Decorated by illustration student Andrei Petrut. The central figure has a third open eye, representing his mind still being awake whilst he is asleep.
Chris was missing his piano so much, and then....
Many thanks to Cambridge Ballerina Project and Claude Schneider Photography.
Eight pianos, nine musicians, four cameras and one dog.
Adam at the Backs
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Lots of people passing, no people playing.
These guys were much better than us! We were impressed.
Playing Chinese Chopsticks
Out walking on Sunday afternoon with my daughter we came across the first of the piano's on our walk. Great photo opportunity!!
A brief clip of HMS Pinafore with CUG&S
A (rather grainy) photo of the Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan society doing a little sing-through of HMS Pinafore by this piano! It was dark and cold but lots and lots of fun.
Having walked here from Silver Street, I grabbed this shot just as brother and sister were leaving, and it's not technically perfect!
© Francis J Pullen 2012
A day off from work meant that I had the chance to do something different and I took photos of all of the pianos.
and then others followed
One brave soul started to play
This is the Baratt and Robinson, the youngest of the Cambridge Street Pianos, built in 1966 at The Grove, Crouch End, North London.
It will be interesting to see how this one copes with two weeks of being exposed to the elements.
This piano has a Kastner-Wehlau floating Centre action. It differs from most actions because the bushings that are used on the interconnecting moving wooden parts are made of plastic Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) rather than felt. The idea being that felt bushings can swell when the atmospheric moisture content is high causing the action to become sluggish or stop playing altogether where as the plastic ones should stay the same. There are at least two pianos fitted with this type of action on the project. The other is the Challen 988. Both instruments were donated because the actions were very worn and noisy.
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