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Get out and perform!

GET OUT AND PERFORM

May 25, 2021

It may sound crazy at first, and your initial response might be "I could never do that" but the best way to enjoy playing the piano and making music is to share it with others.
 
Yes, I know most people do enjoy playing for just themselves and their own amusement. And that is great! But they would probably find it even more satisfying to play for others.
 
Now I am not saying you should book Carnegie Hall (maybe just not now, but you never know) but as simple as immediate family members for starters. Get comfortable, graduate to extended family, then on to friends and strangers at parties and other get togethers.

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Why buy a good piano?

WHY BUY A GOOD PIANO?

May 14, 2021

How “good" of a piano should I buy is a question probably asked since Bartolomeo Cristofori made his second piano.
 
It is actually a pretty easy question to answer with the standard "buy the best one you can afford" retort, but that seems a smug answer to the uniformed.
 
In most cases the "uninformed" is the non-playing spouse of a player, and the non-playing parents of a student.

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Tech Talk - Back-Check

Tech Talk - Back-Check

April 30, 2021

Now that we have addressed let off, drop, and repetition lever spring adjustment in our previous discussions, rounding out the four primary adjustments is the back-check.


The back check itself is a small wooden block covered with a small piece of felt, over which, a strip of leather is stretched. It is mounted to the back end of the key with a wire that provides easy adjustment.

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Why Everyone Should Play Piano

Why Everyone Should Play Piano

April 27, 2021

The physical and mental benefits of playing music have long been recognized. The piano has been an unparalleled outlet for those seeking escape, creative expression, and simply fun and joy. 

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Tech Talk - Repetition Lever Spring Adjustment

Piano Tech Talk - Repetition Lever Spring Adjustment

April 12, 2021

“Repetition lever spring adjustment” is many official words for a simple adjustment. As discussed in the two previous posts on let-off and fall, we were able to see and measure (at least with our eyes) the hammer position relative to the string. To do this, the hammer is raised very slowly and in a controlled manner.

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Common Mistakes People Make When Buying A Piano

Common Mistakes People Make When Buying A Piano

April 02, 2021

Buying a piano can be a thrilling experience. However, if you are not careful, you could make a few of these mistakes:

  1. Research: There is a lot of research that goes into buying a piano. There are multiple questions you will have to ask yourself. Do you want an acoustic piano or a digital one? Should you get a vertical piano or a grand piano? Should you go for a new piano or a used one? Finding the answers to these questions requires research

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The Importance of a Store Trade-In Policy

The Importance of a Store Trade-In Policy

April 01, 2021

One thing you can count on in life is that you don’t always get things right the first time.
This holds especially true when buying a piano, the choices are vast, the price ranges seem infinite, and nowadays you must choose between digital and acoustic! Ouch.
 
In many cases piano shoppers, especially beginners, do not even really know what they really want, creating even more anxiety about buying the wrong instrument for their individual long- and short-term needs.

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Should I have my piano rebuilt or buy a new one?

Should I have my piano rebuilt or buy a new one?

March 31, 2021

This is a question I get asked quite frequently and it is an easy one to answer.


Now remember we are talking about a full rebuild not a cosmetic restoration.


The difference between the two is vast and needs to be explained.

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Piano tech talk - Ease of play

Tech Talk - Ease of Play

March 25, 2021

We previously discussed how great a significance the correct let-off distance is in the control of the instrument, allowing the pianist to play pianississimo. The next adjustment that we will consider is referred to as “drop”. You may have noticed that when you were slowly raising the hammer to view the let-off distance, when the hammer would rise no further, it fell away from the string. This fall is referred to as drop. 

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Should I move my own piano?

Should I Move My Own Piano?

March 16, 2021

That is a question I have answered over and again for many years and for the most part the answer is a resounding no. Once you realize how many things that can go wrong, most people agree with that friendly advice. Pianos can weigh up to 1100 pounds, even a small upright can weigh in at 400 to 550. 

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Humidity vs. Pianos

Humidity vs. Pianos

March 12, 2021

At our International Piano Gallery in Tempe Arizona, we have a vast collection of instruments from around the world.

From our smallest console pianos to our largest concert grand instruments they all share one thing. They are all composed of various types of wood and thus are all susceptible to changes in humidity.

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What to know about buying a used Steinway piano

What to know when buying a used Steinway. Part I

March 10, 2021

Without a doubt Steinway instruments command a lot of respect among pianists, amateurs, and piano aficionados. For those looking to purchase a used or rebuilt Steinway a broad array of options is available. The market for pre-owned Steinways actually became so big that even Steinway HQ in New York realized it was missing out.  They eventually opened a separate department, Steinway Restoration Services, and entered the lucrative restoration market themselves.

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