Celebrating World Piano Day

CBS2’s John Elliott introduces us to a family with a very special relationship to this amazing instrument.

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- The 88th day of the year, and that is an important number if you love the piano.

DICK BRENNAN: Indeed, it is. To celebrate those 88 keys, today is World Piano Day. CBS 2's John Elliott introduces us to a family with a very special relationship to this amazing instrument.

JOHN ELLIOTT: There is nothing like a Steinway piano. But more than just a beautiful musical instrument, these are amazingly complicated machines. The Lindeblad family has been restoring these amazingly complicated machines for over 100 years.

So your business is a combination of restoring family pianos, or restoring orphaned pianos and bringing them back to life. Right?

TODD LINDEBLAD: Exactly.

JOHN ELLIOTT: And people can pick out the piano they want?

TODD LINDEBLAD: Yeah, they could pick the size, the style, the color, and we're custom do it to their preferences.

JOHN ELLIOTT: How many parts are in the piano?

TODD LINDEBLAD: 12,116.

JOHN ELLIOTT: First up is the belly department, because everything has to come out of the belly of the piano, right Sean?

SEAN LINDEBLAD: That's right.

JOHN ELLIOTT: First thing that comes out is the harp?

SEAN LINDEBLAD: The harp.

JOHN ELLIOTT: And how many pianos do you have at any given time, usually?

SEAN LINDEBLAD: Well, usually anywhere between 30 and 40.

JOHN ELLIOTT: How long does it take you to hang 88 hammers?

JAMES FERNANDEZ: About 12 to 15 hours, depending on what's going on in the day, and sometimes they can fight you a little bit. They can be finicky.

JOHN ELLIOTT: What are you trying to do here?

PETE RIBAUDO: I'm trying to regulate each of these keys to their full potential. So the artist, when he starts playing, he's-- he feels like he's closer to the string. You really have to have hands-on experience, and you really need to apprentice with somebody to show you what to do.

PAUL LINDEBLAD: It's a very tedious type of work-- 88 of everything, 12,000 parts total, right? So you have to be patient.

JOHN ELLIOTT: What do you love about working on pianos?

GABBY JAPAZ: I love the detail that goes into all of it, and how every little thing I do is so important.

JOHN ELLIOTT: How many more years of life are you giving them?

PAUL LINDEBLAD: Well, I would say at least another 80 to 100 years.

There's no other instrument like the piano, you know? It can sound like thunder, it can sound like a trickling stream.

JOHN ELLIOTT: Making music and memories in Dover, New Jersey, John Elliott, CBS 2.

DICK BRENNAN: He can do it all, John.

- Yes, he can.

DICK BRENNAN: Who knew?

- So talented.

DICK BRENNAN: To help celebrate World Piano Day, the Lindeblad family is giving away an upright Steinway this Wednesday. Wow. For more information, go to cbsnewyork.com.

- Happy Piano Day to everybody.

DICK BRENNAN: Absolutely.