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A Piano Maker's Bohemian Rhapsody

  1. Piece by Piece
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    Piece by Piece

    Petrof is Europe’s biggest piano producer, making about 2,000 pianos a year, ranging from €7,000 ($9,300) uprights to €100,000 grands. Asia now accounts for 40 percent of the company’s sales.
     
    Pictured: A Petrof employee working inside the factory

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  2. Piano Player Wanted
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    Piano Player Wanted

    A Petrof upright piano

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  3. In the Family
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    In the Family

    Zuzana Ceralová-Petrofová, the great-great-granddaughter of the founder of Czech piano maker Petrof

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  4. The Czech Sky at Night
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    The Czech Sky at Night

    The Petrof factory in Hradec Králové, about 70 miles east of Prague

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  5. Walls of Lumber
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    Walls of Lumber

    Stacks of wood drying out at the Petrof factory

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  6. A Craftsman’s Workshop
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    A Craftsman’s Workshop

    Machinery at the Petrof factory

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  7. Fine-Tuning
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    Fine-Tuning

    A Petrof employee working on an unfinished piano

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  8. Loose Ivories
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    Loose Ivories

    Unfinished Petrof piano keys

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  9. A Grand Display
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    A Grand Display

    A Petrof showroom

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