In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter

October 2016 Issue



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RIP Grandpianoman

Member Mark Fontana posted the following on the forums Oct. 25th...
"I am saddened to report that Grandpianoman passed away on 10/18/2016 after a courageous fight with cancer. He was only 66. I never had the opportunity to meet him in person, but we enjoyed many years of correspondence and phone conversations discussing our mutual interest in player pianos, reproducing rolls, etc. He was not only a world-class performer in his professional life but also a generous and gracious piano enthusiast, as many of you know from his prolific posting history here on PW. He will be missed."

The post is here if you'd like to leave a message, tribute, condolences... Grandpianoman RIP Post
New Piano World Coming!

That's right, there is a new Piano World coming soon to a browser near you.
We've been working hard on a complete redesign of the main Piano World we site, long overdue.
The new site is streamlined, easier to navigate, and device responsive, meaning it automatically adjusts itself for the type of device you are using to access the site (desktop computer, tablet, cell phone, etc.).
Along with the new design we will be rolling out new features and of course adding new content.

Keeping in mind it's still a work in process, we'd love to get your feedback on the new design.
You can preview it here... wp.pianoworld.com (the wp prefix will be going away when we launch live to the world).


Active Topics - Have You Checked?

Did you know you can easily view a list of the current active topics in the forums?
You can view active topics from the last 24 hours, the last 48 hours, or the last 7 days.

Here is an example of the current active topics from the last seven days Piano Forums Active Topics

You can find the Active Topics link at the top of the page, or just use the link I provided above. When you get there, you can always change the time frame to one of the other choices.

So What Are The Topics?

The following are examples of the Topics being discussed from the last 24 hours (as of 11:00 a.m. EST on 24 October 2016).
These are excerpts from less than 1/2 the first page of results:

Piano Photo Gallery - Pictures of Pianos
I think this one is past repair. by Jeff G @ October 24, 2016 11:03 AM
This is in an old farm house left to the elements near where I live.

Piano Forum
Re: I'd like to take a vote... Kawai KG2D or Yamaha G1? by Steve Cohen @ October 24, 2016 11:03 AM
It is a fine piano and should last well beyond 20 years with regular maintenance.

Adult Beginners Forum
What's the point? by pianoplayingpig @ October 24, 2016 11:00 AM Just wondering if anyone else feels the same way. I love playing the piano and practicing but after playing a piece for weeks and somewhat "getting it" I get tired of it and after a couple of weeks of not playing it, Poof it's gone and forg

Piano Teachers Forum
Re: My Piano Student Plays like a Robot by Charles Cohen @ October 24, 2016 10:56 AM
Originally Posted By TimROh, and I would "reframe" this whole discussion. Rather than a student who plays without emotion, I would describe a student who plays without dynamics. One is teachable, the other not so much. +1 !

Piano Forum
Re: German piano industry and ?? by ando @ October 24, 2016 10:54 AM
Originally Posted By Rickster Fact is, as good a salesman as you are, and as good as you are at using PW to your advantage, I'm surprised you are not running for president. Well, I can think of two very compelling reasons: First, he lives in Can

Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
Re: Audio setup for VST by Frederic L @ October 24, 2016 10:41 AM
The Scarlett 2i2 has not many inputs : 2 (you can record yourself in stereo). The advantage compared to a low-cost soundcard will be the sound quality. It is up to you to decide if the Focusrite 2i2 is worth the extra cost.

Piano Tuner-Technicians Forum
Re: Easy String Calc / Mensurix 5 by RestorerPhil @ October 24, 2016 10:40 AM
Originally Posted By Ed McMorrow, RPT No one else that I am aware of has worked with how bridge mobility allows L-mode/T-mode coupling, and how inaudible L-modes can produce audible beats, except me. Ed, Thank you for your comments. Since I a

Piano Tuner-Technicians Forum
Re: How to copy a decal? by Klavimaniac @ October 24, 2016 10:33 AM
Adypiano, Nice esthetic web page. Do you do your own case polishing? How do you get that crisp paper thin look? 50 coats of shellac ?

Adult Beginners Forum
Re: Best way to sight read? Random bars or Pieces? by Qazsedcft @ October 24, 2016 10:30 AM
Reading without playing at the same time is pretty useless unless you can hear the music in your head.

Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
Re: Yamaha CP60/70/80 M - how does the midi work by Morodiene @ October 24, 2016 10:27 AM Originally Posted By Frederic LOn the CP60M manual I read : Note On : 90h v = 1-127... I think it send a velocity number. There you have it: it will give a range of velocities and not just on/off.

Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
Re: Roland RD800 vs Casio PX-5S by Morodiene @ October 24, 2016 10:26 AM
The RD-800, Kawai MP7, or the Yamaha CP4 would be great DPs to look at. Casio PX-5S is a great little board, very light, and has a lot to offer. But the action compared with the others listed is not at good. If you are under a budget, perhaps take

Adult Beginners Forum
Re: Possible ear training (100 Melodies a Year Club) by PianoStudent88 @ October 24, 2016 10:25 AM
SadieLady, welcome! I'm also learning what to do with my left hand. There are so many levels. There's figuring out some notes that sound OK, and then there's figuring out what notes are actually being played in a recording. Originally Posted By A

Piano Forum
Jump to new posts Re: shigeru sk5 heavy action = normal ? by pianoloverus @ October 24, 2016 10:22 AM
Originally Posted By tirtayes, very pretty sure. since I can't play anything loudly on that sk5, infact I can't play anything at all to my satisfaction on that piano. and I have tried a petrof iv which is a lot mellower than kawai, but it is not th

Piano Tuner-Technicians Forum
Re: Felt on jack by ambrozy @ October 24, 2016 10:22 AM
rXd, you're right, but why not improve this design using this jacks and "feltless" buttons with graphite coat, then will be no problem even with buttons off center and letoff will be more precise. I am worried only about action noises. I try




Piano Parties!
We love piano parties! If you are planning to hold one, please let us know. Piano parties are a great way to share your love of playing (and listening) and an opportunity to get non-players or used-to-play people interested.

The EPP 2016 party is over, but what a great party it was!
2013 it was Brussels, Belgium
2014 it was Lisbon, Portugal
2015 it was Lucerne, Switzerland
2016 was in Milan, Italy (Kathy and I went to this one, amazing)
2017? Tentatively in Bulgaria!

San Francisco Area?
Looks like there is some new interest in hosting piano parties in San Francisco. Anyone interested? San Francisco Piano Parties

Bulgaria anyone?
Members are still trying to organize a piano party in Bulgaria. If you think you might be interested, please check it out.

Bulgaria Piano Party

Portsmouth NH / Northampton NH
Discussion about a piano party in this area... Portsmouth NH (southern NH) Denver Colorado
The good folks in Denver are planning another piano party. Denver Piano Party Details

Pittsfield MA Piano Party?
Member Ghazi has suggested he/she would be interested in hosting a piano party at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA
If you live anywhere within driving distance, you know it's pretty country in the Berkshire County area.

Berkshire County / Pittsfield MA Piano Party



Not sure what a piano party is? Check out the links above, and this forum Forum Members Parties, Tours, Cruises, & Meetings
Also, see this Collection of Piano Parties and Tours compiled by one of our moderators (thank you Casinitaly).
New Piano Lamps in Our Online Store!

PianoSupplies.com is a division of Piano World. We now offer the beautifully crafted Cocoweb piano lamps. They have been designing lighting products for over 50 years, using a team of talented in-house professional designers.
We are pleased to be able to offer you these superior lighting solutions for your piano, music room, home.
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Here are a few examples (see all the piano lamps we offer here)
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When Is a Piano Not a Piano??

When it's a piano with a PianoDisc ProRecord QuietTime system installed!
How do I know? I liked it so much I installed one in my own piano (Estonia L-190) and I love it!
Why do I love it?
I'm glad you asked.
There are several reasons, including:
  • What a Performance! Using amazing technology it captures every nuance of your playing using a super sensitive optical sensor system that measures the exact position of the key (it captures 1024 levels of expression for each note without adding delays or reducing velocity accuracy). It's not recording the sound, it's capturing your performance. But what's more exciting is what it can do with it!
  • Silent Play - Play Your Acoustic Piano Through Headphones - with the QuietTime you can play your acoustic piano anytime without disturbing anyone else, listening through headphones. Yes, that's right. Your acoustic piano will be silent to others while you play and listen through headphones.
  • I'm a Composer - Send your performance out with the built in MIDI system to your computer/laptop and using a program like Notation software what you play can be automatically converted to sheet music. I like to compose, but I'm weak on theory and have no patience. This is the perfect answer for anyone who loves to create but doesn't like the tediousness of writing it all down note for note.
  • I'm Hearing Voices! - Yes you are, if you have the ProRecord system installed in your piano. 88 of them to be exact. That's right, now you can make your acoustic piano sound like a pipe organ, strings, digital pianos, vibes, even choral voices, and so much more. But it doesn't end there! There are new and updated voices in the works (including one being produced by one of our forums members).
  • It's a MIDI Controller, It's an Acoustic Piano! The ProRecord system turns your acoustic piano into a midi controller.
    Now you get the best of both worlds! That's right, it can turn virtually any acoustic piano into a midi controller, all while capturing every nuance of your performance.
  • Speaking of Control
  • You can use your iPhone or iPad to control the ProRecord sytem. Don't own an i-products? You can also access the controls with a Windows based system using the built in USB port.
Curious to learn more? Please visit the web site I've set up for more details www.Prorecord.info
New Piano Owners Forum!


