No. We’re all good at something, so no matter how advanced you get, you’ll just improve.
Have you made any of your own keys?
Yes, we’ve had one in the family for 40 years.
So have you?
No, we bought one for a relative. We’re not allowed to have it.
What’s the story behind the piano keys?
Our parents used to make them at home.
Why the piano, though?
It seemed like something we could pass down for generations.
And how do your parents spend the money they get?
If they don’t have it, they try hard.
How does that go?
It’s not always easy, but we try.
How old are you now?
I can’t even remember.
Can you name the piano?
No, but I’ve seen pictures.
My name’s not Fred.
Is it that hard to answer?
I can’t remember.
What is the story behind your family name?
My father is German, and he was born in Austria, in 1875. He came back and worked for his father for years, and then my father and my brother, in 1900, started their own piano company.
Now, who owns the name “Berlioz”?
Who owns “Cabral”?
What do you mean?
I meant the people with Portuguese names. They’re not Italian, and they’re not French either.
What are other family names?
Frisch, D’Achille, A. J. Alves, A. C. S. Guenther, A. J. Andrea.
So this is a Spanish name?
The names of the father and his four brothers were Alonzo, Pedro, Antonio, and Luis.
Is that the name for your grandfather?
Yes. We believe that it’s a Spanish name, because they are Portuguese, and they’re German, and then they have three other guys on the side. And then Antonio was an Italian name.
How old do you think he was?
I don’t remember him, actually.
So you can’t really tell how old he was?
No, but he had a son named