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Had a bit of a chuckle this morning. Was out running errands and got left in the dust by another driver. As one would expect, I found myself right behind him at the next stoplight and noticed his license plate read "3 Pedals". For just a second I thought, "Oooh, he must have a true sostenuto on his piano!". Then of course I realized he was driving a Corvette in a Mr. Big Shot Hot Rod manner, and was likely referring to the clutch....LOL, I would have been much more impressed with a sostenuto! laugh


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Ha! That's funny. You made me chuckle, too. Thank you for sharing. (Although I wouldn't mind test driving his Corvette either). smile


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This post reminded me of a funny story about John McEnroe. I was the tennis coach at Trinity School where John played on the tennis team during the 1970's.(I am always careful not to say I coached him since he knew a lot more than me about tennis). I was not a skilled driver although I drove the tennis team to matches. McEnroe, who knew I was a pianist since I played in many musical productions, once told me I used the car pedals like pedals on the piano.

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Adagiette, pianoloverus, those are both great stories!


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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
This post reminded me of a funny story about John McEnroe. I was the tennis coach at Trinity School where John played on the tennis team during the 1970's.(I am always careful not to say I coached him since he knew a lot more than me about tennis). I was not a skilled driver although I drove the tennis team to matches. McEnroe, who knew I was a pianist since I played in many musical productions, once told me I used the car pedals like pedals on the piano.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
This post reminded me of a funny story about John McEnroe.

Do you watch "Never Have I Ever" on Netflix? It's a fantastic show. John McEnroe is the narrator in it smile


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I have a stick '92 MR2 which I love. Aside from anything else, it would be a rare one who could steal it--not too many people know how to drive a stick anymore. But in keeping with that # 2, I also have a Yamaha P2 upright, whose name is Petunia laugh Say it slowly: P-two-nia.

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Originally Posted by Adagiette
Had a bit of a chuckle this morning. Was out running errands and got left in the dust by another driver. As one would expect, I found myself right behind him at the next stoplight and noticed his license plate read "3 Pedals". For just a second I thought, "Oooh, he must have a true sostenuto on his piano!". Then of course I realized he was driving a Corvette in a Mr. Big Shot Hot Rod manner, and was likely referring to the clutch....LOL, I would have been much more impressed with a sostenuto! laugh

That's a funny story!

In addition to perspective, there's also perception, like how you perceived his driving. I know this from my own experience. For example, if I'm driving our family car, people drive "normally" around me. I say that meaning I don't noticed anything out of the ordinary. But if I'm driving my Jeep, people are much more likely to swerve across my path, cut me off, and push my comfort zone. And for a 3rd perspective, if I'm driving my BMW, lots of younger guys will seemingly want to race and drive more aggressively around me, trying to pass, etc. Me, same guy, same driving, but in different cars (although sometimes I'll humor the guys who want to play race a little, but the "challenge" comes before I change my driving style).

Anyway, silly stuff, but people definitely do drive differently around the different kinds of cars.


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I haven't collected data. These are just my anecdotal observations.



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All very interesting stories, every one! thumb

I've had a few manual shift vehicles, with the 3 pedals, but over the years I've learned to appreciate a vehicle with an automatic transmission (2 pedals smile ).

But when it comes to pianos, I honestly like the 3 pedals, although I only use the sustain/right pedal. It's just comforting knowing the other two pedals are there, just in case I decide to change gears while playing.... wink smile

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I can drive a car with 3 pedals but I’m far from race ready. As far as piano, I mostly use the sustain pedal and I don’t overdo it because my C3 and Estonia have great sustain to begin with. I also use the una corda pedal for most any part that needs pianissimo. I have one or two pieces where I use the sostenuto pedal. Funny story. For its 2nd tuning I had to find another technician because my regular technician retired. When he arrived, after the mask stuff, I was telling him that the sostenuto pedal wouldn’t work on two notes F2 and C3. He was somewhat surprised. Now of course by this time the sostenuto pedal had settled in and everything was fine and the pedal worked for every note correctly. He asked me if I knew how to use the sostenuto pedal and on what pieces I used it on. He was exceptionally surprised I actually used all 3 pedals. Then I told him that it’s a new piano so I checked everything on it and that I found places to use sostenuto when it wasn’t called for in the music.

I guess I’m a pragmatist. If my piano has 3 pedals, by heaven, I’m gonna use them. All of them. For my SUV, I have paddle shifters so I can drive it rather sporty but I don’t have to use the nonexistent clutch. 😁


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Thanks for your replies, everyone! I knew you would understand! grin


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