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I am reading "Grand Obsession" by Perri Knize. She mentions this website in her book, and that is how I found this website.

It's a book about finding the perfect piano for her. It is beautifully written and I highly recommend it.

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Sue,

See this thread for more discussion about Grand Obsession.


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I loved it, too!


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Way to reopen an old thread! I should put this on my list.


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I did not find this book witty or charming. I thought the author was a bit off kilter in her search for a piano with the perfect sound. I personally know an excellent technician who she complained about in the book - not cool in my opinion. It was a very self-absorbed inward-looking book. This book came up in a thread on this forum a few months ago.



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There was something puzzling about this book. IF I remember correctly the key to getting the sound the author liked was the "Schubert tuning" used by the technician that prepped the piano for the dealer. If that's the case, why wasn't that brought up by the technician or the dealer as soon as the author found she didn't like the sound of the piano anymore because it sounded different from the sound in the showroom? Why was it necessary to send the original tech all the way from NYC to the author's home? It seems like the tech could have just told the next tuner to use that tuning and saved a lot time and grief.

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I found the last chapter a struggle to understand her to-and-fro travels both physically and in her mind. Perhaps we all have had a feeling that we once played a piano that we felt was the ultimate in tone and action for us. The flaw in that approach is that all pianos change their character over time and so does our mind.
An analogy could be if we pine for a relationship with a first or a lost love, or that the best of our time was in the past.

Her journey also involved her musical perception changing as her ability improved.

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I, too, loved the book.

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The book isn't without merit, but I wouldn't wish her tortured dissatisfaction on anyone.

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Such varied opinions!

I was thinking the same thing.



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I was thinking about getting this book, but now I’m not sure.


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I was thinking about getting this book, but now I’m not sure.

I just ordered her book off of Amazon and will be judging myself. But the author used to be a PW member, although she hasn't been on. I wonder what has been happening in these intervening years? Is she still in love with her piano that was the book's raison d'être?


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I enjoyed the book, but found the latter parts of it somewhat less so. The part I enjoyed most was earlier in the book when she took up lessons.


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I loved the book because it is a wonderful example of how neurotic pianists get over their piano!

Personally, the piano is important but not THAT important. When you step on stage you HAVE TO play whatever is there. Pianists need the skill of being able to play good, bad and indifferent pianos. Find something decent and start practicing! The better you get, the better a piano becomes.


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Originally Posted by John305
I was thinking about getting this book, but now I’m not sure.


Read and decide for yourself. Many people like it a lot.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
There was something puzzling about this book. IF I remember correctly the key to getting the sound the author liked was the "Schubert tuning" used by the technician that prepped the piano for the dealer. If that's the case, why wasn't that brought up by the technician or the dealer as soon as the author found she didn't like the sound of the piano anymore because it sounded different from the sound in the showroom? Why was it necessary to send the original tech all the way from NYC to the author's home? It seems like the tech could have just told the next tuner to use that tuning and saved a lot time and grief.



Hahahahaha! That is absolutely hilarious.


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There was something puzzling about this book. IF I remember correctly the key to getting the sound the author liked was the "Schubert tuning" used by the technician that prepped the piano for the dealer. If that's the case, why wasn't that brought up by the technician or the dealer as soon as the author found she didn't like the sound of the piano anymore because it sounded different from the sound in the showroom? Why was it necessary to send the original tech all the way from NYC to the author's home? It seems like the tech could have just told the next tuner to use that tuning and saved a lot time and grief.



Hahahahaha! That is absolutely hilarious.

Welcome back to PW, pique! I am really liking your book. Just finished reading Chapter 6 Piano World! wink

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
There was something puzzling about this book. IF I remember correctly the key to getting the sound the author liked was the "Schubert tuning" used by the technician that prepped the piano for the dealer. If that's the case, why wasn't that brought up by the technician or the dealer as soon as the author found she didn't like the sound of the piano anymore because it sounded different from the sound in the showroom? Why was it necessary to send the original tech all the way from NYC to the author's home? It seems like the tech could have just told the next tuner to use that tuning and saved a lot time and grief.
Hahahahaha! That is absolutely hilarious.
Did I remember things incorrectly? What do you mean?

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