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Re: Steingraeber 138
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♫ Recording #7 O Tannenbaum (Peanuts, Vince Guaraldi)

Happy holidays 2017!

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Microphone: My Zoom H4n Pro's built-in XY microphones are squared and centered about 80 cm away from my piano's lower front board. I'm experimenting with a bigger distance than my usual.

Format: I recorded in wave format 44.1 kHz and 16 bit (CD quality). No post-processing other than trimming out the false starts in QuickTime.

Sharing: I directly uploaded the wave file instead of an MP3 to avoid duplicate lossy compression from sharing services.

Re: Steingraeber 138
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Pfeiffer's are special! Some friends of mine have one. I played it last in 2003 (last time I visited Stuttgart). I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one.

I visited their facility in about 1980, when I was a kid in Germany. Fond memories. I sort of feel like it's my hometown piano.



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Re: Steingraeber 138
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I finally got around to recording the SFM action, in action. Hope this helps enquiring minds.
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Updated Notes on My Piano's SFM Action
My new-found appreciation for my piano's SFM action has inspired me to share updated notes. Ian, Goss, hopefully these notes help answer your questions.

When I first wrote about my experience with the SFM action months ago, I thought I would only need its rapid repetition abilities in a piece like 🎥 Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue; however, I recently realized I can use it to create softer tones too. It works wonderfully for soft tremolos, especially ones in legato, and for notes that I want to lean into the keys when playing for a more intimate feeling. For example, consider all the bass triplets of ♫Schubert's Impromptu Op.90, D.899 in C minor, especially those in measures 📝 74–82.

Based on my observations of the action, the SFM-equipped hammers can re-strike the strings from a much closer distance than classic action hammers can. So, on the keyboard, I only need to lift my fingers a few millimetres after playing a chord, and I can play the same chord again and hear it. The tone sounds as if I stepped on the half-blow pedal, but I think the strike distance may be even shorter.

There are other ways of playing to achieve a similar effect, but I'm glad to learn the SFM action provides me with a convenient option.


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Re: Steingraeber 138
Silver Handprint #2749374 07/04/18 10:53 PM
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Happy 4th of July 2018

♫ Recording #8 Glanes de Woronince: Complainte

Aleksandra Mikulska's 🎥 performance of the same piece on a Bösendorfer 214VC inspired me to learn it. I've finally practiced it enough to record; unfortunately it pales in comparison to Mikulska's performance.

Set up details (same as usual)
Microphone: My Zoom H4n Pro's built-in XY microphones are squared and centered about 50 cm away from the strings that are exposed after removal of my piano's lower front board.

Format: I recorded in wave format 44.1 kHz and 16 bit (CD quality). No post-processing other than trimming out the false starts in QuickTime.

Sharing: I directly uploaded the wave file instead of an MP3 to avoid duplicate lossy compression from sharing services.

Re: Steingraeber 138
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Happy 4th of July 2018

♫ Recording #9 Intermezzo Op 118: No. 2 Andante Teneramente

I fell in love with this Brahms intermezzo the first time I heard it and dropped all other works to learn it immediately. The melody is beautiful and lyrical.

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Microphone: My Zoom H4n Pro's built-in XY microphones are squared and centered about 30 cm away from the strings that are exposed after removal of my piano's lower front board. This is a little closer than my usual distance because I wondered whether the recording would sound warmer. Alas, I can't tell from the results.

Format: I recorded in wave format 44.1 kHz and 16 bit (CD quality). No post-processing other than trimming out the false starts in Audacity and a +8.0 dB gain.

Sharing: I directly uploaded the wave file instead of an MP3 to avoid duplicate lossy compression from sharing services.

Re: Steingraeber 138
Silver Handprint #2761739 08/29/18 01:33 PM
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Very good playing Silver hand, I really enjoy, fantastic sound from this upright. What about Steingraeber 122 ? Did you play it ? I am very serious about it for my room. 138 is too expensive for me, but 122 seems to me just fine. I never play any of Steingraeber pianos. What do you think ?

Re: Steingraeber 138
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Hi, Slobajudge. Thanks for your kind words. I think I played a Steingraeber 122 at Bol Pianos last year, but I don't recall much about it now. Pardon. What piano did you decide on?

