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#1972271 - 10/12/12 11:39 AM YAMAHA’s quasquicentennial anniversary  
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Dear Yamaha Family,

We're sending you a standing ovation!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

What an amazing milestone, 125 years!

We have been so proud of your outstanding technological achievements and highly impressive products over the years. It is truly an honor to do business with such an exciting and innovative company. (Nearly 40 years and counting) We join you in your celebrations and we wish you continued success and prosperity! Here's to another 125 years!!!

Best Regards,
Jeff, Fritz & the rest of the GPH family

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http://www.yamaha.com/about_yamaha/125th_anniversary/

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#1972357 - 10/12/12 03:20 PM Re: YAMAHA’s quasquicentennial anniversary [Re: Grand Piano Haus]  
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I find these self congragulatory posts by dealers a turn off.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I find these self congragulatory posts by dealers a turn off.


I agree. Completely unnecessary.

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Yeah it can be a turnoff, but now I know Yamaha is 125 yrs old.


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#1972497 - 10/12/12 10:26 PM Re: YAMAHA’s quasquicentennial anniversary [Re: Grand Piano Haus]  
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Strange, but it seems other piano brands are applauded here on the Forum with announcements, events, news, US tours by company owners/CEOs, so why would a birthday celebration of a piano company be termed a turn-off?

Congratulations Yamaha. I hope the company enjoys at least another 125 years.

It's wonderful news that any acoustic piano maker is still in business and developing new designs in 2012.


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#1972512 - 10/12/12 11:00 PM Re: YAMAHA’s quasquicentennial anniversary [Re: j&j]  
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Originally Posted by j&j
Strange, but it seems other piano brands are applauded here on the Forum with announcements, events, news, US tours by company owners/CEOs, so why would a birthday celebration of a piano company be termed a turn-off?
The phrasing of the announcement sounds more like an ad. For a dealer to say things like "we are so proud of you" sounds rather silly I think. How you say things make all the difference.

A simple announcement like "Yamaha celebrates it's 125th anniversary with the introduction of CX series" would have sounded better IMO.

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Pianoloverus - agreed and understood. smile


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#1972525 - 10/12/12 11:20 PM Re: YAMAHA’s quasquicentennial anniversary [Re: pianoloverus]  
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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
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Strange, but it seems other piano brands are applauded here on the Forum with announcements, events, news, US tours by company owners/CEOs, so why would a birthday celebration of a piano company be termed a turn-off?
The phrasing of the announcement sounds more like an ad. For a dealer to say things like "we are so proud of you" sounds rather silly I think. How you say things make all the difference.

A simple announcement like "Yamaha celebrates it's 125th anniversary with the introduction of CX series" would have sounded better IMO.


I think this kind of knit-picking is ridiculous. Seriously plover, relax.
Happy Birthday Yamaha. You make great pianos (and motorcycles, and drums:)



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#1972534 - 10/12/12 11:44 PM Re: YAMAHA’s quasquicentennial anniversary [Re: AJF]  
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Originally Posted by AJF

I think this kind of knit-picking is ridiculous. Seriously plover, relax.
Happy Birthday Yamaha. You make great pianos (and motorcycles, and drums:)
So far four people agreed with me. You're welcome to disagree but you're not welcome to suggest I relax or anything else!

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#1972570 - 10/13/12 01:16 AM Re: YAMAHA’s quasquicentennial anniversary [Re: Grand Piano Haus]  
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Well actually, this is an Internet forum and to the best of my knowledge I'm allowed to suggest just about anything I want to you.
So :p



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#1972571 - 10/13/12 01:18 AM Re: YAMAHA’s quasquicentennial anniversary [Re: pianoloverus]  
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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
The phrasing of the announcement sounds more like an ad. For a dealer to say things like "we are so proud of you" sounds rather silly I think. How you say things make all the difference.

A simple announcement like "Yamaha celebrates it's 125th anniversary with the introduction of CX series" would have sounded better IMO.

IMHO the announcement doesn't sound at all like an ad. It makes no mention of pianos whereas your supposed "improvement" specifically mentions a product, the CX series. To say that one is proud of a company that has brought out innovative products for 125 years does not sound silly at all. I see no reason why you have to come out and rain on their birthday parade.