PLEASE - Visit this forum and congratulate these folks on their New Piano!

We now have a special sub-forum under the Piano Forum specifically as a place for posts about members getting a new (to them) piano.

I love reading the threads posted by members who have finally purchased their piano. Seeing the pictures and hearing the stories reminds me of one of the most important reasons we are here, to help each other.

And if you've found Piano World and/or the Forums to be helpful, we'd love to know that too.
Unfortunately these posts get buried quickly as new threads get created.

If you recently got a piano, or you know of a thread where someone is talking about getting their new piano, please let me know. I'd love to move the threads to this one central place for all to share in the joy of owning and playing a piano.

The New Piano Owners forum lives here , right under the primary Piano Forum.
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Fun & Interesting Stuff

Happy Halloween!
A few pictures of Kathy and I performing at The Haunting at Parsonsfield Seminary
September 2016 Stats for Piano World
We continue to attract a large audience of piano/keyboard/music lovers to Piano World. Piano World September 2016 Stats
Now we just need to get more people in the piano/keyboard/music industry to realize advertising on Piano World is by far the best bang for the buck.
And I expect the launch of our newly designed site will increase our presence on the Web by making Piano World available to all types of devices, a growing requirement of the major search engines.
Forums Member Becomes Mason & Hamlin Artist
Congratulations to member Wolfgangmeister (aka Jason Solomindes). Jason has just been designated a Mason & Hamlin Artist.
There were some grumbling on the forums a while ago that Jason was posting a lot of positive information about M&H and that he should reveal his industry affiliation. At that time, he had zero affiliation other than being a big fan and owner of a M&H piano.
It doesn't hurt that he is a concert pianist by choice (he went to school with our own Jeffrey Biegel, they are good friends), but you should know he is a successful engineer by trade, working as Chief of Controls for a very large jet engine manufacturer.

So no, he is not a shill for M&H and receives no money from them. I've had the pleasure of meeting him in person a few times now, he is a gentleman and a talented musician who happens to be very enthusiastic supporter of M&H, and thankfully of Piano World.

I'm also happy to note that we count among our forums members a number of concert artists associated with other major piano manufacturers.
We can even count among our membership a concert artist who owns a piano company (Dr. Indrek Laul, owner of Estonia Pianos).
My Tuning Adventures
I sometimes post pictures and blurbs about my tuning adventures on the forums, other times I only get them up on Facebook.
I've decided to create A Piano Tuner's Blog on the forums, about my tuning adventures. While I'll still share things on my Facebook page, the "blog" gives me a central place to collect my experiences. Frank's - A Piano Tuner's Blog
Feel free to poke around my FB page to see what I'm up to also, it contains other piano related stuff too . Frank Baxter's FB page
What's Happening on the Piano Forums?
Looking for a quick way to catch up on what's being discussed on the forums? One option is the Active Topics link. This one shows all the active topics over the past seven days.. Active Topics, Last 7 Days
You can also choose other options like past 24 or 48 hours, active posts, unanswered posts. Check it out.

Live Piano Venues
This is an ongoing project to collect listings of places where you can still hear live piano music, and places where you can (maybe) play the piano. We're talking about restaurants, bars, hotels, airports, etc. Help us grow the list.
The goal is to eventually organize it by location (anyone want to help?).

I've added a couple of locations I found while we were in Italy for the piano party, including one on a tiny island in Venice.

Listings of Live Piano Venues
The Best Things I've Learned on Piano World
A thread running in the Adult Beginner Forum, members talking about what they found helpful/interesting on Piano World. Best Things I've Learned on Piano World
I'll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours
(Show Us Your Piano Room Pictures)
This thread has been running for ten years now!
Every once in a while someone discovers it and adds pictures of their own Piano/Music room.
If you haven't posted yours yet, please feel free to add them. We don't care if you only have a keyboard sitting on a table or two concert grands in an elaborate music room, we just love seeing people's set up and knowing they are enjoying making music.

