Maria Schneider is one of my musical heroes. She composes for Jazz Orchestra and has brought a welcome new approach to a venerable musical style. This post is related to piano work, but you’ll have to read it all to figure out what the connection is. First, what is a jazz orchestra? If you’re of […]
This should help you understand the concept and reality of aftertouch.
I actually forgot where I came across this wonderful piece of international marketing. I’ve been carrying it around in its own ph balanced box for years. There are a number of things that make this piece unique and powerful. First is the format. It’s rather large, multipage printed on a wonderful, thick paper. But the […]
A wippen is the heart and soul of the grand piano action. With some aspects of piano design and construction there is a wealth of variety but not so much anymore with the wippen. The top two wippens in the photo represent the most fundamental designs (yes, you nit pickers there are more, but these […]
I came across this chart recently, while going through some old files. I created it to show the relationship between Bosendorfer and the various luminaries that passed through Vienna.
I was invited to an event sponsered by the “new” Fazioli dealer in NYC. I put “new” in quotes because while the dealership stays the same, Klavierhaus, much has changed. This includs the new involvement by Michael and Marina Harrison formerly of Faust Harrison and Allegro Pianos, and a new location caused by the move […]
Dear Udo It has been far too long since my last visit to Bayreuth. My son is 17 now and while he will someday treasure the photograph of himself at Wagners grave, alas, that day is not yet here. I of course remember vividly my then 2nd visit to your works and your compelling description […]
…and I chose wrong. I have been screwed by Hidrau Model once too often and am getting out of the bench business. If you’re interested in a great bench for cheap, contact me. This is, of course, MY OPINION to which I am entitled.
I have two Ningbo Feurich grands; a model 178 and a model 218. Ningbo is shorthand for the pianos made to our specifications at the Hailun factory, as opposed to Feurich pianos of German origin. There are a number of differences between a Feurich 178 and a Hailun 178, including different strings (Paulello) and […]
The new shop has been coming along nicely, becoming more organized, more functional and more representative of me. I’ve been very focused on an August Forster 215 that I’ve been reconditioning, if you call a new pinblock and bridge repair reconditioning. Some of the earlier heavy lifting really bogged me down, but after stringing it […]