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#2808101 01/29/19 07:19 AM
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The lovely piano store in London that I've been talking to regarding my dream August Förster upright (which I'm saving up for - ETA in about three years) just sent me an email with pictures of the latest model they just got in, the exact piano I want, new but at a reduced price - gaaah! They sure know how to make me drool!

That's it, I'm buying a lottery ticket.

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That really is good "potential" customer service!



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Will you be buying from London?


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Which model of August Forster upright are you looking at in particular? Just curious.

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August Forster uprights are rare in the US. Over 10 years ago I got to try out an AF 125 upright and thought it was as good as the top of the line Grotrian and Bechstein uprights. Would love to own one.

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Originally Posted by petebfrance
Will you be buying from London?

Either that, or the Steingräber store in Germany. Both come out at around the same price including shipping. Cheapest option wink

chronos, it’s the small one (model D). I actually like the modern shape (as a kid, I learned on a similar one from Schimmel), *and* I can afford it. I’m in love with Förster pianos, had one for a rental once when I was living in Vienna.


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Originally Posted by Sibylle
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Will you be buying from London?

Either that, or the Steingräber store in Germany. Both come out at around the same price including shipping. Cheapest option wink

chronos, it’s the small one (model D). I actually like the modern shape (as a kid, I learned on a similar one from Schimmel), *and* I can afford it. I’m in love with Förster pianos, had one for a rental once when I was living in Vienna.


Which finish on the Model D are you wanting. The Black Polish or the Cherry Tree Satin finish?



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Will you be buying from London?

Either that, or the Steingräber store in Germany. Both come out at around the same price including shipping. Cheapest option wink

chronos, it’s the small one (model D). I actually like the modern shape (as a kid, I learned on a similar one from Schimmel), *and* I can afford it. I’m in love with Förster pianos, had one for a rental once when I was living in Vienna.


Which finish on the Model D are you wanting. The Black Polish or the Cherry Tree Satin finish?

Neither smile

Black satin. I think the shiny black looks great on a concert grand, but I like my uprights matte (satin). In fact, I've got a picture somewhere, hang on... Here it is:

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Dear Sibylle -
Life is much too short. I feel guilty saying this, kind of like some drug dealer to some crazed addict 😀, but put your best hard-nosed negotiator face on and buy your dream piano. Wear old shoes and last years clothes for several years. Stop eating out, or eat out less often. Get your dream piano while you can. Again life is much too short to delay.
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Originally Posted by j&j
Wear old shoes and last years clothes ....
... when you go to negotiate the price of the piano.... ;-)


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...and enjoy the ladies at Peregrine's Pianos. I met them at a European piano factory and they were kind people, all.


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Originally Posted by j&j
Dear Sibylle -
Life is much too short. I feel guilty saying this, kind of like some drug dealer to some crazed addict 😀, but put your best hard-nosed negotiator face on and buy your dream piano. Wear old shoes and last years clothes for several years. Stop eating out, or eat out less often. Get your dream piano while you can. Again life is much too short to delay.
Best wishes!

Don’t worry, I’ll get it! I don’t waste money, and I’m saving up for the Förster. It’ll happen in 3-5 years time. Which is why I just bought my lovely little Laniem, which will do nicely in the meantime smile


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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
...and enjoy the ladies at Peregrine's Pianos. I met them at a European piano factory and they were kind people, all.

Aren’t they, just! The guy who works there is lovely too.


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Sibylle ,
This is so exciting .August Forster pianos are wonderful.
You have a dream just as I had about finding your perfect
piano .Just set your eye or ear on that piano and make it happen.
I can,t wait to read in this forum when you get your piano !
The satin finish is lovely although I find the polished ebony
seems to last well .Just judging by my old pianos which I
ended up selling .Best wishes .

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Oh just thought I would ask ,have you played this particular model
yet ?

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Oh just thought I would ask ,have you played this particular model
yet ?

I have! There's this lovely piano store in Vienna, where I used to live. I used to rent pianos from them, as I didn't own one back then and moved to a different country every few years. So they know me smile And every time I'm there, I'll visit, for a chat and to play around on the Försters there for a bit. I love, love, love the sound and the attack on Förster pianos, it's like my fingers have gone to heaven, like velvet! Gods, I could go on and on, haha.

And now I feel bad because the Laniem piano I own currently is really quite decent, especially for the time being, after my long break and me feeling like a beginner again. Once I've got the cash for the Förster, I hope I'll merit it!

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Will you be buying from London?

Either that, or the Steingräber store in Germany. Both come out at around the same price including shipping. Cheapest option wink

chronos, it’s the small one (model D). I actually like the modern shape (as a kid, I learned on a similar one from Schimmel), *and* I can afford it. I’m in love with Förster pianos, had one for a rental once when I was living in Vienna.


Which finish on the Model D are you wanting. The Black Polish or the Cherry Tree Satin finish?

Neither smile

Black satin. I think the shiny black looks great on a concert grand, but I like my uprights matte (satin). In fact, I've got a picture somewhere, hang on... Here it is:

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Originally Posted by Sibylle

Don’t worry, I’ll get it! I don’t waste money, and I’m saving up for the Förster. It’ll happen in 3-5 years time. Which is why I just bought my lovely little Laniem, which will do nicely in the meantime smile


What a nice instrument you are saving up for! They have a magnificent sound. The following video is from the record "Waiting for August" (Förster), composed by Alex Wignall.

Alex Wignall (piano) & Joshua Roberts (drums) had selected an August Förster for their recording, and were eagerly awaiting delivery. Hence the name of the record.
https://www.flavoredtune.com/produkt/alex-wignall-joshua-roberts-waiting-for-august/



I found an interview with the information about the album here:



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I've never heard a Förster outside of a classical context. But its mellow sound is just perfect for this. Thanks for the video!


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Originally Posted by Sibylle
lovely piano store in Vienna, where I used to live. I used to rent pianos from them, as I didn't own one back then and moved to a different country every few years. So they know me smile And every time I'm there, I'll visit, for a chat and to play around on the Försters there for a bit. I love, love, love the sound and the attack on Förster pianos, it's like my fingers have gone to heaven, like velvet! Gods, I could go on and on, haha.

And now I feel bad because the Laniem piano I own currently is really quite decent, especially for the time being, after my long break and me feeling like a beginner again. Once I've got the cash for the Förster, I hope I'll merit it!


So you LIVED in Vienna, my favorite city?? Now I am a little jealous, Sibylle. Just curious - how long did you live there? And what piano shop are you referring to? I have spent a little time in Vienna and have met several of the shop owners. I wonder if we have a mutual friend.

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