I took a side trip to the headquarters of the Dramatists Guild of America. It was my first visit there, although I’ve been a member since 2012. That there is Richard Rodgers’ Steinway piano. Yes, that guy. He was one half of Rodgers & Hammerstein. He won an Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize for some of the biggest shows in Broadway history. I even got to play the piano. It’s still kept perfectly in tune. The front office guy, Nick, told me Rodgers had it specially tuned to remove some of the “brightness” of its timbre. For a lifelong pianist like me, this was kind of like fondling the Holy Grail.
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