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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A beloved neighborhood piano in St. Pete was smashed to items final week, however a neighborhood artwork firm made positive it was changed.

“They do a double-take, they go, ‘what is that this?'” mentioned Probability Ryan, with Lucid Merchandising. “It takes them unexpectedly and that is a component I like to see.”

Lucid Merchandising is a community-driven, creative merchandising machine firm based mostly in St. Petersburg. Their machines carry a revolving provide of domestically sourced artwork, crafts, participating video games and classic gadgets.

Ryan says they not too long ago found somebody had smashed the piano out of fee. The final piano items had been in the course of St. Pete’s Grand Central District.

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“It’s my life. All the things that’s in life is correct right here on this piano. If I’m unhappy, it’s unhappy. If I’m completely happy, it’s in a superb temper,” mentioned Tony Castellano, a piano participant.

Castellano believes the piano discovered smashed underneath I-275 was invaluable.

Fortunately, inside a number of days after the destruction, Lucid Merchandising had it changed.

“Native companies and individuals who stay right here, we understand now, they really feel strongly about it, so we hope that folks type of preserve a lookout for it, preserve a watch out for it and don’t destroy it,” Ryan mentioned.

Having the piano again is a welcoming encore for Jason Edwards.

“I used to be by no means taught learn how to play it, learn how to use my fingers, nothing like that. I can’t learn a music chart,” he mentioned.

And now he’s a fan favourite for these passing by.

“We all know he’s very keen about this piano, he’s really a reasonably respectable participant, he makes his personal music,” Ryan mentioned. “I hope he acts as a guardian in the direction of this piano throughout instances after we can’t all the time take care of it.”

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