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I took this from another thread where I thought this cool comparison was getting buried. The first thing I did after listening to Kana Mimaki's beautiful Liebestraum on a Bosendorfer was to immediately listen to the Pandolfi recording on a Steingraeber. How can any piano nut resist? Here we have 2 outstanding pianists playing the same piece of music on 2 well prepared pianos. It is of course not an ideal comparison. The Bose is 2 feet longer, the pianos are played by different people, they are recorded by different people in different spaces etc., but I think it is still very interesting to put these 2 top quality instruments with such different voices side by side. FWIW the Steingraeber is a sold instrument belonging to one of the forum regulars. The volume of each video differs, so, it helps to adjust the volume to be more similar. Enjoy!
@Minnesota Marty, you are right [with sad realization].
However, it would still be nice to be able to discuss the differences. These are both nice pianos that I think demonstrate the difference in tonal qualities based on their fundamental construction philosophies. A viennese sound--with a thin and comparatively flexible rim--does much better with loud and punchy attacks, whereas a solid rim--which is intended to keep the energy on the board--does better with a fuller forward singing tone. One rarely gets to hear these difference side-by-side so clearly...
Both grands and pianists are great (Pandolfi more virtuose) as well as the recordings. In my headphones the Steingraeber sounds sweeter than usual in this brand and the Bosy a little sour in the contralto section (with the Bb4 unison not perfect at the end...).
I don't see this as marketing any more than the forum practices of defending Steinway constantly or comparing the merits of XYZ pianos are thought of as marketing. If Keith weren't a dealer, this would be okay, right? The first is a sold piano, as he mentioned, so I don't see the big deal -- the videos are interesting and of high-quality, and they only represent positive things about the two piano makers (and the pianists playing them) -- they're not an invitation to go buy from a particular dealer.
EDIT: I immensely enjoyed seeing the dog react to the music .
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Beethoven - Op.49 No.1 (sonata 19) Czerny - Op.299 Nos. 5,7 (School of Velocity) Liszt - S.172 No.2 (Consolation No.2)
Dream piece: Rachmaninoff - Sonata 2, movement 2 in E minor
Both videos are lovely. Both instruments are prepared to a very high standard and played by a gifted pianist. I find it a bit difficult to really assess the true musicality of an instrument via a professional video presentation when conditions are so close to optimal.
I submit this video of a Blüthner from an amateur hobbyist. The piano is out of tune and the micing leaves much to be desired, but there is a soul that is unique and identifiable as Blüthner.