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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Abandoned Piano

The following news item appeared in the Cape Cod Times on November 23rd, and has since mushroomed into a nationally-covered story...

Baldwin piano discovered in Harwich woods

November 23, 2008

HARWICH — Police are seeking key evidence to solve the mystery of a piano found in the Bells Neck woods yesterday.

At 3 p.m., a woman walking on trails inside the conservation area discovered a piano in the middle of the woods. The Baldwin piano, which had a matching bench, is in perfect working condition, police said.

The piano is extremely heavy, and it took more than a half-dozen men to load it onto a truck, according to police.

Because of its daunting weight and superb condition, the piano was not simply pushed out of a vehicle in the woods, police said.

Police said they have no idea how the piano came to rest in the middle of musical nowhere. A general notice has gone out to area police departments in an attempt to figure out whether the piano was stolen or lost.

Television news reports indicated that the Bells Neck woods in Harwich is a very remote area. The piano is said to be well-maintained, and even in good tune. I noticed that it is a Baldwin "Acrosonic" Spinet, and read a report that its' serial number is 773746. The Acrosonic was introduced by Baldwin in 1936, and eventually became the largest selling piano type of all time.

It's gotta be Aliens. They "borrowed it" in the mid-1950's to study the esoteric technology of equal-temperament and string tension. Now that they have traversed space, and reverse-engineered it in their labs, they returned their specimen back to Earth this week in the middle of a remote woods.