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#1690750 - 06/05/11 04:52 AM European Piano Tour - See the Pictures!
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Registered: 05/24/01
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We arrived in Hamburg last night.

Walked into our hotel lobby and immediately ran into Jim & Sandy Fariss and Ann Cooper. My sister and her husband are also here.

Here is the view from our hotel room window, two tall ships (one is U.S.C.G.).




Weather is gorgeous.

After dinner last night we walked over to the piano bar (also part of the hotel). Pianist had just finished. Introduced myself, he got all excited. Turns out he knows and loves Piano World :-) 5000 miles from home and the first piano player we meet knows PW.

Most of the tour participants should be here by tonight (Sunday 5 June). I'm sure there will be lots more pictures and stories to follow.

And for those of you who have been following my "Importance of Piano Room" thread, I have indeed selected my new piano, additional details to follow.

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#1690789 - 06/05/11 08:06 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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I have bookmarked this thread and am looking forward to pics. How very wonderful.
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#1690902 - 06/05/11 12:07 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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We took a guided bus tour of Hamburg, interesting.
One old church has 4, yes 4 organs. Concerts every day at noon.

Shot of Hamburg...



Quick stop for photo op with the tour members...




Off to a little cocktail get together to be followed by dinner (it's after 6:00 p.m. here now). Lots more pictures to follow from all of us.

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#1690921 - 06/05/11 12:57 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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A church with four organs, my nephew would love that, he'd have fun choosing which organ to play. What is the name of church? Looks like everyone is have a great time.

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#1690999 - 06/05/11 03:56 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Hi Musdan,

I've already forgotten the name, but Kathy will know.
She and I are going to try to go back to it tomorrow afternoon to see if we can get inside.

We'll take whatever pictures we can.
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#1691136 - 06/05/11 08:55 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Frank, don't forget to pass out the Piano Forum hats and T shirts! Remember the attention they got on the cruise?
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#1691200 - 06/06/11 01:27 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Carol I.]
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Originally Posted By: Carol I.
Frank, don't forget to pass out the Piano Forum hats and T shirts! Remember the attention they got on the cruise?


Hi Carol,
We will if we can find them. We shipped them to Germany 2 weeks ago. They arrived but the P.O. only "attempted" delivery once, nothing since. So all the goodies we purchased and shipped are sitting in a p.o. somewhere in Germany (if they haven't shipped them back to the states).
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#1691435 - 06/06/11 02:54 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Frank:

You must have an exact address where you shipped the goodies to?
Are these the ones they charges you $ 100 customs for?

P.S. While in Hamburg, try to get one meal of "Laabskaas", an old fishermen's meal. They serve it around the "Michel" [church tower] - Hamburgs main landmark. Cheap and totally delicious!

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#1691438 - 06/06/11 03:04 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Hey I'm visiting Hamburg too this week. Popped into the Bechstein store in Europa Passage but the Steinway tour would have been better smile

Plan to do the Schnitger organ tour in Jacobi on Thursday too. Otherwise work!

Got caught today in the thunderstorm today, that was fun as well.

Enjoy the tour.

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#1691450 - 06/06/11 03:19 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: spanishbuddha]
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Originally Posted By: spanishbuddha
Hey I'm visiting Hamburg too this week. Popped into the Bechstein store in Europa Passage but the Steinway tour would have been better smile

Plan to do the Schnitger organ tour in Jacobi on Thursday too. Otherwise work!

Got caught today in the thunderstorm today, that was fun as well.

Enjoy the tour.


Ah yes, we waited for the thunderstorm to pass, then all walked to the restaurant and had a wonderful meal.
On to Bonn tomorrow.
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#1691492 - 06/06/11 05:21 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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The Steinway Hamburg Factory Visit...




















Group Shots European Piano Tour in front of Steinway Hamburg...




More pictures to follow
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#1691495 - 06/06/11 05:24 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Town Hall, Hamburg Germany...





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#1691496 - 06/06/11 05:26 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Group Shots in Courtyard of Town Hall and Commerce Building...



Yours truly bending a piece of laminate in the Steinway Factory

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#1691704 - 06/07/11 12:24 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Gorgeous photos!

Can't wait to meet all of you here in Cologne. Weather here is stormy this morning, but I'm hoping it will clear by the time you arrive. The WDR piano atelier will be fun and the Dom, Cathedral? It is AMAZING. I've lived here for 16 plus years, and I am still stunned by the size of it.

Enjoy that nice big German breakfast!
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#1691861 - 06/07/11 09:30 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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thanks for sharing!
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#1691978 - 06/07/11 01:25 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: apple*]
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Originally Posted By: apple*
thanks for sharing!


Isn't technology great - we can "travel" with all of you.

As Apple posts - "thanks for sharing". smile

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#1692013 - 06/07/11 02:20 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Okay, I met everyone this afternoon and they are a great group!!! I am completely jealous that I am not on the entire tour with them. My first clue that they were having fun was when I called the tour guide—GUNTHER— and it sounded like the people on the bus were having a really cool party.

My husband and I met them at the WDR Radio/TV station and we were given an amazing tour of the WDR piano atelier. In addition to a bunch of great Steinways, the WDR also is home to many historical instruments, which we got to play. Pretty cool.

