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Pierre's Fine Pianos Review #1646836
03/23/11 08:49 PM
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Hello All,

This is my first post and just wanted to say 'hi'. I had been searching for a piano as a gift to my wife and something for our soon-to-be born son and after going through several stores and salesmen and 'sale will only last until this month' pitches I came across Pierre and his place. To cut a long story short, he spent a lot of time with a piano ignoramus (me) to the point where I felt I could make an educated decision and so I closed on a mint condition second hand Kawai K-60. The wife was beyond thrilled and now when she's not on it, I've even started to learn how to play.

It's stressful looking at making a multi-thousand dollar purchase on something one doesn't have an extensive background and personal knowledge base in. The internet - including this place - helped a great deal in formulating a framework of analysis and questions but Pierre was really patient in the Q&A especially when the questions were rather direct and candid.

So for any other noobs out there in the SoCal area give Pierre a try.

On a different note, (ha!) I've order an edition of Carl Humphries "The Piano Handbook w. CD". I will be self-learning as lessons aren't an option in the short-term so any other materials that come recommended for adult self-learning would be warmly received.

Cheers and looking forward to learning from the collective!

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Re: Pierre's Fine Pianos Review [Re: PenSword] #1646855
03/23/11 09:19 PM
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Glad to hear you found the right piano, PenSword. Thanks for the review.

A few pictures might be nice. thumb


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Re: Pierre's Fine Pianos Review [Re: PenSword] #1646861
03/23/11 09:27 PM
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Welcome to the Piano World Forums, and congratulations on your new-to-you Kawai piano, and your new, soon to be born son!

Best regards,

Rick


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Re: Pierre's Fine Pianos Review [Re: PenSword] #1646873
03/23/11 09:43 PM
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Take a look at posts in the adult beginner section of this forum. You might find something helpful in you attempts at being self-taught.


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Re: Pierre's Fine Pianos Review [Re: PenSword] #1646938
03/24/11 12:32 AM
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Thanks all, appreciate the welcome. The pictures will be forthcoming and I'll be going through the adult beginner section.

Cheers

Re: Pierre's Fine Pianos Review [Re: PenSword] #1647080
03/24/11 08:43 AM
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Welcome to the forum, PenSword, and congratulations on your new piano! You are a sweet hubby indeed. smile

And by all means come join us on the Adult Beginners forum.

Re: Pierre's Fine Pianos Review [Re: PenSword] #1647223
03/24/11 01:02 PM
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Congratulations with a very fine piano. I am also a fan of Pierre, he lets me play everything in sight when I visit, although he knows I am never going to buy a thing from him. No pushy salesman there, only a very helpful and knowledgeable person.


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Re: Pierre's Fine Pianos Review [Re: PenSword] #1650475
03/29/11 05:39 PM
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I am also a fan of Pierre. When my wife was auditioning pianos, we dropped by and she played about 6 of his Faziolis.

Congratulations on your purchase.


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Re: Pierre's Fine Pianos Review [Re: PenSword] #1650622
03/29/11 10:21 PM
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Yet another Pierre Julia fan reporting for duty! I guess the secret to a dealer having a fan club here is not being a member here. shocked

We've got many good dealers in SoCal, but Pierre is the only one who can make me laugh. I'm glad he treated you well and congratulations on yur piano.


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Re: Pierre's Fine Pianos Review [Re: PenSword] #1650628
03/29/11 10:26 PM
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Count me in on the PJFC (Pierre Julia Fan Club). I wish there were more like him. We have lots of great dealers in SoCal. What a great guy.

Ric Overton

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Re: Pierre's Fine Pianos Review [Re: Ric Overton] #1650710
03/30/11 01:03 AM
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Pierre's great.

I knew him before he had his own store. He worked at a combination MI/used piano store in Santa Monica named Merrill's Music.

I traded my Yamaha GT2 digital into him at Christmas time. He fixed some keys that weren't sounding and generally cleaned it up. Looked and played brand new.

He still has my money--we're both waiting for the release of a new keyboard from Korg at which time I will go through him.

Pierre is quite knowledgeable in the digital piano/synth/keyboard area too. Very unique for someone who deals in Acoustic pianos.

Re: Pierre's Fine Pianos Review [Re: Dave Ferris] #1650736
03/30/11 02:21 AM
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More PJFC stuff.

A few years ago I bought a piano from Pierre. I had not bought anything from him before, but had been in the shop several times making a general nuisance of myself while figuring out exactly what I wanted. I knew instinctively that I wanted to buy the piano from him. It was just a matter of which piano.

Our negotiation was simple. I chose the piano and asked him for the best price he could give me, stressing that I would pay cash....not credit card or check....plain old coin of the realm.

Pierre took a moment and gave me a price significantly better than I had expected. I opened a big manila envelope full of cash. I had been saving materials fees collected while teaching weekend college classes over a number of years. I counted the right amount while he was on the phone. When he returned there was a stack of bills on the table....a few fifties, but mostly twenties, tens, and fives. He began to count.

Halway through counting, Pierre looked up at me and asked: "What have you been doing...waiting tables? It cracked me up. It still makes me laugh when I think about it.

What I most like about Pierre is that he's a spontaneous, unrehearsed, unmeasured kind of guy, not that common in the trade.


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Re: Pierre's Fine Pianos Review [Re: PenSword] #1651173
03/30/11 04:15 PM
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Welcome to the forums and congrats on your piano.

I'm a self taught beginner of just over a year, and also use the Piano Handbook. It's a wonderful book, but not suitable to learn solely from for a beginner. You need something else. I use Alfred's which is popular on the Adult Beginners Forum, also Fundamental Keys by one of the teachers on the Piano Teachers forum, also a fake book to quickly learn about chords and bass/harmony lines, and finally I learn to play music pieces I just like. Sometimes I bite off more than I chew on the latter but you soon recognise that and drop it to move on. But do use the Piano Handbook, it is very cleverly ordered to teach you new things, albeit progressing very quickly IMHO.


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