If you would like to add your pictures to this thread PLEASE be sure to upload your pictures to our servers (see Posting Pictures on the Piano Forums below). Otherwise they may just disappear some day, as you will see in some of the posts in this thread.
the Show Us Your Piano Room Pictures Thread

Thank You - Thank You - Thank You!

A big thank you to all the wonderful people who have made a donation and/or become a subscribing member of our forums.
Keeping Piano World and the Piano Forums going is a challenge. I get up every day thinking I need to find a way to generate income. I know it's my choice to be self-employed and I love it, but there are times when it can be a bit intimidating.
That's why we (Kathy and I) so appreciate it when one of our members/guests wants to show their support.


The support of our advertisers and sales in our online store is how I keep Piano World going and how I support my family (along with some piano tunings). Being self-employed is not easy and business has been tough lately. Please consider purchasing from our online store, or if you are professional in the piano industry, advertising on the world's most popular piano site, Piano World.

If you you'd like to show your support some other way, please visit our Support page.

Keep in mind one of the best ways you can help is to spread the word about Piano World and the Piano Forums. Tell your friends, co-workers, relatives, etc. And especially suggest to piano related businesses (teachers, tuners, movers, dealers/stores, etc.) that they should be advertising on the worlds's most popular piano site!
And if you know someone in the southwest Maine or southeast New Hampshire area, tell them you know a really good piano tuner (me). Frank Baxter - Piano Tuner-Technician

(And yes, I know the page looks ugly, as I mentioned in the Piano World is Changing story, I'm working on a completely new design.)
Do you know of a particularly good thread you think others would enjoy?
Send me an email with a link to the thread (webmaster@pianoworld.com) or send it from within the thread itself. I'll take a look and consider listing it in a future newsletter.
And if you find one that would make a really good addition to one of our FAQ areas, please let me know that too.


Concerts, Recitals & Competitions

Robin Meloy Goldsby - The Piano Girl!
That's right, our very own Piano Girl is coming to the States!

If you don't know Robin, you should. She is a multi-talented musician, composer, author, and story teller.
She's also one of the sweetest kindest people you'd ever want to meet. Piano Girl Concert Details
2016 Midwest International Piano Competition
The University of Northern Iowa School of Music is thrilled to announce the 2016 Midwest International Piano Competition, taking place in Cedar Falls, Iowa, June 5-11.

Prizes:
Junior Category
1st prize $2500
2nd prize $1500
3rd prize $1000

Senior Category
1st prize $10000
CD recording with Blue Griffin label valued at $5000. www.bluegriffin.com
Professional management for two years with Heartland Concert Artists (optional)
2nd prize $5000
3rd prize $2500
Midwest Piano Competition Details
Virginia Waring International Piano Competition
Senior Competition (18-35 years old)
Over $35,000 in prize money plus performance opportunities.
Additional Details about this Piano Competition
2016 Chicago International Duo Piano Competition
Sponsored by the Chicago Duo Piano Festival and Music Institute of Chicago
Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, Founders and Directors

June 8-12, 2016
Music Institute of Chicago

Competition Awards
1st Prize: $10,000
2nd Prize: $5,000
3rd Prize: $2,500

Details - Chicago Duo Piano Competition
High Point University 2016 Piano Competition
Funded by the Randall Thomas Johnson Trust

$10,000 in prizes awarded among 3 finalists
For pianists aged 15-25 who reside in the United States
September 10, 2016
High Point, NC
Additional Details - High Point Piano Competition
6th Piano Bridges Amateur Competition
The 6th Piano Bridges International Competition for Amateur Pianists will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, from July 4-9, 2016.
We welcome amateur pianists aged 17 and above from all countries, people of various occupations for whom piano playing is a serious hobby, but not a professional activity.
Professional pianists as well as piano teachers and students of professional music colleges and conservatories (piano specialization) are not allowed to take part in the competition.

