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David Stanwood, right, at age 7, when his family visited Cuba, in front of a portrait of his great-grandfather Snare. — Courtesy David Stanwood

David Stanwood’s Cuba Circles 

A painting, a Steinway, sailing, and people. The Lambert’s Cove piano innovator returns to Cuba after 60 years and finds some things he lost, and some new treasures, too.

“Finally Aldo introduced me to the Steinway. It is in a soundproof room which he has just built as a studio. It was in pretty tough shape. I brought new parts and felts, along with my own specialized skills honed by 40 years of experience. I rolled up my sleeves and got started.

“I put in many days of work on the piano to bring it into an improved condition. Then it came down to the moment when Aldo would sit down and test the result.”

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