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Building harpsichords and replicas of early pianos #2819404 02/24/19 04:27 AM
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Re: Building harpsichords and replicas of early pianos [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2819447 02/24/19 10:32 AM
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Very interesting article and YouTube posts!



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Re: Building harpsichords and replicas of early pianos [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2819468 02/24/19 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop

thanks for an article

Re: Building harpsichords and replicas of early pianos [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2819469 02/24/19 11:54 AM
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It would be cool to have a replica of something. But here's my problem - I could get a Viennese action replica and play Mozart and Haydn, or a copy of the Broadwood that Beethoven had, or a Pleyel copy that Chopin preferred, or even one of those monster Barenboim straight-strung grands and play Lizst. But the early piano was under constant development and is such a moving target - which to pick? Unless you are a museum, a recital hall, a University, or someone who specializes in a certain narrow repertoire it doesn't make a lot of sense.

Sam

Re: Building harpsichords and replicas of early pianos [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2819591 02/24/19 05:36 PM
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Most folks here probably don't know this, but Sam S (a neighbor of mine, give or take 50 miles or so:-) hand builds musical instruments. I've seen several of his hand-built instruments and he does a fantastic job. I've seen a harpsichord he built, as well as some other stringed/percussion instruments. Plus, he is an excellent classical pianist. Oh yea, I almost forgot, he also rebuilt his Bechstein grand piano, including a new sound board and pin block.

Sorry, Sam, I had to brag on you a little bit. smile

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Re: Building harpsichords and replicas of early pianos [Re: Rickster] #2819592 02/24/19 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Rickster
Most folks here probably don't know this, but Sam S (a neighbor of mine, give or take 50 miles or so:-) hand builds musical instruments. I've seen several of his hand-built instruments and he does a fantastic job. I've seen a harpsichord he built, as well as some other stringed/percussion instruments. Plus, he is an excellent classical pianist. Oh yea, I almost forgot, he also rebuilt his Bechstein grand piano, including a new sound board and pin block.

Sorry, Sam, I had to brag on you a little bit. smile

Rick

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Re: Building harpsichords and replicas of early pianos [Re: Rickster] #2819644 02/24/19 08:53 PM
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thanks Rick - we started up piano parties again - I'll send you a message!

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Re: Building harpsichords and replicas of early pianos [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2819649 02/24/19 09:33 PM
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Re: Building harpsichords and replicas of early pianos [Re: Sam S] #2821792 03/02/19 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Sam S
It would be cool to have a replica of something. But here's my problem - I could get a Viennese action replica and play Mozart and Haydn, or a copy of the Broadwood that Beethoven had, or a Pleyel copy that Chopin preferred, or even one of those monster Barenboim straight-strung grands and play Lizst. But the early piano was under constant development and is such a moving target - which to pick? Unless you are a museum, a recital hall, a University, or someone who specializes in a certain narrow repertoire it doesn't make a lot of sense.

Sam

I agree Sam, and it seems many universities aren't even venturing very far into replicas anymore.


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Re: Building harpsichords and replicas of early pianos [Re: Rickster] #2822010 03/02/19 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Rickster
Most folks here probably don't know this, but Sam S (a neighbor of mine, give or take 50 miles or so:-) hand builds musical instruments. I've seen several of his hand-built instruments and he does a fantastic job. I've seen a harpsichord he built, as well as some other stringed/percussion instruments. Plus, he is an excellent classical pianist. Oh yea, I almost forgot, he also rebuilt his Bechstein grand piano, including a new sound board and pin block.

Sorry, Sam, I had to brag on you a little bit. smile

Rick


And Rickster is a gentleman.

Re: Building harpsichords and replicas of early pianos [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2822022 03/02/19 04:59 PM
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And Rickster is a gentleman.
Wow, John, thanks for the complement! smile

Not sure I deserve it, but I do try to live by my mantra (in my PW signature), "treat others the way you would like to be treated". Can't say I've always lived it 100% of the time, but none of us are perfect. smile

All the best!

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Re: Building harpsichords and replicas of early pianos [Re: johnstaf] #2822160 03/03/19 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Rickster
Most folks here probably don't know this, but Sam S (a neighbor of mine, give or take 50 miles or so:-) hand builds musical instruments. I've seen several of his hand-built instruments and he does a fantastic job. I've seen a harpsichord he built, as well as some other stringed/percussion instruments. Plus, he is an excellent classical pianist. Oh yea, I almost forgot, he also rebuilt his Bechstein grand piano, including a new sound board and pin block.

Sorry, Sam, I had to brag on you a little bit. smile

Rick


And Rickster is a gentleman.

I agree !


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