Piano workshops: reviving the dead

In a piano, stories of one hundred or two hundred years may be hidden. This is what happens in the workshops where they fix these musical devices. In a winery there are rows of different brands and values ​​that ordinary people cannot imagine. It is easy to calculate, however, for experts whose ancestors inherited the trade that they have perfected over time; without it being necessary to have struck a symphony, but rather to have educated ears to tune them and the wisdom to leave them with the accuracy of a Swiss watch.

In a showroom, for example, there may be a rosewood piano, as Mr. Carlos Garrido, heir to a workshop that was owned by his grandfather, who had a store on Avenida Balderas, between the streets of Ayuntamiento, exclaims. and Victoria. There is also Rodrigo Tinajera, a member of a fourth generation who does the same in the Roma neighborhood.

The two workshops restore pianos from all eras. Each piece is a jewel. And there are few houses in the country -around 45, calculates Tinajera-, starting with Mexico City, where the trade is scarce and, therefore, there is a lot of work, since they bring them devices from all over, coincides the Mr. Garrido, who claims to have the largest workshop of all in the national territory.

Let’s start with Rome.


The Tinajera family business is located in the Roma neighborhood, “with more than eighty years of tradition and experience in tuning and restoring pianos and pianolas; our workshop sells, repairs and restores pianos ”, says Tinajera, who is part of the fourth generation dedicated to this trade, inherited by José Antillon Rosner, of German origin, who shared his knowledge with Cosme Tinajera Sabas.

Don Cosme was the great-uncle of Rodrigo Tinajera Sr., who shares the business with his sons Rodrigo and Damián

“Look,” says Rodrigo, “what we do is revive the dead, because they are pianos that have gone through different times and different treatments and come here for lack of maintenance.”

The oldest piano that has passed through this workshop was one made by Muzio Clementi, one of the first manufacturers, in 1832, calculates the tuner.

“And how do they look?”

—Well, we try to preserve the state of the instrument, its originality, without modifying it; because they are practically museum pieces- he explains, and then sits down at the piano and begins his tuning task.

“What about the clientele?”

—It is very varied: from students, people on stage, or members of a jazz quartet, chamber music, opera; we are present in everything that has to do with art.

“How about work?”

—Well, thank God we have enough, because the union is very small, we are very few, and therefore the demand is too much. I believe that of those established we do not reach 50 in the whole country.

On the wall is a photograph with the title of Piano doctor. “Well, that’s how they put me because sometimes we resurrect them”, says and smiles who has about 30 pianos formed for restoration.

And as if it were a museum, on the wall there is a collection of tools, starting with the tuning fork, tweezers and tuning keys from two centuries ago, when bellows were used to shake the dust off pianos. But those tools were left behind.

“Currently there are vacuum cleaners, other types of devices that do that job,” he says and shows a quadrilateral piano from 1870. “It is the oldest we have right now in the workshop.”


And from the Roma neighborhood it will be necessary to move to Pianos Garrido, of the family that bears that surname, with an antiquity of one hundred years. It is in the Lindavista neighborhood. They inherited the tradition of grandfather Guadalupe, piano technician, reports Carlos Garrido, head of the current dynasty, while accompanying him on a tour of the large workshop where he works with his two sons, Carlos and Diego, and his brother Rafael, who sets minuscule pieces .

“This is a Steinway piano, the Rolls-Royce of pianos,” Garrido boasts and slides the palm of his right hand over the surface of the imposing apparatus, “it is the finest piano in the world, it belongs to a client in Chihuahua. in terrible conditions, we are restoring everything, all the stringing was sent from New York, as well as the pegs and the gilding of the plate. It’s a rosewood Steinway piano, dating back to my eighty-seventy-something.

“And how much is it valued?”

—A piano of these must be worth over two and a half million pesos. And there I have Mr. Anaya’s piano- he says and smiles.

And he is quick to show the piano of a man who, he says, brought it from Querétaro and said he was the uncle of a former presidential candidate, but has not returned to pick it up.