We left the group as they were going off to the Dom Cathedral, which is the biggest Gothic cathedral in Western Europe.

Tomorrow the group will come to the castle where I play—looking forward to it!

And Frank's girlfriend Kathy is wonderful!!!
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#1692167 - 06/07/11 06:39 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Wow! That shot of the Steinways all lined up almost sent me into sensory jubilation. I fear they would have to pull me from the room screaming and kicking. laugh
Interesting that they keep them on temporary legs. Until they ship?
You know, that floor looks like the same floor in another picture I was looking at this morning...hmmm.

Thanks for the photos. It is great to see the events unfold.
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#1692563 - 06/08/11 02:28 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Jerry and I are green with envy, not only the scenery and the Steinways, but meeting all these party folks. We know you'll have tales to tell. Thanks for the daily postings, Frank.
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#1692667 - 06/08/11 06:01 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Pictures courtesy of BritishJim.

I will try to come back and add captions to everything as soon as I get a chance. We will have hundreds of pictures to add as well. Kathy had over 2000 in her camera alone.

Obviously we will weed out the duplicates, bad shots etc., but still lots of pictures coming from Jim, me, Kathy (LadyFord) and others.

For now, Jim's pictures.
I promise we will add many more soon.

Robin's husband John Goldsby who arranged an exclusive tour of the WDR (famous public radion station in Germany) amazing piano collection. These are NOT display pieces, they PLAY them! (as did we).



More of their collection, dating from 1700's



John Goldsby, Robin Goldsby, Me, Paul (the technician who gave an incredible presentation on this amazing collection).



The Entire Piano World Piano Forums European Tour Group in front of the WDR building...



A group shot in front of the Magic Kingdom. Oh wait, I think it was actually a Cathedral :-)



Found a piano in the lobby of the hotel we are staying at in Bonn. Hotel is right on the Rhine, the banks of which are studded with castles.
In the picture is me (Frank Baxter), Kathy, Jan Oliver (a forums member who lives in Germany and drove an hour to be with us), and Elle our German contact from Hills Travel (and the person who worked incredibly hard to help make this all come true).



Ah, now I know why everyone was late getting to the bus this morning. Some of our group enjoying the Bier Garden attached to the hotel. Yes, that is the Rhine River behind them.
I will name everyone later, but you should know that the gentlman on the right closest to the camera is Guenter our personal guide for the entire tour. He is one amazing man. Knows all the facts about everywhere we go, makes everyone feel right at home, and fixes anything that needs fixing. We are lucky to have him.



Dinner in the hotel.





More to follow...
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#1692682 - 06/08/11 06:28 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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And more pictures courtesy of BritishJim

Had an absolutely magical day today. Started in Beethoven's childhood home (he was actually born in the house and lived there as a child). Very special walking on the same floorboards he did, and seeing two of his actual piano (plus lots more).
Then we went to the SchlossHotel Lerbach (forgive any spelling errors, it's late here and I'm doing this by memory).

This is the Castle where our own Robin Meloy Goldsby (the Piano Girl) plays. Amazing place, just gorgeous.
Robin is exactly as I suspected, a beautiful person outside and inside. She gave readings from her books (had us laughing so hard our sides were hurting), and played beautiful music to go with her stories. Much more on this later.

Us, and some guy who plays the piano.



Self Explanatory...



And his front door.





This gives you some idea of what the castle looks like.
The grounds were as amazing as the castle itself.






In front of Robin's castle



Robin reading to us, too funny!



And playing pieces for us that went with the stories.
She apologized for having to bring us to this room instead of the one upstairs with the grand (in the lobby). We didn't care, we were thrilled to be there.



Robin holding one of her CDs. She graciously gave everyone of us one of her CDs, and her super talented jazz bass playing husband have us one of his. This on top of everything else they did for us! (The WDR tour was only for us, tour groups don't get to see the piano collection).



Stayed tuned, tons more pictures and stories coming!
It's 12:30 P.M. here now and I've got to catch some sleep.
Up early and on the bus to Leipzig!
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#1692762 - 06/08/11 10:01 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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It was just wonderful to spend the afternoon with all of you. I was so happy to share a little bit of my German life with so many fun, gracious, and charming piano enthusiasts!

Have a safe trip to Leipzig. And keep posting photos here!
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#1692878 - 06/09/11 12:04 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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That looks so darn wonderful

(mij ih)

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#1693148 - 06/09/11 07:20 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Originally Posted By: Piano World
Found a piano in the lobby of the hotel we are staying at in Bonn. Hotel is right on the Rhine, the banks of which are studded with castles.
In the picture is me (Frank Baxter), Kathy, Jan Oliver (a forums member who lives in Germany and drove an hour to be with us), and Elle our German contact from Hills Travel (and the person who worked incredibly hard to help make this all come true).

Hi,

yep, that guy in black would be me. smile I joined this amazing tour for their two days in Cologne and Bonn and got to meet everybody. It was great! I really enjoyed meeting you guys, thanks everybody! And as always, you gotta first have a tour from the other side of the Atlantic come and visit, in order to discover the treasures hidden in your own neighborhood, like the amazing WDR piano collection in Cologne. I'll upload some videos of the event here as soon as they've been converted.

