Monthly Archives: January 2013

Thanksgiving Proclamation 1789 by George Washington

Thanksgiving Proclamation 1789 by George Washington

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LibriVox » Give me liberty by Patrick Henry

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Deathby Patrick Henry 1736-1799 This speech was given March 23, 1775, at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, and is credited with having singlehandedly convinced the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. In attendance were Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Reportedly, the crowd, upon hearing the speech, jumped up and shouted, “To Arms! To Arms!”

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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim

Because it was grassy and wanted wear,

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I marked the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

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The Houses by Rudyard Kipling

The Houses by Rudyard Kipling.

The Houses

1898 — A Song of the Dominions

‘Twixt my house and thy house the pathway is broad,
In thy house or my house is half the world’s hoard;
By my house and thy house hangs all the world’s fate,
On thy house and my house lies half the world’s hate.

For my house and thy house no help shall we find
Save thy house and my house — kin cleaving to kind;
If my house be taken, thine tumbleth anon.
If thy house be forfeit, mine followeth soon.

‘Twixt my house and thy house what talk can there be
Of headship or lordship, or service or fee?
Since my house to thy house no greater can send
Than thy house to my house — friend comforting friend;
And thy house to my house no meaner can bring
Than my house to thy house — King counselling King.

Rudyard Kipling
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Majesty Tunes – Magnify the Lord

Enjoy this special trio’s recording!  Since their marriage in 1979, Ray and Ann Gibbs have been a great musical team.  Their clear, pure style has led to work with the Metropolitan Opera, Pensacola Christian College, and international sacred concerts.  Together with their daughter, Christina, they present the orchestrated CD, “Magnify the Lord”, a collection of uplifting melodies that will keep you focused on “things that are above”.

Majesty Tunes – Magnify the Lord.

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For Sale: Baldwin Spinet Piano Newly Refinished in Gloss Black

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Baldwin French Provincial Spinet Piano Gloss Black Refinished 3 Pedals 88 Keys


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This Baldwin piano was recently professionally refinished by Julia Race Music Services.

  • The former color was Regal Oak, but is now Gloss Black.

  • The serial numbers fit the Baldwin Acrosonic, (Please see for Baldwin and Acrosonic) but there was no other reference to the Acrosonic sub-brand on the piano.  Usually, if a piano was designated Acrosonic by Baldwin, there would be a second label to the far right of the center “Baldwin” label on the center front of the piano.  According to the serial number 1284647, if Acrosonic, this piano was built between 1981 and 1982.

  • The French Provincial or French Country design is evident in the scroll work above the piano desk, the fancy key cover handles and the curved legs on the piano and bench.

  • The touch on the sound is pleasantly soft without being too easy, quiet, or mushy.  The touch would be soft enough for a beginner, but not annoyingly soft to an experienced pianist.  The repetition rate is very nice.

  • The sound is nice and clear, loud enough for a group, and quiet enough for your living room.

  • As part of the refinishing of this piano, a previously missing oak bottom panel was replaced and refinished with another oak panel.

  • The key bed, piano back and entire case were thoroughly cleaned.

  • Surfaces blemishes were repaired with a polyurethane product before being sanded and refinished with a quality polyurethane glossy color.  The rectangle stylistic frames on the exterior case sides were removed for a more modern look.

  • The felts are still in good shape.  The keys were professionally removed and cleaned along with the keybed.  The front and balance rail felts and paper punchings were removed and replaced with new ones.  The keys were leveled.

  • The tuning pin bushings are very tight.  As a professional piano technician, I have come across many levels of bushing holding power, and these bushings are better than most pianos I have dealt with.

  • The piano has been tuned and will be tuned once more to A440 before sale.

  • The measurements of the piano are as follows:

       Length at the lid: 57″.
Width at the key bed: 25″.
Height from the floor to the top of the lid: 36 1/4″.

I encourage prospective piano buyers to view this piano personally.  Please call Julia at (570) 295-0371 to arrange a meeting.  I do not ship internationally.  I also do not receive payment without a visit from the buyer, in person, due to internet scams and common sense.  Please do not email me with a request to send payment without coming to see the instrument, because I will not respond to that request.  Shipping may be available upon an individual basis for destinations within 200 miles of zip code 17745.  Please call Larry at (570) 295-5277 to see if this may be an option for you before bidding on this item.

