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Connell York, piano tuner, is entertaining and informative in this part two segment of a short subject documentary. By Shirley Kirsten
Fresno resident, Connell York, with 60 plus years in the tuning business, muses about time old creature threats to pianos. After his deeply probing WWII reminiscence (Video-Part one) he comes back with an animated encore performance.
Rats first grab the spotlight as York details their clandestine entry into uprights, followed by their painful demise after ingesting Decon. Next, enter mice with their slippery invasion of sanctified musical space, and you have a remake of a horror movie culminating in baby rodents transformed into GIGANTIC predators. (York shamelessly holds up mega-size tweezers that extricate the invaders--See inserted photo)
By comparison, the moth infiltration of hammers seems like an innocent indulgence of "filet mignon" as York had characterized it in an earlier adventure.
In any case, the wise old piano tuner marches off to a grand piano next, telling the true story of a cat trapped under its lid. What follows is hair-raising!
Run as fast as you can over to Wordpress and see the embedded video. You won't be sorry you did.
The ending, by comparison, is tender, moving, and frankly, a tear jerker. Be prepared to cry.
Video produced and directed by Shirley Kirsten and Aviva Kirsten
Video editing, Aviva Kirsten
Kirsten Productions, 2011
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