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Re: Buy Ben Folds's apartment, it comes with a Steinway C
ShiroKuro #3023073 09/09/20 08:45 AM
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It's a shame about the C. It's one of my favourite pianos. I love the new ones, and I've heard great restorations (online) by some of our PW rebuilders.

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Re: Buy Ben Folds's apartment, it comes with a Steinway C
ShiroKuro #3023100 09/09/20 09:53 AM
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williambonard, thanks for that confirmation!


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Re: Buy Ben Folds's apartment, it comes with a Steinway C
ShiroKuro #3023820 09/10/20 11:57 PM
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Well, I hate to say that I have no idea who Ben Folds is, and even a quick Google search doesn't jog my memory, but I do know the Hudson area pretty well, and it is very nice. The oldest known person on the Retsacnal family tree lived in nearby Chatham, and there's even a Retsacnal Road in Old Chatham just off the Albany Turnpike. I still have relatives in Kinderhook, which is between Chatham and Hudson.

It's definitely a nice area, but unless you have a compelling reason to be there, property in that area is way too expensive, IMO.



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Re: Buy Ben Folds's apartment, it comes with a Steinway C
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On a per square foot basis, that house is cheap compared to my neighborhood, and has been on the market a lot longer compared to houses around here. Here smaller houses seem to sell in the $1-2 million range within a week.


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Originally Posted by BDB
On a per square foot basis, that house is cheap compared to my neighborhood, and has been on the market a lot longer compared to houses around here. Here smaller houses seem to sell in the $1-2 million range within a week.

Are you talking about Cali prices? That's one of the few places that can make New York look cheap, lol, sometimes, depending on location. I thought of moving out there at one point but could not find a decent house. My rent estate agent was living in a trailer, and this was decades ago. In many ways, New York is more affordable than California because the density is so much higher which means there are many more units for sale or rent.

The article says that Ben put about $2 million into the renovation and I do not doubt it. If I had that kind of scratch, I'd buy it without any qualms, as the hassles of renovating have already been borne by the previous owner.

In many ways, it is a bargain for what it is.

It has commercial space on the first floor so I assume the owner of the building would be able to earn income from the lease.

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ShiroKuro #3025088 09/14/20 04:25 PM
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I must admit that I don't know any of Ben Folds's music. So, looking at this real estate listing, I decided to search YouTube – where I stumbled upon a wonderful, wonderful video of him composing a small piece more or less on the spot. A rather public spot, I must add. :-)

Sorry for going slightly off-topic, but I just thought I'd share this with you (in case you haven't seen it yet):



What a funny, spontaneous, charming man and musician!

(Oh, by the way, I must admit something else: His apartment is a bit too pricey for me...)


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Re: Buy Ben Folds's apartment, it comes with a Steinway C
ShiroKuro #3025136 09/14/20 07:41 PM
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Oh what fun!! thanks for posting that!! Charming is the perfect word for it!!

So, I was curious about who the "MC" was. If you go to the YouTub page, it lists his name, Dr. Charles Limb, about whom Wikipedia has this to say:

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Dr. Charles Limb is a surgeon, neuroscientist, and musician at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) who has carried out research on the neural basis of musical creativity and the impact of cochlear implants on music perception in hearing impaired individuals. As an otologic surgeon and otolaryngologist, he specializes in treatment of ear disorders.

In his research, he has focused on imaging the brains of jazz artists as they improvise in the fMRI. He has worked under the assumption that improvisation is important to creativity more generally, and creativity is vital to basic problem-solving, evolution, and survival

He has apparently given a TedTalk called "Your Brain on Improv" also.

Fascinating!! Thanks, Mickey!

I note that you're taking lessons with Hugh Sung, how cool! smile


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Re: Buy Ben Folds's apartment, it comes with a Steinway C
Mickey_ #3025461 09/15/20 08:08 PM
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Wasn’t that fun! Thanks for sharing the video.


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Originally Posted by ShiroKuro
So, I was curious about who the "MC" was. If you go to the YouTub page, it lists his name, Dr. Charles Limb, about whom Wikipedia has this to say:

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Dr. Charles Limb is a surgeon, neuroscientist, and musician at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) who has carried out research on the neural basis of musical creativity and the impact of cochlear implants on music perception in hearing impaired individuals. As an otologic surgeon and otolaryngologist, he specializes in treatment of ear disorders.

In his research, he has focused on imaging the brains of jazz artists as they improvise in the fMRI. He has worked under the assumption that improvisation is important to creativity more generally, and creativity is vital to basic problem-solving, evolution, and survival

He has apparently given a TedTalk called "Your Brain on Improv" also.

Fascinating!! Thanks, Mickey!

I note that you're taking lessons with Hugh Sung, how cool! smile

Thanks for your information about Dr. Charles Limb, ShiroKuro! Sounds interesting, I'll check out his TedTalk later.

And as to Hugh Sung: He is a great teacher. I find his online course at ArtistWorks to be a wonderful introduction into playing the piano, and possibly even more: I can imagine that most piano players, at almost any level (certainly not Ben Folds :-)), can benefit from his teaching, as one is free to submit video recordings of any piece of music; they don't have to be part of the course's curriculum. Hugh's feedback is always very helpful, and he's happy to help you not "only" play those pieces (you know, correct notes, correct timing, correct pedaling, etc.), but also to play with them, i.e. he gives you lots of ideas on how to spice up the music that's been written down. It's a well-thought-out, well-structured course, I think.

However, I'm realistic: An(y) online course has its limitations. For me, who has started playing the piano just a few months ago, it's definitely a great opportunity to learn some fundamentals and to make sure I'm making progress (because I try to submit videos at any date Hugh offers, and I don't want to embarrass myself for sure!), and... it's fun. But I think you actually summed it up best: it's "cool". :-)

(...and all of this because I like those Cunningham Piano videos so much...)


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Re: Buy Ben Folds's apartment, it comes with a Steinway C
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Never heard of Ben Folds (sounds like someone who does origami) but looks a nice pad.


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Never heard of Ben Folds (sounds like someone who does origami)

...while Tom Waits.


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Never heard of Ben Folds (sounds like someone who does origami)

...while Tom Waits.

...and Ted Talks

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...and Jeremy Irons.


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