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Restored Steinway unveiled at concert

February 17, 2013

(L-R) Jackson Hammit, Peg Hammit and Jim Margetts. (L-R) Jackson Hammit, Peg Hammit and Jim Margetts.

A restored 1918 Steinway was unveiled Sunday afternoon in a concert by Dr. James Margetts. The gift of the refurbished piano was made possible by Dr. Jackson Hammit and his wife, Peg. The instrument was delivered about one month ago. The wooden sound board of the piano was created in Denver by Woods & Company where the humidity level is similar to that of Chadron which is important in preserving the quality of the sound board.

The Steinway has a clear sound and a tremendous range, according to Margetts. He likened it to the deluxe box of Crayola crayons with the sharpener compared to a small box of colors. "It has subtly, shading and a fantastic depth of tone," he said.

"It is a little intimidating to play, because it responds to the slightest touch. This is excellent for our CSC students so they can develop their sense of expression and listen to their work. There are so many ways to play any key and with the Steinway, they can clearly hear the differences."

The piano technician, Bev Hempel, who came from Denver to CSC recently for fine tuning of the piano, also attended the concert. Her family lives in Hot Springs, S. D.

The wheels on the piano lock for secure positioning. A special fabric cover and a "garage" will be used to protect the Steinway backstage in Memorial Hall. "It complements everything we do," Margetts said. The Steinway will be utilized for student recitals and by Galaxy guest performers.

—Tena L. Cook, Interim Marketing Coordinator

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