by Willem Verster
Years ago, whilst still an undergraduate student at the Potchefstroom University, in the former Western Transvaal (now the North West Province), I visited W.Bro. Tommy Coulter and his wife Day, at their farm Little Lake in the Potchefstroom district. During my visit, Day asked me whether I had ever heard of or read about the Immortal Piano. The name did not mean anything to me, and she then produced the book, 'The Immortal Piano' written by Avner Carmi. From the minute I started reading the book, I was absolutely spellbound, and I could hardly put it down, and I could not wait to start reading again! I spent hours riveted to the book, and looking at the photographs of this magnificent instrument. Tommy also had an old 33 r.p.m. record of music played on this piano. (Yes, these were what was used BEFORE CD's !!!) The sound of this piano being played so beautifully still echoes in my mind. I can still hear Mozart's 'Rondo alla Turca' !! Magic !!
I digress. Anyhow, about three years after reading this I went on an overseas holiday, and visited Israel as part of the tour. Whilst in Tel Aviv, I telephoned the University Music Department, and enquired about the piano and Professor Carmi. No luck. I got a telephone number from the University, and the person I spoke to knew about the Immortal Piano, AND he also had Professor Carmi's home number! I was ecstatic! At last, the Immortal Piano!!