And Robin's reading + concert was a delight. Thanks for sharing Robin! I'm getting way too little sleep because of your hilarious new Asparagus book.

For those on the tour: I emailed the director of the House Of Music Vienna and asked if they can get you guys a special tour of the Virtual Conductor exhibit I designed with the Vienna Philharmonic. I'll keep Günter updated.

Fingers crossed, enjoy Leipzig, and safe travels!

- Jan
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#1693153 - 06/09/11 07:26 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Thanks for the photos Frank and group! We are watching and enjoying the European experiencing with you. I still wish we could have gone with you.

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#1693163 - 06/09/11 07:33 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Thanks for the pictures and stories, I "follow" you every step. Wie geht's mit der Sprache, hat das Studium 'was geholfen?
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#1693167 - 06/09/11 07:41 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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What a wonderful trip! Thanks for the wonderful pictures. I wish I could have joined. Maybe next year (sigh).
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#1693290 - 06/10/11 12:45 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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This group—having met them—is the hippest American tour group currently in Europe! It was all I could do to keep myself from hopping on the bus when they left for Leipzig.

Jan, you designed the Virtual Conductor exhibit with the Vienna Philharmonic? That sounds fantastic! How lucky we were to have you join us for a few days in Cologne/Bonn.

Looking forward to more reports and photos! I miss you already.
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#1693330 - 06/10/11 02:37 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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No time for captions this morning, will try to fill them in later. Have to get down for breakfast. Today is Bluthner day (among other visits) and to be capped of with a Bach Festival.

By the way, we have literraly thousands of pictures between the tour members. I will be posting many more as time allows.

Following pictures are from June 9 (courtesy of BritishJim).














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#1693351 - 06/10/11 04:08 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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It is so great to be able to see how things are going from day to day.
I'm so glad you are having such a good time. We are all green with envy , but happy to be sharing vicariously!!!
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#1693428 - 06/10/11 08:45 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Today is Bluthner day (among other visits) and to be capped of with a Bach Festival.



Have a great day, Frank!


Thanks for the pics!
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#1693432 - 06/10/11 08:47 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Jan Oliver]
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As promised: Here's some exclusive video footage of our tour of the WDR historical piano collection in Cologne on Tuesday. Frank was jamming away on an original piano from 1678!

Cheers,

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#1693494 - 06/10/11 11:07 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
It is so great to be able to see how things are going from day to day.
I'm so glad you are having such a good time. We are all green with envy , but happy to be sharing vicariously!!!


per Strings & Wood: Have a great day, Frank

+1

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#1693639 - 06/10/11 05:19 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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As promised I will slowly post more pictures and stories (as time allows).
They will not always be in order, but I'll try to add captions.

Tour members enjoying the piano room in the WDR building.



Our First Tour Bus (we are on our third now, but will keep it the rest of the tour).


One of the organs in the Cathedral in Cologne.
The Church was started in the 1300s and not finished until the 1800's


Another Organ in the Cathedral



Locks on the wall of a bridge near the church in Cologne.
Lovers buy the locks and often add their names and the date.
They lock it on the fence and throw the key in the river.



Guenter our feerless leader (guide). We know now why they consider him the best in the business. His knowledge is amazing, and he takes care of every detail. Standing in front of one of our hotels, with our new bus.



View from the bus at 120 KM per hour



Schloss Lerbach Castle where Robin Plays
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#1693642 - 06/10/11 05:24 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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More shots from BritishJim (these are from today, June 10)
Mostly of our wonderful tour of Bluthner conducted by Dr. Christian Bluthner himself.
















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#1693668 - 06/10/11 06:30 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Bach and organs.. i am drooling.
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#1693720 - 06/10/11 08:38 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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I love this... I wish I was going too... ^_^

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#1693800 - 06/11/11 02:27 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Wow!!! Just wow!!! Hope you all continue to have a great time!!! Special greetings to Frank and LilyLady!!! I can't wait till your return with stories to tell!!!
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#1693802 - 06/11/11 02:32 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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#1693948 - 06/11/11 01:04 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
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Jan, you designed the Virtual Conductor exhibit with the Vienna Philharmonic? That sounds fantastic! How lucky we were to have you join us for a few days in Cologne/Bonn.

Thanks Robin! The pleasure was all mine. I'm trying to get the group a special tour of the Virtual Conductor in Vienna. In any case, it's in the House Of Music Vienna which is in spitting distance from the Stephansdom. Check it out if you get a chance and have the unique experience of the Vienna Philharmonic telling you what a lousy conductor you are, in broad Viennese (with subtitles). smile

Past halfway through your new book!

BTW I got a Roland V-Piano last week, and it's pretty amazing. Much closer to the real thing than any other DP I've tried. Check it out next time you're in a music store. I kicked off a thread about my hands-on comparison to the competition here.

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#1693974 - 06/11/11 03:30 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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The virtual conductor is pretty cool, but unfortunately there is always a crowd waiting to use it so I have never been able to try. I like the way the orchestra complains if you are too terrible at conducting. The main collection is super, with personal possessions on display from many of the famous composers. The museum is organized by periods and composers. There are quite a few interactive displays.

