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    One time I was looking at a house owned by a very old French woman - it was on Route 40 near Hardingville NJ. She was very sweet and very very wistfully sentimental about her house. We ate goose liver pate' and had a glass of a nice Bordeaux while she told me stories about her life and especially about her already dead son. He had spent his whole working life at IBM and had never married. She said that I reminded her of him. As we toured the house she gave me an old shotgun of her son's we came across in a closet and then later, after I admired it, she said she wished that I could have his piano. When I was a kid I played (very badly <g>) and we talked about that - as a boy in France her son had played every day she said.

    I didn't really want the piano but I think wanted it to go to someone other than her relatives. I had a customer with a moving company and thought to call him. They said yes; they moved pianos and said they could come out the next day. So the piano (a spinet) got moved to my house.

    I never played it. It was just an annoyance to have in the way. Some years later I was up in Brick at the Shore Acres Yacht Club sailing a race and afterwards at the bar a guy I knew there said his wife was looking for a piano. I had a customer who sold pianos in Philadelphia and offered to call to ask for some courtesy. I don't know how much pianos cost now but at that time you could buy a nice Yamaha for maybe $6K and a Steinway for maybe $12K. He was cringing at the prices and I joked that he could have my old piano for her then - just tell her it's an antique. Some joking back and forth over a few months and I hauled the piano up there and I left it in his dining room while they were away.

    She was amazed and was positive that he had arranged the whole thing but he kept insisting that it was all me: just joking around. She said she liked the piano and wanted to keep it. So they called a tuner. While he was there working he said:

    "This is a really nice old Steinway - where did you get it?"

    Of course I had no clue - it was a just a small old upright piano to me. <g>


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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    Oh yes.....I prefer a Steinway or a Bosendorfer.

    LOL!!

    Realistically, I need to budget for the next instrument, so I will be trolling the sales after Christmas for something with at least the action of a piano, because that is what I would have to play at church, and I like the additional strength building for the fingers that only a real piano action provides.

    Something with strings and a midi interface would be ideal.

    But, I'm not there yet..
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    I don't currently have the space for a real piano, and I also don't have somebody to help me move a real piano. My sister says that they are plentiful on Facebook Marketplace, but that's going to be for a time down the road when I have taken an electronic 88 key instrument with graded hammers and progressed to the point where nothing else but a real piano will satisfy my needs.

    Hopefully by then I'll be able to have somebody move a real piano and put it in place for me.
    Yeppers...

    Moving a real piano is WORK!

    When I moved a year ago... had to move the following:
    Mill... about 1850#
    Lathe... about 1500#
    Piano (baby grand, metal frame)... about 850#
    Piano (spinet)... about 500# (wooden frame)
    Console organ (small Baldwin)... about 450#
    2x fridges

    Thankfully... my Hispanic installers were available that week...
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    A Mill?,,,,do you have a Bridgeport Mill?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    A Mill?,,,,do you have a Bridgeport Mill?????
    Well... yes/no...

    What I have... is Tiawanese copies...

    Links to the machines:
    Lathe:
    https://www.precisionmatthews.com/shop/pm-1340gt/
    Mill:
    https://www.precisionmatthews.com/shop/pm-935ts-tv/
    Mill is a Bridgeport clone... albeit something like a 3/4 frame with a full size head...
    The venerable 'J-head' design.
    Also have a 4x6 bandsaw and various accessories...
    And of course, bunches and bunches of tooling...

    One hobby is making parts out of metal... mostly aluminum... for the experimental aircraft I own... and for the guys at the hanger.
    Aircraft is a home-built gyrocopter...
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    I guess I should not be surprised that they copied the Bridgeport.

    My great grandfather founded the old Pottstown Machine Co. My dad worked there, and my grandmother and her sister basically owned most of it. I grew up with chips in my shoes.

    Good for you for keeping up with machining!
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    There are innumerable companies all over the world 'cloning' the classic Bridgeport J-head mill design.

    A standard Jhead weighs about 2500#, before adding accessories... lots of cast iron beef in the frame.

    My PM935 weighs about 1500# before accessories... it is roughly a 3/4 scale (and low beef) frame, with a full sized Jhead mounted. I bought mine with a 3ph motor and put a VFD on it.

    The lathe is a gem... 13x42... and truly capable of holding .0005 (5/10th's accuracy) if you get the set-up right.

    Have not had time to make chips as much as I used to... since I moved last year...
    Hope to get all the 'fixing up' on the new home done... get the shop set up again, and get back to making chips again!

    Assume you received the text pic...
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    *The duct system keeps the house comfortable; the equipment only heats and cools (and dehumidifies)
    *Cheap is not good, good is not cheap; however expensive is not a guarantee of quality!
    Choose your contractor wisely!

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    Yep. Great pic!
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    Long ago I found that a pair of those hydraulic hand trucks was a wise investment. And just that quick - I forget the name! <g>

    Roll-A-Truck maybe? It will come back to me I guess. <g>

    Anyway; I have moved huge reachin boxes, boilers, and . . . pianos. <g>. Mine are pretty beat at this point but still occasionally handy as hell to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    Yeppers...

    Moving a real piano is WORK!

    When I moved a year ago... had to move the following:
    Mill... about 1850#
    Lathe... about 1500#
    Piano (baby grand, metal frame)... about 850#
    Piano (spinet)... about 500# (wooden frame)
    Console organ (small Baldwin)... about 450#
    2x fridges

    Thankfully... my Hispanic installers were available that week...
    PHM
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poodle Head Mikey View Post
    Long ago I found that a pair of those hydraulic hand trucks was a wise investment. And just that quick - I forget the name! <g>

    Roll-A-Truck maybe? It will come back to me I guess. <g>

    Anyway; I have moved huge reachin boxes, boilers, and . . . pianos. <g>. Mine are pretty beat at this point but still occasionally handy as hell to have.

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    I should probably look for a pair... there seems to be an abundance of stuff like that on the 'resale' sites...

    The mill and lathe are on custom built (welded) stands with casters...
    The piano's and other stuff were moved on a custom built furniture cart (made with 2x8's and casters that can 400# each... yeah, a bit of overkill there).

    And of course, lots of sets of young hands attached to young strong backs...
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    *Installation is more important than the brand of equipment
    *The duct system keeps the house comfortable; the equipment only heats and cools (and dehumidifies)
    *Cheap is not good, good is not cheap; however expensive is not a guarantee of quality!
    Choose your contractor wisely!

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    I found these for a picture for you.

    https://www.sunbeltrentals.com/equip...n-roll-a-lift/

    These are not the same brand as mine. Mine are red and taller - more like the size of a hand truck. I bought mine used at an industrial surplus place.

    Maybe it's: Roll-A Lift ? They are behind a bunch of piled up stuff or I'd just go read the label. <g>
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    Yes sir very versatile I use mine all the time !
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    Well...at some point, I am hoping for some "Chevy closure."
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    WEll; the tediously typed report just got erased! I'll write the SOB later!
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