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A £45,000 grand piano was being delivered to the Two Moors Music Festival in Devon when workmen dropped it. Organizers had spent two years raising funds for the piano, which was to be the centerpiece of the festival’s classical performances. Artistic director Penny Adie said, “This was the Rolls-Royce of pianos and it is unlikely we'll get our hands on another one." Link to story. Link to slideshow. -via Arbroath

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Some restorer must be very happy. Reminds me of a T-shirt design a few years back for a group of us taking a Risk Management seminar. Highway sign yellow triangle + Falling grand piano icon. We expanded it for the rest of the team (in UK) to include a falling anvil version.

http://www.cafepress.com/fouroboros.106562497
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They bought the piano for £45,000, but the insurance officials say it was insured for just £26,000. "Experts estimate that a new Bosendorfer would cost approximately £90,000"

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/story/2007/04/11/uk-piano-drop.html
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Well if you read the story completely, you can see that the piano only had a little damage and could be completely repaired and that it was still playable... Still, it's like crashing a brand new Bentley, you can fix it, but who would want to?
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