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#1693986 - 06/11/11 04:25 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Again, many more pictures to follow, but a few new ones for now.
First, another picture from Leipzig just because we liked this fountain...


We are in Bayreuth Germany now, home of Steingraeber & Sohne.
Yet another beautiful German town filled with wonderful old homes and shops.

We stopped first at the Wagner Opera House, then on to Steingraeber & Sohne where Udo Steingraeber himself came out to meet our bus.

First we had lunch in the Biastro owned by Steingreaber (the food was wonderful), then we toured the showroom, factory, and concert hall. Udo conducted the tour entertaining everyone with his enthusiasm and knowledge.

I will only post a few pictures from Steingraeber right now because they have asked to have a quick first look before we post. I've chosen primarily outside shots and the concert hall because I know those are ok. Before you ask, no they did not limit us in any way. We were allowed to take as many pictures as we want. Which means many more will be posted as we get a chance.

Bayreuth, Germany


Steingraeber & Sohne, Bayreuth Germany





Steingraeber & Sohne Factory



I'm not sure what Kathy did, but Udo is definitely pointing at her...


The Concert Hall at Steingraeber
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#1693988 - 06/11/11 04:30 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: BeeLady]
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Originally Posted By: BeeLady
Wow!!! Just wow!!! Hope you all continue to have a great time!!! Special greetings to Frank and LilyLady!!! I can't wait till your return with stories to tell!!!


Hi BeeLady,

Thanks.
I'm having a great time as is Kathy, and I'm glad I get to share it with my sister and her husband as well.

LilyLady seems to be enjoying herself as well.

BTW, turns out we're going to do two tour groups at Mason & Hamlin in October. Should we still be talking about organizing a forums party up your way before we head to the Cape?

Even if not, would you like to join us on the Cape?

All the Best,

Frank & Kathy

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#1693993 - 06/11/11 04:59 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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From BritishJim...



Steingraeber & Sohne - Udo Steingraeber Toasts our Group...


Concert Artist Lisa Plays for Us...


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#1694035 - 06/11/11 08:05 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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truly enjoying all the beautiful pics! very happy for all who were able to join in on such a wonderful experience.

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#1694462 - 06/12/11 05:22 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Today (Sunday) was Bayreuth and Nuremberg.

In Nuremberg they have the most incredible museum, much of it housed in an 800 year old Monestary.

I've never seen so many historic pianos (and other instruments) in one place. Plus they had entire wings with religious artifacts, others with clothing, or weapons, or art, or ... You'd need two full days to see it all.

And they have a Janko piano. I've been looking for a real live Janko keyboard for 40 years. I even got to play it (when nobody from the musuem was looking :-)

Again, pictures from BritishJim first, then a few from me.
















Other Pictures

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#1694502 - 06/12/11 06:28 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Thanks so much Frank for all the pictures and info on your trip, I've been "traveling" with all of you - all of you have seen so much. Wish I could be with you.

Have a safe trip back home.

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#1694506 - 06/12/11 06:33 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: musdan]
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#1695034 - 06/13/11 04:07 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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I found out they had a piano in a conference room at the hotel in Nurumberg, so of course at the end of the day a group of us went up to the conference room and played piano :-)



Next day (today, Monday) we headed for Munich.



We stopped at the BMW headquarters.



First building we walked into, what did we find?
A steinway Grand Piano (oh, and they had some cars too).
It was funny to watch because we all immediately gravitated to the piano. I asked about playing, and got permission, even got a hardy round of applause from the car lovers in the room.



Easy to spot our group, they are the ones looking at the piano not the cars:-)
I'm the guy in the orange shirt playing the piano.





And a bit of downtown Munich


Tomorrow we will walk around Munich and then head for Salzburg, Austria.

Having lots of fun, many more pictures coming.
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#1695040 - 06/13/11 04:27 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Originally Posted By: Piano World

First building we walked into, what did we find?
A steinway Grand Piano (oh, and they had some cars too).


They have a cooperation with Steinway Hamburg, Luxury cars (series seven), and luxury pianos. The interieur of the cars gets some black shiny Steinway polyester parts et cetera. For some additional Euros of course.

..and at the end of the cooperation, who might get the Steinway grand..?..

When being in Munich, do as the Munich people do. (No, they don't enter the Hofbrauhaus..Tourists only..) They enter, visit the Deutsches Museum, on Isar island. One of the best musical instruments departments allover the world.

(..I remember one afternoon, being allowed to play carefully, shyly, with full respect to the age of the instruments, on every harpsichord, clavichord, hammer grand et cetera.. <dream>... as times go bye.. now no longer possible in times of vandalism etc.)

Never again in my life a Mozart sonatina C major touched my heart like this old hammer grand did..
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#1695072 - 06/13/11 05:36 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Thank you all for the wonderful pics and comments.

Frank...did you run in to any Gloos while in Munich. Great, great grandfather Anthony came to the US in the mid 1800s. Don't think he brought a piano with him.

A memorable time to say the least for all of the group!
Jeremy & Linda

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#1695267 - 06/14/11 02:01 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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More picts from BritishJim

These are from June 13.









Me playing the Steinway in the BMW display...




