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Re: Upgrade to Steinway B [Re: BigIslandGuy] #2841098
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Congratulations BigIslandGuy on having such lovely instrument to play....made even better by a true appreciation for what you have. Enjoy it to the fullest! Maybe try your hand at composing something for that amazing wife? smile

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Re: Upgrade to Steinway B [Re: LarryK] #2841258
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Oh, wow, congratulations! May you have many pleasant hours together.

I mentioned your piano to my teacher and she told me that she has a son living in Hawaii. I thought that was pretty funny. He tries to get her to move to Hawaii, but being Russian, she prefers the seasons and likes dressing up for winter, so she is staying in New York.

Thanks, and yes, a lot of folks do like their seasons, which is fine, because they're welcome to them all. smile I've also grown orchids most of my life and I love being able to just grow them in the trees, the way nature intended. When I was very little, in 1st grade times, we lived just outside Calgary, Alberta for a while. That's where I acquired a permanent allergy to cold weather. wink


Haha, my mom grew up near the Canadian border and moved to the warmer climes of Connecticut.

Orchids are cool. I read The Orchid Thief a while ago, great book. From what I recall, orchids are parasitic plants. I used to be a beekeeper and enjoyed watching the nectar come in as the different flowers bloomed.

Glenn Gould said that his moods were the opposite of the weather and that he could not stand bright colors. I guess I feel the same way. If it’s too nice out, I feel like I’m missing life if I stay inside and play music but I don’t feel that way if the weather is cold and miserable.

Each to his own latitude and longitude.



LOL on the warmer climes of Connecticut. smile I just have really thin blood I guess. Our all time, recorded low in Hilo is 54°F, so on the one or two nights a year that we dip into the high 50s, everyone is grumbling. When you have no heating, that feels pretty nippy. BTW, just so you know, orchids aren't actually parasites. They get nothing from the trees they grow on beyond a high perch to get themselves out of the gloom of the forest floor. Where they come from, life for plants is a battle for light.

Re: Upgrade to Steinway B [Re: BigIslandGuy] #2841272
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Originally Posted by BigIslandGuy
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Oh, wow, congratulations! May you have many pleasant hours together.

I mentioned your piano to my teacher and she told me that she has a son living in Hawaii. I thought that was pretty funny. He tries to get her to move to Hawaii, but being Russian, she prefers the seasons and likes dressing up for winter, so she is staying in New York.

Thanks, and yes, a lot of folks do like their seasons, which is fine, because they're welcome to them all. smile I've also grown orchids most of my life and I love being able to just grow them in the trees, the way nature intended. When I was very little, in 1st grade times, we lived just outside Calgary, Alberta for a while. That's where I acquired a permanent allergy to cold weather. wink


Haha, my mom grew up near the Canadian border and moved to the warmer climes of Connecticut.

Orchids are cool. I read The Orchid Thief a while ago, great book. From what I recall, orchids are parasitic plants. I used to be a beekeeper and enjoyed watching the nectar come in as the different flowers bloomed.

Glenn Gould said that his moods were the opposite of the weather and that he could not stand bright colors. I guess I feel the same way. If it’s too nice out, I feel like I’m missing life if I stay inside and play music but I don’t feel that way if the weather is cold and miserable.

Each to his own latitude and longitude.



LOL on the warmer climes of Connecticut. smile I just have really thin blood I guess. Our all time, recorded low in Hilo is 54°F, so on the one or two nights a year that we dip into the high 50s, everyone is grumbling. When you have no heating, that feels pretty nippy. BTW, just so you know, orchids aren't actually parasites. They get nothing from the trees they grow on beyond a high perch to get themselves out of the gloom of the forest floor. Where they come from, life for plants is a battle for light.


Ha, a recorded low of 54°F, that's funny. New York City gets far colder than that, but the strange thing is that I don't need to turn on a single radiator in my apartment because of heat from my downstairs neighbor and the one next door. Even when the temperature outside is in the teens, it is still 74 degrees in my apartment. That's also because I'm on the top floor and the roof is only five years old. Spring and summer are quite miserable, though, because the apartment gets too hot, so I need more air conditioning. I believe New York City is the most energy efficient place in the country because we share walls and ceilings.

People still keep grand pianos in their apartments. My teacher has one and I can hear another one through the window from the next building over. I believe there is an upright down the hall from me. My neighborhood is full of musicians because the rents are more reasonable than other parts of Manhattan. Tomorrow, I'm going to hear a performance of the last three of Bach's sonatas for violin and harpsichord, in an apartment in the neighborhood, so somebody has a harpsichord.

Ah, thanks for correcting me, I don't know why I had the impression that orchids were parasites. My opinion of orchids has gone up. There are some trees that have poisonous roots but I have forgotten which ones. I guess the idea is to poison all rival plants.


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Re: Upgrade to Steinway B [Re: BigIslandGuy] #2841431
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Congratulations on that big, beautiful piano! Welcome to the Steinway B Owner's Club! May the 2 of you have many, many, endless hours of enjoyment together. All the best to you!

