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Re: Long Island Piano Passions....Part 1
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Hi Roberta, Joe and Roy,
So glad you enjoyed these pics. They really do capture the fun and camaraderie of the day. Pam and I enjoyed having all of you with us, sharing our home and, especially, our pianos. Roy and I had a terrific three days working together on a Steinway D Wapin Bridge job, beginning the day after the party. It really all came together beautifully and the owner, who is a Concert Pianist, was truly thrilled with the outcome. That was very rewarding for the two of us, and made all that hard work worthwhile. I, too, wish Roy lived closer.
Thanks, again, to all who came last Saturday.


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Hello Dan,
Wow, what a party! The pictures of Long Island Sound, your CC2 and 190 brought back some great memories. Instead of travelling north, I'm down in Mexico City for 10 days on business. I hope to be able to make it next year.

Thanks for the great pics lilylady. You are correct, in that Dan has a love for pianos that is truly unique! And on top of that, he is a consumate gentleman. As soon as I got to his house, the first thing he did was pull out the grand action on the CC2 and explain all the modifcations he's made. I'm not surprised that people left later than expected. Dan is a tremendous host. And it was good to see Ori again. Hi Ori.

Best regards,
Roger


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Re: Long Island Piano Passions....Part 1
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Hi Roger,
Thanks for your kind words and wishes. Sure wish you could have been here to share the day with us. Hope you can next year!!
All the best,
Dan


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Thanks for posting the pictures! What a nice piano party!


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Re: Long Island Piano Passions....Part 1
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It is gratifying that people seem to have liked the M&H CC2. Alot of work went into it. I have been busy non-stop since returning, but wanted to post something.

Now those of you who attended the party have at least heard a Wapin bridge, and will have an idea of what it sounds like. It really enhances the sound of a piano. There was a night and day difference in the CC2 after installing Wapin. Someone before me had done a quality rebuild/soundboard job. Also, the Abel Select hammers are a really nice choice. Still, Wapin let these components ring freely. It could still be voiced. I don't believe that any voicing has been done to those hammers. Even more remarkable, huh? Dan can correct me if I'm wrong about that. Maybe he has done a little that I don't know about. I did level the strings after the Wapin job. May have filed the hammers at that time. I usually do that in conjunction with string-leveling. But, that is it.

I mostly wanted to write about the action. It had a full Stanwood job done on it, with the performance option of magnetic assistance. It is a magnetically assisted action. The component weights of the action are still balanced throughout the keyboard, just like on a normal Stanwood job. It is just done at a higher balance weight. One thing is that this action is fully adjustable as far as touchweight goes. There are two sets of opposing magnets, front and rear. To get more affect (to lighten touchweight), the magnets are adjusted closer together. To get less affect, the gap between the magnets is increased. It would take a technician about the time it takes to do a tuning to readjust the keyboard. In this case, Dan wanted the toughtweight set to 48 grams. So, it is relatively light. It could just as easily be adjusted to 55 grams, or whatever you wanted.

Thanks again to Dan for helping me on the Wapin installation on the Steinway D in the days after the party. He took two days off of work. What a guy! His help was invaluable. To be clear about the time it took, we started the Wapin installation on Sunday afternoon, and had it finished by Monday evening. It really went very smoothly. Then I spent several days working on the action. I may start a seperate thread about that piano when I get time. It was really quite an experience (in a good way).

Thanks to all who attended the party. I think I met most of you who attended, and can at least put some faces to the names now.


Roy Peters, RPT
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Hi Roy,
Thanks for your post and kind words. I thoroughly enjoyed working, once again, with you on the Wapin installation on the Steinway D. I visited the owner the other day to see how he was doing with all the new changes and he is nothing short of ecstatic with it. For those who are interested, this man is a world class concert pianist who plays all over the world. He owns a restored 1910 Steinway D as well as a beautiful B. He has never been happy with the tone of the D, and ultimately looked into Wapin as a cure. Roy and I worked on this piano in the owner's studio for about a day and a half, replacing the original bridge with a Wapin. The job went remarkably smoothly, from that perspective, but, when we went to replace the action so that the piano could be pitch raised, it would not slide back into the keybed!! We finally realized that the action stack had been set too high by whomever had rebuilt the action in the past. Roy then had to spend an additional two days altering the keyframe to allow him to drop the stack down, and then he performed a full concert regulation and voicing. The piano now sounds and plays incredibly well. The owner feels that it is a completely different instrument (for the better), and is thrilled with the result. The tone has opened up and the piano sings as it never could before. Roy and I had a real blast working together on this instrument, especially after seeing the owner's final reaction. The experience was made all the more special by the wonderful hospitality shown to us by he and his wife. I look forward to our next piano adventure together Roy!!


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