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Thursday, November 29, 2012

A piano tuner as MacGyver, 80s TV do-it-yourselfer extraordinaire

My next Telegraph column is about efforts to fix my old (built in 1924) player piano. Here's a taste: the above photo shows Alexander Felides, a.k.a. The Piano Doctor, using a paper clip to replace a broken spring on a damper hammer (which falls back on a string when you lift your finger from the piano key, so the string doesn't keep ringing). It was a very cool fix.

"My wife calls this my MacGyver case" Felides said of his tool case, which is full of really cool stuff, including something called a phaser - although it doesn't, alas, phase.

For details, you'll have to see Monday's Telegraph.