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I have a Wellington Piano that was made in 1904, which I want to have restored (it's in rough shape). People have told me that the cost of restoring it would be so expensive, that it would be smarter to just buy a new piano instead. But I think I'll opt for restoring the 1904 piano, just because I think old pianos have character. 1904 was the height of the Ragtime craze, and I could just imagine a person playing Ragtime on that piano back when it was new.
I have a 1905 Howard. Beautiful case. But unfortunately the tuning pins are beginning to loosen and not all the strings will hold a tune any more. I'll never have enough to restore it, but I haven't brought myself to be able to give up the case yet, so I still have it and play my digital most of the time. Maybe in the next couple of years I'll find a way to deal with the dilemma and get myself an acoustic I actually want to play. Or a better digital.
Thanks all, for more great music in your posts.
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I have a 1905 Howard. Beautiful case. But unfortunately the tuning pins are beginning to loosen and not all the strings will hold a tune any more. I'll never have enough to restore it
Hi Cathy, I'm not sure what the procedure is exactly but you might ask over in the tech forum about doing some work on the pinblock (I think it's called) and replacing or tightening the pins instead of a complete restore. They might give some insight about what could be done. If it doesn't have many major problems other than this it would be a shame not to keep it. Got pictures?
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I love ragtime!!!! Once I establish a solid foundation on piano I plan to learn some ragtime stuff. The 'big three' of ragtime piano... besides Scott Joplin there were two other main ones (Joseph Lamb & James Scott). I haven't read through all 7 pages of posts on this thread yet but I imagine the other two have been mentioned already.
Just curious if anybody else has this adiction and struggling through trying to learn piano via this path.
Yes I like Joplin's rags, but I put only the well known Maple Leaf and Entertainer on my todo list, too much other nice stuff to work on
Originally Posted by Egel
I have found that playing midi files via the input to my digital piano is a fantastic way to get the feel of a tune and helps in learning. The only problem is the temptation to let the midi file do all the hard work and just enjoy listening to the tunes.
Haven't heard Rag on Midi but I did hear some Boogie Woogie on midi. It sounded very weird, it totally lacked 'swing' that makes it work. So I would not count too heavily on the midi files.
Nothing wrong with listening but if you want to listen I recommend going for a good audio recording on eg youtube or here on this forum.
I love ragtime!!!! Once I establish a solid foundation on piano I plan to learn some ragtime stuff. The 'big three' of ragtime piano... there besides Scott Joplin there were two other main ones. I haven't read through all 7 pages of posts on this thread yet but I imagine the other two have been mentioned already.
Well, there were hundreds of ragtime composers, but two others that are extremely well regarded are Joseph Lamb and James Scott.
There are many fine rags by other classic era composers, such as Artie Matthews, Arthur Marshall, David Guion, Charles Hunter, May Aufderheide, Eubie Blake, et al., not to mention modern composers.
Just recently become a ragtime man, and my newly found interest has been strengthened by this thread. I'd like to learn to play some of the silent film ragtime music, just love silent films. The Entertainer and Rocky Racoon (the solo therein can be seen as ragtime.)
Just found this video, someone turning 80's hits into ragtime, on a Nord Stage of course.
Just scroll down to the resources section and you'll see some of the free ragtime sheets I was able to unearth on the Internet. Alas, most ragtime arrangements are covered by copyright and published by the big publishers, so there weren't too many of the free ones that I could find.