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My Piano in Equal Temperament #1948143
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Greetings.... I have just spent a wonderful week with Ari Isaac and his lovely wife Hanna at my home here in Portland. We all had a great time. Most of it was taken up by the piano, however we did do some socializing with friends, and a sightseeing day trip up to Mt.Hood...thankfully no rumblings from the Volcano wink

This was a working/vacation of sorts for Ari, but the main purpose of Ari's visit was to work on voicing his Classical West Hammers. I also asked Ari to tune the piano in ET, which he did totally by ear. It all turned out beautifully.

His ET tuning, which I recorded on my Ipad Verituner, turned out really nice. I now have 2 custom tunings for my grand to choose from, EBVT 3 and what I will call "Isaac ET". wink The piano also has his bass strings, which are fantastic. I also picked up some tuning/hammer techniques from Ari.

I put the word out to a few local PTG folks and 2 came on Sunday afternoon to meet Ari and listen to the finished piano...they were impressed. In fact, one called back that night and wants Ari to send a few hammer samples for a possible Steinway B restoration. Ever since I first heard his hammers and Bass strings on my piano, I have been a fan, now even more so.

Here are a few recorded pieces. I used the Korg MR-1000, with a pair of RODE N5 mics. Nothing was done to the recordings except to use "Amplify" in Audacity, which basically ups the volume a bit.

Enjoy, and of course any and all comments are welcome. I apologize for the slight clicking sound from the damper tray. We did not have time to diagnose and fix it.


1. Gerald Robbins playing a Scarlatti Sonata in E, K.531 on the LX in Isaac ET. https://www.box.com/s/b4ee5c1075ff9d50cdc6

2. Gerald Robbins playing Scarlatti Sonata in A, K533 on the LX in Isaac ET https://www.box.com/s/9b18023969c5f068f853

3. John Arpin playing "As Time Goes By" on the LX, in Isaac ET (right at the end, a motorcycle goes by...Morphy's law!?! https://www.box.com/s/70ab73623e2ebdda004a

4. B.Pezzone playing "Sleepless in Seattle" on the LX in Isaac ET https://www.box.com/s/63ce746c1da219b44572

5. B.Pezzone playing "Somewhere in Time" on the LX in Isaac ET https://www.box.com/s/469f4f8a5a5a322540cd

6. Rachmaninoff playing Bach's "Sarabande" from Partita No. 4, BWV 828 https://www.box.com/s/6d34701ae7ca80d77105

7. Gerald Robbins playing Chopin's Scherzo No. 3 in C-Sharp minor, Op. 39 on the LX in Isaac ET https://www.box.com/s/ca2aa179d60f1f58f2cc


A big THANK YOU Ari for your excellent work!

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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1948330
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I listened to the Bach. Ahhhhh! I can understand what Bach was trying to say so much better without the distractons of an UT.


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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1948353
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Ari's hammers and bass strings are first rate, nice to hear it all worked out for you. Did the hammers need any ground plexiglass doping or did they get voiced down?


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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1948522
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Great recordings GPM, thanks very much. Listened to the Bach/Rach and the first Scarlatti, it sounds really clear, a great tuning as you'd expect from someone like Mr Isaac.

I'd be interested to know what you personally think of the tuning how it is now compared to last time it was tuned?

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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1948762
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Glad you are all enjoying the recordings.

Emmery, thanks...you are correct, his hammers and bass strings are special! For me, this is a continuing journey for beautiful sounding piano music. The hammers....a few of the hammers needed some brightening, which Ari used a diluted and very thin solution of Acetone and plexiglass beads. He also voiced the hammers to their optimum, as opposed to "voicing down". I have never heard such a big round tone from the piano as I do now, it literally sings....more on my further impressions later.

Phil....thanks, you are welcome. I agree, the clarity is one aspect that is coming through beautifully. I am going to keep listening and will post my thoughts on the tuning later as well. I have a few more recordings and will post them later today or tomorrow.


Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1948875
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I cannot wait to get my Isaac Cadenza Hammers! I'm enjoying my piano now, but I have a feeling the transformation is going to be lovely. :-)

It's nice having your piano in my living room in the meantime (via 1959 H.H.Scott tubes and E-V Patrician 800s - and of course this most modern, most excellent internet thingy).

thank you as always for sharing this.

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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1948905
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Thank you.

Enjoy the music. The harmony are so pure.


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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1948926
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Bravo!!! What shining clarity.

What is the length of your piano?


Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1949250
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Euh, may be the miking or my listening setup, but I dont hear the melodic part... sorry.



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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1949417
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Forrest, glad you are enjoying the recordings on your stereo system, and you are getting a set of Ari's hammers.

Chuck, thanks....my piano is a rebuilt M&H BB from 1927, it's basically a 7ft Grand. Original soundboard, new hammers, bass and treble strings, Tokiwa whippens/shanks, new WN&G carbon back action kit.

Kamin, perhaps it is the mic position...these are placed in the same general area as the recordings before, but slightly closer to the piano. There is a lot of sound coming from the piano now, and that may be what you are refering to. Hearing it live in my living room, I have no trouble hearing the melodic parts.

I have a few more classical and pop recordings to post later today. smile

Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1949496
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"tune the piano in ET, which he did totally by ear"

If that's the case, it's probably actually in Reverse Well...

(Just kidding!!!)



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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Olek] #1949519
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Originally Posted by Kamin
Euh, may be the miking or my listening setup, but I dont hear the melodic part... sorry.



Yeah, there's too much sound. Normally the speakers on my iMac handle music quite well. But with these soundfiles, I was getting distortion --- particularly in the area around D-54. I could tell it was good, but not how good until I went and got my earphones from the other computer. . . .

WOW!! If anyone wants to appreciate what Grandpianoman has, it is essential to listen through good equipment. And bravo to Ari for a superb voicing job.

I had installed a set of the Classical West high energy hammers a couple of years ago on a Baldwin SD-10 that was also upgraded with Wapin, Isaac Profundo bass strings and WNG shanks and flanges, so I knew what they are capable of. They are amazing hammers -- although, for most people and applications, the regular Cadenza 165 hammers will be fine.


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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1949523
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Here are a few more recordings in "Isaac ET". Sorry for the clicking sounds...they will be fixed shortly.


1.Scarlatti Sonata in C minor, K.11 played by Gerald Robbins on the LX -Isaac ET.mp3 https://www.box.com/s/531781e5e56084965235

2. Scarlatti Sonata in G. K.14 played by Gerald Robbins on the LX-Isaac ET.mp3 https://www.box.com/s/1157fba1fef62674c38d

3. Grieg "Butterly", Op. 43. No. 1--Played by Gerald Robbins on the LX--Isaac ET.mp3 https://www.box.com/s/d5dcaf971fcbdc4a35f3

4. Grieg Puck, Op. 71, No. 3 Played by Gerald Robbins on the LX--Isaac ET.mp3.mp3 https://www.box.com/s/aab72938bef974b33695

5. Moszkowski--Etincelles, Op. 36, No. 6 played by Earl Wild on the LX--Isaac ET.mp3 https://www.box.com/s/1b340fddf5861888e4be



Pop/NewAge Selections

1. John Williams-- Princess Leia's Theme--played by B.Pezzone on the LX--Isaac ET.mp3 https://www.box.com/s/a40117ec0876f31ab8a3

2. Theme from "Il Postino" played by B.Pezzone on the LX--Isaac ET https://www.box.com/s/b6a54c1e9aae7f077562

3. --Longings-- by M.Garson--played by M.Garson on the LX--Isaac ET.mp3 https://www.box.com/s/58feab6692dd00098978

4. --Reflections-- by M.Garson played by M.Garson on the LX--Isaac ET https://www.box.com/s/b6bc3e9462278c33da83

5. --Admiration-- by M.Garson played by M.Garson on the LX--Isaac ET.mp3 https://www.box.com/s/d88fcea9574fcc34ccb0


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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: kpembrook] #1949527
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Originally Posted by kpembrook
WOW!! If anyone wants to appreciate what Grandpianoman has, it is essential to listen through good equipment. And bravo to Ari for a superb voicing job.


