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My New (to me) Charles Walter W 190
#2088379 05/25/13 12:11 AM
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So I've had an interesting few years playing piano. One day not too long ago, after only playing guitar since a young teenager, I finally was in a position in my life to start playing what i should have played at the beginning... piano.

So like most people you don't know much but you make the best decision you can make as a beginner and go for it. I ended up with a wonderful Mahogany Vogel 177T. What a great first piano! It was awesome, but like most people who make a decision as a total know nothing beginner, I began to see how it wasn't a perfect fit... for me.

After having fun trying out just about every major brand from around the world, and loving most in a certian way, I of course gravitated towards the American sounding pianos. For what i wanted it suits me better.

Steinway was out of my price range.

Mason is amazing but i didn't like the action.

Then I was at my piano store in San Diego, SoCal Pianos, a couple of years ago and I discovered Charles Walter Pianos. Wow what a nice fit. The clear steinway like sound, the excellent full renner action's superb touch, the build quality... everything was the right fit... even the pre-owned price. (which otherwise i couldn't afford the full $65,000 price tag new msrp) I also love the Walter story... American made and family owned and operated. To me that means quite a bit.

They had two W190's and i liked the both of them. One black satin and one semi polished Mahogany.

After getting back from our 2 week Austria vacation last week (more on that later) I pulled the trigger on the Mahogany.

Will take delivery next Tuesday. In the mean time, here is a pic from the showroom.

Thanks to all for your comments and insights on this forum. This virtual libary we call Piano World Forums is priceless.
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Beautiful! Can I ask what you ended up paying for it? I'd love to see pictures when it's all settled in!


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Congratulations! It's a beauty.

I've heard nothing but great things about Walter pianos, but so far I haven't found one to try out.


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Congratulations!

The Walter 190's are very, very fine instruments. Anywhere from a growl to singing clarity, they excel.

You piano is very beautiful. I haven't had the chance to see one of their grands in mahogany and yours is quite an eye catcher.

I do hope you will take photos to share with us, not only when it has settled in, but even as it comes off the truck. Delivery photos are so much fun.

Now, just remember to keep breathing between now and Tuesday!


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Wow! Congratulations! A magnificent piano indeed!

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Nice! I remember you saying you liked the Vogel but you longed for a Walter.

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Congrats- I love their wood finishes. Hadn't seen you here in a while. Did you trade the Vogel or sell it privately?


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Thanks everyone.

Morodiene, sorry but I'd rather not say how much I paid but after quite a bit of frustration fumbling with the Vogel's action and considering how awesome the Walter is I would say its a price I was willing to pay.

Terminaldegree, yeah even though i usually prefer the wood finishes, especially Mahogany, I actually initially wanted the black one. Not because of the color but the voicing was a little closer to what i wanted. Ironically after sitting in the showroom for 2 years, it sold just 1 day before i came back in to buy it. ARRRRRRGGGG! SoCal pianos is clearing inventory in preparation of becoming an all Steinway gallery so there are some awesome deals. Fortunately the Mahogany one was still there and so i grabbed it. Actually it looks like this one has been taken care of a little better than the other and yes... I did trade in the Vogel.

While on the topic of natural finishes, i noticed that while visiting all the historic places in Austria related to music, it seems that most, but not all, pianos and pianofortes were natural finishes. For instance at the Hoffborg Palace museum of musical instruments, Mozart 's original Anton Walter at Mozarthaus and others were natural finishes.

Personally I love the look of natural wood finishes in both Architecture and furniture design, including instruments. At this point though I' m only concerned about touch and feel and tone.... It just so happens i found that combination in a piano that also has a beautiful finish as well.


Charles Walter Model W (190)


“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” J.S. Bach


"I just want to know, if we came from monkeys and apes, WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MONKEYS AND APES?" George Carlin
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Beautiful instrument indeed. I hope I get to try one at some point cause I have read great things about them!


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It looks lovely, Theodore. (Can I call you Ted?) I too prefer natural wood finishes to black.

The W-190 was on a list of pianos my niece was planning to audition before her piano quest ended abruptly (and sadly and happily). However, while there are a lot of dealers who carry Walter verticals, very few in my area carry Walter's grand models.

Might I ask how old this mahogany beauty is?

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This is a beautiful piano. I'm sure it sounds great!


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Yes Anne'sson, its amazing sounding and just the sound i was looking for and Almaviva you can call me Ted or anything you want but of course that's only my screen name taken from Glenn Gould's alter ego character.


Charles Walter Model W (190)


“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” J.S. Bach


"I just want to know, if we came from monkeys and apes, WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MONKEYS AND APES?" George Carlin
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Congratulations on buying a very nice piano.
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Congratulations too!

Beautiful finish!

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