There is a new book out about pianos titled, A Natural History of the Piano”. http://www.amazon.com/Natural-History-P ... 709&sr=8-1 I just read a review of it in the Wall Street Journal today and learned of a nice story about Beethoven. This is the excerpt from the book: In 1804, the pianist Dorothea Ertmann, who had studied Beethoven’s works with the composer, lost her young son. Mrs. Ertmann was so stricken that for weeks she was unable to weep. Hearing of her grief, Beethoven invited her to his house to offer his condolences, though he said not a word. He played for more than an hour until Ertmann began to sob. When she told the story years later to Felix Mendelssohn, she said that Beethoven’s playing “told me everything, and at last brought me comfort.” Isn’t that nice? Talk about the power of music!! I think Beethoven was not as mean and gruff as many people portray him to be.