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I finally have some recordings uploading (as I type this) to my YouTube channel so you can all hear what this piano sounds like (link in my signature, below). Unfortunately, my Zoom H2n does not like to record this piano. The recording quality is mediocre at best as the Zoom H2n makes this piano sound brighter/thinner/ting-ier than it really is in person. I tried over a dozen mic placements and settings, but for something recorded with cheap home equipment, this is the best I could do (at least for now). It's still better than the iPhone mic in the room it's in, but barely.

I had it tuned a few days ago, and I only had to touch up three unisons, rather than 20+ like I did each time with my Walter, not to mention that I can tighten up the unisons with extreme ease on this piano, compared to fighting for a close-enough unison like with my Walter. (I missed two of the unisons before I recorded since I was in a hurry to record as much as I could before my kids got home, and it's bugging me to think about, so I will be more discerning the next time I record.)

The action down-weight with the damper pedal down is about 52g. I say "about" because it's really uneven. Some keys were well under 50g and others wouldn't even go down with 56g. He's going to take care of it and make it more consistent next time. I don't notice the unevenness as I play though, which I find odd. You would think that I would feel that with quite that range. Another weird thing is that the bass keys are the very lightest, which is backwards as those hammers are heavier. This piano is so weird in so many ways...and I love it all.

The tech got the action working--better--at least. It's still not perfect, but now I only come across keys getting jammed up two or three times a day rather than three times a minute. He's going to do more work to it next time, but he ran out of time the other day. I still don't understand how the piano was perfect for the 3+ hours that I played it at the store just to have keys jam up once it arrived at my house. Maybe the truck ride over really did a number on it (half-joking, but not really). It's really, really weird that it's happened. The plus side is that the adjustments that the tech made have made the action feel a lot heavier AND a lot smoother, which I really, really love.

It was nice to see the action out and apart. This piano has actually been played quite A LOT before me (sales person said "barely played") based on the condition of the wearables/consumables, but it's been well played-in across the entire range, implying that a pretty advanced player had it before I got a hold of it. Being it's a Roman-numeral-era PETROF IV under the previous hands of an obviously advanced player, it's held up exceptionally well. Maybe it goes to show how underrated this era of Petrof was--or perhaps I just got insanely lucky.

This piano has a favorite key that is prefers to be played in: E-flat major. It's very obvious as I play and improvise in different keys. I personally prefer to hear A-flat major, well, until I played this piano for some time in all the major and minor keys, and E-flat major it is for this piano. It's lovely how that works; how each instrument has its own favorite key. (I should start a thread about this topic!) My previous Walter preferred C major.

Anyway, enjoy the videos if you feel like it, but keep in mind that the sound isn't perfectly represented, and I am well aware that the C#4 and D3 unisons are out of tune. Don't look for show-off type pieces right now, either, as my health has been really, really awful and I can barely even play what I recorded. (I am actually headed back to the doctor and possibly the Mayo...again. As long as I can keep playing the piano this time around and not have to take a three year complete break like before, I will be fine playing very easy-going pieces.)


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Whatever the recording limitations . . . I think your new piano sounds beautiful! Nice YT channel, btw.

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Originally Posted by pwl
Whatever the recording limitations . . . I think your new piano sounds beautiful! Nice YT channel, btw.
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Take care of yourself!!! And enjoy your wonderful piano

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I listened to your wife's request "wish upon a little Star" and yes I enjoyed it very much.Your Petrof piano sounds beautiful!


My piano is my friend and my voice to the great unknown, out there..
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