Mystery piano in woods perplexes police

Posted by: Piano World

Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/23/08 07:35 PM

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(CNN) -- Was it a theft? A prank? A roundabout effort to bring some holiday cheer to the police? Authorities in Harwich, Massachusetts, are probing the mysterious appearance of a piano, in good working condition, in the middle of the woods.


A police officer examines an oddly placed piano in the woods of Harwich, Massachusetts.

Discovered by a woman who was walking a trail, the Baldwin Acrosonic piano, model number 987, is intact -- and, apparently, in key.

Sgt. Adam Hutton of the Harwich Police Department said information has been broadcast to all the other police departments in the Cape Cod area in hopes of drumming up a clue, however minor it may be.

But so far, the investigation is flat.

Also of note: Near the mystery piano -- serial number 733746 -- was a bench, positioned as though someone was about to play.

The piano was at the end of a dirt road, near a walking path to a footbridge in the middle of conservation land near the Cape.

It took a handful of police to move the piano into a vehicle to transport it to storage, so it would appear that putting it into the woods took more than one person.

Asked whether Harwich police will be holding a holiday party in the storage bay -- tickling the ivories, pouring eggnog -- while they await word of the piano's origin and fate, Hutton said with a laugh. No such plans.

Harwich police have had some fun, though. Among the photos they sent to the news media is one of Officer Derek Dutra examining the piano in the woods. The police entitled the photo "Liberace."


Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/23/08 07:37 PM

At least it wasn't a nice grand... \:D
Posted by: kenny

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/23/08 08:17 PM

A police investigation?
What a waste of taxpayer's dollars.

Someone didn't want to to pay the fee at the dump.
Case closed.
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/23/08 08:23 PM

Maybe they thought if they planted it, it would grow into a concert grand
Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/23/08 08:25 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Piano World:
Maybe they thought if they planted it, it would grow into a concert grand [/b]
:D I've always wondered if my S&S B might grow into a D if I watered the the D-C enough... :p
Posted by: Schubertian

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/23/08 08:30 PM

MIT- Massachusetts Institute of Technology - somebody there is the guilty party.
Posted by: ChatNoir

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/23/08 08:46 PM

Maybe it was a piece of installation art......
Posted by: dvdiva

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/23/08 08:55 PM

Perhaps some nature-loving pianist was trying out music therapy on the trees, thinking they'd grow taller and denser if treated to a concert?

Was it was a composer seeking inspiration?

Or maybe a terminally ill pianist whose dying wish was to play one last symphony amidst the trees, surrounded by nature, before going home to meet his maker?
Posted by: apple*

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/23/08 09:51 PM

i'm going to go water my Estonia


(maybe it was an art attempt)
Posted by: Zormpas

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/24/08 12:14 AM

I was waiting for it to be a Bosendorfer, last seen in an Arizona hotel room!
Posted by: Keys Geek

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/24/08 05:31 PM

Those were actually pretty good little pianos. Many of them still providing good service.
Posted by: playadom

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/24/08 05:33 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Horowitzian:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Piano World:
Maybe they thought if they planted it, it would grow into a concert grand [/b]
:D I've always wondered if my S&S B might grow into a D if I watered the the D-C enough... :p [/b]
I wonder how a Dampp-Chaser would hold up if you did that...
Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/24/08 05:47 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by playadom:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Horowitzian:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Piano World:
Maybe they thought if they planted it, it would grow into a concert grand [/b]
:D I've always wondered if my S&S B might grow into a D if I watered the the D-C enough... :p [/b]
I wonder how a Dampp-Chaser would hold up if you did that... [/b]
Probably not so well...
Posted by: theJourney

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/24/08 05:49 PM

Better dumping your piano in the woods before going on vacation than the grown out puppy...

Here you go one last tuning and after that you are on your own...
Posted by: jerryho

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/24/08 05:49 PM

There might be a body inside the cabinet.
Posted by: Rod Verhnjak

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/24/08 06:25 PM

Maybe it's the piano Norbert sold to those guys with the camping trailer. \:D
Posted by: RachFan

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/24/08 06:38 PM

Reminds me of that guy who donned an asbestos suit, approached the open grand piano on a beach, torched it, then sat on the bench and played until the soundboard burned up and the strings snapped, all in the name of "art". Same goes for leaving a piano to the elements in the woods. Makes one wonder about people like that.
Posted by: Larisa

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/24/08 08:50 PM

Now why do I never find a piano in the woods when I'm out walking? Sigh. Some people have all the luck.
Posted by: ftp

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/24/08 09:38 PM

Maybe it wants to be a Waldenstein when it grows up?
Posted by: Eric Gloo

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/24/08 11:11 PM

I bet my father had something to do with this...
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/25/08 09:25 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Eric Gloo:
I bet my father had something to do with this... [/b]
Funny Eric, just what I thought when I realized it was down the Cape.

I wonder if he tuned it after he moved it?
Posted by: mikewu99

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/25/08 11:43 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Schubertian:
MIT- Massachusetts Institute of Technology - somebody there is the guilty party. [/b]
Not nearly challenging enough for MIT:

Posted by: Roxane

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/25/08 11:51 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by mikewu99:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Schubertian:
MIT- Massachusetts Institute of Technology - somebody there is the guilty party. [/b]
Not nearly challenging enough for MIT:
[/b]
:D Moving a piano into the woods doesn't require much engineering skill – just brute force!
Posted by: pianobroker

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/25/08 01:37 PM

It needs a vinyl piano cover to protect it via the morning dew and occasional rain.As for color criteri, the wood finish goes much better in a nature setting as opposed to black.
\:D
Posted by: hv

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/25/08 05:23 PM

Funny, I was just out that way a few weeks ago shopping for a new zip code but my wife was disinterested in the Harwich side of the cape. She got a good laugh when I showed her what she might have missed.

Here's some more coverage with a new theory relating to the movie "Twilight"...
http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=6322065&page=1

Howard
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/25/08 05:30 PM

The piano flew there. Ron Weasley's dad was enchanting Muggle artefacts again.
Posted by: Neptune

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/26/08 03:49 PM

Every good and decent piano outlives its owner. This one is unusually poetic. The police should know better than to meddle in poetic affairs.
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 11/27/08 06:32 AM

Its former owner had just bought home a nine foot Fazzioli and it was crawling off in shame.
Posted by: Ziur

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 12/01/08 03:00 AM

Hehe. I just bought a Baldwin Acrosonic two weeks ago. My serial number is 783892. It is a great piano for what I paid for it. The funny thing is the mover brang it in all by himself, he didn't need four cops. hehe. I also had a dream about playing it in the woods the night I had got it in my house, so ironic and funny.
Posted by: Maestro Ng

Re: Mystery piano in woods perplexes police - 12/01/08 03:37 AM

It's a time bomb. Oh noes.