In-Tune, the Piano World Piano Forums Newsletter

February 2009

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Bye Bye Baldwin?

Baldwin closed their Trumann, AR factory in December.
The closure ends production of Baldwin pianos in the U.S. We've been trying to get answers from the company about what is going to happen to Baldwin, but haven't yet gotten any substantiated details. They did have quite a few pianos showing at NAMM, but I couldn't find anyone to talk to (or hear them above the noise as they were in the Gibson guitar room).

Read the thread here Baldwin Closes Factory
New Action In Town?

Technicians Discuss WNGs new Composite Action Parts
While the company (Wessell, Nickel, and Gross) has been around for years, the composite action is an exciting new design. Some of our tech members have been discussing the new action, here...
WNG Actions

WINTER DRYNESS Can Destroy Your Piano!

Piano Life Saver Products
Leading U.S. music schools protect their valuable pianos with the Piano Life Saver System. See the list of schools:

A New Piano Bar in Key West, Florida

Spent a couple days around New Years Eve kicking around Key West (FL). Discovered a fun piano bar called "The Keys" . If you get down that way (now would be the perfect time, particularly if you're from up north), drop in to The Keys on Duvall street, and tell them Piano World sent you :-) The Keys at Key West
Live entertainment from professional pianist and Broadway singers/actors.
NAMM 2009

Comments and pictures from the 2009 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. If you attended, please feel free to add your comments and/or pictures. NAMM 2009
Overall it was the best show for us (PW) to date. Made lots of good contacts and picked up some advertisers. The response from dealers and suppliers/manufacturers varied quite a bit however.
Misc. Interesting Threads & Stuff

C, E-flat and G go into a bar... Musicale

Brass vs Rubber Casters Which is Better?

12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance?
No joke. Baby born with twelve healthy fingers (and twelve toes).
Could this be an advantage in playing? 12 Fingers ... Better?

Australia is Burning
Our hearts go out to our members and their families/friends from Down Under (we have lots of members in Australia).
The Victoria area has been severely hit by brush fires that have already claimed a number of lives.
To Our Australian Friends

Do You See Colors With Your Music?
CNN Article .. seeing colors along with music

Forums Party In Cincinnati? Forums Parties are Fun! See this post if you're interested... Forums Party

Mason & Hamlin 2009 Factory Tour?
People are already asking about the 2009 tour (smart people know the tour fills up fast). We are hoping to get a date soon from our friends at Mason & Hamlin. There will definitely be a tour this year, I just don't know when yet. As soon as I hear back from them I'll post the details on the forums.

Speaking of tours and parties... If you'd like to host a Piano Forums party, a concert, or a factory tour, please let us know, or post something Here



Concerts and Events

2009 PTG Technical Institute - July 15-19 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Details and discussions here... PTG Technical 2009

William Joseph in Concert in LA Feb. 12 LA & Other Concert Dates

PianoForte Foundation March Events PianoForte

Let me know if you'd like to post an event on our Calendar, and/or have it mentioned in our newsletter. Email Frank B.

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Choose A Cruise! PWPF - Choose a Cruise!

We are organizing our first official PWPW piano cruise, with the help of a travel agent. Starting out with a 5-7 day cruise out of Florida, hoping to expand into longer (and farther) cruises in the future.
Please read this thread, and cast your vote.

Reminder, when Posting Pictures on the Forums PLEASE use our uploader, or if you have a lot of pictures, send them to me. Too many good pictures disappear because they were linked to photobucket or one of the other services, and the users account closed.

Piano Girl

Our Own Piano Girl RMG plays with Marian McPartland.
Robin is a pianist, composer, and author. I have both of her books, Piano Girl & Rhythm (thanks Robin). Just finished reading  Piano Girl: A Memoir , it's a riot! If you've ever played out, or thought about it, you have to read this book. Even if you haven't, you can get the inside scoop on the "glamorous" world of piano playing.

Hear the interview and performance with Marian McPartland on NPR.
Speaking of Books, the 12th edition of the famous Pierce Piano Atlas is now available.
(Amazon may show temporarily out of stock, but they have it). Pierce Piano Atlas 12th Edition

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We will soon be upgrading our Piano Forums software to a new version.
It will have a left and right column around the center content.

We polled members and they didn't want to pay any kind of subscription fee (other than a few supporters who have always been willing to help, my thanks to them).
In order to keep supporting the 8 cpu system and high-speed hosting, and continue to grow and add features, we will need to increase revenue from advertising. Hence the new design (which will also give us new features).

During the transition, the forums will be unavailable for anywhere from 5 - 10 hours as our developer imports everything into the new version and tests everything. I will send out an email warning about the shut down, and a quick follow up when the forums are open again.
Let's All Play Nice

Considering how many people visit and/or use the forums every day we have a pretty good record.
However, lately there have been a few too many instances of rudeness, along with an increase in Sock Puppets (what's a sock puppet? ... Sock Puppets, and getting banned).
As I've said many times before, lively discussions are fine, rudeness, name-calling, insults, etc. ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE!. If you are guilty, and you're lucky, you'll get warned by one of our moderators.
Persist and you will either be given a "time out"(access temporarily suspended), or you will be banned.
Lighten up folks, it's a Piano Forum!
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