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Re: Just took my AvantGrand N2 apart... added pic
Gyro #1311982 11/25/09 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Gyro

It is natural for a classically
trained musician to want the
"real thing" in a piano, but
this is ridiculous. We are
living in the Digital Piano
Era, and digital pianos
--regular ones, not these
chimera-like hybrids
of an acoustic and digital
piano--provide an acceptable
substitute for acoustic pianos.
I play a $600 Williams Overture
digital, and I find it okay
for playing anything, from
jazz and neo-classical improvisation,
to big-time classical works
like the Chopin op. 14 Concert
Rondo. And this is an economy
digital, one of the least expensive
ones around.


Tha Avant Grand is not designed to be an "accetable substitute" or to be "OK". It is intended as a viable and equal alternative to an acoustic piano. Instead of the choice of digital or acoustic, people looking for a piano can now choose between upright, grand or hybrid, with the usual digital offerings as a last resort if money or portability are the main considerations. Mind you, with regard to portability, there already are some major tour hire companies using the N3 to take on the road.

Last edited by athomik; 11/25/09 07:17 AM.

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Re: Just took my AvantGrand N2 apart... added pic
athomik #1312350 11/25/09 07:01 PM
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The Avant Grand is intended for profession pianists, whatever reason they have to avoid real acoustic pianos,
the main functions are there: sound and touch. However not all of us on this forum are concert pianist with 8 hour per day piano practice, so when advance amateur pianists consider buying Avant Grand now for pleasure, such choice seems unnecessary for some people. As for virtuoso pianists, Horowitz played only on grands with very light action adjusted prior to his performances, while Richter played on grands with no special demand for particular touch. Personally I think if the sound and touch of Avant Grand makes you happy to play regularly and helps to advance in piano playing, the choice might be a better one than buying into good acoustic piano with all their limitations. The answer is not a clear cut, I think Alden has already alluded to the new category of pianos in his Piano buyer review book. We have more choice now!

Re: Just took my AvantGrand N2 apart... added pic
Kawai James #1374369 02/15/10 04:47 AM
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Originally Posted by KAWAI James
Very interesting!

Thank you for posting this photo Alden!

It would be terrific to see a video of the action in motion...

Cheers,
James
x


Although not Avantgrand, perhaps still of any interest: I just uploaded a short video of the keyboard action of Yamaha GranTouch GT2, which is a predecessor of AvantGrand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsy5sz17PzU

Sorry about the bad video quality (video taken with iPhone). There seems to be a difference between the hammers of GranTouch and those of AvantGrand. Grantouch's hammerheads are made of hard plastic, and they are stopped by hitting a plastic 'sponge' material glued underneath a wooden board.



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Re: Just took my AvantGrand N2 apart... added pic
yaccob #1374375 02/15/10 05:19 AM
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Cool, thanks for sharing! Was it easy to open it up? Was there something wrong you needed to open up to fix, or was it just to take a peek. I've always wanted to see the inside of my N3 but don't have the foggiest idea of how hard or easy it'd be to open it up...

Re: Just took my AvantGrand N2 apart... added pic
Volusiano #1374380 02/15/10 05:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Volusiano
Cool, thanks for sharing! Was it easy to open it up? Was there something wrong you needed to open up to fix, or was it just to take a peek. I've always wanted to see the inside of my N3 but don't have the foggiest idea of how hard or easy it'd be to open it up...


Now, i am not sure if you are asking me or Alden smile GranTouch is relatively easy to take apart, you just need a screwdriver. I opened it up because i was curious about how the action works smile and of course, my GranTouch is no longer under warranty so by opening it i didnt really risk voiding anything. With your AvantGrand i'd be more careful simply because it is very likely still under warranty.

I am sure Alden will comment on how and why he opened his AvantGrand.


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