The competition is held in two categories:
1st category - amateur pianists who received a diploma of secondary or higher musical education but haven't been involved in music activities as professional pianists for at least 3 years.
2nd category - amateur pianists with no professional piano education.
6th Piano Bridges Amateur Competition Details

National Piano Conference
The National Piano Conference is already preparing for the 5th annual conference in 2016. Follow us and plan a trip to Crystal Lake ILLINOIS and enjoy classes, seminars, events and concerts all centered around the wonderful piano, the most versatile instrument in the world
National Piano Conference Info


Additional Piano Concerts and Competition Listings

Remember, if you know of any piano concerts, competitions, or events ... let us know!
You can post in this section of the piano forums (and/or email us). Don't forget to keep an eye on the forum below for news of upcoming concerts, competitions, and special (piano) events. Piano Concerts - Competitions - Events
Have you visited the member recordings forums?
This is a great place to hear some of your fellow forums members. One is a sub forum in the Pianist Corner which features primarily classical music. Member Recordings - Pianist Corner

The other is under the Fun Stuff category and contains hundreds of recordings of all types of wonderful music. Member Recordings - General


Posting Pictures on the Piano Forums
PLEASE UPLOAD YOUR PICTURES TO OUR SERVERS!


Please understand that we much prefer you upload a copy of your pictures to our servers using this gallery feature, or our older uploader, rather than just linking to them hosted elsewhere.
We constantly find that pictures linked from one of the free services on the web inevitably end up with broken links.

Our picture gallery tool automatically creates three size pictures. Thumb, Medium (best for display in a forum thread) and Full (full original size of the image you uploaded).
We are often asked how to post pictures in the forums. There is a Picture Gallery Forum specifically here to make this easier.
Essentially the steps are:
1.) Upload your pictures to the gallery 2.) Copy and paste the url for each picture where you want them in your post (each picture will have the correct syntax for embedding the picture in your thread).

Full instructions for using the gallery can be found here... Posting Pictures in the Forums
And finally, if you still aren't sure how to upload your pictures, contact me and I'll help.


Are You Taking Care of Your Piano?

Piano Need Tuning?
Your Piano and DRYNESS!

Here in the north winter is fast approaching, we've already had nights in the 20s (Fahrenheit).
On goes the heat, and down goes the humidity in your house, often WAY down.
This is bad for you as a human, and bad for your poor piano. In fact many manufacturers of high end pianos have a clause in their warranty that states that you must maintain a certain level of humidity in the environment around the piano, or chance voiding your warranty!

Why Does My House Get So Dry?
Two Words - Relative Humidity


In winter, your furnace heats the air in your house and, by doing so, lowers its relative humidity. That makes the air dry. Explanation of the term relative humidity.
Relative Humidity (RH) indicates the amount of water vapor, in percent, actually in the air compared to the maximum amount that the air could hold under the same conditions. The warmer the air, the more moisture it can hold. Air in the home heated to 70° F can hold about eight grains of moisture per cubic foot. That is 100% RH. If there are only two grains per cubic foot in the home, this is 1/4 of the air capacity or 25% RH. So, what happens to the air when it's heated? Your furnace will bring in outdoor air to be heated. During the winter months it's very common to find outdoor RH at 70% and air temperature at +10° F. When this air is heated to 70° F, the indoor RH drops to 6%, this is similar dryness to desert conditions. The only solution is to add water vapor to the air - humidification.

A whole house humidifier would be ideal for you and your piano, but if your house isn't already equipped it can get pretty expensive really fast. Next would be a full room humidifier.
If neither of these is practical, ask your piano tuner-technician about a system made specifically for your piano.
The Dampp Chaser / Piano Life Saver is one such system (there are other). Be sure your piano tech is experienced in determining exactly what your specific instrument needs, and that he/she is qualified to install the system.

By the way, for those of you are coming into your summer season (or tropical areas) the problem is the opposite where you can have too much moisture in the area, also bad for your piano (the issue we have up here in the summer). Again you can control the situation either whole house, one room, or with the help of your piano tuner-technician within the piano itself.

The systems installed in the piano are also helpful in places like churches and schools where it's even less likely that the room/building will be controlled.


Did you know your piano should be tuned at least twice a year?
As a piano tuner I sometimes receive calls from customers who tell me they aren't sure if their piano actually needs to be tuned. Let's think about this. Have you ever watched a violinist in an orchestra? They often tune up before every piece, and they only have four strings to contend with. The average piano has about 235 strings with a total tension (pull from all the strings) measured in tons!
And how do you make music on a piano? By whacking those strings with felt wrapped devices called hammers!
Yes, your piano needs to be tuned.

And it isn't just playing that knocks your piano out of tune, changes in temperature and humidity are major factors.
Yes, your piano needs to be tuned.


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