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 Post subject: Me and Ferry after a recording-session!
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That´s my humble self and Ferry after a hard recording-session of prelude and fugue in d-minor of WTCI on 14.3.09!

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Check out this one then: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-pCeAQp17I

Now there's a cat that could play the WTC with you :lol:

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:lol: That´s really amazing, Chris. My cats always are afraid of the tone of my piano. The best method to rout them is, if I play on my grand. So, I fear my cats are not the best four-hand-partners. :wink: And honestly, I regret this deeply, because I love cacophonie (cauterwauling). :lol:

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the cat on the video had a moment or two which makes me recall something I have heard before.

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I love pictures! These are real cute, Andreas. But you look a little tired. I guess we all look like that after a recording session, though. I actually loose weight when I record too.

btw - your kitty cats are pretty!

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the cat on the video had a moment or two which makes me recall something I have heard before.


Very interesting, can you say, which piece you have in mind?

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I love pictures! These are real cute, Andreas. But you look a little tired. I guess we all look like that after a recording session, though. I actually loose weight when I record too.

Yes, I think, we all put a lot of energy into our recordings and sometimes it´s a hard and long work. But on the other side music gives me also a lot of energy/force. So, it´s a "taking" and "giving" in a certain way. I mostly loose weight, too, when I record. But this can´t be a damage to me. :wink:

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btw - your kitty cats are pretty!

Thank you, Monica, these are two Ragdolls. Ferry is a blue mitted, Bakano a seal colourpoint.

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I mostly loose weight, too, when I record. But this can´t be a damage to me.


haha - I know what you mean. I should record things everyday. Then I would not have to diet and exercise all the time like I do now.

(but it's a beautiful day outside here today, so I'm off for a long, long, long run/walk. bye-bye.) (what's the weather like in Germany these days?)

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Hi Monica,
the weather here is fine and I do some jogging from time to time, too, but should do it more often. :wink: Walking in the forests I do more often. (Here is much forest in the Odenwald.)

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Odenwald


whoa, that's an old germanic name. :wink:

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Hi Monica,
the weather here is fine and I do some jogging from time to time, too, but should do it more often. :wink: Walking in the forests I do more often. (Here is much forest in the Odenwald.)


Oh, then do you get to eat much Schwarzwälder Kirsch? :lol: (Black Forest cake) ( Maybe that's the wrong forest.) But that's one of the only desserts I love! Wish we had a forest like that around by me. :wink:

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Wish we had a forest like that around by me. :wink:



The only forest you have in Chicagoland is downtown with its tall buildings :lol: That's why us Wisconsiners see lots of Illinois plates in the summer :lol: :roll:

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Hi Monica,
the weather here is fine and I do some jogging from time to time, too, but should do it more often. :wink: Walking in the forests I do more often. (Here is much forest in the Odenwald.)


So, at last I come to know where you live. :lol:
I've got a friend in Pforzheim.

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Hi Monica,
the "Schwarzwald" (Black Forest) is nearby to the Odenwald, nearly 100 km distance. And yes, of course we have Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. :wink: :D

Hi Alfonso,
Pforzheim is nearly 150 km far from my home.

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Odenwald. whoa, that's an old germanic name. :wink:


Yes, it probably comes from the adjectiv "oede" (öde), which means something like "barren, desert, waste" and "Wald" (="forest").
So, the meaning of this word is something like desert forest or desert of forest, because it´s so much area of forest (hundreds of kilometer), I suppose.

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Pforzheim is nearly 150 km far from my home.


Therefore you live in the greater Frankfurt area, don't you?

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Can't help but put it out there after seeing the picture but you look stoned in the theatrical sense of Cheech and Chong. It's pretty awesome :P


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Therefore you live in the greater Frankfurt area, don't you?


Yes, I live nearly one hour with the car from Frankfurt and a half hour distance from Darmstadt. Do you visit your friend in Pforzheim from time to time?

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Can't help but put it out there after seeing the picture but you look stoned in the theatrical sense of Cheech and Chong. It's pretty awesome :P


:lol: Well, I don´t know Cheech and Chong, I have to admit honestly, but I only was tired and drunken of Bachs music and a glass of soda. :wink: :lol:

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Yes, I live nearly one hour with the car from Frankfurt and a half hour distance from Darmstadt. Do you visit your friend in Pforzheim from time to time?


Last year I went to the MusikMesse in Frankfurt. The last time I visited my friend in Phorzheim was in 2007. NOw it's her turn to visit me.

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Last year I went to the MusikMesse in Frankfurt. The last time I visited my friend in Phorzheim was in 2007. NOw it's her turn to visit me.


Now I see, it´s a female friend. Somehow I never come to the Musik-Messe, don´t know why, but probably it would be interesting, I suppose. I´m always so busy with my profession, my family and my piano-playing.
If you come again close-by (to Frankfurt or wherever), you are cordially invited to visit me, if you like.

