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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2443152
07/20/15 07:54 PM
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Markarian, do not want to hijack twocats great thread, so I will PM you.


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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2444722
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Photos of Bo! The pyramid mahogany finish looks a bit intense in some of the photos but is really quite understated and classy in person. I'm still in awe every time I take off the cover and think that it's the most beautiful piano I've ever seen smile

The lower registers are still a dream to play. I've been playing some different pieces (instead of just focusing on the Ballade), which is helping me to identify which upper notes sound good as "reference notes" for my tech, who should be coming next week. The pedal started making some noises a few days ago (was completely silent before), am glad that this happened before my tech showed up. I hope that I'm not getting too used to the harsh upper notes so that they'll sound too muted once voiced properly!

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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2444738
07/26/15 10:46 PM
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Congratulations - he's beautiful.

(Interestingly, only 3 photos showed up on my PC (windows 7), but 16 showed up on the Watched Topics email.)

EDIT - I came back to my computer 5 minutes later, and they'd all loaded - maybe slow internet today?

Last edited by backto_study_piano; 07/26/15 11:03 PM. Reason: Change in situation

Alan from Queensland, Australia (and Clara - my Grotrian Concert & Allen Organ (CF-17a)).
Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2444745
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Nice.

One question though, is the piano blocking the entrance to the other room?

Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: BornInTheUSA] #2444758
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Originally Posted by michaelha
One question though, is the piano blocking the entrance to the other room?

There's enough room so that I can walk through without it feeling like a squeeze, since the piano is angled so that it's over the step. I'm really pleased that I can access the keyboard from both sides with no problem as well! It actually doesn't feel much bigger than the Petrof, I think because the Petrof was shiny black and bulky, and drew attention to itself smile


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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2444760
07/27/15 12:42 AM
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Fantastic.


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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2444761
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Wow, just stunning!

Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2444911
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Some of the stridency you're experiencing could be from having your ears in a corner of 3 smooth reflective surfaces. It would be a shame to needle the hammers to death trying to solve an acoustics problem.

Nice photos. Esthetically I'm not a fan of side logos for home pianos but not enough to keep me from buying a piano whose sound pleased me.

congrats. It's been a long and interesting journey for you and us. I'm glad you shared it here.

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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: KurtZ] #2444921
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Thank you, all!

Originally Posted by KurtZ
Some of the stridency you're experiencing could be from having your ears in a corner of 3 smooth reflective surfaces. It would be a shame to needle the hammers to death trying to solve an acoustics problem.

Oh, I hope not! There are a few good notes (like a C# and an F an octave down from the top), and also I think the worst notes are very warbly and out of tune, so I'll re-evaluate the voicing after my tech does the first tuning. Hopefully this weekend!


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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2444925
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Bo is just gorgeous!!


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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2444945
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what a gorgeous piano!

Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2444950
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indeed. looks as delicious as caramel chocolate. wanted to lick it


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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: Doritos Flavoured] #2444975
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Originally Posted by Doritos Flavoured
indeed. looks as delicious as caramel chocolate. wanted to lick it

Remind me never to invite you over to my house wink


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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2445142
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twocats, it is GORGEOUS!!!! Wow, I'm so happy for you. It's like staring at the Hope Diamond. smile


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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2445152
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Just...wow. What a beautiful instrument. Can't want to hear some recordings of it once it is voiced and tuned.


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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2446679
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My tech finally came today! He spent about 8 hours here, some of it spent chatting and having lunch, but he probably spent several hours just working on voicing with me. He said that overall, Bo was about 25 cents flat (which indicates to him that I'll probably need more tuning in a few months) but in excellent condition and only lightly played. He did some regulation which resulted in a much more sensitive touch and ability to play pianissimo-- said next time he'll do more regulation which will give me even better pp but didn't have time today. He got rid of all the harsh (what he calls "hot") notes and voiced the piano down a bit overall, with endless patience for my feedback. Also, some notes were already going out of tune during the day, so that's how fast things can change! I'm still getting used to the mellowed tone (was LOUD before!) but overall everything is better. Right now I think Bo would sound better once the voicing is played in a bit, but maybe I just need to get used to it. It sounds and plays like a different piano!

He also asked me if I was going to change the name smile I normally don't name my stuff, but Bo came with the name (and a very sentimental previous owner), so the name is here to stay... although maybe it would be appropriate to spell it "Beau" wink

I'm thinking about recording something but I can count my current performance-ready pieces on one hand, and the ones that I can play doing my own page-turns get me down to one or two... so let's see how things go!


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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2446953
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I made a recording! Had some technical difficulties (will post another thread on this) but hope this captures some of Bo's sound smile

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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2446963
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What a beautiful sound!!! Sounds as gorgeous as it looks!!


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Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2447044
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what an amazing instrument

Re: Searching for a new grand piano! [Re: twocats] #2447276
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Oh, twocats, you have ruined me. That sound is like nothing I have heard before, and I have been sampling regularly at Living Pianos sales web site. How can anything less than this ever be satisfying. Its a good thing I will not be ready for a grand piano for a long time to come.

PS. Your playing is wonderful


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