[QODLink]
Al Jazeera Frames
La Mer de Pianos
Behind the scenes at Fournitures Generales Pour Le Piano, the oldest piano shop in Paris.
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2012 14:03

Filmmakers: Tom Wrigglesworth and Mathieu Cuvelier

The short profile of Marc Manceaux and his his shop Fournitures Generales Pour le Piano, the oldest piano shop in Paris, gives a charming insight into the work of a man who has devoted his entire life to one pursuit – the renovation of classic pianos.

Manceaux has worked at the unique shop that looks like a scrapyard for old instruments for nearly 35 years and is more a craftsman than a salesman.

He says: "My job is to find spare piano parts abroad or to make them myself and sell them here or by mail order. Just as there are spare parts for cars, there are also one or two shops in France that repair pianos, where piano tuners come to get bits and pieces. These days it's more about conservation, not like in museums, but it's about finding a part, so that a historic piano can sing again. For example, you cannot find a single original part for a 1920 Pleyel on the open market, so it's justifiable to take a piano apart very carefully and harvest the parts to create a kind of "organ bank" for pianos that can be used to repair pianos for which no original part exists. When I have to break one up, I always feel a twinge of regret ... but that's what organ donation is all about."

 

 

Click for more on Al Jazeera Frames

282

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.
join our mailing list