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We've been talking about Jackson...
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With all due respect to the Man In Black, this is a thread about dealers that can be fun to visit...Case in point...Down in Jackson, Mississippi, you have

http://www.allegrezzapiano.com/

Mr. Allegrezza is a former Steinway dealer (until Steinway priced itself out of his local market), now handling primarily Kawai and used pianos. His shop isn't quite the size it was many years ago (whose is?) but he still comes in everyday, and manages to find whatever he needs in the nuclear holocaust he calls an office.

You never know what he may have in the shop, since he does have a nose for older, decent pianos. Last time I was there, he had a Chickering concert grand that still had a lot of life in it, as is.

But the most fun is just sitting down and talking with him about pianos, the piano biz and his opinions on what constitutes a good piano.

If you are in the neighborhood, go grab a cup of free coffee and hear a story or two. Us folks in the South love to tell a good story.

Now tell me, if I'm passing through your neck of the woods, who would be a fun dealer to visit and why?

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Jolly, I think most folks here, members or not, wouldn't have a clue what the title of your thread was alluding to.

Only those of us with country music roots would know... smile

If you happen to travel through the Atlanta area, stop by and see Sam Bennett at PianoWorks in Duluth. They are nice folks and have some very nice pianos.

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And yet, those of us of a certain age...

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Robert Estrin's shop Living Pianos in Santa Ana, CA. He usually has a good inventory of restored/refurbished golden era pianos.

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PW people are always welcome at my shop just north of Seattle. I have lots of stories and even some innovations in piano technology to see.


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BTW, I forgot to mention Mr. Allegrezza is 82. Or maybe 83.

I hope I'm above ground at that age, let alone going to work everyday...


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Originally Posted by Rickster
Jolly, I think most folks here, members or not, wouldn't have a clue what the title of your thread was alluding to.

Only those of us with country music roots would know... smile

If you happen to travel through the Atlanta area, stop by and see Sam Bennett at PianoWorks in Duluth. They are nice folks and have some very nice pianos.

All the best,

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I've talked with Sam on the phone. He bent over backwards to try to help me. I've always heard good things about the Bennetts...


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Jolly, I think most folks here, members or not, wouldn't have a clue what the title of your thread was alluding to.

Only those of us with country music roots would know... smile


Or maybe anyone who "got married in a fever."


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Originally Posted by malkin
Or maybe anyone who "got married in a fever."

Or, "hotter than a pepper's sprout". grin

Thing is, once an artist becomes well-known and famous, they can come up with just about any lyrics and the song will be a hit.

Paul Simon's "50 ways to leave your lover" is proof of that. smile

To keep this post relevant, you might also check out Cooper Pianos, just off I85 in Atlanta, not far from where the Interstate bridge burned recently. They are easy to find; they have a replica of a grand piano on top of a tall metal pole in front of the store. And, there's a Steinway dealer next door to Coopers.

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Originally Posted by Jolly
Originally Posted by Rickster
Jolly, I think most folks here, members or not, wouldn't have a clue what the title of your thread was alluding to.

Only those of us with country music roots would know... smile

If you happen to travel through the Atlanta area, stop by and see Sam Bennett at PianoWorks in Duluth. They are nice folks and have some very nice pianos.

All the best,

Rick


I've talked with Sam on the phone. He bent over backwards to try to help me. I've always heard good things about the Bennetts...


Amen to that.

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Originally Posted by Rickster
To keep this post relevant, you might also check out Cooper Pianos, just off I85 in Atlanta, not far from where the Interstate bridge burned recently. They are easy to find; they have a replica of a grand piano on top of a tall metal pole in front of the store. And, there's a Steinway dealer next door to Coopers.

I remember Cooper Music. I never went in, but I saw it from the freeway all the time! Who could forget the piano up on a pole? I was much younger then, and frequented the Guitar Center not far from there.



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Here in Philadelphia - many many years ago the finest place to see pianos was at Wanamaker's - the department store.

