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#1258437 - 08/29/09 10:01 AM I think I found my piano!
Muusers Offline
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Registered: 08/25/09
Posts: 12
Loc: Delft, Netherlands
Let me rephrase that. I KNOW I found my piano! It's a Ferd. Hoffstein UP 118M.

Story: I went to my local dealer today to search for an upright. After trying 2nd hands and other cheap new pianos, which I all rejected because they were either too low (bumped my knee up to the keys), too sharp tone-wise or too sloppy action-wise, the dealer showed me this one. He first didn't show me it because it was slightly over budget, but after hearing me explain with every piano why I didn't like it he kinda had to. It's got a very romantic and soulfull tone. Very deep but still bright enough for lighter work. The action is incredible. I'm used to my Rippen at my parents house, and this one is very similar only more precise and accurate.

So we talked it over and the dealer suggested my best bet was to rent it for 50 euros a month. Then when the year is over I can pay the remainder of the price of the piano and then it'll be mine!

I'm so happy right now. I thought the searchin was gonna take ages, but it didn't. Weird to think my piano was only a 20 minute bike ride away.

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#1258463 - 08/29/09 11:02 AM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: Muusers]
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Congratulations, Muusers! smile Please post some photos if you get the chance.
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#1258464 - 08/29/09 11:08 AM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: Monica K.]
Jeff Clef Offline
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Registered: 10/05/08
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Loc: San Jose, CA
I was just going to say.

I'd love to see some pics, this is a make I've never heard of. It takes some good shopping to find these gems sometimes.
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#1258468 - 08/29/09 11:21 AM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: Jeff Clef]
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Registered: 08/13/09
Posts: 348
Loc: Vero Beach,Florida
Muusers,
I feel and can share your excitement.You are blessed to have found "The One" Enjoy it along with the best wishes that i send your way. So,how long must you wait for your baby to be delivered to your home?




Terry
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#1258474 - 08/29/09 11:26 AM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: Terry5758]
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Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8601
Loc: Georgia, USA
Congratulations!

There is nothing like the joy and excitement of buying a new or new-to-you piano!!! (Well, almost nothing!!)

Take care,

Rick
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#1258482 - 08/29/09 11:39 AM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: Rickster]
Muusers Offline
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Registered: 08/25/09
Posts: 12
Loc: Delft, Netherlands
It's gonna be roughly 2 weeks till delivery. I've been looking on google for pics of it, but I can't find them either. I'll definitely post some when she's here. The inside looks similar to an older U1, only less spacious.

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#1258536 - 08/29/09 01:36 PM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: Muusers]
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Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
congrats and best of luck!@!!

do you happen to have a photo of the Rippen at your parent's house, to compliment the photo of your new piano? We don't have Rippen's in the U.S.
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love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#1258551 - 08/29/09 02:19 PM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: apple*]
Muusers Offline
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Registered: 08/25/09
Posts: 12
Loc: Delft, Netherlands
Will take one in the morning apple*, too dark right now.

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#1258562 - 08/29/09 02:37 PM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: Muusers]
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Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
and the Hoffstein too when it comes. That's another brand I've never seen.
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love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#1258897 - 08/30/09 09:05 AM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: apple*]
Muusers Offline
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Registered: 08/25/09
Posts: 12
Loc: Delft, Netherlands
Pictures of my Rippen piano at my parents':












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#1258899 - 08/30/09 09:08 AM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: Muusers]
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Registered: 02/22/07
Posts: 3946
Loc: Banned
A Dutch classic!

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#1258964 - 08/30/09 12:07 PM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: theJourney]
Jeff Clef Offline
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Registered: 10/05/08
Posts: 4469
Loc: San Jose, CA
Very handsome, Muusers, especially the shot down the keyboard. How does it play and sound?
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#1259009 - 08/30/09 01:43 PM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: Jeff Clef]
Muusers Offline
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Registered: 08/25/09
Posts: 12
Loc: Delft, Netherlands
Well I've been playing on that piano for 13 years now, so I think it plays excellent:P But it's got a very gentle touch and pretty good dynamic range for an old piano. Talking 35-40 years old on that Rippen. A very gentle tone, not harsh or sharp but very well defined nonetheless. The action could be better, but then again, it's not the most expensive piano to start with.

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#1259068 - 08/30/09 04:09 PM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: Muusers]
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Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

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Posts: 22283
Loc: Oakland
Rippen used Schwander actions, as I recall, which were quite good. A little regulation could make it play very well.
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#1259110 - 08/30/09 05:09 PM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: BDB]
saerra Offline
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Registered: 06/28/07
Posts: 842
Loc: Atlanta, GA
smile Just wanted to say congratulations on finding your new piano! Did you have to look at many before you found it?

And, loved the pics of your Rippen... especially down the keyboard with the plant at the end, nice shot!

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#1259473 - 08/31/09 07:19 AM Re: I think I found my piano! [Re: saerra]
Muusers Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/25/09
Posts: 12
Loc: Delft, Netherlands
I went through about 12 or 13 piano's before I tried the Hoffstein. So not too many, took me some 3 hours.

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