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#202 - 04/04/07 09:59 AM Photo diary of my journey
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I have been pestered enough now for some pictures and therefore, here you are, beginning with a simply marvellous Sauter Vivace at Manfred Jelemensky's store in Fügen in the beautiful Zillertal:



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#203 - 04/04/07 10:06 AM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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He Vippo

Photos at last! I have never seen a Sauter before. This one has an art deco look about it. Not sure that I would descibe it as especially elegant, especially the end stop shapes of the case beside the keyboard. Or the pedal bracing strut. The inlays in the upper rim are interesting.

Kind regards

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#204 - 04/04/07 10:13 AM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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See, this changes everything. It's nice to see the kind of shop the piano is in too. Hmm, silver frame - see I didn't catch that in your post (if you said it).

From now on! Great job. Now your thread is really the best and most fun.

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#205 - 04/04/07 10:22 AM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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That particular example of a Sauter is from the Peter Maly design line -- there other instruments look "normal". I so far only have seen the catalogue pictures, but those give a better impression. Not so sure about the looks of it - I don't think I'd put something like that in my sitting room.

But yes - thanks for the pictures (I always forget to take the camera along ...)
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#206 - 04/04/07 03:00 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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 Quote:
Originally posted by vippo:
I have been pestered enough now for some pictures and therefore, here you are, beginning with a simply marvellous Sauter Vivace at Manfred Jelemensky's store in Fügen in the beautiful Zillertal:[/b]
Bags not be the one who has to take the legs and 'lyre' off that to ship it.

Best wishes,
Matthew
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#207 - 04/04/07 04:39 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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Very funky! I'm with mjs; that piano falls into the category of "I'd rather look at it in somebody else's living room than my own." \:D
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#208 - 04/04/07 05:28 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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I have to defend it, standing in front of it it looks much better, although it is something you've got to get "accustomed" to... and I'm not sure I'd accustom myself to it standing in my living room \:D (yep, I'm a boring traditionalist...)
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#209 - 04/04/07 05:50 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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I'm sure it sounds quite lovely. But, if it were a bit smaller and a I saw it moving across my livingroom floor, my first inclination would be to reach for the can of Raid.

Derick
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#210 - 04/04/07 05:53 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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Eurgh! :rolleyes: .

A prime candidate for blind pianists making radio broadcasts.

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#211 - 04/04/07 06:22 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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That looks REALLY nice! I love the end caps - that grabbed my attention (and the "aluminum" looking frame.)


The only part that seemed a bit over-the-top to me was the inlay on the rim. It was adding just one more brush stroke to the Mona Lisa.
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#212 - 04/06/07 12:00 AM Re: Photo diary of my journey
Rich Galassini Offline
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What I like about this piano is the fact that it is a little different.

Pianos are Sooo traditional and the looks are sooo expected that it is refreshing to me to see a decidedly unique approach to the piano cabinet. Among contemporary design attempts when it comes to the piano, this one is among the best I have seen.

There have been some really bad ones....like these:

[img]http://www.ndu.ac.at/ndu/studiengaenge/vorstudium/klavier-gestaltung/default_two_thirds_large[/img]








My 2 cents,
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#213 - 04/06/07 12:19 AM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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Eeeeeeekkkkk, those make the Sauter look beautiful.

However, I'm not sure how practical the "lyre" / pedal struts are as they look susceptible to abuse and breakage. The end caps would make it next to impossible to watch another pianist play.

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#214 - 04/06/07 12:40 AM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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Originally posted by Derick II:
I'm sure it sounds quite lovely. But, if it were a bit smaller and a I saw it moving across my livingroom floor, my first inclination would be to reach for the can of Raid.

Derick [/b]
LOL!! or the Men in Black!

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#215 - 04/06/07 10:22 AM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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i think it quite beautiful, very graceful
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#216 - 04/06/07 10:32 AM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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I'm with you Apple....I like it...
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#217 - 04/06/07 10:51 AM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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I'm with you two, apple and Monster- I like it. As does my husband, who saw it over my shoulder as he walked by and said- "ooh, nice!" and stopped to get a better look.
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#218 - 04/06/07 11:52 AM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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"Beautiful," "graceful," "nice?" Have any of you visited an optician recently? ;\) The casework has been thoroughly beaten with a Very Large Ugly Stick, and the silver blocks on the rim are the kind of thing a 6 year old would do. It belongs quite firmly with other excrescences posted by Rich G above!

-Michael B.
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#219 - 04/06/07 07:21 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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I think it looks cool. Kinda like a harpsichord with its high cheeks.

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#220 - 04/06/07 07:53 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey
electrodoc Offline
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Loc: UK
Interesting diversity of opinion - and now a question. If you found the most beautiful sounding piano in the whole world at an affordable price but it looked ugly would you buy it?

Electrodoc

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#221 - 04/07/07 04:29 AM Re: Photo diary of my journey
vippo Offline
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I'll post other pics soon, so we can discuss about less controversial looks \:D
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#222 - 04/08/07 01:43 AM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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I think it looks great as well. The Maly upright designs are very nice, too...
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#223 - 04/08/07 06:08 AM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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I too think it's beautiful; I love the clean lines and look. Ornate and busy additions are not my style.

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#224 - 04/11/07 05:43 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey
vippo Offline
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Ok, as promised some pics of the pianos I tried yesterday:

first, the Grotrians:


Fallboard - Grotrian Steinweg 185 from 1968

It was impossible to take other pictures which look decent because of the unfavourable light conditions.

And now, the Grotrian- Steinweg 225 (the curtains are thicker):



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#225 - 04/11/07 05:48 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey
vippo Offline
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Now, the pics from Piano Albin Förstl:

The August Förster 190:








And the Bechstein Academy 190:





Sorry for the pronounced noise in the pics, but they are all ISO 400 so I could avoid the flash wherever possible.
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#226 - 04/11/07 06:26 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey
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I'm very proud of you Mr. Vippo. The pictures really give a nice visual accompaniment - if you will - to the story. Nice to see insides of European dealers for those of us stateside and elsewhere.

I stuck my head in a shop in Atlanta yesterday and played my first M&H BB. Wish I'd have had more time.

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#227 - 04/12/07 02:56 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey
Bea Offline
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There is a piano out there for everyone. If you're lucky, more than one. I think the pics are great. I tend to be more concerned on the sound and how it feels and "sings" to me. \:\)

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#2266547 - 04/24/14 06:00 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey [Re: vippo]
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Guess what??? I like it!!!!

I guess it depends on personal styles of decoration.

I loooovee the Bosie Audi. I like this one too.

If I could afford it, I would buy one.

My 2 cents.
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#2267161 - 04/25/14 10:48 PM Re: Photo diary of my journey [Re: Monica K.]
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Beautiful - in the shop, in your livingroom or in my livingroom! Congratulations. grin
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