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A well-known (ragtime) piece that sounds most authentic on an upright (especially on an old honky tonk) and less authentic on a grand (especially on a concert-prepped grand LOL)



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Upright vs Orchestra
Frankly, the fiery upright lets me 'feel' Latin America, more so than the orchestra.





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'The renowned Delwin Fandrich has a special love of giving small pianos BIG sound. He used to actively post in this forum, always able to frame his reponses in remarkably simple and concise terms. Watching the documentary below is far better than reading Reblitz, IMHO. Anyway, convince yourself.



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Originally Posted by doremi
From the same 'Edelweiss' collection of Harrods, the famous UK luxury department store. The (more traditional) piano department of Harrods was closed in 2013 because 'pianos did not sell like handbags'. I guess these 'Edelweiss' pianos do sell like handbags.

This one looks like it is made for a Hollywoodized children's party room. Next year we may see a version with a playing mechanism built-in, playing Christmas carols, Happy Birthday, etc.

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I must be having a second childhood. I like this (except for the music desk) much more than many of the art case pianos .

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From the same 'Edelweiss' collection of Harrods, the famous UK luxury department store. The (more traditional) piano department of Harrods was closed in 2013 because 'pianos did not sell like handbags'. I guess these 'Edelweiss' pianos do sell like handbags.

This one looks like it is made for a Hollywoodized children's party room. Next year we may see a version with a playing mechanism built-in, playing Christmas carols, Happy Birthday, etc.

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I must be having a second childhood. I like this (except for the music desk) much more than many of the art case pianos .

I believe the underside of the cover is deliberately left blank so that you can easily decorate it to your own liking (with Disney characters? shocked ) You could change the music desk too, of course.

Rich G has a small in-house grand that he could put in a butterfly case and it would sell like Harrods handbags. I said that much in a thread that he originated. And it would sound better too.

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I stole this from a parallel thread because it appears to me a happy confluence of pretty well ideal situations: a 6 footer that was mentioned earlier on in this thread, the Steinway A3 that is no longer manufactured, the highly skilled rebuilder PianoCraft, and the pianist Hai Jin who plays her own, enchanting transription of holiday music.



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The pianist Paul Barton lives in Thailand, hence the iconic elephant. He is associated with Feurich, so I assume it is a Feurich upright. Sounds pretty good to me. The blind elephant seems to be crying ....



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The previous video did not say Feurich model it was, but here is the Feurich 123 with innovative features, the Feurich website has a special page for this model, the video sounds good to me



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Originally Posted by Lady Bird
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Originally Posted by Lady Bird
Rick,
What is the meaning of "we can't leave by the same door we came through?"

Metaphorically speaking, the paths we take in life, the places we go, the things we do, the things we see, the people we meet, the doors that are opened to us, can inspire us in ways that perhaps we did not expect; it can change us in ways we did not expect. We may be inspired to help others or be an inspiration to them. Hence, quite often, we can't leave through the same door we came through because it changed us in ways we did not expect, sometimes for better or worse. Hopefully for better. And, even if we did leave through the same door we came through, literally, we may have different opinions or thoughts, or ideas, or goals or ambitions. If, in some way, we do leave that place, having been enlightened or inspired in ways we had not been before, we can't leave through the same door we came through.

Lyrics to the song:

We can’t leave through the same door we came through
We can’t leave through the same door we came through

There’s too much to do, too much to say
To help our fellow man to live another day

We can’t leave through the same door we came through
We can’t leave through the same door we came through

It’s easy just to say won’t you go away
But our soul won’t let us rest until we do our best

We can’t leave through the same door we came through
We can’t leave through the same door we came through

Our heart won’t let us go and that is how we know
We’ve got to find a way for hope to come and stay

We can’t leave through the same door we came through
We can’t leave through the same door we came through

Deep within our heart we want to do our part
To lend a helping hand to help our fellow man

We can’t leave through the same door we came through
We can’t leave through the same door we came through smile


Thanks Rick,
Interesting philosophy of life ....I am learning about life.....
at least I think I am.This cabin fever at Christmas is just so
mind boggling. (at least I have most of my immediate family here, I mean my husband my dog, the new Schimmel)
My son is in Calgary,so shall not be seeing him.
PS The song was wonderful !
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Hello, Lady Bird, and All.

