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#614111 - 07/20/06 10:17 AM "Classified" Hilarity
lextune Offline
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Registered: 07/19/06
Posts: 48
Loc: Massachusetts
A few years ago I heard an amazing story of a technician who bought a Steinway B in reasonable shape for next to nothing. ever since then I have always found the time to peruse the print and online classifieds for my own diamond in the rough.

Enevitably I run into ads of varying levels of hilarity. Here are a couple of my latest finds.

http://boston.craigslist.org/msg/182498406.html

"Henderson Cabinet Grand piano (upright) for the taking....The instrument rarely needs to be tuned."

lol

And in my local paper:

"Betsy Ross Spinet $850.00 (What?!) Holds It's Tuning For Years!"



Share any funny or interesting ones you find here as well....
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#614112 - 07/20/06 11:08 AM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
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Registered: 05/10/06
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Loc: United States
OMG.... Those are hilarious. That Henderson "cabinet grand," is a DOG! LOL

I love the ones where you see some beat up POS somewhere, and the owner proudly tells you, "It's an ANTIQUE!!"

Pffffft... Yeah, it's an antique. AND? Whatever.. Forgive me for not being so very impressed. LMAO
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#614113 - 07/20/06 11:28 AM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
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That's a real find, Lex. It's missing its keytops altogether, *and* must be craned out of the apartment!

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#614114 - 07/20/06 02:36 PM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
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That's just great: a Julliard student commenting on the rich, warm "base". Almost as good as when my high school vice-principal (and, of course, football coach) when announcing band honors said someone got an honorable mention on the "bass" (as in fish) clarinet!! And let's not forget the piano in "First time poster" that had "all keys in place"!!! HAHAHAHA!!
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#614115 - 07/20/06 06:04 PM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
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Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
someone gave my tuner TWO water damaged Steinway M's - he kept one and sold the other.. and they are both in fine shape.

sorry - not an ad
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#614116 - 07/22/06 02:59 PM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
lextune Offline
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Registered: 07/19/06
Posts: 48
Loc: Massachusetts
How about this one....?......I think there's a piano under there somewhere.

lol





http://boston.craigslist.org/msg/183724056.html
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#614117 - 07/22/06 03:05 PM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
ChickGrand Offline
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Registered: 05/02/03
Posts: 3202
Loc: Midwest U.S.
 Quote:
Originally posted by lextune:
How about this one....?......I think there's a piano under there somewhere...[/b]
I dunno. It looks suspiciously like that "imposter" in that wanted poster the other day.

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#614118 - 07/22/06 04:28 PM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
lextune Offline
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Registered: 07/19/06
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Loc: Massachusetts
Huh?

I must have missed that.
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#614119 - 07/22/06 04:32 PM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
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Registered: 11/18/02
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Loc: South Carolina
Hey... I think I tuned that piano last month. I remember the owner asked me if she needed to take the stuff off the piano. Here are the samples from the local paper:
PIANO USED $350.00

PIANO by Lowrey- spinet upright exc cond $900

PIANO, Kimball Upright Oak w/bench Needs tuned
$500

PIANO, Upright Mahogany w/bench Top cond $650
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#614120 - 07/22/06 06:34 PM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
ChickGrand Offline
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Loc: Midwest U.S.
 Quote:
Originally posted by lextune:
Huh?

I must have missed that. [/b]
Cy's post at:

Wanted Poster

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#614121 - 07/22/06 08:04 PM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
lextune Offline
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Registered: 07/19/06
Posts: 48
Loc: Massachusetts
lol

Nice.

Thanks. ;\)
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#614122 - 07/30/06 01:18 AM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
Frank K Offline
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Registered: 02/13/05
Posts: 135
Loc: USA
I saw this and immediately thought of this thread:

Upright Piano[/b]

Taking up garage room. Needs tuning, but you can't beat the price. Must have own truck for delivery but can get assistance in loading (depending on time and day). It is an old Wurlitzer, probably late 1930's.

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#614123 - 07/30/06 02:41 AM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
Cy Shuster, RPT Offline
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Registered: 12/18/05
Posts: 3448
Loc: Albuquerque, NM
Just open that propane valve and drop a match...

See those keys? They're made of Leevitrite! Yup: Leevitrite there: taint worth a darn!

(I'm kidding!!)

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#614124 - 07/31/06 07:24 PM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
danalsm Offline
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Registered: 02/12/05
Posts: 11
Loc: Reading, PA
How's this for getting right to the point. This is the entire ad: Brown piano, $100.00.

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#614125 - 07/31/06 09:05 PM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
Bill Bremmer RPT Offline
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Registered: 08/21/02
Posts: 3036
Loc: Madison, WI USA
I recall seeing an ad in the bargain corner once which said, "Car, $200, runs. Piano, most keys play, free".
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#614126 - 08/09/06 12:01 AM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
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Loc: Midwest U.S.
From Ebay today:

"Chickering Baby Grand piano, very nice condition. Rebuilt and tuned within past week. New pin block, new strings, new bass strings, new action, new weapons[/b], new hammers. Red mahogany semi-gloss finish. Donated to voice school, but we do not have space for it."

Ebay ad

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#614127 - 08/09/06 08:31 AM Re: "Classified" Hilarity
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Loc: United States
WEAPONS??? What the hell? Does it come with Stinger missiles, or something?

"Hey! You're not paying attention to this lovely etude that I'm playing!" *FWOOOOSH!!!!!! KABOOM!!* "That'll teach 'em. Hrmph!"

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