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It turns out I’ll be bringing this home much sooner than expected (in about one month instead of five). So that’ll be awesome! I’ve dreamed of owning a grand piano for decades.

Not long ago I was planning on making this happen for my 40th birthday, but it looks like it’ll be more like my 35th (which is in a few weeks). I guess this is just the start, because I know it’ll really expand my musical world.

I look forward to sharing pics and videos once it’s safely in my living room! Thanks again to friends on this forum for support and advice during the shopping and buying process.

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How exciting that it’s coming early! Please post videos and pics


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The Bösendorfer 225 is legendary, what a dream to own and play!

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Wow, awesome!

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Congratulations! That is my favorite Bose. Great piano!


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Congratulations! That must be exciting!

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Congratulations! I’m sure you’re excited that it’s happening faster than you thought!

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Wow, how exciting!! Congratulations!!! 🍾🎈🎉🎊


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Congratulations chromaticvortex! You are going love playing this piano.Do not forget the pictures!


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I've never played a Bosendorfer before nor do I believe I've come across one in my life so looking forward to your grand debut! That's quite the change going from a Yammie upright to a Bosie! It's also nice to have a new member who brings a lot of musical knowledge to these boards. You're a welcome addition!

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Thank you! It’ll be so cool to own this soon.

Jethro, I appreciate it, very nice of you to say! I think what I have is mostly just some general knowledge, in addition to a love and fascination of music and piano in general…

Pics etc will definitely follow as soon as possible. Maybe I can even get into the store to take some and play it a little before the move.

It’ll be a massive upgrade for me, and somehow I’m still content with my Yamaha these days…it’s a good thing I’m holding onto it.

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Originally Posted by chromaticvortex
Pics etc will definitely follow as soon as possible. Maybe I can even get into the store to take some and play it a little before the move.

Very cool and congratulations!

So... is your piano waiting at Classic Pianos in Bellevue? Maybe I'll drop by and try it out. grin

Just kidding, of course, but it seems like quite a few folks buy Bösendorfers at this shop.

I heard they also got some new Estonias recently. Did you get a chance to give them a spin? What about the Schimmels?

Bösendorfer (not the VC stuff) is one of the instruments I really really hope that Modartt adds to Pianoteq. Definitely one of the best sounding pianos of them all and really quite special, particularly the Imperial line like yours.

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Originally Posted by chromaticvortex
Thank you! It’ll be so cool to own this soon.

Jethro, I appreciate it, very nice of you to say! I think what I have is mostly just some general knowledge, in addition to a love and fascination of music and piano in general…

Pics etc will definitely follow as soon as possible. Maybe I can even get into the store to take some and play it a little before the move.

It’ll be a massive upgrade for me, and somehow I’m still content with my Yamaha these days…it’s a good thing I’m holding onto it.
I'm happy for you man! You're going to bring a lot of great stuff to these boards. Looking formard to hearing some of your music on your new piano!

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No it’s not the one at Classic Pianos, I didn’t have a chance to check that one out. I bet it’s great though. I would’ve wanted to try more pianos but this one was too good to pass up.

I really hope so. In the event I don’t stick around, it will be something I don’t have much control over. I have a mental illness (schizoaffective disorder) that sometimes makes it hard to do even normal things. It’s usually fine, but I experience unexpected flare-ups and can be a little unreliable because of it. I will do my best to keep in touch though.

Thank you.

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Originally Posted by chromaticvortex
I really hope so. In the event I don’t stick around, it will be something I don’t have much control over..

I wish you all the best, and absolutely hope that your new Bosendorfer is beneficial for dealing with your condition!!

Hoping to see you continue to participate and play piano.


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Originally Posted by chromaticvortex
No it’s not the one at Classic Pianos, I didn’t have a chance to check that one out. I bet it’s great though. I would’ve wanted to try more pianos but this one was too good to pass up.

Wish you the best of luck with your purchase! You've zero'ed in on one amazing piano and definitely too good to pass up! The 225 has extra keys?

If you did get a chance to audition other pianos, it would be interesting to hear your impressions. Steingraeber is another musical standout I'd say but I'm not sure if it is available locally.

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I really hope so. In the event I don’t stick around, it will be something I don’t have much control over..

I wish you all the best, and absolutely hope that your new Bosendorfer is beneficial for dealing with your condition!!

Hoping to see you continue to participate and play piano.

Thanks. Yes I think it will help with my condition! There's nothing like being stuck with an old instrument for too long to make you that much more on edge.

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No it’s not the one at Classic Pianos, I didn’t have a chance to check that one out. I bet it’s great though. I would’ve wanted to try more pianos but this one was too good to pass up.

Wish you the best of luck with your purchase! You've zero'ed in on one amazing piano and definitely too good to pass up! The 225 has extra keys?

If you did get a chance to audition other pianos, it would be interesting to hear your impressions. Steingraeber is another musical standout I'd say but I'm not sure if it is available locally.

Yeah, definitely. This one has four extra keys.

Well the thing is, I have trouble going into a piano store and just "playing their pianos". Can others chime in re: what this experience is like or how to do this? I'm really interested in trying other makes, especially Fazioli, Blüthner, and Steingraeber...but since I'm no longer shopping, not sure how to just go and...do that.

Maybe if I find a shop selling pianos I like, I can frame it as "so I might buy a new piano someday...not soon, but mind if I try yours out?"...because I know they'll try to sell me on something and of course I know they don't like people just playing their precious pianos...maybe they figure it's still good marketing to let a possible future buyer play?

Steingraeber I don't know about a new dealer for around these parts...there are some dealers that have Fazioli anyway (and Grotrian, which is the number one selling piano in Europe apparently--though I played on one often, quite a few years back, it'd be cool to try a new one). And I could see maybe coming across various interesting pianos in a second hand store as well.

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Originally Posted by chromaticvortex
Well the thing is, I have trouble going into a piano store and just "playing their pianos". Can others chime in re: what this experience is like or how to do this? I'm really interested in trying other makes, especially Fazioli, Blüthner, and Steingraeber...but since I'm no longer shopping, not sure how to just go and...do that.

I was definitely like that at first. Very reluctant to go in and just try pianos without an intention to buy. But after going to 2 or 3 shops, i really just had a change of mind or attitude. Eventually just called straight up, said "Hey. I want to come in and play some pianos. These are the ones I'm interested in, and I'm coming in at this time. Does that work?" I think I went from being afraid that I was inconveniencing the shop to a mindset that the shop needs to be working for and accommodating me, regardless of my intention to buy or just window shop for the day.

It actually made for a better working relationship too because I feel like that attitude makes them more certain that you are actually serious, and you no longer tiptoe around the issues.


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I played an a used Bosendorfer (perhaps from 1970's to1980) and it was wonderful You have found your piano chromaticvortex .You no longer have to bother about playing these other pianos.Yes I get what you mean about just going into piano stores just to try pianos.(when you have found your piano)

I have played a Fazioli, it is a totally different sound and feel from to Bosendorfer.Actually it was a beautiful clear sound and the touch was very smooth.It was a good experience but that Bosendorfer stole my heart with its "golden tone" and and resonsive touch.

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Originally Posted by chromaticvortex
It turns out I’ll be bringing this home much sooner than expected (in about one month instead of five).

This is really excellent news! thumb


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