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Miniatures Fit For a Maestro

They may not play a tunc, but otherwise Ban Kennedy's miniature pianos are true-to-scale reproductions of real Baldwins. The inspiration for this "grand" avocation came naturally to Kennedy, who has played the piano since childhood and was trained as a music teacher.

Each miniature takes Kennedy two to three months to make. The body for this piano came from a basswood 2x12, rcsawn to % in. wide, and sanded smooth with a Ferformax drum sander. Case rims are made just like the full-size ones: the wood is bent around a form, clamped and baked to retain its curved shape. Kennedy casts the metal parts in pewter and brass; the keys are made from resin.

Kennedy's talent hasn't gone unnoticed: he has the Baldwin Company's permission to use their logo on his pianos, and his miniatures have traveled with full-size Baldwins to a piano and organ convention. And in 1990, he received the Miniaturist of the Year Award for the state of Texas. Here's one master miniaturist who deserves a hearty "Bravo!"

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—Crystine Mervis

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