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    Piracy not only a concern for sampled instruments: Piano Smuggling

    According to Yahoo News:
    Police discovered a cache of nearly 5,000 unsold pianos, the China Daily said on Wednesday. The smugglers are suspected of being instrumental in making tens of millions of yuan selling the contraband, giving the illegal ivory trade a whole new meaning.

    "Customs officials said the smugglers had probably managed to dodge some 10 million yuan ($1.3 million) worth of taxes and seriously disrupted the piano market in Shanghai," the paper said.

    Shanghai piano dealers had noticed that second-hand pianos from abroad with low marked prices had been dominating the market "leading customs to suspect that the whole industry was in collusion with smugglers", the paper said.

    Investigators found smugglers had sold the pianos to local stores, forcing legitimate stores, unable to compete on price, to close, the paper said.
    I can't figure out how they hid all these pianos.

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    Re: Piracy not only a concern for sampled instruments: Piano Smuggling

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    I can't figure out how they hid all these pianos.
    Gary...errrr...you don't want to know.

    That...was...how I paid for college.

    I will tell you this...I could not sit right for most of last term.
    Paul

    Prowland the posting Ninja

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    Re: Piracy not only a concern for sampled instruments: Piano Smuggling

    Quote Originally Posted by Prowland
    Gary...errrr...you don't want to know.

    That...was...how I paid for college.

    I will tell you this...I could not sit right for most of last term.

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    Re: Piracy not only a concern for sampled instruments: Piano Smuggling

    I guess the black-market pianos came from Eastern Europe?
    Wheat Williams
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    Music Copyist in Sibelius
    Apple MacBook Pro, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    Apple Certified Support Professional. I also work with Windows.

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    Re: Piracy not only a concern for sampled instruments: Piano Smuggling

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    According to Yahoo News:
    . . . The smugglers are suspected of being instrumental in making tens of millions of yuan selling the contraband. . . .
    I bet the writer of this article has a Book of Puns right next to him! LOL!



    Interesting story.
    Music and humor are healthy for the soul.

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