builder of the world's longest piano has brought his creation
to Dunedin, in the hope a famous player will tickle its
Adrian Mann transported his 5.7m, 1.2-tonne piano from an old
shed in his home town of Timaru to the Otago Museum this
It took 12 people to move it from the back of a truck, on to
a forklift and through double glass doors into the museum
"It was a bit of a challenge," he said.
The 23-year-old began building the piano in late 2005 after
years of playing prompted him to start looking inside the
"I started asking myself questions. I discovered that longer
strings make better sound," he said.
It took nearly four years to finish the piano out of
"mismatched timbers" encased in a rimu veneer.
Mr Mann decided to move the piano for the first time when he
heard Sir Elton John would be playing a concert in Dunedin.
He had tried to contact the performer to see if he would be
interested in playing the lengthy instrument, but had only
got as far as his manager and was unsure if it would happen.
Either way, he said the trip had been "great" and "exciting"
and, he would be on hand to play it for one hour at 1pm,
Monday to Friday, until it returns to Timaru on December 6.
Mainfreight provided for free a truck and drivers to
transport the piano south.
Driver Jeremy Halkett said the extreme piano "would be up
there" as one of the strangest jobs he has done.
Transporting it was "not too bad", but he was concerned about
keeping the one-off piece safe.
The only problem now was getting it back to Timaru.