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Discussion in 'The Piano' started by sarah, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. sarah

    sarah New Member

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    Nope, it's not what you're probably thinking of... :lol:

    After two long years of looking for a new piano, I finally settled on one! It's a very lightly-used Boston GP-178 (5'10"). It was the only instrument that I could find that fit in with our counterbalancing act of youth, tone, and price. :wink: It's definitely not a Steinway, but I have fallen head-over-heels in love with it, relishing its decent sound and smooth action (both of which were essentially nonexistent in my old piano :lol: ). It has a very firm touch too - something I really wanted.

    Here are two pics and a sound clip. Thanks to all of you here who gave suggestions and advice during my piano search! :D
     
  2. Horowitzian

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    Looks as good as it sounds, Sarah! Congrats. :wink:

    Good thing you got a Jansen bench too. You back and "sit upon" will thank you for years to come. :D :lol:
     
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    Thank you! We did have to negotiate a little for that bench, but I'm glad we did. :D It makes practice so much more comfortable. It doesn't look quite so good now as the top is a little smooshed and the leather on the sides is a bit saggy, thanks to a few visits by a 260-pound piano student. :lol:
     
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    Tell that student he has to bring his own bench. :lol:
     
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    tell him to play in the squatting position without the bench; he'll be 200 before year's end. Sounds good to me. I hope you will become a recording juggernaut.
     
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    Looks lovely and sounds great ! You must be in heaven :D
    Good performance, too. Shall we put it up on the site ?
     
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    Congratulations Sarah, I understand your happiness. It looks and sounds beautiful. How old is he? I've only heard of Boston brand, they are quite rare here. Aren't Boston near-quality Steinway pianos?

    Chris, since when can bare snippets make it the main site?
     
  8. Horowitzian

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    Boston is indeed Steinway's "middle range" brand. It's built by Kawai alongside Kawai's own models, and is intended to compete with Yamaha and such, but new it is generally more expensive than those brands. However, Steinway usually touts full trade-in trade-up value on Steinway pianos.
     
  9. sarah

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    Many thanks to all of you! Yes, Chris, I am in piano heaven. :D I was so excited I didn't sleep for several days. Thank you very much for the kind offer on the recording, but I think I want to work on this recording business for a while before I submit anything permanent. :wink:

    Alf, my piano is eight or nine years old. It was owned by an Oriental family with a nine-year-old prodigy, and she took good care of it and did not bang on it too much (or so the saleslady reports :wink: ). The Bostons, while similar in quality to other pianos made in Japan, have a more overtoned and mellower sound because of their scale design. Not a Steinway, but as close as our pocketbook could get... :D

    Yes, Julius and Horowitzian, I'll take those suggestions to heart. :lol: Poor guy... he gets such grief anyway. When you're 6'4" tall, you are an ample target. :D
     
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    I'll bet he's got good "reach" at the keyboard though. :D
     
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    Heh, I realize now this was only the first part. It's about time for a new admin here. I am getting too old for this stuff.
     
  12. sarah

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    Yes... he has a HUGE pair of mitts. Now we must learn how to use them. :wink: :D
     
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    And you are just the person to do it I'm sure. :D
     
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    Oh good - piano pictures! ( I wonder if other people are as titillated by looking at pianos as we are? :lol:)

    Looks like a very nice piano, Sarah. I'm sure it will bring you many years of enjoyment!
     
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    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    The Piano World folks are too, believe me. The more "piano porn" the better! :D
     
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    wow that's absolutely gorgeous! i envy you.
     
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    Thank you!

    Yeah, sometimes I ask the same question myself... my heart starts drumming at the sight of one of those curvaceous beauties, but the rest of my friends and most of my family couldn't be any less impressed! :lol:

    Thank you too! No need to envy me... just be patient and I'm sure a great piano will be in your future. :D I will say that I have put up with a 1949 Wurlitzer spinet for fifteen years so that we could save for a better instrument. It was worth the wait!
     
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    Sarah, my sincere congratulation!! :D
    He is really handsome and sings so beautifully!
    Your playing is very nice, too. It's filled with a passion that is I think hardly to hear in a rendition of that famous piece. Looking forward to hear more from you :!:
    Don't be a perfectionist and share with us the pieces on which you're working :) BTW did you buy a recording equipment?
     
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    Thank you for your kind congratulations! And thanks for the compliment too... you are very sweet! :D It encourages me to continue working at it. :wink:

    Okay, I'll fight my perfectionist tendencies. :wink: A couple of weeks after getting the piano, I decided that it was time to buy a recorder. So, I did. :D At the suggestion of some of the folks here I got a M-Audio Mictrotrack II model. So far, I've really liked it and have figured it out enough to use it.

    I remember a long time ago that you mentioned that it was good to have the ability to self-critique one's playing, and I really see that now! The recorder tells the truth, even when the truth isn't pretty. :lol:
     
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    congrats

    congrats


    I hope to be as lucky as you someday. Sounds like a perfect combination of mellow and bright mixed together. I think a half'n'half sound is nice. :)
     

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