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Battlefield Pianos: Victory Verticals
These Steinway pianos, called Victory Verticals, were less than 40" tall, 40" wide, weighed only 455 pounds, and were "tropicalized" to resist bugs and high humidity no matter where they travelled. Delicate components were completely omitted: they had no front legs and ivory was replaced with celluloid. Most importantly, the number of metal components was cut by 90%, using only 33lbs of metal. The copper windings on the bass strings was even replaced with iron to conserve resources.