Our guide Gunter wearing traditional Bavarian outfit (he lives in Munich).
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#1695337 - 06/14/11 08:57 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: tnew]
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Hi guys,

the House Of Music came through: I talked to Simon, their director, and although he's out of town he offered to have Helmut, his assistant, give you a special tour of the Virtual Conductor in the House Of Music in Vienna on Thursday - and he'll get you a special deal on the entrance fee too. Günter already has the details. Have fun! smile

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#1695567 - 06/14/11 03:42 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Hi Jan,

Thanks so much for arranging this for us.
We're looking forward to our visit, wish you could be with us.
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#1695811 - 06/14/11 11:53 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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The photos are just fantastic. Makes me realize how happy I am to live here.

Good for you Jan, for scoring that visit to House of Music!
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#1695813 - 06/14/11 11:56 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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PS: Isn't Munich a lovely city? I do hope to see a photo of someone (Frank?) with one of those giant beers! I did a program there last fall and just loved the city—the food was great.

And tell Günther he looks smashing in his traditional garb.
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#1695817 - 06/15/11 12:13 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Loving this thread and the pictures! smile

Originally Posted By: Piano World
I will try to come back and add captions to everything as soon as I get a chance.....

Dunno about anyone else, but what I'd be most interested in is, who's who! Not in each and every picture, and I know you're already done it for a couple of them.....but I'd love to know more about who's who!

And BTW.....I guess since these are Steinways, and it's Hamburg.....these are all "Hamburg Steinways"!!! smokin

I'd love to go down the whole row of them....


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#1695826 - 06/15/11 12:36 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano Girl RMG]
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Originally Posted By: Piano Girl RMG
PS: Isn't Munich a lovely city? I do hope to see a photo of someone (Frank?) with one of those giant beers! I did a program there last fall and just loved the city—the food was great.

And tell Günther he looks smashing in his traditional garb.


Hi Robin,
Kathy and I both had the giant beers (we didn't realize they were going to be that big).
I know at least one person got a picture, will post when I figure out who.

Yes Mark C, all Hamburg Steinways as was the one I played at the BMW headquarters.

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#1695837 - 06/15/11 01:01 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Opera House Munich






Big Glockenspeil - Munich



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#1695840 - 06/15/11 01:04 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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#1695968 - 06/15/11 09:56 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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The countryside scenery is just beautiful!
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#1696014 - 06/15/11 11:25 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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I'm really enjoying this thread. Every afternoon I check in to see the pictures of where you're at that day. I can't wait to see what you guys are up to next! Thanks for posting!

Aimee

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#1696135 - 06/15/11 02:24 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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These pictures are just amazing. Please keep us posted on anyone else who would be
willing to share their photos. I see lots of cameras on everyone in the pictures.

We are all really enjoying our "mini tour". smile

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#1696266 - 06/16/11 01:46 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Don't forget there are lots more pictures posted on our Facebook Page

More picts from BritishJim
These are all in Vienna.

Yes, the background is real. In fact it is at a rest stop.






















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#1696331 - 06/16/11 09:15 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Hi Frank,

Thanks so much for all the pictures.

There's one of a piano with rows of round objects (gray and white I think) just above the keyboard. It the fourth one from the bottom.

What type of piano is it and were you able to play it?

Beautiful scenery.

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#1696395 - 06/16/11 11:43 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Hi musdan,

That is a Janko keyboard, developed to allow you to play big intervals by simply
playing ajacent keys. I didn't get to play this particular one, but I did get to
touch one in another museum in Germany.

Many more pictures On Our Facebook Page
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#1697299 - 06/18/11 12:26 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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I am so glad the weather held out most of the time for your trip, and so sorry to see the trip end. I so much enjoyed meeting all of you in Vienna. What a super group of people! In my view, all of the beautiful scenery in your photos were just a pretty backdrops to the real gem of the trip, which was all of you people!

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#1697513 - 06/18/11 02:15 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Unfortunately our trip ended with my car breaking down just outside Miami airport.
Stuck for the weekend in Pompano Beach, FL until at least Monday.

We broke down in the middle lane of rte 95 north at rush hour, that was an experience!

Very limited access to Internet now, more when we can get on.
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#1697531 - 06/18/11 03:13 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Thanks for the info Frank. All of you will share many happy memories.

Safe travels back to the USA

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#1698323 - 06/19/11 07:59 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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What a shock it is coming back home. Germany and Austria were just so beautiful and the whole trip like being in wonderland.

Nice to meet my new piano friends and experience our piano tour together. And Guenter our guide was the best.

I stayed a couple more days, for Vienna sites and the Melk Abbey and touring on a ship down the Danube with Canada Rita.

All day coming home and exhausted, so will write more and share pics as I can catch up with life back here. Kitty is calling...

Oh no Frank. Get out from under that grey cloud!

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#1698744 - 06/20/11 03:57 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Going to be here another day at least, they discovered more problems (alternator is shot, a/c is leaking).
That's the bad news, the good news is they realized I still had time on my extended warranty so it will be covered.
Hope to be back Tuesday night, will post more picts and stories then.
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#1698784 - 06/20/11 05:06 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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OK, guess I'll be the first one home to post a few pics each day. I just uploaded a few pics from the Bosie Factory to share.