This workshop and showroom were inherited, as already mentioned, by the grandfather, who left it to Ignacio, Carlos’s father, back in the 1930s.

“How many generations.”

—Well, we are talking about my grandfather, his servant, my parents and my children; four generations.

“And what does the trade consist of?”

“I make a lot of the analogy of pianos with the car business,” says Carlos Garrido. I tell him that if we fixed cars, here we would fix the engines; and we have a workshop, the largest in Mexico, in the Martín neighborhood

Carrera, where we do the repair of furniture and varnish; there we dismantled the entire piano …

In this workshop, where they also have tools inherited from their father and grandfather, they disassemble the devices and change the damaged parts. The trade is similar to that of an antique dealer, due to the type of pieces they use.

Mr. Garrido explains:

—The wear on a piano is due to friction; Little pieces called centers are changed, which is where all the machinery turns. So that is basically the soul: felts, springs and centers. They are specialized tools, millimeter, to remove the centers.

“What is the oldest piano you’ve ever arranged?”

“I have arranged pianos from 1820 and 1830. They are very old pianos.

“What about some characters?”

—Well, this piano I have belongs to Mr. Gabriel Anaya; it is a quadrilateral piano. By the way, Mr. Anaya, when you like to come, your piano is ready! – he says, as if the owner were his neighbor, and smiles.

The Garrido family’s workshop is brought to repair pianos from other parts of the country, such as Monterrey, Querétaro, Mérida and Chihuahua, among other cities.

“And what kind of pianos do you have now?”

—Man, right now we also have a very important piece, a Steinway; Steinway is the finest piano in the world; Actually we have several machinery that are being repaired – he says and shows photographs and videos of various parts in workshops in the Martín Carrera neighborhood.

Piano tuning is done in two ways. “The same thing with the striking fingerboard – Garrido exemplifies -, as with the latest generation electronic devices; but always the ear is the boss ”.

“An educated ear.”

—Yes, of course, he educates himself over the years. And also the handling of the key to tune. In short, there are many years of experience.

“Do you play the piano?”

—No, note that no, curiously the profession of pianist is different; the pianist plays, but I know all the inside of the piano. I tell him that the pianist is like the car racer and we are the mechanics behind so that the car works well.

From the Roma neighborhood to Lindavista, two workshops with different stories and a single purpose: to revive pianos in a city where the profession is scarce, for which a good ear is required during the tuning of this musical instrument, from which various rhythms come out since time immemorial .


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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▷ Pregnant? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a secret kept for “confidential reason”


October 30 2020, 11:28 am

Royal families do not usually have few members, so Meghan Markle and the prince harry They could be gearing up for the announcement of the arrival of a new royal baby.

According to British media reports, the Duchess of Sussex; who won a motion to delay the court battle with the British tabloid for a “confidential” reason, is pregnant and will confirm soon.

According to the report, the judge Mark Warby granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave a “confidential reason” for doing so.

With information from El Farandi

Shortly after the judge’s comments, royal fans began speculating about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy; as he won the bid for a confidential reason that was shared by his legal team in court.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became parents to their first child Archie Harrison in May 2019. It has never been confirmed whether the couple will attempt to have children again. But nevertheless; The former ‘Suits’ star is speculated to be pregnant and will confirm soon.

The tabloid, citing a source, stated: “It seems certain that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join your family.”

Meghan would surely be delighted when she emerged victorious in her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed for about nine months until next fall.

The trial was to begin in London in January 2021.

Prince Harry’s wife is suing Associated Newspapers by articles in the Mail on Sunday which included parts of a handwritten letter he had sent to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. “My conclusion is that the correct decision in all circumstances is to grant the request”, said the judge. “That means that the test date of January 11, 2021 will become vacant and the test will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall.”


Why is it getting harder and harder for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in England?


October 29 2020, 2:02 pm

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It will soon be a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left for the United States never to return. They announced it on January 18 after spending more than a month on vacation in Los Angeles, where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s mother instead of with the Royal Family, as had been tradition.