Re: Upgrade to Steinway B [Re: BigIslandGuy] #2842114
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Originally Posted by LarryK


People still keep grand pianos in their apartments. My teacher has one and I can hear another one through the window from the next building over. I believe there is an upright down the hall from me. My neighborhood is full of musicians because the rents are more reasonable than other parts of Manhattan. Tomorrow, I'm going to hear a performance of the last three of Bach's sonatas for violin and harpsichord, in an apartment in the neighborhood, so somebody has a harpsichord.


You're so lucky to live in a neighborhood with such a density of pianists. Don't get me wrong - I've lived here most of my life and I wouldn't trade it for anywhere else, but this is not a place where there are a lots of homes with pianos. My teacher is one of only two of his caliber on our whole island, whereas you guys probably have your choice of dozens. Fortunately, there are enough kids here with real talent and work ethic, that it keeps my teacher in a decent living. smile

Re: Upgrade to Steinway B [Re: BigIslandGuy] #2844876
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Your story is amazing! I'm a piano technician and it's people like you that make me love my job. To some the piano is nothing more than a furniture piece and then to people like you it's a part of living and breathing. Stay strong and thank you so much for sharing! Congrats on the Steinway!

Re: Upgrade to Steinway B [Re: BigIslandGuy] #2844891
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Originally Posted by BigIslandGuy
Originally Posted by LarryK


People still keep grand pianos in their apartments. My teacher has one and I can hear another one through the window from the next building over. I believe there is an upright down the hall from me. My neighborhood is full of musicians because the rents are more reasonable than other parts of Manhattan. Tomorrow, I'm going to hear a performance of the last three of Bach's sonatas for violin and harpsichord, in an apartment in the neighborhood, so somebody has a harpsichord.


You're so lucky to live in a neighborhood with such a density of pianists. Don't get me wrong - I've lived here most of my life and I wouldn't trade it for anywhere else, but this is not a place where there are a lots of homes with pianos. My teacher is one of only two of his caliber on our whole island, whereas you guys probably have your choice of dozens. Fortunately, there are enough kids here with real talent and work ethic, that it keeps my teacher in a decent living. smile

Originally Posted by BigIslandGuy
Originally Posted by LarryK


People still keep grand pianos in their apartments. My teacher has one and I can hear another one through the window from the next building over. I believe there is an upright down the hall from me. My neighborhood is full of musicians because the rents are more reasonable than other parts of Manhattan. Tomorrow, I'm going to hear a performance of the last three of Bach's sonatas for violin and harpsichord, in an apartment in the neighborhood, so somebody has a harpsichord.


You're so lucky to live in a neighborhood with such a density of pianists. Don't get me wrong - I've lived here most of my life and I wouldn't trade it for anywhere else, but this is not a place where there are a lots of homes with pianos. My teacher is one of only two of his caliber on our whole island, whereas you guys probably have your choice of dozens. Fortunately, there are enough kids here with real talent and work ethic, that it keeps my teacher in a decent living. smile


Yes, I do feel lucky to live in New York City. It is not too far fetched to say that I stay because of the music. It’s hard to live here. The apartments are small, the rents are high, the competition is brutal, the subways are often overcrowded, and, yet, I won’t leave. There are great riches here.

We have amazing musicians, from the professionals who play here to the young musicians at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes School of Music, and other schools.

This month, Angela Hewitt will play, not one, but two concerts of Bach. I’ve caught most of her series. Her playing is profoundly moving to me.

The house concert of the last three of Bach’s sonatas for harpsichord and violin was excellent. I got to sit behind the page turner. Both of the players graduated from Juilliard, if I recall correctly. The concert was put on by an organization called GroupMuse:

https://www.groupmuse.com/

Perhaps you could ask them to get something going on Hawaii.

The woman who hosted the concert lives with two harpsichords and a Steinway grand, in a relatively small apartment. She let the Juilliard players rehearse with the harpsichord. What a kind thing to do. The harpsichordist’s roommate is a theorbo player. He bills himself as the world’s loudest theorbo player, lol, and is managing to make a living playing the theorbo. How many places in the world can support a theorbo player? Haha!





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Re: Upgrade to Steinway B [Re: LarryK] #2844936
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Originally Posted by LarryK
The house concert of the last three of Bach’s sonatas for harpsichord and violin was excellent. I got to sit behind the page turner. Both of the players graduated from Juilliard, if I recall correctly. The concert was put on by an organization called GroupMuse:
https://www.groupmuse.com/

Three cheers for GroupMuse; I first met my wonderful teacher, when she performed at a house concert.
BigIslandGuy, thanks for sharing your story; I wish you years of joy with your beautiful piano and your loving family!


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Re: Upgrade to Steinway B [Re: LarryK] #2845049
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Originally Posted by LarryK
Originally Posted by BigIslandGuy
Originally Posted by LarryK


People still keep grand pianos in their apartments. My teacher has one and I can hear another one through the window from the next building over. I believe there is an upright down the hall from me. My neighborhood is full of musicians because the rents are more reasonable than other parts of Manhattan. Tomorrow, I'm going to hear a performance of the last three of Bach's sonatas for violin and harpsichord, in an apartment in the neighborhood, so somebody has a harpsichord.


