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My Petrof III
#3000422 07/08/20 09:51 PM
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AKA buying a piano sight unseen crazy

So my Petrof was finally loaded up for shipment yesterday in So Cal. It will be put in storage for a few weeks with other pianos, then transported to Portland around the beginning of August. Below are some pics that the seller was kind enough to take for me. He also took some video I'll post later, for those fascinated (like me) with watching a piano being moved.

I'm excited for the piano to arrive, but it's a bit bittersweet as this means I only have a few weeks left to play my beloved little Kawai. Luckily it's only moving a few blocks down the street to my friend's house and yes, I think I will be one of those weird people that wants to "visit" his old piano every now and then. But you guys at PW feel me, right?

As for buying a piano sight unseen, I normally wouldn't do that. After joining PW, I should know even better as I've learned here that buying a piano without trying it is one of the 7 deadly sins. However, everything I have learned on PW (and tested on my faithful GL10) has taught me how much a piano's touch and sound can be altered. That has given me the confidence to buy this piano, knowing that I should be able to tweak things to my liking if they are not that way already. But enough of my rambling, here are some pics.

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Since your Kawai still has a place in your heart, might suggest to sample 12-24 notes as per the procedure on Pianobook.co.uk so you can play it as a virtual instrument when it leaves?

I wish I had done this with my Kawai before I sold it earlier last year, but it took until the lockdown for me to learn how to do it. I realize that you may not have decent condenser mics or an audio interface, but there are definitely things you can try with a smartphone or camcorder. If you're interested, let me know and I'll give you a primer.

Congrats on the Petrof - I considered that model too, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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Emery Wang #3000432 07/08/20 10:25 PM
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Your piano looks beautiful! .It really is quite a large serious grand.I think you said it was a model 3 unless I am mistaken.The one I nearly bought was, I thought a model 4.Perhaps I am mistaken?
I cannot remember, but surely it was not larger than your piano?
As for visiting your GL10 of course we understand. I understand more than you can realise....
Congratulations, I think you are going to love this instrument more than you realise.
Best wishes LB

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Emery Wang #3000433 07/08/20 10:32 PM
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Ha ha, I missed that part about it moving the Kawai to your friend's house. Offer still stands anyway....


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Emery Wang #3000435 07/08/20 10:39 PM
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Thanks Dore. That is a very interesting idea. If I can't figure it out, I'll let you know.

Ladybird, the Petrof grand sizes are inversely proportional to their number size. So a model 3 is bigger than a model 4, a model 2 is bigger than a model 3, etc.


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Emery Wang #3000438 07/08/20 10:41 PM
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Great pics! Nice looking piano, Emery!

I know you are excited and can't wait! smile

Congratulations again!

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Emery Wang #3000440 07/08/20 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Emery Wang
Thanks Dore. That is a very interesting idea. If I can't figure it out, I'll let you know.

Ladybird, the Petrof grand sizes are inversely proportional to their number size. So a model 3 is bigger than a model 4, a model 2 is bigger than a model 3, etc.
OK I feel better about that, I was really confused !
What I remember was the model 4 in Roman numbers somewhere inside the piano.It had a truly
beautiful tone and when the action was pulled we saw it was Renner like yours.It was really responsive.The key resistance neither too light nor too much.If I was looking for a grand I would
really have bought it.

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Congratulations, It looks like new from the photos! Was the seller the original owner? - I played a III in 2002 and loved it.

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Emery Wang #3000454 07/08/20 11:56 PM
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Thanks everyone. Yes Blueviewlaguna, seller is original owner. You'll hear in the moving video below that he's had it for 20 years (it's a 1999), and it hadn't been moved until now. You also learn in the video that a Petrof grand is a good place to hide under in the event of an earthquake thumb

I think the movers did a good job. I wish I could have bought them a beer.


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Re: My Petrof III
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Congratulations! It's lovely. Post a recording soon.

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Congratulations on your Petrof III!

A huge upgrade from your current piano.

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Wow, it's beautiful.


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Yes it is beautiful! Congratulations.


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Congrats Emery - That’s a Pretty Piano!!

I enjoyed the Video, too


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