I have been away from PS for many reasons:
— The permanent hiss from my recording "equipment";
— The appaling quality of my piano
— Several other projects of mine which were occupying almost all the time I had free
The latter are finished, thank Heavens.
For recording I have been looking at the options, some of them good, wich are really not all that much more expensive than the thing I have now. Actually, my little MP3 recorder has been commandeered by my wife, who uses it four times a week to record lectures and there it does a wonderful job.
For the piano... I had hoped to move from our present flat at the end of January, but it did not happen, due to this and that. At present we still do not know for how long we shall be here: maybe three months, maybe two years; so it has not been possible to send this one back and to rent a better one. I do, however, for the nonce, have access to a better piano at a nearby music school, though it is always an upright, as their grands are all in use by visiting bel canto singers from New York. Hopefully they will allow me use of one of their grand pianos in September, after their summer holidays are over.
I have made, however, a small recording with a junior member of my family