The Piano Blue Book has this to say of Baldwin pianos:

        “BALDWIN Pianos bearing this well known and an honorable name was the product of The Baldwin Piano Mfg.Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, and were. In the best sense of the word, instruments of the highest degree of excellence. The system or chain of scientific improvements peculiar to the Baldwin piano based on the law of acoustics, and known as the Baldwin acoustic system, which permitted the greatest conservation of tone, secures an artistic result of the highest quality, and has resulted in gaining for. It a leading position among the world’s artistic musical instruments. The Baldwin piano has an individuality of the highest character. When it was exhibited at the International Exposition at Paris in 1900 it was honored with an award (The Grand Prix) which has never been bestowed on any, other American piano, and the highest honor ever received by any, piano made In America. The Baldwin pianos are made in most modem and perfectly equipped factories under ideal manufacturing conditions. At the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., 1904, the Baldwin piano was again awarded the Grand Prize and still another Grand Prize was awarded the Baldwin pianos and Manualos at the Anglo-American Exposition, London, 1914. The “New York Tribune,” in commenting on the comprehensive display of the Baldwin Company at Paris, and the success of this piano and this house, said that they made a record that would never he forgot in the history of uprights, grands and reproducing pianos, the grands including the various sizes from concert grands to small grands for parlors. In Rome, 1923, the Baldwin piano was awarded the Papal Medal and the House of Baldwin appointed “Purveyors to the Holy See.” The Baldwin piano is recognized as a universal favorite between the leading operatic artists and virtuosos of the pianoforte. The Baldwin Manualo is a unification of the most artistic piano with the most scientific players’ construction; in other words, it combines the highest artistic attainment in piano production with the most gratifying ability of performance. The entire output is controlled by The Baldwin Piano Company.

        The Baldwin Grand Piano, designed, built and guaranteed by the Baldwin Company, Loveland, Ohio, is used exclusively by the first rank of artists in all spheres of musical expression – pianists, composers, conductors, singers, instrumentalists – as well as the outstanding symphony orchestras around the world and in music festivals everywhere. Without reservation, from the nine-foot concert grand to the five feet, two inch grand, every Baldwin embodies the latest concepts of acoustical science and piano making, it is a precision engineered musical instrument of the highest degree of excellence. Any Baldwin made piano is worth the time. Money and energy to rebuild or refurbish.

        Baldwin also builds Howard spinet and grand pianos, and Hamilton studio pianos for home and school, all maintain great resale value.

1900 – 10400 1962 – 152706 1974 – 204113 1986 – 266329
1910 – 16400 1963 – 156591 1975 – 208742 1987 – 270416
1920 – 35800 1964 – 160868 1976 – 213470 1988 – 278556
1930 – 63000 1965 – 165701 1977 – 217853 1989 – 284228
1940 – 88700 1967 – 175821 1979 – 228858 1991 – 293772
1943 – 102000 1968 – 179702 1980 – 236654 1992 – 301774
1948 – 105000 1969 – 184661 1981 – 242984 1993 – 305110
1950 – 110243 1970 – 190028 1982 – 248306 1994 – 310000
1955 – 128167 1971 – 192401 1983 – 253274 1995 – 313000
1960 – 145002 1972 – 195485 1984 – 257293 1996 – 316000
1961 – 148635 1973 – 199649 1985 – 26225″
    This distinctive and exclusive name designates a line of spinet and console pianos built by the Baldwin Piano Company. Coined from the Greek word,”akros,” meaning supreme and the Latin word, “sonus,” meaning tone, the trade mark “Acrosonic” is registered in the United States Patent Office. Acrosonics are famous for their beautifully compact styling, their tonal clarity and power and Baldwin’s exclusive Full-Blow Action.

1936-2650001967-831583 1977-1104802 1987-1406054
1946-3650001968-851540 1978-1135737 1988-1432927
1956-5854541969-881087 1979-1180266 1989-1442402
1960-6798441970-912986 1980-1220374 1990-1431760
1961-7028061971-933476 1981-1253176 1991-1450068
1962-7237781972-953937 1982-1286178 1992-1463568
1963-7437721973-979129 1983-1324487 1993-1478744
1964-7631431974-1007687 1984-1343955 1994-1483157
1965-7840171975-1035719 1985-1365605 1995-1491127
1966-8037271976-1067508 1986-1383187 1996-150032″

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American Red Cross – Give blood

Do you want to make a difference?  Consider donating blood at your local American Red Cross.

American Red Cross – Give blood.

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AVG AntiVirus Free 2013

Did your antivirus expire?  Here is a link to the Free AVG antivirus download.

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Ebay Special! Baldwin French Provincial Spinet Piano in Gloss Black Starting bid $1,200.00

To see this Ebay New Year’s special, go to and view this very special piano.

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