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Old Pianos

♦ In the Girl's Own Paper there is the following suggestion, which may possibly be ÜBef nl to some of my readers : — There came into ,my possession msny years ago, a very old-fashioned upright pisno. We found a place for it in my study, more for the beauty and quaintness of the case, which was of rosewood, and of the usual excellent workmanship, than from any hope of deriving comfort from any sweet masio the mellow ivories might produce. It was old, and its time and power for discoursing sweet music were paet and gone ; try as we would, by s new string bere and another there, it refused to send out any but shrill and discordant notes, and in despair we locked it up. And so it might have stood for many years to come, pleasant to look upon, bnt ntterly useless, had it not been that a good many books were scattered about the bouse and demanded a case. While trying to reconcile ourselves to parting with the piano to make room for rhe bookcase, the thought etruck as, 'Surely this wonld make a splendid bookcase if its inside could be bodily taken out without injury to the frame ?' We sent for a workman, who saw the possibility of doing this for us at a moderate earn, and the result is that we j oave a beautiful piece of furniture and bookcase combined. The upper part, conlisting of about two-thirds of the height, contains three shelves for books, and a writing-deik — the former keyboard — running the whole depth and width of the piano, while the under third forms a famous uupboard for manuscripts and magazines.

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Old Pianos, Southland Times, Issue 11951, 23 January 1892

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Old Pianos Southland Times, Issue 11951, 23 January 1892