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Hello all
I have a question I am hoping someone may be able to answer. We have just purchased a new grand piano where I work and our two have been named. Apparently there are 'rules' a 'method' or 'specific criteria' for naming a piano. I have searched and can't seem to find anything. Has anyone heard of this or know where I can find the information?

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Originally Posted by David Farley


Funny that they point out that Nikita is the red one, in case you can't keep track of it being the second piano "from left to right." ha

I saw Elton John in concert once. Probably about '98 or '99. It was an awesome show.



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1. Why would anyone want to "name" a piano?

2. What sort of naming "rules," "method" or "criteria' would be established that one would be obliged to follow? How would anyone know, if you named a piano, whether you followed these rules or not?

It all sounds rather silly to me.

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Nikita is a man's name by the way.....


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Originally Posted by joe80
Nikita is a man's name by the way.....



Not necessarily. La Femme Nikita


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Considering SAJA's employer now has 3 pianos in service, naming them sounds like a great shorthand for communication. Instead of "the Yamaha G2; no, not that one, the one with the scratch on the music desk", they can just call it "Wilhelmina".

As for naming conventions, I don't know of anything official, but here are a few reasonable guidelines:

1. Avoid names which are offensive or vulgar.
2. Names should be distinctive. "Wheel 'Aunt Tilly' onto the stage between the first and second act" may be confusing, depending on the circumstances.
3. Each piano should have a unique name (don't call them all "Fred")
4. If you plan to take it out on the open sea, you will need to abide by Coast Guard vessel naming regulations as well.


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Originally Posted by Voltara
4. If you plan to take it out on the open sea, you will need to abide by Coast Guard vessel naming regulations as well.
Do they apply to submersible vessels? I don't think a piano would float too well...

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My piano came with a name; the previous owner loved it so much and thought of it like his child! I normally don't name my stuff but it seemed like the name should stay, even though I think it's a pretty silly one smile


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Originally Posted by twocats
My piano came with a name; the previous owner loved it so much and thought of it like his child! I normally don't name my stuff but it seemed like the name should stay, even though I think it's a pretty silly one smile


And???? You're just gonna leave us hanging like that??.......

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My piano says "Howard" on the fallboard. So, I'm stuck being reminded of Howard Sprague. laugh

My viola is "Pacino" because it has a tough-guy looking scar (grain flaw) parallel to the bridge. String players are much more obnoxious about naming instruments than pianists.


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It would be like naming a body part.
But I guess I know one or two that have done that too.


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Someone wrote "Hamilton" on the side of the action of my Lyon & Healy. It's not a Hamilton action. Maybe that's its name.


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Originally Posted by look_alive
Originally Posted by twocats
My piano came with a name; the previous owner loved it so much and thought of it like his child! I normally don't name my stuff but it seemed like the name should stay, even though I think it's a pretty silly one smile


And???? You're just gonna leave us hanging like that??.......

;-)


Read the saga!

Just kidding. For anyone who hasn't read the saga, the piano's name is Bo (for Bosendorfer). I thought maybe I'd change the spelling to "Beau" (it's the most beautiful piano I've ever seen!) to mitigate the silliness, but Bo has stuck smile

So if you're to follow the tradition of my piano, you could name your piano with just the first syllable of the brand name.


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Which would leave Baldwin owners... bald?

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I think Yam would be a pretty awesome name for a piano!


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Yum. (But I think the first syllable in Yamaha is "Ya")

Poor Grotrian owners.

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I think Yam would be a pretty awesome name for a piano!



YAm it is! laugh .

Says the owner of a Yamaha P2

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Yum. (But I think the first syllable in Yamaha is "Ya")

Oh, good point. Let's just say it's "Ya", but spell it "Yeah" to make it more interesting.

To the OP, name your piano whatever you want smile


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My piano teacher named her Baldwin grand 'Miss Baldwin'. I never thought she would have named her piano, as she seems so no-nonsense, it just came up in a lesson and I was very surprised.


I named my Stieff after one of Chas stieff's children... and the M & H is named Macie.

Why not name your pianos? Although silly to some, they are a big part of your life.

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