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#1541886 - 10/23/10 05:12 PM My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos)
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Last April I started a few threads about my search for a new piano, which ended with a thread I called Steinway D - I've made up my mind!

The piano I chose was a Concert & Artist Series D ("CD-888") that our local Steinway dealer was retiring, and which he agreed to restore to like-new condition. There's a long version of this part of the story in the previous thread, so I won't repeat it here.

The restoration has taken six months, and CD-888 now has a relacquered soundboard, rebronzed plate, new strings, agraffes, pins, pinblock, and refinished case. And undoubtedly many other things that I'm forgetting now! Most of the job was done by a wonderful restorer whose work is of the highest quality.

Anyway, my D was delivered last Tuesday. I’ll spare everyone the superlatives and just say that I love it!

The delivery was unbearably scary because the piano had to go down a flight of narrow stairs. My husband took the pictures while I hid in the opposite end of the house hoping not to hear a crash! (I didn't.) When I emerged, the piano had made it down safely. Whew!



















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#1541887 - 10/23/10 05:14 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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#1541891 - 10/23/10 05:17 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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Wow, congrats! I love the space. So when do we get recordings?


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#1541894 - 10/23/10 05:21 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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Great piano, great place, great bookshelves, great books. Looks like you're ready for some "library recitals"! smile
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#1541899 - 10/23/10 05:27 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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Oh my gosh, I can't believe you got a 9' piano into your basement! What incredible pictures. And that is a breathtaking piano room. If I lived in your house I don't know if I would ever leave that room. And the piano is pretty nice too. smile

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#1541901 - 10/23/10 05:28 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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How does it feel to have a concert grand in your basement!?!??!?!?! Amazing!!! Congratulations!

What a gorgeous basement! Couldn't have been put in a better spot!


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#1541913 - 10/23/10 05:39 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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Bar, piano, books ... looks perfect to me!
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#1541922 - 10/23/10 05:49 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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I don't know which is more beautiful - the basement or the Steinway !! (Just kidding)

And let's hear it for those piano movers !! Talk about "unsung heroes!!"

Looks like you are all settled in for the winter !! Have fun !!
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#1541928 - 10/23/10 05:58 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. How fortunate to have the magic of Steinway in your own basement, which that also is beautiful might I add!
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#1541929 - 10/23/10 05:59 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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Congratulations, Carol! That piano is gorgeous. Your basement library is equally, if not more, gorgeous, too. wow I'm guessing all those books do great things for your room acoustics. thumb
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#1541932 - 10/23/10 06:01 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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What a gorgeous piano and a great spot for it!! I am so happy for you. It is a fabulous looking instrument and I'm sure it sounds just as wonderful!!

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#1541948 - 10/23/10 06:31 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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WOW! Can I move in!?!?!?!? Thats awesome! The piano could not fit any better anywhere else. Thats one very nice basement you have there. Such a striking look with the nice rubbed satin, and warm wood and lights of the room.
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#1541953 - 10/23/10 06:39 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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OMG wow doesn't even begin to cover it!

Congrats thumb
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#1541956 - 10/23/10 06:44 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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those pictures really make your piano look long!

(wow how wonderful is that piano?)
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#1541961 - 10/23/10 06:49 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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The pictures of the stairs really do look frightening--- but what a nice place, once you get there.

I have low bookshelves in my music room (not built-in), because of the danger of heavy furniture falling over in an earthquake, and pergo floors (because there are five dogs). But I can see we're thinking along the same lines about what makes a place nice to live in.

My piano teacher has disavowed liking dogs... but my bitch is just crazy about him--- just mention his name and she starts wagging. She's just about won him over, too. And I turned around to speak to him during the lesson, and saw one of the guys snuggling up to him on the couch.

So. Dogs that like Beethoven are one thing that makes a music room a happy place.

Congratulations on your wonderful piano. I'm sure it will have a really nice new life with you.


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#1541962 - 10/23/10 06:51 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Jeff Clef]
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Congratulations, Looks Great!

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#1541972 - 10/23/10 07:07 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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You must be in piano heaven! Enjoy!! smile
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#1541984 - 10/23/10 07:20 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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Great piano, and an even better space for it. There's something about a piano in the library.... smile
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#1541985 - 10/23/10 07:20 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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A fabulous piano, a fabulous home and fabulous pictures!!

Congratulations!

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#1541987 - 10/23/10 07:21 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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Congratulations!!! What a gorgeous piano!

I'll echo Frank Baxter's sentiment: Piano Party, Piano Party! I'll bring the wine. smile
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#1542012 - 10/23/10 07:41 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: jazzyprof]
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Truly stunningly beautiful piano and environment for it and for you. Congrats, and Enjoy!!!!

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#1542013 - 10/23/10 07:41 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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I'll add my congratulations to everyone else. I have to say when I was looking at the photo sequence I thought they were moving the piano up the stairs and thought "Oh dear, those poor movers having to haul a D up a flight of steps". Of course now you'll never be able to move laugh

Beautiful piano and a lovely setting for it.
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#1542028 - 10/23/10 07:56 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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#1542029 - 10/23/10 07:56 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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Oh wow, it's beautiful! What a lovely, substantial instrument, and the space is perfect for it! I am crazy for your built-ins, but admit to being a sucker for library spaces, in general smile
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#1542039 - 10/23/10 08:23 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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Jeepers, my piano dream. Congratulations!
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#1542051 - 10/23/10 08:46 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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Congrats! Great piano and very nice space. Do makea recording some time.

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#1542053 - 10/23/10 08:48 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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wow, I would be in heaven with a D in my house. I'm sure you're enjoying it.
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#1542086 - 10/23/10 09:51 PM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: Carol I.]
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Congratulations!!! cool Has it been 6 months already? I remember reading with great interest your story about the D.

So happy for you! Enjoy!!! smile

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#1542154 - 10/24/10 12:18 AM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: SophieM]
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Holy moly, those movers deserve an A+++ !!

Narrow hallway, didn't look like they had to make any turns thank God. The steps to the basement don't look like a piece of cake either. Hope you don't plan on moving anytime soon. smile

Congrats, I remember your thread and giving my 2 cents, I'm happy it worked out for you. It looks like a beauty. thumb

My move was easy compared to that. Up a fairly steep driveway , over a patio into my studio with one small step, two guys managed to do it.

There was another fellow here on PW that was up in SF a few years back that posted a video on youtube of his Fazioli 228 being scrunched into an elevator--these movers are pretty resourceful guys.

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#1542156 - 10/24/10 12:22 AM Re: My Steinway D has arrived at last! (with lots of photos) [Re: BB Player]
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....I have to say when I was looking at the photo sequence I thought they were moving the piano up the stairs.....

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