It is common for piano manufacturers to tout a list of artists with whom they enjoy some sort of connection. Sometimes that connection is rather tenuous since that artist may have affiliations with more than one company and, frequently, they have been dead for a number of years. However, artist endorsements form a sort of […]
Why Should You?
There are many things on which to spend money. Good old Mazlow spelled them out for us. A piano is an investment in oneself, in ones striving for culture, experience and to some gods grace. Grace can be, of course, in anything. However an expensive, craft build piano is a particularly unique example. If you […]
The Myth of Power
Often, when speaking to someone about pianos and piano tone, the topic of power comes up. Frequently whether or not a piano has sufficient “power” becomes a de facto determination of whether a piano is acceptable or not. In these situations, the real question is: acceptable for what? If a piano is going to be […]
Maybe the Times are a-changing…
Frederic Chiu played the new Yamaha CFX concert grand in a well received recital at the Metropolitian Museum of Art in New York. The extremely positive review in the New York Times also featured something that has been very rare in the past, a photo that included the name of a non-New York based piano […]
My Christmas present to myself
It’s a great DVD of a large Russian babushka playing the piano and yes, I am that nerdy.
Love Music = Love Alex Ross
If you love music and you haven’t discovered Alex Ross, you’re in for a treat. Ross is the music critic at The New Yorker and the author of 2 wonderful books on music.