Congratulations YAMAHA on your 125th anniversary! I have greatly enjoyed your acoustic and digital pianos.


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No, the original post reads like the guy is in sycophantic ecstasy. Made me want to puke in fact. Mutual back-slapping is nauseating when it's like that.

I'm all for recognising Yamaha's immense contribution. I would love to own one (and will one day) but the post was frilly salesmanship and badly judged. I pity those that can't see through it.

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#1972666 - 10/13/12 08:06 AM Re: YAMAHA’s quasquicentennial anniversary [Re: jazzyprof]  
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Originally Posted by jazzyprof
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
The phrasing of the announcement sounds more like an ad. For a dealer to say things like "we are so proud of you" sounds rather silly I think. How you say things make all the difference.

A simple announcement like "Yamaha celebrates it's 125th anniversary with the introduction of CX series" would have sounded better IMO.

IMHO the announcement doesn't sound at all like an ad. It makes no mention of pianos whereas your supposed "improvement" specifically mentions a product, the CX series. To say that one is proud of a company that has brought out innovative products for 125 years does not sound silly at all. I see no reason why you have to come out and rain on their birthday parade.

Congratulations YAMAHA on your 125th anniversary! I have greatly enjoyed your acoustic and digital pianos.
Since pianos weren't mentioned perhaps you thought the OP was referring to bananas? For a dealer to say they are "proud" of company whose product they sell...well, why do you think the post was made? To promote Steinway perhaps? But it's mostly the over the top rather silly language(we are so proud, sending you a standing ovation, etc.) that I find a turnoff and so far five posters have agreed.

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In any case, I don't see how you can send somebody a standing ovation. Unless it is a guitar with legs, in which case it would be a standing Ovation.

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I like the word "quasquicentennial". That was a new one to me!


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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
[quote=AJF]
So far four people agreed with me


Originally Posted by pianoloverus
so far five others have agreed


Keepin a running tally of those who agree with you sounds like a fun way to spend the weekend. It must be immensely satisfying.

It's you whe deserves the standing ovation, not Yamaha.


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I’ll admit that when I first saw the thread, my first instinct was subtle advertising again from Jeff at Grand Piano Hous. But after reading the post I decided it was perhaps more of an announcement, although an indirect advertising plug for Yamaha. Yet, I felt like the announcement was appropriate on a piano forum.

Of course, I may be a little bias because I have an older Yamaha grand piano, and it is a very nice musical instrument.

My hat’s off to you, Yamaha! Congratulation on 125 years of making fine musical instruments! smile

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Originally Posted by turandot
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
[quote=AJF]
So far four people agreed with me


Originally Posted by pianoloverus
so far five others have agreed


Keepin a running tally of those who agree with you sounds like a fun way to spend the weekend. It must be immensely satisfying.

It's you whe deserves the standing ovation, not Yamaha.
It may take you considerable time to count how many posters agree with you, but it only took me a few seconds. About the same time it took you to write your rude, sarcastic, and obnoxious post.

And whether I find it satisfying, fun, or anything else is none of your business.

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My birthday was Thursday. I was first to applaud the announcement. I sell Yamaha pianos. I'm frightened.


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#1972792 - 10/13/12 02:39 PM Re: YAMAHA’s quasquicentennial anniversary [Re: Grand Piano Haus]  
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This after a recent love fest for merely a new model for Estonia. What would be done if they were 125 years old.

Now that, was embarrassing.

To nit pick over exact verbiage is, in itself, silly.

Congratulations to Yamaha!


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I don't see that it is 'nit-picking' to object to a solecism like 'sending a standing ovation' It turned a post that might have been meerly nauseating into one that was also quite ridiculous.


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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Originally Posted by turandot
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
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So far four people agreed with me


Originally Posted by pianoloverus
so far five others have agreed


Keepin a running tally of those who agree with you sounds like a fun way to spend the weekend. It must be immensely satisfying.

It's you whe deserves the standing ovation, not Yamaha.
It may take you considerable time to count how many posters agree with you, but it only took me a few seconds. About the same time it took you to write your rude, sarcastic, and obnoxious post.

And whether I find it satisfying, fun, or anything else is none of your business.


