In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter

February 2013

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A Moving Experience

As some of you already know, Kathy and I are moving back north. Kathy lived in Florida for over 20 years, I lived there over four. We are both originally from New England and decided it was time to get back up there.
In fact we have already moved to Parsonsfield Maine.
The house we are buying needs some work, but that's ok with us. We are very excited to be back north, and even more excited to know we will eventually be able to host our own Piano Forums Parties!
There is a thread about our moving here

And here are some pictures of the area around our house after a beautiful wet snow storm covered everything in white Snow in Parsonsfield Maine

In related news, Larry Buck of E.J. Buck & Sons of Lowell, MA has offered to hold a "Welcome Back Frank & Kathy" piano party at his restoration shop. Initial details in this thread: MA Piano Party

From Larry:
We are celebrating the Owner, Frank Baxter and his return to New England from Florida. Frank and his better half, Kathy will be our Guests of Honor for this relaxing afternoon of Music and friends.

Bring your music as everyone will likely take their turn playing in this very informal setting. It is not necessary to play though and many come to just listen and socialize. Pot Luck if you would like and we will also be providing food and drink.

There is also a special "Guest of Honor" you will meet there.

You can see Franks bio at;

RSVP if you can and if you are bringing a Pot Luck, give us an idea of what that is.

As always, please feel free to invite you friends, that IS the spirit of these events.

Larry Buck
E. J. Buck & Sons

Custom Piano Service
171 Lincoln St.
Lowell MA 01852
(978) 458-8688
Regrets: Our Friend Apple

Many of you are already aware of the recent passing of our dear friend and long time contributing member, *Apple (Mary Bryde Stevermer).
There is a thread here with posts from members who knew her (in person or just through the forums) Goodbye Dear Apple

Other Regrets: Sad news, the passing of a piano legend, Van Cliburn 1934-2013 Van Cliburn Death

Concerts, Recitals & Competitions

From The PianoForte Foundation: March Concerts & Events

Friday, March 1, 12:15 pm
Blair McMillen, piano
Dedicated to new and groundbreaking projects, Blair McMillen is intensely committed to commissioning and performing the music of today. But, "when played by the formidable Mr. McMillen, any piece sounds terrific." (NY Times) Playing works by Debussy, Karen Tanaka, David Lang, and Joan Tower.
Sherwood Community Music School, 1312 S. Michigan Ave.
FREE admission
Also broadcast live on 98.7 WFMT and
Info at or (312) 291-0291

Saturday, March 2, 3:00 pm
PianoForte Family Series: Fantastic Imagination
Music can evoke so many different images and emotions. Pianist George Lepauw will take us on a journey to foreign lands and introduce us to new characters with music by Scarlatti and Debussy. Let your imagination run wild!
Children ages 6-12 and their families are invited to join us for this new series about the piano! Each 45-minute “informance” will include performance and discussion about different topics related to the piano and piano performance. Followed by a milk-and-cookies reception.
Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Studio 825
$5 per person
Info at or (312) 291-0291

Thursday, March 7, 7:30 pm
Grazyna Auguscik, vocals and Ben Lewis, piano
Auguscik has won the praise of critics and audiences everywhere with her unorthodox approach. Her style challenges traditional definitions of jazz, making her "one of the best voices to be heard today." (Chicago Tribune)
Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook
$25 premium / $20 general ($18 students/seniors)
Tickets and info at or (312) 291-0291

London Piano Festival
Details Here

The ABF Forums February Piano Bar is Here (That's the Adult Beginner's Forum).

Information about Recital #29 is Here Yes, this is the 29th online piano recital organized by the wonderful members of our Adult Beginner's Forum! The name "Adult Beginner" is a bit of a misnomer now because they aren't all beginners, and aren't necessarily all adults. But they are all a group of piano lovers who enjoy sharing their love of making piano music and their desire to help each other.

NOTE: Additional Concert Information can be found here: Concerts, Recitals, Competitions

Remember, if you know of any piano concerts, competitions, or events ... let us know!
You can post in this section of the piano forums (and/or email us) Piano Concerts - Competitions - Events
New Piano Owners

A few of the many members who have posted recently about purchasing their new piano.
We're always excited to see members post about their new (which can actually be old, but new to them) piano!
If you've recently purchased a piano, digital piano, or keyboard, please post a thread and tell us about it. And don't forget, we love pictures!
If you do post a thread about your new piano, please be sure to let me know ( so I can mention it in our newsletters.

Bought a Schimmel Piano

New Piano Owner, Yamaha C7

Congratulations to all our new piano owners!

Are You a Professional Pianist?

If playing the piano/keyboard is your primary source of income, please consider adding your information to our Who's Who on Piano World Forums
This special area is here to help professional piano/keyboard/organ musicians reach a broad audience. It is also here for our members/guests to discover musicians they may want to check out.
Posting in this area is free for professionals, check it out today.

Please use the Google Custom Search Box in the upper left corner of the page.
It gives you the ability you to search all posts (and the rest of Piano World) whereas the ubb search function is restricted because it slows the forums down and doesn't index everything.

