Grand piano, grand car

TALIA CARLISLE
Last updated 12:09 14/09/2012
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Classic hits: Piano tuner Peter Appleton, front, with Roy McGuinness and his Cadillac Coupe de Ville.

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Put a piano tuner and a classic car enthusiast in a room and what do you get?

New Zealand's first piano and classic car showroom, housed in the old Statue Bargain Barn in Tongariro St, Paraparaumu, features a range of pianos and classic cars, including a Jaguar, a Dutton kit car and a 1953 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, which has been converted for right-hand drive.

Dublin-born Roy McGuinness inherited his passion for "unusual stuff" from his father.

As well as collecting cars and "automobilia", he is a fan of music, and with his wife Annie McGregor organises the Laftah Folk Festival held in Otaki each year.

Mrs McGregor met piano tuner Peter Appleton 30 years ago when he first tuned her piano.

Mr Appleton is a fifth generation piano tuner who emigrated from England 30 years ago to work in Beggs piano department in Manners St, Wellington.

He has installed and tuned pianos across New Zealand, including in Wellington's St James Theatre and Opera House. He has also tuned pianos for Elton John and Vanessa Mae, he said.

His pianos include grand and upright reconditioned and secondhand pianos, ranging from $900 to $20,000.

Mr Appleton said the idea for the joint business was formed "over a glass of wine".

"[Now] we're the only piano and classic car showroom in New Zealand, and possibly the world," he said.

Mr McGuinness said the joint business is coming together well.

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- Kapiti Observer

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