It would be a sad day indeed for me if I needed to be personally validated by counting how many 'strangers' agreed with my perspective on an Internet forum. In my first post to you on this thread, plover, I suggested that you relax. Might I add to that: grow up, and perhaps, get a life...



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Originally Posted by AJF
It would be a sad day indeed for me if I needed to be personally validated by counting how many 'strangers' agreed with my perspective on an Internet forum. In my first post to you on this thread, plover, I suggested that you relax. Might I add to that: grow up, and perhaps, get a life...
There you go again...it's none of your business about how I spend even the few seconds it took me to make the post.

Your first comment and this comment are just plain obnoxious, and I'm sure they were intended that way. Your "suggestions" are just an excuse for making insults. I guess you don't like it that some people agreed with me(which was the case even before your first post on this thread).




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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I find these self congragulatory posts by dealers a turn off.

I entirely agree, and just wish to note that GPHaus has previous on this sort of thing (cf. the recent infant playing a Steingrabber 'exclusive').

Rickster: Does track record not count when it comes to emetic self-serving posts???

Either way, if GPH wants to salivate over Yamaha, he/she could use the saliva to seal an envelope and attach a stamp to HQ in Japan. Mind you, he/she may need an address, as somehow he/she appears to think Yamaha receives communications through a sub-section of a specialist internet forum. Makes you wonder how GPH stays in business ... Oh, I forgot: it's called 'spamming' ...


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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
It may take you considerable time to count how many posters agree with you, but it only took me a few seconds.


plover,

There may be reasons for that phenomenon that have escaped your attention. grin

Actually, I would never check a thread to keep score on two sides of a disagreement. The reason for that is that motivations for vocal agreement or disagreement can be quite different, and often trivial.. As an example, you now have an ally here who finds that even if the language were altered, the post would still be "nauseating". You may pick up along the way an individual or two or three who just wants a ready-made opportunity to slam Yamaha or its posting dealer. Conversely, you may not receive vocal support from some who in fact agree with you that the post in question was naive and clumsy, but feel that it's not worth making a fuss about.

If all that matters to you is a head count of the yeahs as opposed to the nays, then I guess, as you say, it is your business. But I really don't think that's the case. You made an effort to word your post to say precisely what you meant. I understand what you meant. The OP's style of Yamaha representation is quite different from what the KC guys -- Marty Flinn, Jeff Bauer, John Mila et. al, or Chris Venables would have written back in the day. And that's putting it kindly. The question is whether it's better to just let it go.

Another of your allies here has posted that the post was completely unnecessary. That may seem like a noble standard to uphold, but in actuality, precious little of what is posted on this forum is necessary except for the edification of those who post it.



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I suppose Yamaha will have a happy birthday anyway, regardless of the peevish and unseemly attempt at a Birthday Smackdown that actually goes so far as to count the noses which are out of joint. I, for one, congratulate them and hope they have 125 more happy ones. As for whether the original post was an announcement or an advertisement, I don't see any need to hold a personal opinion; the forum is moderated--- and not, as far as I know, by self-appointment to the job. Anyway, it was clearly not an invitation, since there was no mention of a birthday party, or requesting the honor, etc.

It was interesting to learn that the company is much older than the word which was coined to describe its anniversary year:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quasquicentennial

"...125 years: "Quasquicentennial"
Term is broken down as quasqui- (and a quarter) centennial (100 years). Quasqui is a contraction from quadrans "a quarter" plus the clitic conjunction -que "and". The term was coined by Funk and Wagnalls editor Robert L. Chapman in 1961."


Through the years, I've encountered several of these special years that you have to look in a dictionary to find out what they're celebrating. The Civil War had its sesquicentennial when I was just a sprout, the United States had its bicentennial when I could still be told to 'get a haircut,' Yamaha has its quasquicentennial and if it makes it another 125 it will have its 250 years sestercentennial. Don't scoff--- there are existing pianos which are that old. When we're all 250, I expect I'll still buy the Kawai for the touch and sound, and Yamaha's Cubase for the features. It's my way of splitting the baby.

If they're able to light that many candles without setting their hair on fire, all I can say is, "Many happy returns."


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the forum is moderated--- and not, as far as I know, by self-appointment to the job.


I edited this post because I misread Jeff's comments.

Sorry, Jeff.

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