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I was looking at a Pearl River EU122 Sunday and I really love it.
I have only one minor problem, it has a "music rack"
and it seems pretty sturdy, but I have books that weight 3-5 lbs and are 600 pages long.
Will it be able withstand long periods of use?
If not, what can I do?


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Keep shopping. If you liked the Pearl River, there are many other competitive brands that might satisfy all your needs.


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Well, unfortunately I have already bought it.
As it is a very minor thing, I'd rather rip out the pages of my books.
I've looked at many pianos, just to give a list,
Yamaha U1, U3, U5, Awfully bright tone
Boston 118S Upright Very mellow
Almost all of the Kawai pianos
Young Chang I don't know how to explain it, but it sounds very sharp.
Ritmuller Pretty nice
Essex Action isn't good.
Steinway Way too expensive.
And a bunch more.

I will make a post when it arrives to showcase the piano.



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Kenan, to end any possible worry, if at all possible I would suggest that you divide your larger books into two or three volumes with the use of separate ring binders to lessen their weight, since you can't play more than one piece at a time anyway...unless of course your name is Mahakali wink

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Yes, I was thinking about this smile
Thanks for reminding me.
Mahakali, didn't except that ^^


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If you want, you can take the books to Kinkos and have them spiral bound in smaller sets. Alternatively, photocopy the individual score you are playing.


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Thanks for the suggestions guys smile


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iPad Pro and the new Henle app?

http://www.henle.de/blog/en/2016/01/25/“henle-library”-app-redefining-sheet-music/


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Beats the point about my books that I already have :\
I already have a surface pro, much better than an iPad.
I'm rather old-schooled, and love having printed versions of things.


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The music shelf will hold the music if you treat it gently. If you are going to slam things around on the shelf, then modifying your music is a good idea, and modifying your behavior is an even better idea.


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I have never bought/used large volumes for the simple reason that they are
1) too bulky and heavy to carry and
2) often very difficult to keep open on the music stand.

Of course this doesn't address your current problem but other suggestions above may be of help.

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Originally Posted by BDB
The music shelf will hold the music if you treat it gently. If you are going to slam things around on the shelf, then modifying your music is a good idea, and modifying your behavior is an even better idea.


Haha!
(Though I agree completely)


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I will probably rip out the pages I use and place them in a binder.
Comb binding from Kinkos is a fortune.

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Originally Posted by Kenan
I will probably rip out the pages I use and place them in a binder.
Comb binding from Kinkos is a fortune.
For music books without a comb binding, I've had the copy place use their machine paper cutter and cut the binding off, then punch and comb bind. Just depends on how much margin you have to work with, but it worked nicely on the ones I had done.

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Originally Posted by BDB
The music shelf will hold the music if you treat it gently. If you are going to slam things around on the shelf, then modifying your music is a good idea, and modifying your behavior is an even better idea.


Haha!
(Though I agree completely)


On jury day in music school the only practice room left for warm up was ALWAYS that normally avoided one with the piano that had the missing (broken) shelf on the fallboard, at the very time you didn't want to be testing memory.

(And there would be a trumpet player blasting next door, a folding chair for a piano bench, a blinking light overhead about to burn out, and the constant WHOOSH of flushed toilets behind the wall shared with the men's room.)

Memories, like the corners . . .


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I once ordered a prototype music desk from Adapt-A-Stand for a studio upright that hung from the front panel and is much sturdier than flip-down desk. Their website seems to be down, so I don't know if they still make stands. Much of their designs were to modify digital piano stands to be wider. The owner was nice to work with, but I've forgotten his name.

I still have the prototype. I don't know if it will fit your piano, and it's not the prettiest of modifications, but it will support bigger books. PM me if you are interested.


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The large music desk surface of the Boston 118 or Baldwin 243 is the best cabinet design. The flip down music desks don't hold enough music, often break as the undersized hinge screws fail, and they get in the way of your hands. Poor design by the makers - sorry, but it is what it is.



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Boston 118 doesn't have it either, only the rather ugly black oak.


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Originally Posted by Kenan
Well, unfortunately I have already bought it.
As it is a very minor thing, I'd rather rip out the pages of my books.
I've looked at many pianos, just to give a list,
Yamaha U1, U3, U5, Awfully bright tone
Boston 118S Upright Very mellow
Almost all of the Kawai pianos
Young Chang I don't know how to explain it, but it sounds very sharp.
Ritmuller Pretty nice
Essex Action isn't good.
Steinway Way too expensive.
And a bunch more.

Hi Kenan, from what you wrote there's nothing unfortunate about your choice, since you mention you preferred its touch and tone compared to the other pianos in your budget.

As another solution if thick books are a problem, if you mainly play music which is of public domain, you can go on sites like imslp.org and print scores individually. Some teachers like to write notes while you study/learn a piece, so this way your reference books can remain free of pencil marks (unless you prefer to keep those notes as guides for later). Enjoy your new piano!

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