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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Prestige, Priorities and Pianos.

Imagine: a posh, exclusive hotel - the perfect setting for just about any kind of event - with extensive and flawlessly kept grounds, an award winning restaurant, golf courses, conference facilities... and a piano! 

In a corner of the dining room is a double-overstrung Ibach baby grand piano. It is not ancient, but should there ever be an 'MOT' Test for pianos, this one would fail. It needs re-stringing and a lot of rebuilding work before it could be certified as being in the kind of condition one associates with the name of Ibach.

In spite of its condition the piano plays fairly well, and when tuned, its pleasing tone proves the old rule that a 'quality' piano will sound good and play acceptably, even in a bad state of repair. 

I was told that, at quite a considerable cost, the lid had recently been re-polished! Sure enough, the lid was beautifully French polished and looked as good as new. But surely, the money was spent on the wrong part of the piano! 

Many of the guests who pay good money to sit and eat in the 'award-winning' restaurant, and who listen to the piano being played, are musical enough to realise the piano is more often than not, out of tune. Whether the top of the piano looks nice, is of no consequence to someone who cringes at the unharmonious sounds coming from the piano!

In such an exclusive hotel, where the best of everything seems to be on offer, it is rather sad that a tired, old piano is considered good enough to entertain the guests as they enjoy award-winning food in such prestigious surroundings. Despite appearances, perhaps prestige is only a superficial thing!

A very high priority was given to the choice of super-luxurious paper towels in the toilets! 

Prestige, Priorities and Pianos: 
To achieve an air of real prestige, the choice of piano ought to be higher up on the priority list!
© Steve Burden

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