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Restoration completed on historic Motown piano

- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DETROIT (AP) - An 1877 Steinway grand piano used by many Motown greats has been restored, thanks to a little help from its friend, Paul McCartney.

The former Beatle told Motown Museum officials following a concert last summer in Detroit that he wanted to assist with the restoration of the piano after learning the historic instrument could no longer be played.

Robin Terry, chair of the museum's Board of Trustees, announced late Wednesday that the restoration had been completed.

Terry says the nine-foot piano will make its debut at a charitable event Sept. 18 at Steinway Hall in New York City, where McCartney and Motown founder Berry Gordy will play it for the first time following its restoration.

The piano then will go back on display at the Motown Museum's famed Studio A.

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