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I'm Staying at Home with my Piano instead of going to see Lang Lang
#1008974 03/26/08 08:14 PM
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My piano just came home and Lang Lang plays in 1 1/2 hours and I have a ticket to go. For a while it was Lang Lang, no piano, no Lang Lang, no piano. This is the notorious Baldwin SF-10 with the cracked bridge. It was delivered in the pouring rain/snow and is now safely ensconced in the living room.

I have decided to stay home and play rather than venture out in the dark to see Lang Lang. It's been 10 weeks without a piano at home and I just gotta do it! Played a little and so far so good!!! Thought y'all might like to know the SF-10 now has a solid maple cap, Steinway pins and new strings . . . Oh boy! I have piano fever!


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Won't your piano still be in your living room after the concert? You should go. smile

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Music you make yourself is the sweetest of all... and after 10 weeks with no piano at home, I understand your impulse completely!

I'm glad you got everything worked out to your satisfaction, Secondo. The SF-10 is a great piano. smile

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Really glad that everything worked out for you with your piano and I can certainly understand all that pent up desire to play and excitement at having a piano in the house again.

But I'd have gone to the concert.

It would have been tough to tear myself away though laugh


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Just finished playing. No regrets. Will have to see Lang Lang next time! Thanks for your thoughts though. Wish I could have given the ticket to Akira or BB!


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Secondo, thats a great way to seize the moment!!! thumb i would have skipped the concert too laugh


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I definitely would have stayed home and played the piano.


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Music you make yourself is the sweetest of all...
Yes. Actually, I should have admitted that I have to play a duet set tonight with my partner and last night was my only real chance to practice (informal piano group) and it was really awful outside.

But the piano is home and I called home just now and my teenage son is playing around on it, which I think is totally cool!

Later--I am at work!


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Damn that just makes me jealous!!


1) I can't afford the stunning SF-10! (congrats laugh !)
2) Even if I could, I don't have a big enough house or enough space!
3) I wish I had a chance to watch Lang-Lang and his gymnastics live!

But I must say - as much as I'd love to see LL live, if the weather was crappy and an SF-10 had just arrived at my place - I don't think I would be able to tear myself away!


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So, how does it sound after the repairs? I played a brand new SF10 just last week - it just came in. The sound was good but the action was sticky - just uncrated. It needs to adjust to it's surroundings and be prepped. I'll return in a couple of weeks to try it out. It is a fine looking piano as well. Very classy.


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If Lang Lang had been on the radio, I would have voted wholeheartedly for listening to the radio first.

But as you would have had to actually endure the sight of him playing, I think you have done the right thing. If you have a circus in the vicinity, you can go there tomorrow and catch up on the visual part.

(P.s. and how's the notorious Baldwin anyway...)


"The man that hath no music in himself / Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds / Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils." (W.Shakespeare)

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Hi!

Sorry--I have been away and just saw these posts, which I never replied to. And thanks Innominato, Starting and brucec for asking.

(1) The "stunning" "notorious" SF-10 is a 1993 (I emailed the company for the date); (2) It is almost like a new 1993 piano--according to my tech; (3) It has been tuned twice and is getting ready for the third tuning. Uh, the treble came out with a remarkably great sustain. I was so so surprised and am very happy with this piano. There are a couple of bass keys that have a little something going on (papery sound?), which my tech will fix (there was one that he fixed already in the treble).

The thing that was the biggest surprise to me was the singing quality of the piano. While in the shop, I had fallen in love with an older Bluthner (7'6" 1911), and was worried about how I would feel about the SF-10 when it got home. I am very happy with the SF-10 -- not pining away for a Bluthner. I ended up with a great piano.

Also, the SF-10 does have a classic style, which goes well in my house. This one is black satin. All in all I think I did the right thing and am very grateful for all the input, which did help me make up my mind. Can't find my camera, but will take a picture one of these days for the Piano Forum piano picture archives if you guys are interested- and if I can figure out how to load a picture here.

Best wishes to all--I am playing hours every day!

And I am now practicing for my commitment to the Mazurka marathon.

As for Lang Lang, the Seattle critics say (1) it was sold out (they added stage seating); (2) he wore black tie; (3) the characteristic facial expression gone wild thing was toned down--he stuck to the music!!!


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Congratulations and yes, we are interested!! smile

I am also glad to see that lang lang tries to stick to the music, he has a huge talent so this might be the right thing to do... wink

Look forward to seeing the photos as soon as practicable!


"The man that hath no music in himself / Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds / Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils." (W.Shakespeare)

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I played a fully restored Baldwin SF-10 at Rick Jones pianos up outside of Washington, DC. They featured it on their web site. I strongly considered buying it after playing, but there was simply not enough room in my apartment to house the piano. If you google Rick Jones piano's you will find some videos of their SF-10 restoration quickly enough.

I ended up finding a used Steinway B and buying that. But for tone and playability the SF-10 was on a par, or perhaps a bit better than the Steinway I eventually got. If you have the room, the SF-10 seems to be a good buy.


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Hi Innominato! Thanks! Gotta find the camera and then get my son (who is away at college) to do his thing with the computer, but will get to it--I promise.

SilentMark, I would think that the SF-10 and Steinway B are the same size, no? The B is a fabulous piano (and the used ones I saw here in the NW were still pricey). Congratulations on your piano!


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