It Looks Like This:
copy of search box
FUN & Interesting Stuff!

Threads with things we found interesting, unusual, or just fun!
  • Welcome to our newest Who's Who member, Anatoly Larkin
  • Mozart's Piano Returns Home
    The piano on which Mozart wrote all of his late concertos returned home to Vienna on Thursday for the first time since the composer's death in 1791.
    The fortepiano that Mozart played almost daily for nine years will stand in his former Vienna home, now a museum, for two weeks, culminating in a concert of Mozart works.
  • Crosby's Piano Bar Opens in Crosslake, MN

  • CROSSLAKE - There's a new piano bar in town to give Brainerd lakes area residents another place to go for live entertainment as well as offering them a chance to share their musical talent.
  • I Think Google Likes Us! Google Likes Piano World!
    We've recently passed the two million post mark on our piano forums, a nice milestone for us! And the Google Likes Us thread is a good indication that the major search engines take notice of our presence in the piano world.
  • Can Digital Pianos Recreate Early / Period Piano Sounds? Digital Pianos Create Early Piano Sounds Thread
  • Selling Steinway Hall?
    Yes, Steinway is selling their flagship showroom in New York. But will they still retain a presence there of move out completely? The answer may have been settled by the time you read This Thread About Selling Steinway Hall in NY
  • Our Live Piano Venues, Where Are They? thread continues to grow. Live Piano Venues? Check it out and/or add to the list.
Do you use the "Active Topics" function on the forums?
It can help you discover interesting topics, like this one About How to Read Music

Or this one in the Teacher's Forum About Funny Things Students Say

Any Piano Parties Coming Up?

What? You don't know what a Piano Forums Party is?
Essentially it's an opportunity for members to meet each other with no pressure. The parties are usually held at a member's home, and everyone brings a little something (pot luck style, or just ask the host). Each member (and/or their guest) takes a turn playing the piano. Nobody judges anybody's playing, it isn't a contest. It's a chance to share a common interest in pianos and piano music.
We really love to have pictures and comments posted after the event.

If you'd like to get some ideas from past Piano Forums Parties (as well as tours, cruises, and more), Check Out This Area On the Forums

Here are some pictures and reports from the Arizona Piano Party in February!

For those of you who may not be familiar with the ABF (Adult Beginner's Forum) Recitals, they were the brainchild of one mr_super-hunky back in 2006. Essentially they are a series of piano recitals posted online by members of the ABF.
Our good friend Sam S. has been maintaining the index and hosting of all the recital files for some time now. And he has kindly offered to continue to help maintain the technical side of things (thanks very much Sam), but the entire collection has been migrated over to the Piano World servers.

It is now located at All the Best,
Frank B. - Founder, Owner & Host
Piano World
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The practice is deceptive and could get you banned. There are very few exceptions to this rule, and they must be approved on a case-by-case basis.
If more than one person in your household wants to log onto the forums with their own account, please be sure to contact a moderator or me directly BEFORE they create their account. We track all IP addresses and automatically receive reports when multiple accounts show up against one IP.
If/when we discover you have multiple accounts we may ban both unless we hear from you with a legitimate reason.
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Do You Visit Our Other Forums?
Do You Know Why You Should?

What do I mean? Many of our members (and guests) find a specific forum from our list and stay with that one forum.

Now if you are primarily interested in discussing playing the piano with other pianist, you probably do want to mostly visit the Pianist Corner, or the Pianist Corner - Non Classical.

If you are searching for a new piano or curious about your old/current one, you likely want to be visiting the forum called simply Piano Forum.
Even so, you may find it interesting to pop into the Piano Tuner-Technician's forum, or the Teachers Forum occasionally just to see what is going on.

Or maybe drop in on the Digital Piano Forum to see what the latest keyboards are all about and what people are saying about them.

Did you even know we have an entire section of forums Just For Fun?
That's right, a collection of forums of stuff just for fun.

And one just for Composers

Than we have the Mechanical Music Forum for discussions about player pianos, nickelodeons, music boxes, and other mechanical musical instruments.

There's even one for Organs including electronic (think B3), theater, and pipe.

And don't forget to check Active Topics (see links at top of forums page) This shows you the most active discussions going on right now.

If that's not enough, try our Directory for information about some of the other 1000+ pages of Piano World. You'll even find music related jigsaw puzzles you can do online, and music word searches we created.

So see, there's lots more to explore on Piano World, check it out today.
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Of course you want to reach the maximum number of prospective customers for the least amount of costs.
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Our piano forums recently passed the 68,000 registered members mark, and during the past year we've seen over six million unique visitors arrive at Piano World, and they've requested over thirty three million page views.

All of which adds up to making advertising on Piano World a smart move if you are in a piano related business.

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How much $$$$$ does your company spend a year on those glossy ads in magazines?
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Try these numbers on for size:
Piano World Received Over 6 MILLION UNIQUE VISITORS Last year!
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