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Please welcome my new Brodmann PE187!
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First of all, I'd like to thank those of you who answered all of my questions over the last 18 months. I really appreciate it.
I've played the piano for over 20 years, but I didn't understand all the internals (like Strunz soundboards, Abel hammers, Roslau strings etc....)

I started out wanting to get an upright. I looked at the Yamaha T-118, but quickly realized it didn't make me happy. Then I looked at a Yamaha U1. I liked it, but then decided for the same money I could get a cheaper grand. Then I looked at a fairly cheap 5'4" Nordiska, but they sold it before I could make a decision, and didn't have more. I wanted to like the cheaper Weber, Young Chang, Kohler and Campbell, Knabe etc.., but just didn't.
From there, my budget blew up yet again when I tried Pramberger, May Berlin, and Brodmann. I liked the Brodmann so much that I couldn't justify increasing my budget yet again (thank goodness for Brodmann, else I'd still be saving for something else.)

I will say, buying a piano was much trickier than I'd hoped. All the pianos I tried either didn't have a price tag, or had a ridiculous (above MSRP) tag that was immediately 'discounted' and each time I returned to the store the prices were different.

Also each of the dealers were extremely prepped to criticize other brands (The Yamaha dealer heavily criticized Kawai).

Luckily, I have a good ear and a Russian repertoire to do my own analysis wink , along with great advice from you guys.

Side note, I went to one dealership, and told them my approximate price range. They showed me their pianos, but I didn't like them. They then blamed it on my budget and said "You aren't going to find anything that's as good as you want for your budget. You should settle for a Kohler and Campbell and upgrade later." He really acted as though I was being unreasonable.
That made me furious. I'd already found pianos that I liked, and that were in my budget (Brodmann, Pramberger and May Berlin). The dealer just didn't stock those, and therefore criticized them.

In the end though, it was worth it, as I believe I bought the best grand my budget would allow.
Anyway, enough of my ranting. Here's a picture of it in my house (they're delivering the coasters later).

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Let me be the first to post "WELCOME" to your new Brodmann! That's going to be fun to play and get to know over these new few years. I trust you'll break it nicely with some of that great, heavy-duty Russian piano literature. I think a 6-foot-plus grand is exactly what is called for (not that there's anything wrong with Yamaha T's and U's).


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Congrats! Looks like you're enjoying it. I remember you posting about the search before; I thought you'd end up with this one. Well done!


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Wow, congratulations!!

I wish you had recorded your playing too!! Looks like you are giving it a good work-out! :-)

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wow. it's a beauty. congratulations and enjoy. hope to hear a recording soon.
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Congratulations! You look serious!


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Beautiful - congratulations!

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Always thought Russian piano literature is the heavy one, not so: one of our Brodmann grands recently had to endure 2 hours concert involving modern Bulgarian composers including footsy kicking lyra, fist poundings del hombre and coins merciless wetched in between strings!!

Now *that* was heavy. cursing

P.S. Congrats - hopefully yours won't have to endure any of that!

Enjoy!!

Norbert smile

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Congratulations on your beautiful new piano! I really do like those side logos and wish my piano had one. smile

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Congratulations on an awesome, beautiful piano!! laugh

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Wow - How Beautiful! Looks like you are enjoying it already, making sure you break it in well wow Wishing you many years of enjoyment.


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Hmmm. Twenty years playing, 18 months shopping and only ten posts here to get to this one fine picture. Looks like your formula for happiness is proportioned just right. Congratulations! I like your room. (I liked my last house best the very last day of 25 years when it was just me and the piano waiting one last day and night for the piano movers after the furniture movers had taken the uninteresting bits the day before.) Nice bench, too.

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Ahhh...the joys of piano shopping. It's worse than buying a car! Glad you endured it and found what you were looking for! Have fun w/the new piano grin


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Congratulations syxbit - thanks for sharing.

From the pic you posted, it looks like there are no lyre braces fitted. (On the Brodmanns there are two wooden braces which fit into the back of the pedal box and run at 45 degrees into the underside of the keybed) Ask the dealer to fit these a s a p.


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Tante Auguri, you will love your new piano! Well done!

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Wow, Chris, you're right. I just compared to the official photo on Brodmann's website. Thanks a lot for pointing that out. I'm calling the dealer right now smile
I knew I'd benefit by sharing my news on here smile

Also, about me only having 10 or so posts, you'll all be glad to hear that rather than ask questions that have already been asked, I used the search button smile. I must have read thousands of forum posts about Brodmann, Ritmuller, Hailun etc..



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Congratulations on picking a great piano.
I think Brodmanns are a spectacular deal.
Thanks for posting a picture.
And good catch on spotting those missing braces Chris.

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Congrats on the new Brodmann! I have one also [a 6'2 grand]. They are great pianos!

Happy New Year!

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Great story about your search. Congrats on a great looking piano.


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Congratulations on your new piano!


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