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wanna know what everyones favourite piano is. personally, i havent played on many but theres this steinway i played on ages ago with some nice action (dont know which model though) and also wanna give a bluthner a go.
whats your favourites? the pianos you think beat in touch, sound, looks, that sort
I've got two favorites. First is my own Steinway O. Although, I wish it was larger, it has a lovely sound and even, light, butter-like action. The second is the older of the Steinway D's at the University of Victoria, the one with the dull satin finish.
Without doubt, the Bösendorfer Imperial in its Vienna showroom, which I played on when I was an impoverished student 'Inter-railing' around Europe for the first time. It had a buttery-smooth action and a tonal allure with a woody olde-worlde sound in its mid-range and bell-like clarity in the upper registers, plus the kind of responsiveness that I never experienced before, and rarely since....and despite the fact that I was dressed like a tramp (and looked like one), I was allowed to continue playing it till well past closing time, completely oblivious to the people outside looking in through the glass panes - I was completely lost in my own world for some three hours that afternoon.
I've played other Bösendorfers extensively since, including one of the first new 280VC to arrive in the UK, but that Imperial 290 remains my greatest love. Truly the Rolls-Royce among pianos (not that I've ever driven one).
I wonder where it is now.........
"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."
Before I bought my Yamaha C2, I tried out various grands at various locations, mostly at the Musikmesse. Instruments I liked, but which were out of my financial or size range, were: Fazioli F183, Bösendorfer 225, Grotrian-Steinweg Cabinet, August Förster 170, Steingraeber A-170.
4 years after having bought my Yamaha C2, I visited the Musikmesse again, and was a bit disappointed by the August Förster instruments and the Fazioli F183. They weren't bad, but to me they weren't significantly better than my Yamaha. Maybe playing on a grand is a special experience when you don't have one; and when you have a good grand at home, you find it more difficult to be swept away by another grand.
Instruments I'd still consider great are in the semi-concert range, especially the Yamaha C7X, Bösendorfer 225, and Fazioli F228. I could afford none of those.
My piano teacher back in high school (many moons ago) had a wonderful Steinway D that was a pleasure to play. I did not get to play many high-end grands back then. I remember loving the action and tone compared to my home piano. More recently, I played a Bosendorfer 280VC in the showroom that was very special. Of course, I went home with a Yamaha S7X which is my all time most favorite piano to play. I'm sure I would also love that 280VC just as much
Steingraeber & Söhne E-272, several locations. Amazingly responsive, just felt right, gorgeous sound; alas, too large even if I could knock down all the load-bearing walls; and alas, way beyond budget.
Several Steinway Bs and Ds (both NY & Hamburg) of a certain age at various music schools whose relatively light actions and excellent sound projection helped reduce the dreaded performance anxiety.
Dvorak, Dumka, Op 12; Mendelssohn, 3 Fantaisies, Op16; Mozart, Fantasia in C minor, K 475; Haydn Trio XV:25 (Gypsy Rondo); Ravel, Menuet from Le Tombeau de Couperin; actual Couperin tbd
I guess I'll have to say the Steinway B was recently graced with. The action is fabulous and the sound wonderful too. I've played most of my life, on quite a few different pianos ranging from dreadful to divine. I was smitten by this one the minute I tried it. A life long dream come true.
Two pianos come to mind -- the first was my introduction to a Fazioli in one of the Amateur competitions. I remember thinking that here was a piano upon which you could do just anything and have it respond with clarity and subtlety in tone production, across the entire range of the keyboard. The second was my introduction to a Bosendorfer, courtesy of a piano builder and tuner in the local area -- as others have mentioned, it had such a buttery mellowness and richness in tone, and again, the control one could attain at all gradations of volume (particularly "softs") was for me just extraordinary.
I'm a fan of the Bösendorfer Imperial. I haven't played the newer Bechstein concert grand, but I love the sound of it. Blüthner, Steingraeber, Sauter, Steinway, Shigeru Kawai, Fazioli, Yamaha CFX, or and other top of the line concert grand could be the perfect piano. It's just a question of finding the finest example of the particular model. I've heard some dreadful Bösendorfer Imperials and Steinway Ds, but they don't really matter.
Last edited by johnstaf; 05/02/1910:28 PM.
Re: favourite piano you played on?
#2844629 05/02/1910:29 PM05/02/1910:29 PM
That's an easy one. Quite easily the majority of the top 10 pianos I've ever played have been Fazioli concert grands, but I certainly have a preference for the larger F308 than the more "ordinary" F278, though the latter is more common.
Perhaps a couple of Hamburg Ds, and maybe one NY D is among the top 10.