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I am so excited for you!


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Here is how I thought of it when I decided to buy an acoustic piano. First, I'm no where near your level and my piano wasn't nearly the cost of what you anticipate spending.

I decided to take the plunge after a friend told me a discussion she had with her daughter. The daughter urged her mother to spend her money. "Don't be like grandma and let the nursing home take it all..."

So, there's a little chunk they won't be getting!

Looking back on my life, I think this is the most I've ever spent on something other than a house or car.

Good luck in your decision.

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I think I realize now what caused all the 'angst'
I have Wished/Dreamt/Fantasized about owning a Steinway Grand Piano since I was a kid of 10yo playing the piano on my Westbrook Spinet Piano! LOL

So now I am getting my wish/dream come true/fantasy fulfilled:

THAT is a scary thing as one begins to think "what if it's now what I thought it was all these years"

LOL
Getting one's lifelong desire can be a scary thing!

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Originally Posted by brdwyguy
I think I realize now what caused all the 'angst'
I have Wished/Dreamt/Fantasized about owning a Steinway Grand Piano since I was a kid of 10yo playing the piano on my Westbrook Spinet Piano! LOL

So now I am getting my wish/dream come true/fantasy fulfilled:

THAT is a scary thing as one begins to think "what if it's now what I thought it was all these years"

LOL
Getting one's lifelong desire can be a scary thing!

Yes, it is scary—- but also wonderful at the same time! How many people can say they are getting ‘their dream come true’ ? Go celebrate by buying scores you have always wanted to play 😺


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Well I sort of did.
I purchased the original, restored version of Rhapsody in Blue
so it will mean even more playing it on a NY Steinway from 1912 smile

Can't wait to begin practicing!


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I purchased the original, restored version of Rhapsody in Blue

What do you mean, the sheet music? A vinyl record and you're going to play along?


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No

https://www.amazon.com/George-Gershwin-Annotated-Rhapsody-Blue/dp/1576237028/ref=sr_1_12?crid=1Z3757Y5DPXX2&dchild=1&keywords=rhapsody+in+blue+sheet+music&qid=1621809308&sprefix=Rhapsody+in+Blue+sheet%2Caps%2C180&sr=8-12

Alicia Zizzo, painstakingly created a new sheet music from Gershwin's notes.
see the Amazon link above.

It's Sheet Music
I have the older version that was slightly watered down.
https://www.amazon.com/Rhapsody-Blue-Original-Piano-1976-01-01/dp/B017YCIGKM/ref=sr_1_6?crid=1Z3757Y5DPXX2&dchild=1&keywords=rhapsody+in+blue+sheet+music&qid=1621809308&sprefix=Rhapsody+in+Blue+sheet%2Caps%2C180&sr=8-6


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Thanks for that link! (the word "restored" threw me)

Anyway, I had no idea, how fascinating.

For anyone else interested, here's the description from Amazon:

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Rhapsody in Blue has been restored to Gershwin's original manuscript by the talented Alicia Zizzo. This special edition includes an addendum to the two piano, four hands edition and the fully restored piano manuscript.

When preparing the Rhapsody in Blue for publication, editors at Sam Harms Music Co. applied their own 19th century compositional conservatory training to the piece. With good intentions and due respect to Gershwin, they discreetly altered chords, phrases, dynamics, and accents, deleting whole passages to create a more concise work. Oddly, with the exception of four bars, all the deletions were from the piano solo sections, leaving the orchestration mostly undisturbed. Over 50 measures were deleted from the manuscript for the two-piano, four-hands publication, and the piece was shortened by several minutes. Approximately 80 measures were deleted from the original manuscript for the piano solo version and the editors used the second piano/orchestral reduction as a basis for it, further distancing the piano solo edition from Gershwin's original intent.

After 70 years, the majesty of the complete Rhapsody in Blue as originally conceived and performed is finally available to future generations in this special annotated edition.

Cool!

And brdwyguy, that will indeed be a wonderful thing to play on your new piano!!


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Originally Posted by brdwyguy
Well I sort of did.
I purchased the original, restored version of Rhapsody in Blue
so it will mean even more playing it on a NY Steinway from 1912 smile

Just a piece of trivia. Gershwin wrote Porgy & Bess on his Matchless Cunningham!


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Originally Posted by brdwyguy
Well I sort of did.
I purchased the original, restored version of Rhapsody in Blue
so it will mean even more playing it on a NY Steinway from 1912 smile

Just a piece of trivia. Gershwin wrote Porgy & Bess on his Matchless Cunningham!
That is SO cool!!


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Having a piano you love will make you happy just to walk by and see it— and you will want to play it at every opportunity just to hear how it sounds. How much is that worth? To me, priceless.

I agree. But I also felt the same about my Yamaha digital . . and still do with the Pianoteq Bechstein istelled. £1140 for the piano.. They are what they are.. Seductive! You're going for Royalty. I have a happy slut . . . . smile


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Originally Posted by brdwyguy
Well I sort of did.
I purchased the original, restored version of Rhapsody in Blue
so it will mean even more playing it on a NY Steinway from 1912 smile

Just a piece of trivia. Gershwin wrote Porgy & Bess on his Matchless Cunningham!
That is SO cool!!

Indeed!

My first thought was, "I wonder where that piano is now," but I see the story mentions that too. I'll have to check it out the next time I'm in Charleston. smile


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Piano will be here Tuesday Afternoon June 1st.

Had to tell you a story about something that made me very very happy & excited AND reassuring.

I went over to the piano showroom to play my piano a little.
There was one of the tuners/salesman minding the store.
(This is a very nice Family Owned Piano Store)
We chatted about pianos, and brands and tone and touch and what can and what can't be done.

It turned out that my 3 favorite pianos in their showroom were his favorites as well:
A Mason & Hamlin BB (New) $88,000
A Kawai GX-2 Blk (New) $29,000
A Steinway Model A - rebuilt from 1912 (THE PIANO I PURCHASED) - $39,000

We chatted a lot about many of the pianos in the showroom - what we liked/what we didn't like etc etc etc
We then got to my piano and he said 'That is a "Special" Steinway - all pianos play differently
but this piano is a STEINWAY quality that plays/feels & sounds like a Mason & Hamlin
I nearly fell on the floor! That's what makes it so special

Part of my 2nd guessing was should I have held out/waited for a Mason & Hamlin.
But I fell in love with this Steinway - the owner/rebuilder said it's the RENNER ACTION that I was feeling the difference.

I became FULLY SURE & CONTENT with my selection after I heard that because yes THAT was what I felt but couldn't put
my finger on about this special piano.

I am now counting the hours!
I'm going to have to figure out how to post VIDEOS and/or PHOTOS for everyone!
So I can share with you all! Hope you will all indulge me.

talk soon
brdwyguy

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Just saw this thread and the pictures from Freeburg pianos. Looks fantastic! And a decent price too. Great purchase.
And...1912 was an interesting year. Titanic, for example, But many other things as well. When I play a classic piano I like to think about the era when it was built and sold originally. These instruments can take us back in time.

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And...1912 was an interesting year. Titanic, for example, But many other things as well. When I play a classic piano I like to think about the era when it was built and sold originally. These instruments can take us back in time.

I like this way of thinking about pianos. And it’s interesting to use this lens to think about new pianos and the legacy they will leave. In 50 or 100 years time, will a 2020 piano bring to mind COVID? And how music made a really bad situation a little more endurable?

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