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 Post subject: Long, Dark, and Handsome
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:47 pm 
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Nope, it's not what you're probably thinking of... :lol:

After two long years of looking for a new piano, I finally settled on one! It's a very lightly-used Boston GP-178 (5'10"). It was the only instrument that I could find that fit in with our counterbalancing act of youth, tone, and price. :wink: It's definitely not a Steinway, but I have fallen head-over-heels in love with it, relishing its decent sound and smooth action (both of which were essentially nonexistent in my old piano :lol: ). It has a very firm touch too - something I really wanted.

Here are two pics and a sound clip. Thanks to all of you here who gave suggestions and advice during my piano search! :D

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Looks as good as it sounds, Sarah! Congrats. :wink:

Good thing you got a Jansen bench too. You back and "sit upon" will thank you for years to come. :D :lol:

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Thank you! We did have to negotiate a little for that bench, but I'm glad we did. :D It makes practice so much more comfortable. It doesn't look quite so good now as the top is a little smooshed and the leather on the sides is a bit saggy, thanks to a few visits by a 260-pound piano student. :lol:

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Tell that student he has to bring his own bench. :lol:

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Location: Obamanation, unfortunately...
tell him to play in the squatting position without the bench; he'll be 200 before year's end. Sounds good to me. I hope you will become a recording juggernaut.

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Looks lovely and sounds great ! You must be in heaven :D
Good performance, too. Shall we put it up on the site ?

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Congratulations Sarah, I understand your happiness. It looks and sounds beautiful. How old is he? I've only heard of Boston brand, they are quite rare here. Aren't Boston near-quality Steinway pianos?

Chris, since when can bare snippets make it the main site?

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alf wrote:
Congratulations Sarah, I understand your happiness. It looks and sounds beautiful. How old is he? I've only heard of Boston brand, they are quite rare here. Aren't Boston near-quality Steinway pianos?

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Boston is indeed Steinway's "middle range" brand. It's built by Kawai alongside Kawai's own models, and is intended to compete with Yamaha and such, but new it is generally more expensive than those brands. However, Steinway usually touts full trade-in trade-up value on Steinway pianos.

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Many thanks to all of you! Yes, Chris, I am in piano heaven. :D I was so excited I didn't sleep for several days. Thank you very much for the kind offer on the recording, but I think I want to work on this recording business for a while before I submit anything permanent. :wink:

Alf, my piano is eight or nine years old. It was owned by an Oriental family with a nine-year-old prodigy, and she took good care of it and did not bang on it too much (or so the saleslady reports :wink: ). The Bostons, while similar in quality to other pianos made in Japan, have a more overtoned and mellower sound because of their scale design. Not a Steinway, but as close as our pocketbook could get... :D

Yes, Julius and Horowitzian, I'll take those suggestions to heart. :lol: Poor guy... he gets such grief anyway. When you're 6'4" tall, you are an ample target. :D

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sarah wrote:
[...] Poor guy... he gets such grief anyway. When you're 6'4" tall, you are an ample target. :D


I'll bet he's got good "reach" at the keyboard though. :D

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alf wrote:
Chris, since when can bare snippets make it the main site?

Heh, I realize now this was only the first part. It's about time for a new admin here. I am getting too old for this stuff.

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Horowitzian wrote:
I'll bet he's got good "reach" at the keyboard though. :D


Yes... he has a HUGE pair of mitts. Now we must learn how to use them. :wink: :D

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And you are just the person to do it I'm sure. :D

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Oh good - piano pictures! ( I wonder if other people are as titillated by looking at pianos as we are? :lol:)

Looks like a very nice piano, Sarah. I'm sure it will bring you many years of enjoyment!

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:lol: :lol: :lol:

The Piano World folks are too, believe me. The more "piano porn" the better! :D

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