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#69180 - 08/27/01 10:35 PM Confidential Conversations
Bob Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/01/01
Posts: 3789
Overheard in a Chinese Piano factory:

Hey, I ran out of hammer shanks, can I sub these bamboo shoots????

Overheard in a Mexican Piano factory:

Allright....who mixed the green wood with the dry stuff???

Overheard in a Korean Piano factory:

We kicked Sojin's ass, what more do you want???

Overheard in an American Piano factory:

I don't care if those units aren't tuned and regulated - ship them anyway!!!!!

Overheard in another Chinese factory:

Anyone seen the foam????

DISCLAIMER - The above do not represent the opinions of the writer, or Piano World, in fact, hell if I know what they represent!!!

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#69181 - 08/27/01 10:42 PM Re: Confidential Conversations
Beth Offline
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Registered: 07/21/01
Posts: 151
Loc: Atlanta Area
Thanks, Bob. I really needed the laugh.

How about finish this one...

Overheard at a piano dealer.....?

#69182 - 08/27/01 10:47 PM Re: Confidential Conversations
Bob Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/01/01
Posts: 3789
Hmmm, perhaps Larry and Steve can help with that one??? ;\)

#69183 - 08/28/01 06:17 AM Re: Confidential Conversations
Bob Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/01/01
Posts: 3789
Overheard in a European Piano factory:

No- you idiot- the extra notes go on the bass end!!!

Overheard in another European factory:

You bloody well better get that action finished by tea time!!

#69184 - 08/28/01 11:44 AM Re: Confidential Conversations
Steve Cohen Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 10346
Loc: Maryland/DC/No. VA
This one is true:

I approached one of the District Sales Managers for Young Chang and asked him "How's life going?". His reply was "Not bad for a Korean Piano salesman!".
Piano Industry Consultant- http://www.linkedin.com/pub/steve-cohen/6/b92/b80

Consultant & Contributing Editor - Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer

Jasons Music
Maryland/DC/No. VA
Since 1937.

My postings, unless stated otherwise, are my personal opinions, not those of my clients.

#69185 - 08/28/01 02:12 PM Re: Confidential Conversations
Norbert Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/03/01
Posts: 13976
Loc: Surrey, B.C.
Maybe he just found a girlfriend.........
Greater Vancouver B.C. piano dealers for : C.Sauter, Estonia, Brodmann, Ritmuller

#69186 - 08/28/01 06:21 PM Re: Confidential Conversations
Larry Offline
9000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/25/01
Posts: 9217
Loc: Deep in Cherokee Country
OK. Here's some "Overheard in a dealer's showroom" stuff (actual statements made and questions asked over the years by customers)

1. I'm looking to purchase an artcase baby grand from around the turn of the century. It must be totally restored, with dainty legs instead of those massive looking ones. And I want light walnut, not mahogany. I'm prepared to go as high as 5,000 if it is perfect.

2. Gee, you play nice. If I buy it will you come with it? My husband isn't home on Thursdays.

3. What are those wires for?

4. I looked inside my piano today and there's a bunch of little square felt things laying on the strings. Is that covered under warranty?

5. What's that middle pedal, a brake?

6. I like this piano, but I need to check with my aunt. She's a concert pianist. (there must be 10 million concert pianists out there)

7. Boy, that's a big grand piano you've got sitting there. But my aunt has one bigger than that. Her's is 16' long. It's one of those famous German ones - Wurlitzer I think. She's a concert pianist.

8. Do you do finish repair? We were moving our piano ourselves and it fell out of the truck while we were going up I-75. There's a few scratches on it.

9. Do you warranty your tuning? We had you guys tune our piano 3 years ago and it's already out of tune.

10. Do you tune pianos? Do I need to bring it to you, or will you come to my house and do it?

11. Can you fix our piano? I wanted to clean the dirt off that big wooden thing in it that sits on top of the keys, so I had my husband take it out and hose it off. Now none of the keys will mash. I think all that's wrong with it is my dumb husband don't know how to get it back in the piano right.

12. Do you guys sell those metal winding pegs that stick in the top of a piano? I was tuning my piano with some vise grips and broke a bunch of them off.

13. We'd like to look at your handbuilt European verticals please, preferrably in the under 2,000 price range.

14. (my all time favorite, with both sides of the conversation):

"May I show you a piano?"
"No. I'm just looking."
"What kind of piano are you looking for?"
"Oh I don't want a piano. How much is this one?"
"Does it come in pink?"
"Do you want it in pink?"
"No. Is that your wife?"
"Yes, would you like to speak to her?"
"No, but she's sure pretty. Can she play?"
"Yes. Was there something else I could show you?"
"No. Well, I've got to go now. I had to leave my wife in the car because she peed on herself. I'm just letting her dry off so we can meet Elvis down there at the end of the street. He doesn't like it when we're late. Goodbye." (all true!!)
Life isn't measured by the breaths you take. Life is measured by the things that left you breathless

#69187 - 08/28/01 06:48 PM Re: Confidential Conversations
David Burton Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 1757
Loc: Coxsackie, New York
David Burton's Blog

#69188 - 08/28/01 07:14 PM Re: Confidential Conversations
Norbert Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/03/01
Posts: 13976
Loc: Surrey, B.C.
Larry:you just gotta know how to handle them!

"May I show you a piano"
"No, I'm just looking"
"Don't say... that's how I met my wife!!"

"How much is this piano?"
"Free", but you must take it now!"
"O.K, I'll think about it!"

"Does this piano have a steel soundboard?"
"If you insist, we can screw one onto back!"

"Can you hold this one for me?"
"Hold what? ...I'm not the mover,Mam....."

"My husband wants to know if this is a good
"Who cares,you're definitely better!"

"Can I bring my teacher?"
"Sure,provided she can play!"

"Can I save the tax by bringing cash?"
"Absolutely not, we only accept NSF cheques!"
Greater Vancouver B.C. piano dealers for : C.Sauter, Estonia, Brodmann, Ritmuller


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