You're so lucky to live in a neighborhood with such a density of pianists. Don't get me wrong - I've lived here most of my life and I wouldn't trade it for anywhere else, but this is not a place where there are a lots of homes with pianos. My teacher is one of only two of his caliber on our whole island, whereas you guys probably have your choice of dozens. Fortunately, there are enough kids here with real talent and work ethic, that it keeps my teacher in a decent living. smile

Originally Posted by BigIslandGuy
Originally Posted by LarryK


People still keep grand pianos in their apartments. My teacher has one and I can hear another one through the window from the next building over. I believe there is an upright down the hall from me. My neighborhood is full of musicians because the rents are more reasonable than other parts of Manhattan. Tomorrow, I'm going to hear a performance of the last three of Bach's sonatas for violin and harpsichord, in an apartment in the neighborhood, so somebody has a harpsichord.


You're so lucky to live in a neighborhood with such a density of pianists. Don't get me wrong - I've lived here most of my life and I wouldn't trade it for anywhere else, but this is not a place where there are a lots of homes with pianos. My teacher is one of only two of his caliber on our whole island, whereas you guys probably have your choice of dozens. Fortunately, there are enough kids here with real talent and work ethic, that it keeps my teacher in a decent living. smile


Yes, I do feel lucky to live in New York City. It is not too far fetched to say that I stay because of the music. It’s hard to live here. The apartments are small, the rents are high, the competition is brutal, the subways are often overcrowded, and, yet, I won’t leave. There are great riches here.

We have amazing musicians, from the professionals who play here to the young musicians at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes School of Music, and other schools.

This month, Angela Hewitt will play, not one, but two concerts of Bach. I’ve caught most of her series. Her playing is profoundly moving to me.

The house concert of the last three of Bach’s sonatas for harpsichord and violin was excellent. I got to sit behind the page turner. Both of the players graduated from Juilliard, if I recall correctly. The concert was put on by an organization called GroupMuse:

https://www.groupmuse.com/

Perhaps you could ask them to get something going on Hawaii.

The woman who hosted the concert lives with two harpsichords and a Steinway grand, in a relatively small apartment. She let the Juilliard players rehearse with the harpsichord. What a kind thing to do. The harpsichordist’s roommate is a theorbo player. He bills himself as the world’s loudest theorbo player, lol, and is managing to make a living playing the theorbo. How many places in the world can support a theorbo player? Haha!





I love your description of the scene there! And yes, that sounds like it makes the expense and hassles that can go with living there worth it. It's very expensive living here too and hard as heck to make a living unless you have some specialized skillset. The quality of life is also high though, in a different way than NYC but like NYC, worth the price of admission. smile

Thanks for the suggestion and link! You never know until you ask.

Re: Upgrade to Steinway B [Re: J.D. Ford] #2845078
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Originally Posted by J.D. Ford
Your story is amazing! I'm a piano technician and it's people like you that make me love my job. To some the piano is nothing more than a furniture piece and then to people like you it's a part of living and breathing. Stay strong and thank you so much for sharing! Congrats on the Steinway!

Thanks and I'm glad it helped you enjoy your job! I'm a very lucky guy. Lucky to survive, lucky to have my family and lucky to be at the right place at the right time to get this extra nice specimen. I'm loving it. So much easier to play a nice cantabile legato with such a nice, even action. I'm also amazed at how stable it is. After being loaded and trucked to the wharf, unloaded and loaded into a container, two days at sea, then taken out of the container and trucked to my house, it arrived in good tune and is still in decent tune a couple of weeks later. I honestly didn't expect it to be so stable. In another two or three weeks or so, after it's had a chance to settle in, the tech that's always looked after this piano will come out to tune and check the regulation etc. But in the meantime, it's a joy to play, even sans first, post-move tune up!

Re: Upgrade to Steinway B [Re: Qwerty53] #2845081
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Originally Posted by Qwerty53
Originally Posted by LarryK
The house concert of the last three of Bach’s sonatas for harpsichord and violin was excellent. I got to sit behind the page turner. Both of the players graduated from Juilliard, if I recall correctly. The concert was put on by an organization called GroupMuse:
https://www.groupmuse.com/

Three cheers for GroupMuse; I first met my wonderful teacher, when she performed at a house concert.
BigIslandGuy, thanks for sharing your story; I wish you years of joy with your beautiful piano and your loving family!

Thank you, Qwerty53!

Re: Upgrade to Steinway B [Re: BigIslandGuy] #2848678
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Update: It has been nearly a month since the arrival of the B and I must say, I am simply amazed at how stable it has been after such a multi-stage move. The tuning has barely budged and the action feels very much the same as when I fell in love with it in Honolulu. I know, a tuner and technician would no doubt pick up on some differences but for all practical purposes it is, for me anyway, like it was never moved. I fully expected to hear some more significant change in the tuning after all this, so I am delighted. In about another two or three weeks, the tech who has looked after this piano since day one will pay a visit to tweak everything. That will have given the piano about six weeks to acclimate.

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