Re: Steingraeber 138
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♫ Recording #10 It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Merry Christmas 2018!

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Microphone: My Zoom H4n Pro's built-in XY microphones are squared and centered about 80 cm away from my piano's lower front board, which I removed for recording.

Format: I recorded in wave format 44.1 kHz and 16 bit (CD quality). No post-processing other than trimming out the false starts in QuickTime.

Sharing: I directly uploaded the wave file instead of an MP3 to avoid duplicate lossy compression from sharing services.

Re: Steingraeber 138
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Originally Posted by jabubaoski
Thank you Silver Handprint for posting the recordings. I just received a 138 as a Christmas present and to say I am head over heels is an understatement.

Just saw this. Has the chimney been fixed?

Re: Steingraeber 138
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Originally Posted by Maestro Lennie
Originally Posted by jabubaoski
Thank you Silver Handprint for posting the recordings. I just received a 138 as a Christmas present and to say I am head over heels is an understatement.

Just saw this. Has the chimney been fixed?


You will not likely get a reply as he was last online Jan 2017.


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Re: Steingraeber 138
Silver Handprint #2954197 03/04/20 01:19 PM
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Congratulations, superb buy!👍
In my many travels I consistently found the top uprights by Steingraeber, C.Bechstein, Feurich & Sauter to be in a class of their own. Honorary mentioning of Feurich but could only play some older 48” models when in Gunzenhausen.
Enjoy for long time, I know you will!

Norbert😊


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Re: Steingraeber 138
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After a long hiatus, I have a new recording to share.
Recording #11 Dawn

Many years ago, my cousin introduced to me this lovely song by Dario Marianelli from Pride & Prejudice (2005), which stars Keira Knightley. I finally got my act together last week to learn it while on holiday.

I hope you can find some solace in music during these troubled times. With every dawn comes another opportunity to selflessly do better, be better, and treat others better.


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Microphone: My Zoom H4n Pro's built-in XY microphones are squared and centered about 40 cm away from the strings that are exposed after removal of my piano's lower front board.

Format: I recorded in wave format 44.1 kHz and 16 bit (CD quality). No post-processing.

Sharing: I directly uploaded the wave file instead of an MP3 to avoid duplicate lossy compression from sharing services.

Re: Steingraeber 138
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Thanks so much for posting—- beautiful music played on an incredible piano. Can’t ask for more 😊


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Re: Steingraeber 138
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Recording #12 Close to You / Senna's Piano II (瀬名のピアノⅡ)

This song is featured in Japanese TV drama Long Vacation (ロングバケーション). In the 11-episode series, aspiring pianist Senna Hidetoshi befriends Hayama Minami, who was left devastated and penniless at the altar by Senna's roommate. I hope to watch it one day if I can find it online. Apparently, this is the show where famed Japanese actor Kimura Takuya, who plays Senna, caught his first big break.

Side note: Japanese names begin with the person's family name, just as Chinese and Korean names do; so Senna, Hayama, and Kimura are surnames. This East-Asian convention of big-endian, which means start big and zoom in, also applies to dates (year first, month next, then day, and finally time) and addresses (country, province, street name, door number, etc).


Set up details
Microphone: My Zoom H4n Pro's built-in XY microphones are squared and centered about 20 cm away from the strings that are exposed after removal of my piano's lower front board.

Format: I recorded in wave format 44.1 kHz and 16 bit (CD quality). No post-processing.

Sharing: I directly uploaded the wave file instead of an MP3 to avoid duplicate lossy compression from sharing services.

Re: Steingraeber 138
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Sounds like a real piano! Nice choice.

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The best upright on the market confirms its reputation. Sounds like a 6' grand. Tone is a bit too transparent for my taste, but I am probably in the minority. Thanks for posting that.


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Re: Steingraeber 138
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Transparent? Maybe in terms of magnifying the pianist's personality. Not in a bad way, but the pianist definitely has the opportunity and responsibility to put an individual stamp on the piece. There are some pianos that have more of their own personality, that might allow a bit of hiding behind a distinctive tone color. Is that what you meant?

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I’ve really liked everything I’ve seen & heard about the Steingraeber 138

Congrats on a Wonderful piano!

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Thank you. Lovely playing and an impressive piano.

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Curious - Are there any Steingraeber Dealers on the West Coast


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