Might I first say that each and every one of the piano factories that opened their doors to us treated us royally. They were all so gracious to show us and explain to us how their pianos were built, what made their pianos unique and their history.

Here are some pics of the Bosie Factory. Located outside of Vienna in a what seemed to be a industrial ctr, their entrance was flanked by a wall of windows covered by an outside shade material. Approx 25x50ft. Might anyone guess what is made inside? LOL!



The new mgr on right and tech in black who both were part of the tour guides. Frank, PW in white.



The important wood pile selection which is cured outside for many years before being used.



Much care is given to the veneer. The taping helps stabilize the veneer during the gluing process.



The all important artisan who does the pin block chipping.



Rim cutting for curves (yes, I know I am not saying this correctly but you get the idea). Notice the close notches for the tighter curves.



I could show you many pics of 'parts lined up'. I always love viewing them. They are the backbone of our pianos!



There was a most impressive selection showroom. I can't remember if there were 3 or 4 rows of every style made to select from. We were all impressed with how many Imperials plus concert size grands as well as all the other models that were offered. And yes, we did get a chance to play some! Luckily one of our tour members already owns an Imperial!



More coming!
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#1699239 - 06/21/11 10:17 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Originally Posted By: Piano World
Going to be here another day at least, they discovered more problems (alternator is shot, a/c is leaking).
That's the bad news, the good news is they realized I still had time on my extended warranty so it will be covered.
Hope to be back Tuesday night, will post more picts and stories then.


Frank,

Rosannadannadanna use to say "if it ain't one thing it's another".

The good thing is that you will have many happy memories of your trip.
smile


Edited by musdan (06/21/11 10:19 AM)

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#1699304 - 06/21/11 12:07 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Great picks, lilylady! thumb I just LOVE the Bosie factory building exterior, which was so much more modern looking than I expected. I was also surprised to see all that wood being stored outside for curing. Those little aluminum roofs sure seem like pretty flimsy protection from the elements, but what do I know? eek
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#1699534 - 06/21/11 07:26 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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We saw some shocking interiors.

One was the Bayreuth (pronounced By roit) Margravial Opera House from ca 1750. Opulence to the extreme inside.

The square - note the building with the statues on top:





Inside foyer - simple faux painting gives no hint as to the inside opulence:



We could not take pictures of the stage, nor use flash but I took my little Canon pics and then used Irfanview to brighten them up to share.

Yes, it is striking gold gilded!















Yes, performances are still offered regularly!
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#1699740 - 06/22/11 07:04 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Bonn, Beethoven's early years and the Schumanns' grave.

Beethoven was born in an apartment behind this street front house in Bonn.



On the second floor, now overlooking a courtyard and garden.



By the age of 11 he was an assistant organist at this church









By the age of 14 he was the principle organist at this Lutheran (?) church.



Not the original organ but we did see parts of it in the home museum



Square (look at the last left buidling)



where he was seen having his morning coffee regularly (some members ate lunch there)



Tour split - some ate, some shopped, some went to the grave sites of Robert and Clara Schumann.

The cemeteries over there are beautiful and quite ornate compared to ours.

Map location









It made me sad to be there thinking about his tormented later years.

On the way back through the square those who went to the cemetery grabbed a quick sausage sandwich in the marketplace. The first of many!




before traveling to Beethoven's honorating statue in the middle of this square.



They say that some of his manuscripts are buried under the statue including the hand written 9th!

must be a pic limit....see below!
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#1699746 - 06/22/11 07:08 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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#1699845 - 06/22/11 10:57 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: lilylady]
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Great pics, lilylady! The Opera House is stunning and I concur with your Schumann thoughts. Thanks for the tour.
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#1699973 - 06/22/11 02:15 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Great pictures Lilylady, thanks.

Those sausages looked pretty good, taste better with a cold beer.

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#1699999 - 06/22/11 03:04 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: musdan]
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Originally Posted By: musdan
Great pictures Lilylady, thanks.

Those sausages looked pretty good, taste better with a cold beer.



Huh!

Little did I know what trying out German beer was all about!!!

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#1700054 - 06/22/11 05:08 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Lilylady great picture - I can "hear" the om-pa-pa band. Is that a beer-garden? I've seen pictures of them and it looks like fun.

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#1700607 - 06/23/11 02:29 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Trying to share as I view and label the pics before I forget where I was! I was and am on overload!

PW gave us a paper travel journal to log into each day. Most of us did the day after morning journal as we were on overload each day and too tired to log each night. Thankfully, the bus trip and friends helped us to log some previous days events. Next time, I'll log into the journal book a heck of a lot more than I did this time!

There is so much to share, I hardly know where to start next.

I did post a fun Frank's new piano here:

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...tml#Post1700582

If the new listing doesn't come up - just go to the end of the pic journal
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#1701043 - 06/24/11 07:45 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Sharing the talented Robin Goldsby, PW's PIANO GIRL below. Robin was nice enough to share her castle as well as her talents too! LOL! Robin plays at Schlosshotel Lerbach in Cologne Germany and lucky they are to have her. What a gig!

She did readings from PIANO GIRL and her latest book, WALTZ OF THE ASPARAGUS PEOPLE, a follow up. After each reading she played her own pieces to delight us.

