13 12:11 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Rich Galassini Offline
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Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
This really is fun!

Rich, did they wrap-up in one day or is there another session today?

Some additional 'stills' would be great!

Thanks for posting.


They are wrapping up the video shot today. It is amazing how much time goes into each shot... and each shot is only seconds. The director said that for each minute of actual final edited video between one and two hours of time has to be spent in filming.

Here are a few stills from the past few days:



The producer (in blue) sets up the next video sequence.




About to shoot!




This is what the cameraman sees.



Discussing the sequence of events needed when diagnosing and working with an older action.



Stringing a concert grand piano.


The one disappointing thing about this video is that the crew has a set time for a set number of shots. This means that we will be able to communicate the overview of what a typical restoration is, but will not be able to go into incredible detail within each step because of their schedule. I would love to have this opportunity with no finite schedule.

That would be fun!
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#2177516 - 11/05/13 12:14 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Catlady]
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Originally Posted By: Catlady
So Rich,....
Any casting couch stories you'd like to share???


Catlady wins...
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#2177517 - 11/05/13 12:16 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Ed McMorrow, RPT]
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Originally Posted By: Ed McMorrow, RPT
If you want to get some conflict going get a die-hard UT tuner to debate an ET tuner. Unfortunately for the ratings that will put every one to sleep!


Ed loses... ;-p
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#2177535 - 11/05/13 12:47 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: OperaTenor]
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Originally Posted By: OperaTenor
Originally Posted By: Catlady
So Rich,....
Any casting couch stories you'd like to share???


Catlady wins...

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#2177546 - 11/05/13 01:11 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Wow, this is really great, Rich. My son loves that show. I wonder if he will recognize your shop when he sees it. If he does then I think he will get a big kick out of it.

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#2177671 - 11/05/13 05:17 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
Rich Galassini Offline
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So the day is ending,

Things are dying down and we hope to be completed with the actual footage today. What fun I have had with a tremendous film crew and an expert staff - all of whom worked as a team. I have uploaded a few more stills from this afternoon for those who have interest:




Framing some of the last shots




Still framing.




Packing up some of the equipment.

This has been an adventure for me personally and I am looking forward to seeing the final product. It is a little intimidating because after the crew leaves, it is really all up to them. Editing is an art in itself and can change the viewers perception of what is happening, for sure.

(I hope we don't hate it)
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#2177694 - 11/05/13 06:35 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Rich,
My sincerest congratulations....you deserve the exposure and recognition. That being said, I agree that these things can be a crapshoot as far as being represented as you had hoped. I remember I was training for the Minnesota State Body Building Championships years ago and a local newspaper contacted me for an interview. The reporter and cameraman spent about an hour with me in the gym, asking questions and photographing the way one trains for these things. I thought it would be interesting and enlightening for folks that don't necessarily follow this stuff to see what goes into it. When the article was published, it was really shocking to me how little understanding the reporter had of what I was trying to say and the concepts I tried to get across. It is very unnerving to have your words and thoughts misrepresented by someone else, especially in a public venue. I also agree that something like piano restoration needs to get into the specifics and "nitty gritty" details to really convey what an incredible process it is.
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#2177698 - 11/05/13 06:39 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Congratulations! Can't wait to see it...
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#2177714 - 11/05/13 07:13 PM Re: Hoping this brings a little additional awareness... [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Kudos dude! I'm sure the editing will exceed your expectations.

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