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#1461452 - 06/23/10 08:54 AM Baldwin Zebra Piano
JoeThePro Offline
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Registered: 06/14/10
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Loc: Atlanta, GA
Wow... Now this is just ridiculous! Those alternating black/white keys would mess me up!

Baldwin Zebra Piano With Red/Black/White Keys

Edited by JoeyIsFunny (06/23/10 08:55 AM)

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#1461453 - 06/23/10 08:57 AM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: JoeThePro]
apple* Offline

Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
I've always said that appearance doesn't matter. I adore 'R's'.. but would turn down a chance to be given one if it looked like that.

appropriate for the right person maybe.
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#1461493 - 06/23/10 10:08 AM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: apple*]
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Registered: 02/13/10
Posts: 502
Loc: Tennessee
If you look at the other custom finishes Gibson is offering, it appears they are making a joke out of the piano. At least that's the way I see it.
Jack in TN

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#1461512 - 06/23/10 10:27 AM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: PianoMan1958]
crogersrx Offline
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Registered: 07/25/08
Posts: 712
Loc: San Francisco, CA
Wow... that's really aweful. I'm not convinced that even Ray Charles could play that without feeling a sense of violation of all that is sacred about a piano. Just goes to show that there is no accounting for taste.
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#1461591 - 06/23/10 12:14 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: JoeThePro]
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Registered: 04/26/10
Posts: 2349
Loc: USA
When I was shopping I wanted to pain mine like this Baldwin:

Alas. I lack the guts.

#1461605 - 06/23/10 12:32 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: gnuboi]
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Tasteful and sophisticated. Quite charming!

Edited by pianoloverus (06/23/10 12:32 PM)

#1461623 - 06/23/10 01:08 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: JoeThePro]
elecmuse3 Offline
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Registered: 02/05/10
Posts: 304
Loc: Cincinnati
I'm really curious to know how many pianos with that extreme a finish have actually been sold, as opposed to having pictures sent 'round the web. (not meaning the flamed one just above, but the OP).

Edited by elecmuse3 (06/23/10 01:08 PM)

#1461690 - 06/23/10 02:40 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: elecmuse3]
PianoMan1958 Offline
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Registered: 02/13/10
Posts: 502
Loc: Tennessee
All these crazy finishes are actually on the Gibson piano site. Take a look.


The worst one, hands down, is "Feelin' Groovy"
Jack in TN

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#1461692 - 06/23/10 02:44 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: PianoMan1958]
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I wish they'd change the name, poor Baldwin has been stained for ever. frown

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#1461927 - 06/23/10 07:42 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: Pianosaurus Rex]
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Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 4309
Loc: North Hollywood CA.
Having played that "Zebra" piano at the past Namm shows, I found it very difficult to play in that with the key colors reversed, I felt very disoriented with the sharps. Though whoever buys that piano probably won't play it much anyway. grin
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#1462117 - 06/24/10 01:10 AM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: pianobroker]
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Registered: 07/28/09
Posts: 1192
Loc: Nashville, TN
Leave it to a guitar company to try their hand at piano finishing. It's sort of like Connan O'Brian when he shows two celebrities and then makes a composite, saying that is what their baby would look like. In the guitar world there is constant pressure to come up with the most creative finish for their high end guitars. Well, I have news for Gibson, Piano's ain't guitars. The Gibson ownership of Baldwin has been one huge blunder after another, imho.
Knabe 5'2" Louis XV Walnut circa 1927
Very part time piano broker.

#1462257 - 06/24/10 09:06 AM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: Pianolance]
Steve Chandler Online   content
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Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 2840
Loc: Urbandale, Iowa
I kinda like the Baroque, but that "Feelin Groovy" would have me feeling sick.

#1462882 - 06/25/10 12:25 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: Steve Chandler]
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Registered: 04/05/10
Posts: 49
Loc: New Orleans, LA
I'd been looking for a unique piano finish for several years while shopping. I came across all of these designs. To answer your question, I would buy a piano like this! I just really don't like the touch and tone of a Baldwin (having learned on one many years ago). If Yamaha built a Zebra C3, I might have gone for it. Instead, I'm planning to paint the music desk and keyblocks gold and add a fleur d' lis decal to the outside rim. whomeWHODAT!
"Practice, practice, practice... then make a left."
-Demitri Martin

#1463050 - 06/25/10 07:23 PM Re: Baldwin Zebra Piano [Re: Scrubby_Jones]
Jeff Clef Offline
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Registered: 10/05/08
Posts: 4469
Loc: San Jose, CA
"Feeling Queasy" might be a better name. I might be able to live with the tie-dye, but not the Smiley Face.

However, I know a die-hard Deadhead who would have it in the house just for the look. She doesn't play, by the way. But she still appears in public wearing tie-dye outfits.

I wonder what Liberace would have said about Baldwin's new finishes. He was known to take liberties, for the stage impact.


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