I suppose I should not have mentioned my song “We can’t leave through the same door we came through”, or posted the recording here.

It is actually difficult to understand the meaning or the concept of the lyrics, because it is somewhat metaphorical, as I mentioned. It can mean lots of things, or nothing at all. The idea for the lyrics of the song was meant to be something very enlightening and positive, although perhaps rhetorical and philosophical. And, it was meant to be something musical, despite the abstract lyrics. By-the-way, I played that song on my former Tokai G180 grand piano, which was said to be a copy of a Steinway model O. But it was not a Steinway, I'm sure. smile

Some songs are metaphorical
And some are perhaps rhetorical
Some are about love, made in heaven or by chance
Some songs make us laugh and some make us dance

Some songs tell a story, whether true or just fiction
Or of new relationships with enthusiasm and conviction
Some songs tell of heartbreak or a love that was lost
Some tell of sacrifices that came with a high cost

Some songs express deep feelings, and human emotion
Some tell of adventures, close by or across the ocean
Some songs are spiritual and speak of faith and strong beliefs
Some songs are inspiring and give us hope and relief

Songs are like poems, some in four/four time
Or other time signatures whether or not they rhyme
Songs come in all kinds of musical styles
Some we can listen to all day, and some just for a while

I could go on and on here, I suppose
But I need to bring this song poem to a close
I apologize that my song about the door
Was perhaps a bit too abstract, incoherent, or more

Happy Holidays! smile

Rick
Rick,
I loved your song and your philosophy is really meaningful, certainly to me .It is true we are changed by people we meet , and they by us .
Best wishes to you.

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Mozart's 12 variations of 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' played on 9 uprights and 3 grands. Remarkable is that the smallest piano of them all, the upright Grotrian-Steinweg G112 (4" shorter than 4') holds its own ground, IMHO, but have a listen yourself!



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Watching the documentary below is far better than reading Reblitz, IMHO. Anyway, convince yourself.


The good thing about reading Reblitz is that there isn't some conceptual artist who pops up to abuse the sustain pedal every time you turn the page. crazy


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Originally Posted by doremi
Mozart's 12 variations of 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' played on 9 uprights and 3 grands. Remarkable is that the smallest piano of them all, the upright Grotrian-Steinweg G112 (4" shorter than 4') holds its own ground, IMHO, but have a listen yourself!

Very interesting video doremi. Thanks for sharing. I cannot say I disliked any of the pianos showcased in the video. I particularly enjoy the Schimmel (the first three mainly), the grands (That Bluethner sound was very nice), and you are right, both Grotrian verticals in spite of being the shortest uprights shown there, stood up to the challenge. Very interesting indeed. Both Wilh.Steinberg sounded quite brighter to me.


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The good thing about reading Reblitz is that there isn't some conceptual artist who pops up to abuse the sustain pedal every time you turn the page. crazy

I was thinking the same thing but couldn’t respond as eloquently


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Since we cannot have fun ! 🤔


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The good thing about reading Reblitz is that there isn't some conceptual artist who pops up to abuse the sustain pedal every time you turn the page. crazy

I was thinking the same thing but couldn’t respond as eloquently

Yeah, I should have said that I am a hobbyist talking to other, inquisitive hobbyists. For a professional, Reblitz has a different significance. Like a bible for car mechanics if something like that exists.


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Here is a stencil piano that sells for £3,995 inc. VAT, so I don't think that the upright has any action accelerators, but listen to the impeccable trills and arpeggios! So much so that I googled the name of the pianist, Andrew Haigh. He seems to be unknown, but he is phenomenal, IMHO. The stencil piano is impressive too (and that's not qualified with 'at that price')



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This is what Mozart heard playing himself



This is what we hear ourselves playing Mozart


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Rick sounds like the best of ALL of us. We like Bessie just the way she is and so does she.

Merry Christmas to one and all


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This is what Beethoven heard playing himself (or heard in his head)



This is what we hear ourselves playing Beethoven


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Petra Somlai is amazing! My favorite


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