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Danette Bio

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What piano service or repair do you find really fun to do?
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What is your first memory of the piano?

"I was six years old and we lived in Hawaii. I was required to practice 30 minutes every night. One night, I could hear my entire family upstairs watching a show on TV and I figured out how to remove the cover of the clock sitting on the piano, and moved the hands forward. Of course, I got caught as all the other clocks in the house still read the correct time."

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What was a job you had before being a piano technician that you enjoyed?

"Well, I just loved being a mom and really wish, in retrospect, that I could have had more fun with my kids and vacuumed less. I wish I could have documented those days better, too. I also really enjoy teaching children’s choirs, teaching music, in general, is very interesting and a joy."

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What is the best advice you have received?

"My husband, Michael, has a mantra that I have adopted, “Not my problem.” It has been extremely liberating to realize that not every problem is my problem."

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What do you want people to remember about you?

"I want them to remember that the time we had together mattered to me. That I was fully present with them and paid attention."

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What do you do in your free time?

"Free time – also another liberating concept that I have learned to appreciate from my husband. Generally, I like to spend it with those that I love: catching up, hanging out, watching a show or a game, or having a play date with my grandkids.

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If you could own any piano, which one would it be?

"Aurally speaking, the Fazioli Pianoforti is calling my name. Yeah, I know, it’s a pipe dream, but I sure would like to sit in front of one and hear what some call “perfection”."

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What’s the coolest thing you're

working on right now?

"Building my mother’s side of our family tree from newspaper archives and genealogy sources. I was inspired to do this by some of the relatives I have found through 23 and Me."

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What piano service or repair do you find really fun to do?

"I really enjoy the process of regulation, tweaking the nuances by fine degrees. It is fascinating."

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What was the best concert you ever attended?

"Nov. 11, 2013, Joe Bonamassa performed in a pretty intimate auditorium in the Bojangles Arena and he really was on fire that night. I was blown away by his dexterity on the guitar. It was a really good venue, not too loud… just right."

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If you could live anywhere else, where would it be?

"I have been very fortunate to live in some of the prettiest places in the U.S.: Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Monterey, CA; Colorado Springs, CO; Stuart, FL;… I have just gotten home from a year in the Mississippi Delta. I am glad to be home in my pretty yard, in Belmont, North Carolina and nearer to most of my family."

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What do you typically listen to while driving in your car or doing shop repairs?

"This summer, my go-to has been WDAV, but I then flip to XM and tune into Comedy Round-up. This week, I have kept the dial on Willie’s Roadhouse. Define typical!"

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