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Letter: Story on Tagliarino stirs fond memories

Story on Tagliarino stirs fond memories

I would like to share a personal view of Vinny Tagliarino, whose career was featured in the Gusto article, “Sound over sight.”

Our ebony Betsy Ross Spinet was a family fixture for as long as I can remember. When I was 8, Dad brought his new friend, Vinny, home to tune it. I was amazed as I watched a blind person, possibly the first I’d ever known, set to work. What followed was magical! Vinny “tested” the tone and delighted me by playing several songs. I looked forward to the annual visits, which included my playing a piece at Vinny’s request.

The piano and Mom downsized to a townhouse in Williamsville and then Mom shipped it to me in North Carolina. After my return to Western New York in 1980, Vinny regularly tuned it in our East Amherst home, where our son began his piano study. One last local move, to Pendleton, highlighted Vinny’s talents when he entertained our guests at home parties in his always upbeat, warm and friendly manner. That’s how I remember this “piano technician.”

Our 2013 relocation began the next chapter in the life of the family Spinet. Unfortunately, the instrument that Vinny meticulously maintained is out of his territory now that a fourth generation is playing it in Ohio. It continues to sound great because it radiates love from the kind hands that cared for it in Western New York for over 50 years.

Maria B. DiMenna

Holmes Beach, Fla.