The Clearlake Home-Of-Last-Resort For Wayward Pianos
was today visited by Mr. Oscillator, who performed test strikes on 88 keys x 8 pianos and found not a single piano in need of immediate euthanesia.
One or two of the pianos he rated "should tune up nicely".
A couple of others he rated "anything can be tuned, but...."
Two troublesome keys were found that I had not already identified -- a sticky middle C on the Willard, and a pretty much dead G Sharp on the Leckerling.
And of course, there are various known broken hammers and such which I am slowly but surely learning to repair. (A piano action is a marvel of functional simplicity. Quite straight-forward to repair. The only trouble is that there are 88 such mechanisms in each piano.)
Now.... This man -- Oscillator -- has four hands. No question about it, because he struck some cords that could only have been performed with at least 20 fingers -- to my ears, anyway. Wow. If he can make intriguing sounds like that come out af an UNtuned piano, then I'm definitely looking forward to hearing what he can do after he is done tuning one!
Mr. Oscillator seemed only slightly perturbed at the sight of eight pianos in a barn in Clearlake. He asked me just how many of them I intend to bring to BRC?
Well, let's see:
Booby Bar (backup to the rumored Concert Grand)
Aboard the Bigger Piano Boat (a Mutant Vehicle)
Kinetic Cab Company
Those are the four locations of playable pianos. These are all full size uprights.
In addition, I intend to relegate two pianos to "pinata" duty.
The Baby Grand will probably wait until next year. It needs a LOT of repair.
On his visit, Oscillator was riding a Honda 305 Superhawk motorcycle similar to the one Robert Pirsig reportedly rode in his famous book "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance". Whether he intended this choice of motorcycle as a hint that I am as nuts as Pirsig had been in the book -- is unknown. I prefer to think of it as the motorcycle Elvis Presley rode in the movie Roustabout.