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It's a little farther, but you guys can visit me in Chicago too! :)

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Thank you Image and, of course, Monica, you are cordially invited to visit me, too, though it´s a bit farther as you said.
It would be a pleasure for me, if the Amerital Germs would meet together one nice day. (Hm, if there wouldn´t be this stupid money-donkey.Image And not to forget the kids.Image Though I have to say, that this picture dosn´t mirror my true feelings concerning my son, of course. :wink: )

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Yeah - that stupid money-donkey! I want more money-donkeys!! ( I think. What is that again?)

But I am fine with leaving my husband and sons for a few days. Let them cook and clean for themselves for once!!

Pretty flowers. I'll try to post something more creative next time. Too tired now....Image

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I just noticed something and didn't know where else I could say this:

Look, there are over 30,000 posts on the forum now. That's a lot!! (and no, they are not all from me :wink: )

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pianolady wrote:
Look, there are over 30,000 posts on the forum now. That's a lot!! (and no, they are not all from me :wink: )

3979 are from you.
4753 are from me.
The juuf comes third.

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Last year I went to the MusikMesse in Frankfurt. The last time I visited my friend in Phorzheim was in 2007. NOw it's her turn to visit me.


Now I see, it´s a female friend. Somehow I never come to the Musik-Messe, don´t know why, but probably it would be interesting, I suppose. I´m always so busy with my profession, my family and my piano-playing.
If you come again close-by (to Frankfurt or wherever), you are cordially invited to visit me, if you like.


Thank you for your invitation, Andreas! I went to the Musikmesse twice, in 2003 and 2008, with an Italian friend who works in France and plays the piano as well as other weird instruments like the contrabass clarinet). For me it's sort of vacation, because in Frankfurt I love having lunch at the Saturday market stalls and touring the old pubs and stopping by at Zweitausendeins and so on. At the MM there are hundreds of grand pianos but you cannot properly try them because they are in an open space and there's an awful noise. It's really an ear tiring experience. In 2003 only Fazioli pianos were in a booth. The last year I found a piano that amazed me, a Steingraeber & Söhne E-272. I was also impressed by a Shigeru-Kawai concert grand (more for the responsiveness than the sound). I managed to play them just after the opening time, so the hall was relatively quiet. The third picture was love at first sight (hear). The fourth one is a glimpse of FF's skyline as I saw it.

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It's a little farther, but you guys can visit me in Chicago too! :)


It'd be the first time I cross the Atlantic!

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3979 are from you.
4753 are from me.


You mean 4754 are from you. :wink: And I can't believe I have written almost 4,000 responses and you with almost 5,000. Our fingers should be pretty tired. :lol:

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The third picture was love at first sight (hear)

Wow, what kind of piano is that third one? It's very beautiful!!

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pianolady wrote:
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3979 are from you.
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You mean 4754 are from you. :wink: And I can't believe I have written almost 4,000 responses and you with almost 5,000. Our fingers should be pretty tired. :lol:

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The third picture was love at first sight (hear)

Wow, what kind of piano is that third one? It's very beautiful!!


It's a Blüthner (and the sound too was beautiful).

By contrast, below, the ugliest piano on earth. :lol:

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Eegad! Looks like a Martian's spaceship. What are those things on the top - antennae?

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Eegad! Looks like a Martian's spaceship. What are those things on the top - antennae?


Lids? Or might be wings and the piano could start flying around in the living room like a corpulent butterfly. The colors too are those of an exotic insect.

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:lol: :lol: That's so funny!

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Look, there are over 30,000 posts on the forum now. That's a lot!! (and no, they are not all from me :wink: )


Very interesting. Where can I find this number? I have looked into the site- and the download-statistics, but couldn´t find the numbers, also not the more detailed ones of you, Chris and Juufa, which Chris has mentioned above.

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Hi Alfonso,
thank you for the interesting pictures. They look all beautiful the grands, isn´t it? They are all so polished for the exhibition. I think, Steingräber is also a nice brand. I have a Steingräber-sample on my computer. I personally like Blüthner very much, too. I almost would have bought an old Blüthner, but then decided for the Grotrian-Steinweg, which is much better, I think. Though I have to admit, that I like the soft tone of the Blüthner-pianos. With Kawai I have not so good experiences with the strings, they became more and more unpure on my old Kawai and it was more and more impossible to tune it properly. But otherwise the Kawais are very solid pianos, ideal for the daily practising, very resilient and reliable.
I was in Frankfurt recently, I have visited an exhibition about Bettina von Arnim in the Goethe-Museum with an lecture of introduction about "Goethes Briefwechsel mit einem Kinde" of Bettina von Armin.
I personally hate the large town, I prefer the pastoral areas. But, of course, if you would visit me, I could show you the Goethe-Haus, the museums of Frankfurt and much other interesting things of the environment here.

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Andreas - Kawai builds Boston pianos, which is a brand of pianos designed by Steinway whose purpose is to offer a line of 'mid-priced' pianos for the customer who is not quite ready for a Steinway. So...no surprise that you find the Kawai piano to be reliable. That's interesting to me.



About those numbers of articles posted: Look on the bottom of the Forum index page. There you will see "Our users have posted a total of 30057 articles". And along with every member's user name, you can see how many posts he or she has made.

