Restoring "Blind Boone's" Piano

1 decade 9 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, September 19 2007 Sep 19, 2007 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 11:34:36 PM CDT September 19, 2007 in News

The man who holds the key to preserving Boone's legacy is hammering away. After 45 years Frank Hennessy's hands haven't missed a beat.

A piano restorer in Columbia, Hennessy still spends his days in his workshop working on vintage pianos.

"You build and you work and work to get the feel of the touch and the sound," owner Frank Hennessy said.

An 1878 Steinway now sits in his workshop.

But his latest project was of grand historical importance. He is restoring ragtime legend John William "Blind Boone's" 950 pound Chickering grand piano.

After almost nine months, it repairs are coming an end.

"It's ready to go, they're tunin' it up as we talk," said Bill Clark, from the Boone County Historical Society.

National musician Bob Milne will be at the Boone County Historical Society on Friday to play tribute to "Blind Boone" and Hennessy's master restorations.

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