I know that others will have more pics of Robin and even better videos as mine was just taken from the Canon 950.

I bought two books for me and two CD's as gifts.

Robin reading:



The castle:









Members touring the grounds where they found a black swan in the pond!



Let's see if a video shows up here. There are three more links below as well.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyZeF1yZCGo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdZONwQt6E8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8sOrC3Ew4M


Robin is a member of PW with a long thread on the fun of playing at weddings. Her sense of humor shows very quickly. Her books are like that too!

http://www.pianoworld.com/foru...opics/1215363/1.html
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#1701097 - 06/24/11 09:35 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Lilylady - thanks so much for the pictures and it was good to see and hear Robin.

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#1701208 - 06/24/11 12:19 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Thanks for posting Lilylady.

LOTS More Pictures Here!

And Here!

Plus These Posted by Bart in a Photo Gallery



Hoping other members of the tour will continue to post pictures, videos, and comments too.
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#1701236 - 06/24/11 01:28 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Are you all still on overload? I am trying to organize and label photos but am stuck on a few and waiting for you guys to post pics with LABELS so I can do mine! I am using Irfanview (free on the internet to crop and brighten or whatever) and then group label them. Thank goodness for 2 days of rain for this gardener!

We saw so much, and sometimes too little was written in our sparkly PW notebook.

Trying to do some each morning and nite to share.

Looking forward to all the others pics taken by members that will share too. Come on you guys!

Frank, we need our tour member's email list please, as soon as you have a free moment to do so! Some pics will only be of interest to fellow members (like of themselves!)


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#1701263 - 06/24/11 02:21 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: lilylady]
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Yes, definitely on overload. Came home to reality and dealing with my office move. Haven't even had a chance to think about pictures. Maybe next week. (Don't forget, lilylady, I have some things that belong to you!)

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#1701523 - 06/24/11 10:06 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Added A LOT more pictures to the collection on Facebook!

There are two collections there now, with more to come.
Eventually I'll add lots more pictures to the forums as well, it's just easier to post on Facebook (don't have to re-size them).
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#1701667 - 06/25/11 06:35 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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The first of 4 piano factories (they were all gracious and welcoming!)

Hamburg Steinway





Greeted warmly, and warm it was! At 9 I think it was pushing 80.





And we took turns next to this sign. I think we have a group shot from the area too. Maybe more than one. ISn't this the place that Guenther was loaded up with 10 cameras? After that we tried to just have Jim, the photographer take a shot to share with us.

Here is Ann



Although we could not take pics inside the factory, we could in the big hall of choice. This particular day, there was a concert pianist coming to choose his artisan concert grand I think for a performance. Only a few of us got to try one out before it was time to vacate the hall.



Frank



And Eric



I did get to play one. My second Hamburg Concert Grand!

Another note of interest. We had cookies at the cafeteria with the workers. There was a table with youngsters, my guess around 14-16. In Germany they have an apprentice program instead of straight schooling. Some of those youngsters might soon be making YOUR Hamburg Steinway one day!







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#1701690 - 06/25/11 08:10 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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I am sure that others will have better pictures coming but since this was a piano tour, we must see some historical musical instruments, right? And THAT we did! A few musuem's worth! It was just amazing to see so many old pianos, clavichords, christofori's, harpsichords, virginals, organs and mechanical instruments. Phew!

Here are some from just one museum.

Now, which one was it? Musical Instruments Museum, where?

I'll have to load up a few replies.

A partial line up





There were tags for the instruments.
In German!













Frank's new toy... (Janco?)

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#1701694 - 06/25/11 08:15 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Is it coming or going? Look closely!





For Kathy K





And an Estey Organ from Brattleboro Vt. This was a surprise!





And some even earlier...





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#1701695 - 06/25/11 08:19 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Sorry for their bluriness - it was very dark in the hall, many were under glass, and we could not use flash.



















See the lady in the corner? She is hiding instruments in her skirt! Hope someone has better pics of her!

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#1701744 - 06/25/11 09:56 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Lilylady thanks for all the great pictures. I'm curious, were any of the instruments playable and if so were you allonwed to give it a whirl?

Could be that because of age the answer would be no, but maybe one or two of the instruments were open to the public.

I wonder if the museums you visited gave concerts using these instruments - it would be interesting to hear them played.

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#1701765 - 06/25/11 10:49 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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MD, in some places use of the instruments was encouraged. And at the radio station 'old instrument quarters', the instruments are used for concerts and recordings!

Pics there will come later by me or somebody.

Honestly, you just cannot imagine the overload we had and hundreds (sometimes thousands for some) pics that were taken.

I am not surprised that other members with lives to live have not yet posted their pics. I, on the other hand, have had 3 days of rain. And I am a gardener!!!

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#1702435 - 06/26/11 02:37 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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There were so many highlights in all the German / Barvarian / Austrian places we visited but I had a hunch from an early enticement picture that I was going to enjoy Bayreuth (pronounced by roit) and I did. Cobblestone streets, ancient architecture, safe at night, biergartens, musuems, the Steingraeber factory, opera houses. I was in heaven!

Although we could shoot pics at the Steingraeber factory, we were asked to submit them before uploading them and well, they are shut down for summer vacation now, so those will be uploaded later. But I don't want to wait to share the town pics with you!