By Vanity Fair

Of course, before formally abandoning their life as royals, the Sussexes returned to the UK in March to say goodbye and finalize the deals for their long-awaited freedom, which was finally granted by Queen Elizabeth II in April. And since then, they have never seen each other again in person.

That is why all the British people were anxious to know how the next Christmas would go when Harry and Meghan had to return yes or yes to England. Although not for pleasure, but because on January 11 the trial that the dukes are holding against Associated Newspaper, which owns several tabloids, is scheduled to be held in London, which they accuse of publishing false information about them.

A legal battle that demands that the couple be present in the courtroom, something that in order to comply with it forces them to travel to England two weeks before the date of the trial to keep the corresponding quarantine that the British government requires of those who enter the country from United States.

But according to what has just been learned, finally that Christmas return could not take place. Well, the judge in charge of the case accepted the formal request that Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have sent to delay this meeting in court for several months.

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▷ Dos ex-Blizzard fundan Frost Giant Studios

From ex-Blizzard they have announced the founding of Frost Giant Studios in Orange County, California.

Tim Morten, CEO of the company, was the chief producer of Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void and has worked for the last six years in the company, although he has gone through numerous studies and has been involved in sagas such as Command & Conquer.

Tim Campbell, meanwhile, was the lead designer for the Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne campaign and has since been involved in numerous projects, most recently Wasteland 3 as director.

The first round of financing has closed with 4.7 million dollars raised by various investors, including Riot Games.

The company’s first game will be an RTS (real-time strategy game) and its goal is for it to be the next great game in the genre.

Real-Time Strategy Returns! We’re launching a new game studio to build the next great RTS! Join us on our journey at https://t.co/qtPYF1CahM! #FrostGiant pic.twitter.com/NRFfu64qCU

— Frost Giant Studios (@Frost_Giant) October 20, 2020


StarCraft 2 stops producing content 10 years after launch, but Blizzard will keep it alive

It seems that new games based on the franchise are not being ruled out, with no sequel announced yet.

In July 2010 it was put on sale StarCraft 2, a game that has remained the dominant RTS as it was with its predecessor. Now, Blizzard announces the cessation of development of new content for this title, which means that we will not have more commanders or chests to buy. But that does not necessarily mean that he will die.

Of course, the lack of news will put off many players, but the servers will remain active as up to now and their developers have confirmed that we will continue to have updates with balance adjustments and bug fixes, “focusing primarily on what matters most to our core and competitive community.”

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Qualifying this last point, Blizzard ensures that SC2 will continue to maintain its usual representation in the eSports scene from the hand of ESL Gaming and GSL. What about the IP as such? In the past, the Warcraft fathers had no qualms about listing their most relevant games for the future. Right now StarCraft doesn’t have a sequel on the horizon, but it seems that something like this is not ruled out.

Or at least, it is what can be read between the lines following the closing of the entry. Producer Rob Bridenbecker concludes, “We will keep you posted on any and all plans we have for future forays into the Koprulu sector.” In the absence of something more specific, we remind you that Blizzard has announced Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV (plus the spin-off Immortal) as well as the imminent expansion Shadowlands WoW, so it will surely be a while until we see their next big game.

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Meghan Markle was accused of plagiarizing a speech

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October 16 2020, 12:02 pm

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Meghan Markle spoke last Tuesday at the Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit on a more than current topic: the tremendous impact that social networks generate.

By Clarion

The event was organized by Fortune magazine and their participation was highly commented.

“There are very few things in this world where the person who is interacting with it is called a ‘user’. People addicted to drugs are called ‘users’ and people who use social networks, too, ”Meghan said in a section of her presentation.

“They are an addiction,” he added as a reinforcement to this idea and the main reason for his decision to have personal accounts. His ideas were powerful. However, later, a large number of his audience took to Twitter precisely to highlight that Prince Harry’s wife had taken her information from the documentary “The dilemma of social networks” from Netflix.

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