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OT: When Pianos Went To War #3007561 09/11/19 09:54 AM
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Fun article of what the US military did to entertain troops prior to the advent of digital instruments:

When Pianos Went To War


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Re: OT: When Pianos Went To War [Re: cphollis] #3007573 09/11/19 01:01 PM
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Some of these war time pianos are on display at the NAMM organization's Museum of Making Music.
https://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/

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Re: OT: When Pianos Went To War [Re: cphollis] #3007574 09/11/19 01:01 PM
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Man, I bet there were some smoking Boogie Woogie licks laid on those GI 88s!

Re: OT: When Pianos Went To War [Re: cphollis] #3007807 09/12/19 06:16 PM
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That's badass. Now think of all those that went into the dumpsters like Hammond Model G consoles did when bases closed.


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Re: OT: When Pianos Went To War [Re: cphollis] #3007835 09/12/19 10:39 PM
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Here's a quick video from the one at the Museum




I've seen one in person in a private collection back home in Tucson in my teenage years. That piano is stout!


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Re: OT: When Pianos Went To War [Re: PianoMan51] #3007837 09/12/19 10:58 PM
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Originally Posted by PianoMan51
Man, I bet there were some smoking Boogie Woogie licks laid on those GI 88s!


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Re: OT: When Pianos Went To War [Re: cphollis] #3007857 09/13/19 12:55 AM
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Re: OT: When Pianos Went To War [Re: cphollis] #3007868 09/13/19 01:56 AM
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Hmmm... after that video explanation I would have liked to hear what a piano with iron strings sounds like! And what about the sound board, was precious steel used for that?


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Re: OT: When Pianos Went To War [Re: cphollis] #3007908 09/13/19 12:05 PM
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Yeah I was wondering the same thing. That's cool. I never knew they were produced but it doesn't surprise me. I bet they got them for cheap. Some government contracts are like that.


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It has been said that the reason Steinway became so dominant is that they won the US military contracts for entertainment and the like, allowing them to get a head start after the war, as competitors had to re-tool from producing military gear for the government for a few years.


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