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Re: I want a new piano after playing my piano teacher’s piano
ClsscLib #2716144 02/21/18 04:20 PM
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Have you considered getting a teacher who has a worse piano?
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Re: I want a new piano after playing my piano teacher’s piano
ClsscLib #2716156 02/21/18 05:11 PM
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Have you considered getting a teacher who has a worse piano?
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Have you considered getting a teacher who has a worse piano?


LOL! Two pages of wonderful insightful advice, but I think here is the ultimate answer!


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1960 Sohmer #2716191 02/21/18 06:26 PM
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I thought my last teacher (who had two six-foot grands in his studio) had pianos worse than the ones I practiced on (Yamaha uprights in the university's music department).


Then I realized that the reason why I could hardly get any sound out of his grands was because I'd only played on light-actioned uprights all my life, and the grand action felt so different and awkward......


"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
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1960 Sohmer #2716209 02/21/18 07:44 PM
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One advantage of starting piano late in my working life is that I could choose a much better instrument than ever would have been feasible in my youth. So much for Aristotle’s “best flutes to the best flute players” point.

My first teacher’s piano would have been fine if she had properly maintained it, which she did not. Nor did my second teacher.

My current teacher has perfectly acceptable pianos. Not as good as my acoustic, but good enough for the likes of me. (Much better than my GO Piano!)


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Too funny! I laughed so loud my wife asked me what was so funny. Thanks for the laugh.

I will endeavor to put an ad on Craigslist asking for the best piano teacher with the worst piano.

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Have you considered getting a teacher who has a worse piano?

Have an upvote!


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Dear 1960 Sohmer,

First of all congratulations on having such a wonderful wife that she wanted to buy you best piano that she could.
You are a lucky man.

The real heart of you question is this.
You have discovered that your piano teacher's piano is much better than the one that you have now.
You would like to have a better piano.
You have two choices: rebuild the piano you have or buy another piano.

If you decide to buy another piano, which one should you buy?
I suggest that you set a budget for yourself and try a wide range of new and used pianos and see which one you like best.
Take "Steinway" out of the equation and substitute "quality brand" instead.
This should simplify your analysis and hopefully lead to a piano you will really love.
Thanks
Joe 1950


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1960 Sohmer #2716281 02/22/18 01:05 AM
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One more story from a late beginner. At 50 I bought a new Boston upright and began lessons. My lessons were taken on a newer Steinway D. I sold the Boston after a few months and bought a Steinway L (similar to the O). For me it was a crazy amount of money. After about a year, while planning a move to another city, I sold the Steinway. I didn't lose much money on the deal, but I ended up remodeling a house instead of replacing the L. Something I'm quite sorry about actually. I haven't played much at all in the three years since and now I'm saving money to buy again. I'll be playing a digital until the time comes.

So, been there, done that. I would do it again... at least the buying part.


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1960 Sohmer #2716524 02/22/18 09:09 PM
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I visited a Steinway dealer in Raleigh. I would have never believed how different each piano can be. I found a Steinway B that I loved, both in action and in sound, but it was already sold. Two other Steinway B models did absolutely nothing for me. I didn’t like the tone or action on either of them. Many of you said there can be a distinct difference between identical models of pianos, but to understand this, I needed to see it for myself. Count me as a believer.

I am debating a trip to the factory to select a single piano from a wide selection of the same model. I am now officially very sad that I touched more pianos. That will teach me.

Joe

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I am debating a trip to the factory to select a single piano from a wide selection of the same model. I am now officially very sad that I touched more pianos. That will teach me.

Joe


If you are one the west coast, let me know. I can put you in touch with a Steinway dealer that can arrange that trip for you.


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1960 Sohmer #2716556 02/23/18 01:24 AM
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Originally Posted by 1960 Sohmer

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I am debating a trip to the factory to select a single piano from a wide selection of the same model. I am now officially very sad that I touched more pianos. That will teach me.

Joe


There's no need to have any regret. There was a saying among hi-fi enthusiasts, decades ago:

. . . "Don't do listening tests of loudspeakers that you can't afford. They'll just make you miserable."

But, since you _can_ afford your heart's desire, just keep playing until you find it.


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I am debating a trip to the factory to select a single piano from a wide selection of the same model. I am now officially very sad that I touched more pianos. That will teach me.

Joe


Well, what I'd do is this; scour the local sales pages, ebay or equivalent locally, and try out all the grands in your locality at your leisure.
I'd be looking to spend around £300 plus transport costs to find a decent one; I'd know it when i heard it. This is purely because, being a certain age, one tends to be tightfisted, likes a bargain . . . . .and of course, the instrument will have a history you can almost feel when you play it.


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Don't know whether or not you've done anything yet, but be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water. Sohmer was a New York City piano manufacturer and competitor with Steinway. They made good pianos. I remember when I was piano shopping years ago I found a rebuilt Sohmer that sounded and felt great. Maybe yours is actually a diamond in the rough. Rebuilding it may not be cheap but likely cheaper than a new Steinway-and may make your wife feel really good! For full disclosure...I did end up buying a Steinway several years later.

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I am an amateur pianist, and play for pleasure only. As the matter of fact, there is nothing else from which I derive more pleasure than playing the piano (aside from biological necessities.)

So, I always had the best piano I could afford after all the needs were met. It meant that I did not buy a brand-new BMW every three years, which I could have; or have a second home, which I could have; or fly first-class around the world, which I could have. It was simply a matter of making financial decisions based on what is important to me.

Every piano I've owned were all far better than I am as a pianist, and a couple of them were played by some of the great pianists alive today in concerts and recordings. However, every time I sit in front of it and practice, I am reminded of how fortunate I am, and am always inspired by the great pianists whose hands were placed on it. That experience, to me, is priceless.

But good pianos taught me a lot, too. Because they are more responsive to subtle touches, they made me a better pianist, as better pianos are also more revealing to the point of being unforgiving at times.

If playing the piano is the source of great pleasure for you, there is nothing wrong with getting the best one you can afford. Enjoy yourself.

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Originally Posted by Peter K. Mose
I'm in Medved's camp. I would suggest you find out the name of your teacher's piano technician, and interview him or her about your Sohmer. Ask what he or she would do - and the cost - to make your piano perform as well as possible.

Super advice, Peter, and we should add that even if he has a friend who is a good pianist and finds a piano he loves, he should still have the piano checked out by said technician before buying it.

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