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#1 2017-02-21 02:23:38

fosinator
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Historical moment for my business

Hope this is in the right spot.
My dad and I just loaded the last piano we will ever sell on to the trailer ready for delivery tonight.My dad has been selling them for 40 years, me helping him move them for the last 25 or so years.The piano market is not near what it used to be with the progress in electric pianos.Theyre cheaper, easy to move, never need tuning, unaffected by temp., many sounds, feel almost as good and sound almost as good unless youre a real purist.At one time we used to keep 6-8 pianos in stock, this last one we've had for about 7 years.Good thing they dont have an expiry date.I suppose thats an advantage over electronic- a real piano will last longer(and you can play it when the powers off lol)
Im almost sad to be honest, thinking about all the pianos I moved with my dad.

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#2 2017-02-21 02:46:26

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Re: Historical moment for my business

I learned to play on the old pianola. Had to sell it when the family moved. Still miss it.

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#3 2017-02-21 03:02:21

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Re: Historical moment for my business

Sing us a song......you're the piano man.

Sing us a song tonight.

Thanks for the story and good luck moving forward.


"We should know where we're going, so we know when we get there..."

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#4 2017-02-21 03:22:38

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Re: Historical moment for my business

Good thing you know when to throw the towel in.

What are your plans now?


"You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality." - Ayn Rand

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#5 2017-02-21 03:27:40

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Re: Historical moment for my business

What condition are your backs in?

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#6 2017-02-21 03:32:34

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Re: Historical moment for my business

Thanks fos, always scary when technological advances in supply moves ahead, as long as you can move with it you'll stand a chance. Best wishes.


The woolgrower's target shall be the good thriving of his flock and its pastures, and so of himself and those whose livelihoods depend on his enterprise.
"The Woolgrower's Companion", 1906.

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#7 2017-02-21 04:17:27

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Re: Historical moment for my business

End of an era.

There was a transition period in the 1960s and 1970s, with the Wurlitzer EP and Fender Rhodes, in its case, heavy as a full coffin, prior to portable electronic keyboard/cartridge era in the 1980s and now, pretty amazing integrated software interfaces.

Pianos will hold some cultural cachet value in the future. Worth the investment, if you have the space, but they are a bugger to move.

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#8 2017-02-21 18:49:26

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Re: Historical moment for my business

willrocks wrote:

Good thing you know when to throw the towel in.

What are your plans now?

Just sell electric pianos instead, which we sell alot more of, as well as all the other instruments we sell-stringed instruments,percussion,general musical instruments.

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#9 2017-02-21 18:56:01

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Re: Historical moment for my business

boyd_05 wrote:

What condition are your backs in?

I fractured 2 vertabrae in a mx accident when I first started working here, about 19 years ago, I had to watch my dad do it himself a few times before I could help again.Funnily enough (or not) I strained something in my arm in last nights final move.We have a method which has served us well over the years.Both our backs have never suffered from moving pianos.Its all about doing it the smart way.

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