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Two years ago, I decided to make a present of a good upright to the grown-up son of one of my closest friends, who was moving into a new house. He is a professional musician, making his living composing music for movies. A self-taught guitar virtuoso (spent time with Paco de Lucia), today he works mostly on DAW's and composes a lot of fusion music with asian influences, but also many other genres, including classic. He himself has a kid of fifteen, and the acorn never falling far from the tree has become a promising jazz piano student.

This was their first acoustic, these generations were brought up on keyboards. There was no space for a grand, but we decided to search for the best upright in Paris.
We narrowed down on the following :

Steinway V 125, 1997
Boston UP 132 PE, 2017
C. Bechstein Concert 8, 1990
Bösendorfer 130, 2012

All these pianos had been lightly used (except the Bechstein where the hammers showed some packing) and were in excellent condition, unrestored. We spent most of our time at the Steinway Showroom and at two independent dealerships. After a long process of trials by our 15-year old, who was remarquably unprejudiced ans unfazed by the fancy showrooms, I purchased the Bösendorfer for € 20.000.

It is a pleasure to feature this instrument in the following father and son video. Composition by Mathias Duplessy.


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Originally Posted by Vikendios
Two years ago, I decided to make a present of a good upright to the grown-up son of one of my closest friends, who was moving into a new house. He is a professional musician, making his living composing music for movies. A self-taught guitar virtuoso (spent time with Paco de Lucia), today he works mostly on DAW's and composes a lot of fusion music with asian influences, but also many other genres, including classic. He himself has a kid of fifteen, and the acorn never falling far from the tree has become a promising jazz piano student.

This was their first acoustic, these generations were brought up on keyboards. There was no space for a grand, but we decided to search for the best upright in Paris.
We narrowed down on the following :

Steinway V 125, 1997
Boston UP 132 PE, 2017
C. Bechstein Concert 8, 1990
Bösendorfer 130, 2012

All these pianos had been lightly used (except the Bechstein where the hammers showed some packing) and were in excellent condition, unrestored. We spent most of our time at the Steinway Showroom and at two independent dealerships. After a long process of trials by our 15-year old, who was remarquably unprejudiced ans unfazed by the fancy showrooms, I purchased the Bösendorfer for € 20.000.

It is a pleasure to feature this instrument in the following father and son video. Composition by Mathias Duplessy.


Hello, I enjoyed watching and listening to your YT music video, and both you and your son play very well.

Plus, I know the experience of performing with your son was a great feeling!

The piano sounded great too, but I think the piano only compliments the skills and abilities of the pianist/musician. But it is nice to play on a great piano! smile


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Nice stuff! I remember when i was 15 and composing stuff. Wish my dad (or someone in the family) had been able to accompany me like that. Especially liked the Keith Emerson style time signature changeups in there. Very inventive and unexpected. Bravo!

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Nice! Something about the two of you and the lighting / camera angle of this video reminds me of Tom Waits. cool
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Great music, great playing!
And indeed, they look a bit like Tom Waits :-)


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Originally Posted by Vikendios
Two years ago, I decided to make a present of a good upright to the grown-up son of one of my closest friends, who was moving into a new house. He is a professional musician, making his living composing music for movies. A self-taught guitar virtuoso (spent time with Paco de Lucia), today he works mostly on DAW's and composes a lot of fusion music with asian influences, but also many other genres, including classic. He himself has a kid of fifteen, and the acorn never falling far from the tree has become a promising jazz piano student.

This was their first acoustic, these generations were brought up on keyboards. There was no space for a grand, but we decided to search for the best upright in Paris.
We narrowed down on the following :

Steinway V 125, 1997
Boston UP 132 PE, 2017
C. Bechstein Concert 8, 1990
Bösendorfer 130, 2012

All these pianos had been lightly used (except the Bechstein where the hammers showed some packing) and were in excellent condition, unrestored. We spent most of our time at the Steinway Showroom and at two independent dealerships. After a long process of trials by our 15-year old, who was remarquably unprejudiced ans unfazed by the fancy showrooms, I purchased the Bösendorfer for € 20.000.

It is a pleasure to feature this instrument in the following father and son video. Composition by Mathias Duplessy.


Hello, I enjoyed watching and listening to your YT music video, and both you and your son play very well.

Plus, I know the experience of performing with your son was a great feeling!

The piano sounded great too, but I think the piano only compliments the skills and abilities of the pianist/musician. But it is nice to play on a great piano! smile


The piano was a present to a friend’s son, not to his son. Right?


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Yes. This is a three generations story : my friend, my friend's son Mathias (the composer/guitarist) and Mathias' own son Rehann (the young pianist). Of course I've known the latter two ever since they were babies. I myself have no children.


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Originally Posted by dogperson
The piano was a present to a friend’s son, not to his son. Right?

Originally Posted by Vikendios
Yes. This is a three generations story : my friend, my friend's son Mathias (the composer/guitarist) and Mathias' own son Rehann (the young pianist). Of course I've known the latter two ever since they were babies. I myself have no children.

Okay, well, I guess I misunderstood regarding the father and son duet. But I still enjoyed the music.

I myself have two grown sons, both of whom are musicians, and much better musicians than me, and I've had the pleasure of performing in public with them both.

Sorry for the misunderstanding.

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Originally Posted by Vikendios
Two years ago, I decided to make a present of a good upright to the grown-up son of one of my closest friends, who was moving into a new house. He is a professional musician, making his living composing music for movies. A self-taught guitar virtuoso (spent time with Paco de Lucia), today he works mostly on DAW's and composes a lot of fusion music with asian influences, but also many other genres, including classic. He himself has a kid of fifteen, and the acorn never falling far from the tree has become a promising jazz piano student.

This was their first acoustic, these generations were brought up on keyboards. There was no space for a grand, but we decided to search for the best upright in Paris.
We narrowed down on the following :

Steinway V 125, 1997
Boston UP 132 PE, 2017
C. Bechstein Concert 8, 1990
Bösendorfer 130, 2012

All these pianos had been lightly used (except the Bechstein where the hammers showed some packing) and were in excellent condition, unrestored. We spent most of our time at the Steinway Showroom and at two independent dealerships. After a long process of trials by our 15-year old, who was remarquably unprejudiced ans unfazed by the fancy showrooms, I purchased the Bösendorfer for € 20.000.

It is a pleasure to feature this instrument in the following father and son video. Composition by Mathias Duplessy.


I could lose myself in that music. Unfortunately I could never be able play it if i lived to be 1000 . . .


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