Rare piano destroyed by movers, musician Angela Hewitt says

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But as the world-famous pianist from Canada waited for her movers to haul away the hulking instrument, they tiptoed into the control room and told Hewitt they had some hard news to break. Fazioli and his staff, is not salvageable, ' she said, adding that the iron frame is broken.

"I hope my piano will be happy in piano heaven", she wrote.

A Canadian virtuoso has revealed that her one-of-a-kind, $194,000 piano is "kaputt" after German movers dropped it last month.

'It happened ten days ago, and has been such a shock to me that I didn't immediately want to share it with the world, ' she began.

"The movers of course were mortified". In their 35 years of experience, they had never done something like this before. The iron frame, structure, lid and case were all damaged beyond fix, with Paolo Fazioli himself declaring it "unsalvageable".

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"I adored this piano". "It was my best friend, best companion. Now it is no longer".

"They say once you play a Fazioli, you see that pretty much all other pianos you have to beat the sound out of the piano".

Hewitt said her fans will be able to hear that the piano was in top form on the Beethoven Variations CD when it comes out in November.

The piano had only recently been equipped with new hammers and strings.

And then came the disaster. Read her post below.

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"Imagine how much time (Hewitt) spent with this piano".

She said she could play it for eight hours straight without ever getting bored or exhausted. "At least nobody was hurt". The piano, a handmade Fazioli, belonged to Canadian virtuoso Angela Hewitt, whom CNN calls "one of the world's leading classical pianists".

Hewitt is not the first to suffer the loss of a valuable instrument in transit.

Hewitt, lauded as the pre-eminent player of Bach and described by The Telegraph as contributing "something special to Bach's iridescent kaleidoscope of musical invention", said her final recording would be a tribute to the lost piano. While Hewitt did not disclose who the movers were, Lewis said that she would not have let anyone she didn't trust move her piano. In 2007, a concert grand piano worth £45,000 fell out of a lorry.

"It's an expensive piano", he said.

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She declined an interview with the BBC while "the insurance saga is in progress". She said she is confident she will find another piano to make her own.

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