PR firm gets paid with a piano

PUBLISHED: 10:35 07 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:53 07 December 2016

Quite Great's Bluthner piano taken as payment for work with a resoration firm

Quite Great's Bluthner piano taken as payment for work with a resoration firm

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A Cambridge PR firm is to be paid with a grand piano instead of cash because its founder was so impressed with the work of a restoration firm.

Quite Great recently started working with Piano Restorations Ltd, which is renowned worldwide for its remarkable ability to restore worn-out pianos to a condition better than they were when brand new.

Established in 2003 by piano experts Colin, Derek and Paul Leverett, Piano Restorations’ work is unique because it is all done by hand. The pianos are fitted with bespoke soundboards, created in their 5,000 sq ft facility to create an equal or better resonance from the day the piano was first built.

Quite Great’s founder Pete Bassett was so impressed he opted to take delivery of a German Bluthner piano as payment for their work.

Mr Bassett said: “Upon visiting the Piano Restorations workshop I was overwhelmed by the quality of their work and their unique ability to transform a worn out instrument into a beautiful piano.

“As a PR company representing a broad range of both music artists and brands, we’re used to sampling interesting products – whether that’s an ornate candle holder from an interior designer or specialist karaoke equipment from Sunfly Karaoke.

“I never envisaged, however, that I’d go to a client meeting and end up falling in love with a piano. Part of our agreement is that payment will be in the form of a piano.”

Piano Restorations is now expanding to include a piano sales side to the business – Leverett Pianos – offering brand new and rebuilt Steinway, Bluthner, Bechstein and Bosendorfer pianos, all hand-furnished.

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