Grand sound has been huge boost
AS SARATON Theatre owner Spiro Notaras looks over the grand piano on the stage with one-finger hovering over a note, you feel he may not get the full appreciation of the newly installed instrument.
But standing back listening to the first movement of a Beethoven Sonata, he knows what he likes.
"It's absolutely magnificent," said Mr Notaras.
"I've been telling anyone, we won't need the sound system. It's just amazing."
The piano, a size C7 Yamaha Grand Concert Piano now sits pride of place on the Saraton stage after the family searched over Australia for an instrument for the theatre.
"We advertised everywhere for a piano, and we've now got this one from Yamaha in Melbourne," he said.
"It's only three years old, and they've installed it, they'll tune it and they'll look after it for us as well."
The mighty sound of the old theatre has even impressed the Yamaha installers on first listen.
"They're fans now," Mr Notaras laughed.
"Now they're coming back down for the first two concerts. They can't believe the sound of it, even untuned."
The piano has been purchased for the theatre after four upcoming concerts requested the use of an instrument, and Mr Notaras said that the high demands of some performers meant they had to be very particular about their purchase.
"It hasn't been easy to find, and it's certainly cost us a bit," said Mr Notaras.
"But at the end of the day, we want to provide something that adds to the culture of Grafton, and give the community the absolute best."
Adding to that culture in the future, Mr Notaras said they'll also offer local people the chance to use the piano in downtimes at the cinema, and even hold competitions using the instrument.