In-Tune, the Piano World Piano Forums Newsletter

December 2008

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This Issue Sponsored by: Wessell, Nickel and Gross
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Wessell, Nickel & Gross

Wessell Nickel and Gross High Performance Piano Action Parts At the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, judges awarded the Wessell, Nickel, & Gross piano action a gold medal, citing it for "high artistic achievement" and "innovation."

Today this storied name is again being applied to a unique new composite action that its designers contend will dramatically improve piano performance.

The new Wessell, Nickel, & Gross action is being produced by PianoDisc, makers of digital reproducing systems, and its sister company, Mason & Hamlin.

Production is currently limited, but based on rave reviews from piano technicians, that should change shortly.

PianoDisc co-founder Kirk Burgett is an inveterate tinkerer who has spent the bulk of his career looking for solutions to thorny mechanical problems.
Much of this restless energy has been directed towards continuously refining the PianoDisc reproducing system. Burgett has also applied his talents to reviving the storied Mason & Hamlin piano at a factory in Haverill, Massachusetts.

Two decades of working with reproducing systems and pianos convinced him that the piano action-a true "Rube Goldberg" contraption of springs, felt, and bits of wood-was a ripe for improvement.

His solution is the new Wessell, Nickel, & Gross action.

Visit the WNG web site to learn more about the piano actions, the company, and why you should be using WNG action parts.
From all of us, to all of you!

Trade Regrets: Dr. Albert Sanderson 1928 - 2008

Dr. Sanderson
Inventor of the Accu-Tuner, scientist, mentor and much more.
According to one post in the above tribute thread he was also working on an engine that would get 100mpg.

Have you tried our new online jigsaw puzzles yet?

We've posted 4 so far, the Piano World Logo, Beethoven, a Bosendorfer 185, and Chopin's Nocturne.
Please be sure to READ THE DIRECTIONS before playing with the jigsaw puzzles.

Piano World Jigsaw Puzzles

Then, let us know what you think, and/or send us a picture to convert into a (piano/music-related) jigsaw puzzle. Pictures should ideally be 400x400 pixels, jpg or gif.
Steinway Factory Tour Dec. 11

The Steinway Factory Tour is tomorrow!
The tour is booked, but you can read about it here (and we are expecting members to post pictures/comments after the tour). Steinway Tour

If you are thinking of hosting a piano party, please be sure to post about it here Post Your Party Info
The Piano a Thing of the Past?

Needless to say this has been a controversial thread.
However it has prompted some interesting conversations.
Piano a Thing of the Past?
No Piano Left Behind, Click to find out why

Misc. Interesting Threads & Stuff

Grand Obsession (by our own Pique') named one of the best books of 2008! Grand Obsession - A Piano Odyssey

Piano Needed to Help Bring a Theatre Back to Life Piano / Theatre

Share Your Positive Piano Experience Piano Experience

Will You Be at NAMM 2009? It's only a few weeks away now. I love to meet forums members and industry professionals at NAMM. So if you are going, and have a few minutes to say hi, I'd love to meet you. This year I'll have a new employee with me too, her first exposure to the craziness that is NAMM.

Elephant Ivory Smuggled Into US Ivory No No?
Concerts and Events

David Nevue Concert from Nov 15, now with pictures and reports
David Nevue

Elton & Billy Face 2 Face Tour 2009... Billy Joel / Elton John Tour 2009
BTW, does anyone on the forums know Elton or Billy, or at least how to contact their agents? There is a book I'd like each of them to have, but not sure the best way to get it to them. I'm thinking tying to get to them at a concert would be near impossible, although I going to try approaching their security people.

Phoenix Arizona Piano Group? Member Wants to Start Phoenix Group

Let me know if you'd like to post an event on our Calendar, or have it mentioned in our newsletter. Email Frank B.
Post your concert, recital, and competition news Here
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Don't forget, you can view past issues of our newsletter online at.. In-Tune Newsletter Archives
You should check them out, always interesting articles, posts, and links.

New additions to our "What Animals Do When Your Not Home" Animals - Have a Laugh (I know, it has nothing to do with piano, but it's fun :-)

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