Precisely! Sometimes I am completely mystified and befuddled by some of the comments regarding GP's recordings.

Thanks for sharing these, GP! Please keep 'em coming!!!

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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1949539
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I must say I have not listened to all of the recordings that you have posted.

Recording a piano, keeping it in tune etc... is just about the most difficult job for a sound engineer.

You do credit to your equipment and pianos. Very nice!!!!


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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: kpembrook] #1949600
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Kpembrook,


You hit it right....as I had mentioned in another posting, headphones are highly recommended! A good example is "Admiration" for the bass in particular. With good headphones, it's quite something. Ari does deserve a big "BRAVO"! smile

Ari explained to me about his bass strings...."If they are designed to, they will amplify the entire piano by activating the fundamental frequency of the tenor and treble notes". That is certainly taking place here.

I think what is happening in my case, the combination of a great piano, original soundboard, Ari's bass strings and Cadenza West hammers, new action, shanks, new WN&G carbon back action kit, new Roslau treble wire, and the Wapin bridge modification...these are all contributing to what you are hearing, and of course, the tuning.

I wish I could change the tuning with a push of a button! smile It's nice to have the ability to go to different temperaments myself. I liken it to "tone" controls on a good Stereo system. For example, I have a tube headphone amp that is fantastic. Just by changing the tubes to a different manufacture, I can change the tone/color of the music.

You're welcome Andy!~

Accordeur, thank you...I don't profess to be a recording engineer, but I do know good sound, and that's a plus. It really is difficult to record an acoustic piano well. The tuning has to be so precise for every recording. The fact that I have not added any reverb, or any other modification to the sound, and have the piano sounding like that, is pretty amazing. I am surprised it sounds the way it does. If you heard it live in my living room, you would hear a kind of "3D" effect, there is so much resonance.

One other suggestion for these files...for some reason, when I listen through the box.net player, there is a slight distortion in the sound....if I download the file, then play it from my computer, that distortion is gone. You can really hear this with headphones.





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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1949611
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Hi GPman!
It's been quite sometime now and lately my piano sounded even richer and fuller than I can ever remember. I just have to find the courage and finances to get the Classical West hammers smile

Good voicing and tuning job by Ari!!

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Re: My Piano in Equal Temperament [Re: Grandpianoman] #1950473
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Hi Victor,

Great to hear that Ari's hammers are sounding better with age. smile

If you want more power, sustain and resonance, the Classical West hammers are the ticket.



I had a request to post a few 1920's Fox Trots. These were recorded yesterday...all I have done to Ari's tuning is clean up a few unisons, and changed the mic position slightly. It's interesting to hear how just changing the mic position slightly alters the sound.

The Original Piano Trio (6 hands at once!) played on the LX. These were taken from the original Ampico rolls and translated for the LX by Wayne Stahnke. Here is some information about them:

http://www.live-performance.com/opt.html


1. The Original Piano Trio 1 played on the LX--Isaac ET.mp3 https://www.box.com/s/5951eed9e40ca4244225

2. The Original Piano Trio 2 --played on the LX--Isaac ET.mp3 https://www.box.com/s/858e6b4ce38a1534239b

3. The Original Piano Trio 3 played on the LX--Isacc ET.mp3 https://www.box.com/s/41e61e95590f95a8045e

4. The Original Piano Trio 4--played on the LX--Isaac ET.mp3 https://www.box.com/s/d9b615326c370229444a




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If Ari ever decides to sell that Fujan, let me know.

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I remember hearing Theme from "Il Postino" in EBVT - it was great to be able to hear them one after another, (even though the levels didn't match) to compare the temperament differences to the music.

Just loving the sound of your instrument! Great work.

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