Expensive mistake

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Ipswich trom, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Ipswich trom

    Ipswich trom Member

    Did anyone see this expensive mistake with the Grand Piano?


    Hope there is a video on You Tube.

    Anyone had any mishaps with instruments? I had the slide of my first trombone ruined by someone slamming a door shut on it. Ouch.
  2. Bryan_sop

    Bryan_sop Active Member

    Yeah I saw that too! Great bit of publicity for the piano moving company! I bet people will be rushing to use their services now!!!
  3. Chunky

    Chunky Active Member

    If you look at the pictures, it fell off the piano wheels used to shift the paino once off the vehicle. You can bet the removal company will be looking to claim there was something wrong with the path!
  4. David Mann

    David Mann Member

    Did a band trip by plane from Heathrow and we had to check the instruments in 3 hours early, in the special luggage area, with "fragile" labels on. When we were on the plane we could see a baggage handler attempting to fit one of the troms in the hold by using his size 10s!
  5. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

    Have seen pianos fall before and survive. Hopefully the frame is intact as just about everything else can be repaired. I used to work as a piano tuner in Devon and one of my customers used her baby grand to shelter under during a bomb raid in London. There are still scar marks from shrapnel on the casework and the very treble hammers were twisted but otherwise it was fine. The worst case I saw was at an Auction House when a pianola being unloaded half fell and trapped one of the lifters against the van. He fractured his hip really badly.
  6. Leyfy

    Leyfy Active Member

    I left my clarinet (yes, I came from the dark side before switching to brass - woodwind! ;) ) on a train once on the way to school.....

    MISS PITCH Member

    ahhh!!! why??? nooo!!! :confused::confused::confused:

    I also play accordion (omg cant believe i just admitted that)
    and they are RATHER heavy.... decided once to walk
    down a staircase while the accordion was strapped to
    me and i tumbled to the bottom crushing not only myself,
    but £2000 worth of piano accordion.

    lost half my front tooth,
    £100 to claim on the insurance,
    my dignity,
    and the best accordion i ever owned. :'(

    RIP my buttoned, keyed friend....

    FAye x
  8. Leyfy

    Leyfy Active Member

    cos a music teacher once said to me

    "I can see you with a clarinet or flute much more than I can see you with a trumpet!"

    So I spent 6 misguided years playing the clarinet, before I picked up a cornet and saw the light!

    Music teachers, eh?! What do they know ;)
  9. Magic Flute

    Magic Flute Supporting Member

    Should have gone for flute! ;)
    And music teachers know everything!:biggrin:
  10. Flutey

    Flutey Active Member

    Agree with the first comment but not the second! My music teachers are awful at times!!! :tongue:
  11. BrotherBone

    BrotherBone Member

    My first trombone got ruined as I left the slide lock off on a march and whilst changing music the outer slide consequently got trampled on by 5 ranks of players.. :S
  12. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    I am reminded of the Darwin Awards and the following Honourable Mention:

    [​IMG]Mad Trombonist[​IMG]

    1998 Urban Legend

    (August 1998, Uruguay) In a misplaced moment of inspiration, Paolo Esperanza, bass-trombonist with the Symphonica Maya de Uruguay, decided to make his own contribution to the cannon shots fired during a performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture at an outdoor children's concert. In complete disregard of common sense, he dropped a large lit firecracker, equivalent in strength to a quarter stick of dynamite, into his aluminum straight mute, and then stuck the mute into the bell of his new Yamaha in-line double-valve bass trombone.
    Later from his hospital bed he explained to a reporter through a mask of bandages, "I thought the bell of my trombone would shield me from the explosion and focus the energy of the blast outwards and away from me, propelling the mute high above the orchestra like a rocket."
    However Paolo was not to speed on his propulsion physics, nor was he qualified to wield high-powered artillery. Despite his haste to raise the horn before the firecracker exploded, he failed to lift the bell of the horn high enough for the airborne mute's arc to clear the orchestra. What happened should serve as a lesson to us all during our own delirious moments of divine inspiration.
    First, because he failed to sufficiently elevate the bell of his horn, the blast propelled the mute between rows of musicians in the woodwind and viola section, where it bypassed the players and rammed straight into the stomach of the conductor, driving him backwards off the podium and directly into the front row of the audience.
    Fortunately, the audience was sitting in folding chairs and thus they protected from serious injury. The chairs collapsed under the first row, and passed the energy from the impact of the flying conductor backwards into the people sitting behind them, who in turn were driven back into the people in the third row and so on, like a row of dominos. The sound of collapsing wooden chairs and grunts of people falling on their behinds increased geometrically, adding to the overall commotion of cannons and brass playing the closing measures of the Overture.
    Meanwhile, unplanned audience choreography notwithstanding, Paolo Esperanza's Waterloo was still unfolding back on stage. According to Paolo, "As I heard the sound of the firecracker blast, time seemed to stand still. Right before I lost consciousness, I heard an Austrian accent say, "Fur every akshon zer iz un eekval unt opposeet reakshon!" This comes as no surprise, for Paolo was about to become a textbook demonstration of this fundamental law of physics.
    Having failed to plug the lead pipe of his trombone, he paved the way for the energy of the blast to send a superheated jet of gas backwards through the mouthpiece, which slammed into his face like the hand of fate, burning his lips and face and knocking him mercifully unconscious.
    The pyrotechnic ballet wasn't over yet. The force of the blast was so great it split the bell of his shiny new Yamaha trombone right down the middle, turning it inside out while propelling Paolo backwards off the riser. For the grand finale, as Paolo fell to the ground, his limp hands lost their grip on the slide of the trombone, allowing the pressure of the hot gases to propel the slide like a golden spear into the head of the third clarinetist, knocking him senseless.

    The moral of the story? The next time a trombonist hollers "Watch this!" you'd better duck!
  13. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    I heard that the mute hit someone in the audience and the slide hit the principle violist who was catapulted into the cdonductor who then flew into the audience
  14. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Possibly the details are unimportant:rolleyes:
    The important thing is, it was a trombonist, doing something brain-numbingly silly. We are not surprised...:p
  15. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    Trombonists are always the ones who push the boundaries to see what the instrument is capable of
  16. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Those are called "slides", not boundaries...:p
  17. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    What is even more brain-numbingly silly is he seems to think that Isaac Newton was Austrian :confused: . Or is he confusing Newton with Einstien who was German born?

    Anyway, urban myth or not, it's a great tale and the mental image makes me smile every time I read it. And anyway, the idea of a trombone player sticking a firework up the bell isn't so far fetched - the bangs and whooshes would make his trombone louder than everyone else which is most trombonists biggest ambition, isn't it? ;)
  18. Teflon1961

    Teflon1961 Member

    I saw this in the Sun, yesterday, whilst waiting in the barbers! Crackin!..

    Sorta reminded me of the Chimps with the old.."Dad.. do you know the Piano's on my foot?..."....."Don't worry Son, you hum it, I'll play it" for the PG tips advert
  19. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    So that was your second expensive mistake then? (Your first being spending £2000 on an accordion!) :tongue: :biggrin: :oops:
  20. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    Good one! Wonder if the Dyke section thought of trying it when goold old Nick arranged 1812?
    talking avbout pushing boundaries, have you heard the Pryor Engagement cd?
    What's happening in Bog Momma's house?

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