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I apprenticed with a very fine piano technician for a number of years. There were always 2 or 3 other apprentices in the shop but he always was giving me heck for something; never the others. So I asked him, "Why do you always get upset with me and never the others." He just smiled and said, "It doesn't do any good to get upset with them."

 

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      I’m interested to learn more about this! Let’s see what the gurus have to say






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