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I was in the Frankfort airport, but that's it. Had to catch a connecting flight to Berlin (and then the airline lost our luggage. :x ) (Got it back the next day. :D )

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Andreas - Kawai builds Boston pianos, which is a brand of pianos designed by Steinway whose purpose is to offer a line of 'mid-priced' pianos for the customer who is not quite ready for a Steinway. So...no surprise that you find the Kawai piano to be reliable. That's interesting to me.


This information is interesting for me. I have got a Kawai, GS 60, when I was 15 years old and I sold it two three years ago or so. So, I have played nearly for 20 years on this Kawai. Yes, they are reliable, have a good sound, and they are very stable and resilient.



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About those numbers of articles posted: Look on the bottom of the Forum index page. There you will see "Our users have posted a total of 30057 articles". And along with every member's user name, you can see how many posts he or she has made.


Ah, now I´m astuter. I have never payed attention to this somehow. The number of posting of the single members I still had seen before. Thank you. :D


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I was in the Frankfort airport, but that's it. Had to catch a connecting flight to Berlin (and then the airline lost our luggage. :x ) (Got it back the next day. :D )


So, this wasn´t quite a long and intensive stay. If you´ll be here again you should get off the plain and visit me. :wink:

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With Kawai I have not so good experiences with the strings, they became more and more unpure on my old Kawai and it was more and more impossible to tune it properly. But otherwise the Kawais are very solid pianos, ideal for the daily practising, very resilient and reliable.


Andreas, Shigeru-Kawai is a completely different matter than Kawai! They are extra quality instruments.

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I was in Frankfurt recently, I have visited an exhibition about Bettina von Arnim in the Goethe-Museum with an lecture of introduction about "Goethes Briefwechsel mit einem Kinde" of Bettina von Armin.
I personally hate the large town, I prefer the pastoral areas. But, of course, if you would visit me, I could show you the Goethe-Haus, the museums of Frankfurt and much other interesting things of the environment here.


Like you, I prefer countryside to big cities, but alas, Frankfurt pedestrian zones are really nice. And thank you again for your invitation - we could even meet up sooner or later.

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Pastoral scenes and life are nice; but you can't go wrong with the fabril every once and a while. Too bad most of the US cities are not pedestrian-friendly, hell some are not even car-friendly due to one lane streets, double-parked vehicles, and stress inducing, synchronized stop lights :evil:

Dare I venture a guess and predict a 1st ever piano society pianists meeting? Perhaps it will play on government and meet in Geneva :lol:

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Dare I venture a guess and predict a 1st ever piano society pianists meeting? Perhaps it will play on government and meet in Geneva :lol:


Perfect, it's 2 hour drive from home! :lol:

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It's 2.5 hour drive, I've just checked on http://www.viamichelin.com, 224 Km and 100! EUR (Toll
51.00 EUR, Petrol 22.51 EUR, Road tax 27 EUR).

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I still wish everybody could come to Chicago. It’s pedestrian-friendly too. Really! The only thing you have to watch is that you don’t get run over by a taxi cab while crossing at an intersection. Other than that, it’s very nice. I love Chicago. Lots of great music, food, clubs, museums, galleries, gardens, shopping….

But also I’d be very happy to come across the Atlantic. That would be very easy to do. All I need is for someone to give me a plane ticket. The rest I could handle. So, anyone willing? Anyone? Helloooooo? :lol:

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pianolady wrote:
All I need is for someone to give me a plane ticket. The rest I could handle. So, anyone willing? Anyone? Helloooooo? :lol:



I can give you a plane ticket...but it'd cost you :idea:

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Like you, I prefer countryside to big cities, but alas, Frankfurt pedestrian zones are really nice. And thank you again for your invitation - we could even meet up sooner or later.


I´m living in the countryside, but with train or car it is no problem to go to the city of Frankfurt. Fine, so you could write me an e-mail, if you think, you could travel to Germany.

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Perfect, it's 2 hour drive from home! :lol:


Wow, you are quite nearby Genf. I still spend some holidays in the area of the Lac leman (Genfer See).

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Andreas, Shigeru-Kawai is a completely different matter than Kawai! They are extra quality instruments.


Ah, I didn´t know this. :? Thank you. :D

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Perhaps it will play on government and meet in Geneva :lol:


I love Geneva! :D :lol:

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So, anyone willing? Anyone? Helloooooo? :lol:


If you buy me a big money-donkey before, o.k.! :wink:

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If you buy me a big money-donkey before, o.k.! :wink:


I've been looking all over the place for a money-donkey and have finally found one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxZF57PlAgM


:lol: :lol: :lol: (looks like a giraffe to me)

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So funny, Monica!

So, you have looked all over the place for a money donkey Image and finally you have found a money-giraffe, which can´t spit money. But nevertheless Image

So, we still haven´t reached our aim: Image

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So funny, Monica!
Isn't that? And now I'm grooving along here at my desk to this weird Arab rap music. It's sort of growing on me. Bring on more money-donkeys - I mean money-giraffes!

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So, we still haven´t reached our aim:

Oooh, Andreas, I like your style! And here's one from me to you!

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Just a little tease.


:lol:

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