PipeChat Digest #4733 - Thursday, September 2, 2004
 
Re: Piano Selection
  by "James Grebe" <pianoman@accessus.net>
Option for organists [was: Re: Piano Selection]
  by "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis@email.com>
Re: Option for organists [was: Re: Piano Selection]
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Piano Selection From: "James Grebe" <pianoman@accessus.net> Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2004 18:53:40 -0500   For 10 years I regularly tuned a 9 ft Kawai, KG-8C. It also was midi-ed = to several other instruments. Sometimes as often as once a week. The = entire instrument had individually tied strings with 2 loops each around = the hitch pins. It was a fine instrument. James Grebe Piano-Forte Tuning & Repair Artisan of Wood WWW.JamesGrebe.com 1526 Raspberry Lane Arnold, MO 63010 BECOME WHAT YOU BELIEVE! pianoman@accessus.net ----- Original Message -----=20 From: Stephen Best=20 To: PipeChat=20 Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 5:55 PM Subject: Re: Piano Selection     For what it's worth, I picked up a magnificent 9 foot Kawai (ca. 1950) = last spring. After my technician looked it over, and he told me it was = unlikely I'd ever find another instrument that good for what was an = incredibly low price. As part of what was initially a casual search, two = of us played a lot of pianos, including new Steinways, Bosendorfers, = Yamahas, Bostons, and on and on. None came close to equaling this = Kawai, which is truly a great piano. No, it has never been rebuilt = other than new hammers and bass strings. And it came signed by five = pianists, the most notable of whom was Wilhelm Backhaus. My point? I = know I was just in the right place at the right time, but had I not been = open to the possibility of an older Japanese instrument, I'd have missed = the bargain of a lifetime! Too bad I didn't have this instrument when I = was a kid -- I'd have liked the piano a whole lot more!   And just to keep it all on topic -- remember there are some darned = fine "used" organs available too, just a few of which may be seen on the = Organ Clearing House website.   Steve Best in Utica, NY     Daniel Hancock wrote:   Japan builds the best Pianos.       I can't agree with that, but it's a matter of opinion, like choosing = an organ builder. We all know which companies are at the top of the = line, and which ones don't build the most reliable instruments, but when = it comes to narrowing it down, we're all going to say something = different.   Used pianos are used pianos whether it was used up by a university = or a home..       Yes, they ARE used-but not necessarily used UP. Many a fine old = piano I've played that was not rebuilt and still performed well. =20     Buy NEW.       Only if your tastes and your budget allow-I wouldn't have one.      
(back) Subject: Option for organists [was: Re: Piano Selection] From: "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis@email.com> Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2004 14:55:32 +0800     Plus several American Brands: Pre/Post AEolian American Mason & Hamlin; Pre= /Post CBS Steinway; Charles R. Walter ... Other European Brands: Petrof; Schimmel ... Other Japanese: Kawai ... It's all subjective   Or for the organist wishing to include pedal technique: Borgato --- http://= www.borgato.it/     ----- Original Message ----- From: FLTim@aol.com Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2004 11:28:02 EDT To: pipechat@pipechat.org Subject: Re: Piano Selection   > Dale in Florida wrote: > Japan builds the best Pianos. > =20 > You must be joking... Europe builds the best pianos. I think I would ta= ke a=20 > Bosendorfer, Bluthner, August Forster, Bechstein, Steingraeber & Shone,= =20 > Fazioli, Grotrian, Haessler... The list goes on over a Yamaha. > =20 > =20 > Best regards, > Tim Newby, Vice President >=20 >=20 > Central Music, Inc. >=20 > Relevant instruments for every worship style. > Representing Rodgers digital organs, Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organs > and Bluthner concert pianos > www.centralmusic.biz ~ (800) 537-7473 ~ (727) 573-4654 > Serving Florida since 1958       -- Jan Nijhuis nijhuis@email.com   --=20 ___________________________________________________________ Sign-up for Ads Free at Mail.com http://promo.mail.com/adsfreejump.htm   >  
(back) Subject: Re: Option for organists [was: Re: Piano Selection] From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 03:01:26 EDT   In a message dated 9/2/2004 1:56:06 AM Central Daylight Time, nijhuis@email.com writes:   Plus several American Brands: Pre/Post AEolian American Mason & Hamlin; Pre/Post CBS Steinway; Charles R. Walter ... Other European Brands: Petrof; Schimmel ... Other Japanese: Kawai ... It's all subjective   Or for the organist wishing to include pedal technique: Borgato --- http://www.borgato.it/         WOW! You win the post of the month for that. How fascinating. gfc ___________________________________________________________________________= ___ _________ _______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ _______________________________ ________________ Gregory Francis Ceurvorst 1921 Sherman Avenue # GS Evanston, IL 60201 847.332.2788 home/fax 708.243.2549 mobile _Home Email: gfc234@aol.com_ (mailto:gfc234@aol.com) _Mobile Email: gfc234@nextel.blackberry.net_ (mailto:gfc234@nextel.blackberry.net)