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271351 Ed Minch <ruby1638@a...> 2020‑06‑29 Re: Call for ingenuity: loosening a wooden screw
> On Jun 29, 2020, at 8:12 AM, Thomas Bruce  wrote:
> 
> Advice, and renditions of Stairway to Heaven on non-traditional instrument,
> are welcome.
> 
> All the best,
> T.



Not Stairway to Heavan, but close

https://www.youtube.com/wa
tch?v=21O64fYApXQ <htt
ps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21O64fYApXQ>

My daughter has a good friend who was the instrument curator for the
Metropolitan Museum in NYC for something like 40 years until he retired about
2016-7.  He personnaly purchased many of the rare intruments for the museum as
he built the collection in his visio  They have a couple of Stradivarius
instruments - maybe 2 violins and a cello?

On a visit, he showed us such items as a xylophone made of schist (rock music he
said), human skulls made into drums made by African tribes for sale to
westerners even though they never did that on their own, and 1/8 size violins
used by dance masters as a portable instrument for classes.  Then I got to play
several cool instruments soon to be displayed in their show on Italian/American
makers, featuring the three biggies - D”Angelico, D’Aquisto, and Monteleone,
with one from the late 17th c guitar in for good luck.

https://yalebooksblog.co.uk/2011/04/08/guitar-heroes-yale-and-the-
metropolitan-museum-of-art-celebrate-legendary-guitar-makers/ <https://yalebooksblog.co.uk/2011/04/08/guitar-heroes-yale-and-the-
metropolitan-museum-of-art-celebrate-legendary-guitar-makers/>

I got to briefly play the blue one in the group of 4.  It had inlays on the
INSIDE of the curved sides visible through a soundport cut in one of the sides.
I forget which one, but one of the 4 had diamonds inlaid inside.

They have the world’s oldest piano at 1720.  I asked if it was playable and he
said every instrument in the collection is playable and would I like to play it.
I stepped up and played the few chords I know from Here Comes the Sun.  He said
a freind was in the previous week and had played most of Stairway to Heaven on
it.

Listen to how wonderful it sounds

https://www.pianistmagazine.com/blogs/the-worlds-oldest-piano-1/
<https://www.pianistmagazine.com/blogs/the-worlds-oldest-piano-1/>


Ed Minch

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