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#1461452 - 06/23/10 08:54 AM Baldwin Zebra Piano  
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Wow... Now this is just ridiculous! Those alternating black/white keys would mess me up!

Baldwin Zebra Piano With Red/Black/White Keys

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#1461453 - 06/23/10 08:57 AM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: JoeThePro]  
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I've always said that appearance doesn't matter. I adore 'R's'.. but would turn down a chance to be given one if it looked like that.

appropriate for the right person maybe.


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#1461493 - 06/23/10 10:08 AM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: apple*]  
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If you look at the other custom finishes Gibson is offering, it appears they are making a joke out of the piano. At least that's the way I see it.


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#1461512 - 06/23/10 10:27 AM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: PianoMan1958]  
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Wow... that's really aweful. I'm not convinced that even Ray Charles could play that without feeling a sense of violation of all that is sacred about a piano. Just goes to show that there is no accounting for taste.


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#1461591 - 06/23/10 12:14 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: JoeThePro]  
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When I was shopping I wanted to pain mine like this Baldwin:

[Linked Image]

Alas. I lack the guts.

#1461605 - 06/23/10 12:32 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: gnuboi]  
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Tasteful and sophisticated. Quite charming!

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#1461623 - 06/23/10 01:08 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: JoeThePro]  
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I'm really curious to know how many pianos with that extreme a finish have actually been sold, as opposed to having pictures sent 'round the web. (not meaning the flamed one just above, but the OP).

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#1461690 - 06/23/10 02:40 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: elecmuse3]  
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All these crazy finishes are actually on the Gibson piano site. Take a look.

http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/ArtistsAndEvents/Stories/Baldwin%20Custom%20House_%20Traditio/

The worst one, hands down, is "Feelin' Groovy"



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#1461692 - 06/23/10 02:44 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: PianoMan1958]  
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I wish they'd change the name, poor Baldwin has been stained for ever. frown


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#1461927 - 06/23/10 07:42 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: Pianosaurus Rex]  
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Having played that "Zebra" piano at the past Namm shows, I found it very difficult to play in that with the key colors reversed, I felt very disoriented with the sharps. Though whoever buys that piano probably won't play it much anyway. grin


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#1462117 - 06/24/10 01:10 AM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: pianobroker]  
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Leave it to a guitar company to try their hand at piano finishing. It's sort of like Connan O'Brian when he shows two celebrities and then makes a composite, saying that is what their baby would look like. In the guitar world there is constant pressure to come up with the most creative finish for their high end guitars. Well, I have news for Gibson, Piano's ain't guitars. The Gibson ownership of Baldwin has been one huge blunder after another, imho.


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#1462257 - 06/24/10 09:06 AM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: Pianolance]  
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I kinda like the Baroque, but that "Feelin Groovy" would have me feeling sick.

#1462882 - 06/25/10 12:25 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: Steve Chandler]  
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I'd been looking for a unique piano finish for several years while shopping. I came across all of these designs. To answer your question, I would buy a piano like this! I just really don't like the touch and tone of a Baldwin (having learned on one many years ago). If Yamaha built a Zebra C3, I might have gone for it. Instead, I'm planning to paint the music desk and keyblocks gold and add a fleur d' lis decal to the outside rim. whomeWHODAT!


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#1463050 - 06/25/10 07:23 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: Scrubby_Jones]  
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"Feeling Queasy" might be a better name. I might be able to live with the tie-dye, but not the Smiley Face.

However, I know a die-hard Deadhead who would have it in the house just for the look. She doesn't play, by the way. But she still appears in public wearing tie-dye outfits.

I wonder what Liberace would have said about Baldwin's new finishes. He was known to take liberties, for the stage impact.


Clef


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