A new piano has been purchased by Padma Newsome and has been housed in The Muddie. Please see statement below.  The old faithful piano remains for casual use.

I am happy to announce the arrival and installation of our new community owned piano, a beautiful upright Yamaha U3. It is now fully tuned and installed in the Mudbrick Pavilion with a professional trolley attached for ease of movement. 

This piano was bought with grant funds received in 2020 from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and Newscorp as part of the Ashes to Music arts delivery programme. It replaces the heat damaged Rönisch and is a significant upgrade. 

The piano is a valuable instrument and will serve us for decades if we take good care of it. It can be played by anyone in community and is also appropriate for use by professional musicians: locals or visitors. It is also a great recording instrument. 

The Mudbrick Pavilion is an important community cultural and social entity. It is many things to many people. It now holds a lovely piano and we can look forward to many years of community use, workshops, teaching, concerts and music making. 

Thanks to CHIRF for their patience and their ongoing support of music in Mallacoota. A special thanks to Robin Bryant who has assisted me in my work over the past few years. 

Thanks also to the wonderful Jonathan Parise, piano specialist, Luthier, and friend to Mallacoota, who went the extra miles needed to get us a very good deal on a very good piano. 

Care and use

Advice from Mr Parise  Piano Tuner) states that the most stable place for the instrument is on the stage. Pianos need to be away from windows and away from fluctuating humidity and temperature. The professional trolley will allow ease of movement within the space. 

I will source and purchase a heavy duty piano cover, which will further protect the instrument from casual external injury and fluctuating environmental air conditions. 

I also propose a lock be bought for the instrument. In this scenario, bookings for piano use would liberate the key. This will protect the instrument from unintended abuse and allow us to track its care and use.                                   

                                                                                                                                                                  Padma Newsome 29/6/22

If you wish to use the piano, the Muddie can be booked in the usual way, subject to availability,