Piano

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, constructor de pianos y consultor de un fabricante de pianos al término de su jornada, construye estos instrumentos desde cero. Trabaja por pedido mas o menos una semana al mes, lo que incluye algunos viajes para resolver problemas de los clientes. También reconstruye alrededor de una docena de pianos de concierto al año para clientes especiales; sin embargo, según afirma, la parte mas satisfactoria de su vida es su pasatiempo de construir pianos desde el principio. “Esta es la parte que mantiene vivo a un hombre”, dice. El reto de este trabajo es lo que lo empuja hacia adelante. Obtiene satisfacción de la precisión y la calidad, pues afirma que “los detalles son la diferencia. Cuando un corta un poquito aquí y un poquito allá, ha cavado un gran hoyo. Un piano es como el cuerpo humano; todas sus partes son importantes”.
Bird considera un reto fundamental construir un piano completo. Su trabajo combina habilidades de fabricación de gabinetes, actividades con metales e ingeniería, conocimiento de acústica y un oído muy afinado para la música. Requiere gran precisión, porque una minúscula desalineación arruinaría el sonido del piano. También requiere versatilidad: un teclado debe estar bien balanceado para responder al toque de un dedo; por otra parte, las clavijas deben aguantar una presión de hasta 20 toneladas. Además, Bird tiene que fabricar muchas de las herramientas que emplea para construir los pianos.
Bird ha construido 40 pianos en sus 34 años de carrera. Aunque la construcción le requiere casi un año, vende sus pianos al modesto precio de un piano comercial. Él no pretende hacerse rico, sino que le atraen el reto y la satisfacción. Dice; “todo el negocio es una serie de puertas cerradas. Uno aprende algo, y es que hay otra puerta cerrada esperando que la abran”. Afirma que su mayor sueño es construir un piano de concierto: “Es lo único que no he hecho…...

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