They seemed to have an entire floor of pianos - including Bosendorfer AND Bechstein..... Buy a fridge, some furniture, a new suit and an Imperial.

Those were the days!



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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Here in Philadelphia - many many years ago the finest place to see pianos was at Wanamaker's - the department store.

They seemed to have an entire floor of pianos - including Bosendorfer AND Bechstein..... Buy a fridge, some furniture, a new suit and an Imperial.

Those were the days!


My grandmother was born in Philly. She used to love to reminisce about Wanamakers!



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If I am ever traveling on business in the Seattle area, I'll be sure to drop by Ed. I have heard you do marvelous work at your shop. I've also enjoyed acquiring and reading your 1989 book "The Educated Piano: The structural relationships and specifications essential for fine piano tone". It appears you have been working and applying many of the concepts you discuss here on PW for many years, to great success.


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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Here in Philadelphia - many many years ago the finest place to see pianos was at Wanamaker's - the department store.

They seemed to have an entire floor of pianos - including Bosendorfer AND Bechstein..... Buy a fridge, some furniture, a new suit and an Imperial.

Those were the days!



If my wife would just get on an airplane.. mad ..I would have made a cross country trip, just to get to Cunningham's...


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Originally Posted by Rickster
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Or maybe anyone who "got married in a fever."

Or, "hotter than a pepper's sprout". grin



LOL. Rick, I'm afraid that all of these inside jokes are going right over these Yankees' heads. Allow me to fill them in.

There are only two country/western CD's in my 900-disc collection, but as a born-and-bred Southerner I am more aware of country music than most people above the Mason-Dixon line.

"We've been talking about Jackson" is a charming, funny duet song between Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash. June Carter Cash, a prominent country/folk musician in her own right, was the daughter of "Mother" Maybelle Carter, matriarch of the Carter family, the royal family of country music. Mother Maybelle, by the way, grew up in Nickelsville, Virginia (Scott County), about 45 miles away from my family's original home in Big Stone Gap, Virginia (Wise County).

Now y'all know about the title of this thread. wink


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Originally Posted by Jolly
Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Here in Philadelphia - many many years ago the finest place to see pianos was at Wanamaker's - the department store.

They seemed to have an entire floor of pianos - including Bosendorfer AND Bechstein..... Buy a fridge, some furniture, a new suit and an Imperial.

Those were the days!



If my wife would just get on an airplane.. mad ..I would have made a cross country trip, just to get to Cunningham's...


My dad was a pilot, so I can't even remember the first time I flew. And we flew a lot.

After I graduated from college, I traveled quite a bit for work, lived out of a suitcase, thought it was glamorous, etc.

Anymore, I hate to fly. Not because I'm afraid to, but I hate the hassles. Security. Checkins. Limited luggage. Small seats. Etc.

I haven't traveled for work since '96, but I used to make the occasional trip for fun, and also flew out to Seattle two or three times a year to visit my brother until he passed away in '13. The flights out and back for his funeral were nightmarish in both directions. I've only flown once since then, to a conference in San Diego in the Fall of '15.

These days, I just prefer to drive. Of course, that sorta restricts my travels to the eastern seaboard... sigh.




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Oh, what the heck...

Here's what Jolly was talking about. grin

"I'm goin' to Jackson" by Johnny Cash and June Carter-Cash

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Or maybe anyone who "got married in a fever."

Or, "hotter than a pepper's sprout". grin



LOL. Rick, I'm afraid that all of these inside jokes are going right over these Yankees' heads. Allow me to fill them in.



The hotter than a pepper's sprout refers to Jackson after William Tecumseh Sherman worked his magic on it, no?


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Originally Posted by Plowboy
The hotter than a pepper's sprout refers to Jackson after William Tecumseh Sherman worked his magic on it, no?

I doubt it, Plowboy. If that was the case, the lyrics of the song could have easily been "I'm goin' to Atlanta". smile

I've often wondered which "Jackson" the song was referring to; you can find the answer to most anything on Google.

Which Jackson was Johnny Cash talking about?

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