Before we entered the town, we stopped at the Wagner designed Opera House.

















cont....
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#1702438 - 06/26/11 02:43 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Touring the old square.

Each town has a traditional May Pole in the Ctr with flags of the shops/artisans in town.















continued....

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#1702440 - 06/26/11 02:48 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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Off for another walk and biergarten after dinner.





















Soon (well, not really soon - it had been a l o n g day!)

The hotel room was a welcome site. For tonite anyway!

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#1702910 - 06/27/11 10:55 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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OK, Udo Steingraeber gave his permission to use the following pictures!

Steingraeber Palace seen above, along with lunch.

A warm welcome extended to PW members from Udo and to Steingraeber owners Bob and Ruth.



And a champagne celebratory start!



With views of two of the older Steingraeber grands (the Lizst piano was out for a performance) and an antique upright



with Kathy playing





My fingers itched to try it out with Chopin 97/2



Some of us got to meet Udo with his Mother





continued






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#1702919 - 06/27/11 11:11 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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The back of the building has this wonderful old sign (in two parts)





which led over to another factory building



A few snaps of the mfg and veneer

Note the unique Steingraeber straight bass bridge









The famous soundboard sand tapping



A new plate design being perfected



We had a surprise visitor join us in the factory tour. Owner/concert pianist Milus Scruggs who was ever so helpful to point out some tips on what makes the Steingraeber unique.



continued
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#1702921 - 06/27/11 11:23 AM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! - See the Pictures [Re: Piano World]
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After the tour, we had a lovely concert by Lisa Wellisch.



Followed by several members playing





Don't you just love the mirror views?





All and all, a most wonderful afternoon. A special thanks to Udo Steingraeber whose factory was actually shut down for their summer vacation, but who kept everything out for demonstration purposes..., just for us!



Now,

If I were a rich man...ya ha deedle deedle...
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#1703094 - 06/27/11 04:28 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Additional Pictures are posted in the PHOTO GALLERY
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#1703425 - 06/28/11 06:12 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Thanks for sharing the pics Bart and Eric! Nice memories.
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#1703612 - 06/28/11 01:31 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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I will never again think of Nuremburg just as the place where the trials were located. It was such a lovely old city before the war and I have the pics to prove it! smirk

The old town is only about 10 percent of what the whole city was, and is based on the hillside and fortress. Note that I mentioned hillside!



High on a hill, the fortress area. Yes we had to go over a bridge and in a tunnel to get there!





What were they looking at?









The view from the fortress was incredible.



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#1703615 - 06/28/11 01:35 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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One of the oldest buildings - I think it was 1300s.



After a stroll downhill - one of many town squares









More strolling downhill and more old architecture

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#1703616 - 06/28/11 01:37 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Each city has its quirkiness for some distinctive feature. Old Nuremburg had these







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#1703620 - 06/28/11 01:41 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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And yes there were churches/cathedrals. Every old city we visited did!

ONE





TWO





And town squares



where here we saw on the ground what must be for a steeple



And other odd pieces of architecture







And a wall sundial



above a beautifully painted mural building



All So Beautiful.
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#1705089 - 06/30/11 05:05 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: lilylady]
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Thanks Lilylady for all the great pictures. It's a wonder that these old buildings survived WW II.

Bet you and others are planning to go back some day. smile thumb

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#1705151 - 06/30/11 06:39 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Frank and Lilylady,
Thanks for the great pics! It certainly reminds me of the times we had in Germany. It sure looks like a great time was had by all.
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#1705391 - 07/01/11 03:27 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Only WOW !! What a well rounded tour by such a well rounded group ! ;-)

Did any of you listen to organs (professionally) played, took closer photos of consoles with dispositions, discussed with any organist or even played her/himself ?

From my brief childhood memories of Germany (for heart surgery in Munich) I somewhat recognize the rotating figurine church tower in Munich. And some wonderful toy and train museums in Nurnberg, Munich, maybe Salzburg if that's right too.

Locks of lovers on a metal fence were in the highest place of Tartu, Estonia too. But only put by Russians - native Estonian did not have that custom.

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#1705512 - 07/01/11 10:37 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Food. And Spirits.

Great! and plenty of it, daily. For sure we had some great dinners. And the breakfast was an array of food.

First night in Hafen Hamburg overlooking the river. Elegant.



Elegant Hors d'heuvres



Then a surpise from British Jim for his lovely bride for their anniversary





There were outside cafes





and rest stops with gorgeous countryside views



And food, food, food!







And Spirits







Where the Riesling grows - Wachau Valley on the Danube hillsides







I have a more complete listing of pics with notes on WTF if you'd care to indulge

Food
http://well-temperedforum.groupee.net/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9130004433/m/1571085816

The Spirits:
http://well-temperedforum.groupee.net/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9130004433/m/2391037816

and shortly I'll have the breakfast fare up.
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#1705523 - 07/01/11 10:50 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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The pics of the food makes me feel really hungry! Thanks, lilylady, and Frank, For all these wonderful pictures that you are sharing with all of us!

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#1705540 - 07/01/11 11:18 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Rotom]
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Originally Posted By: Rotom
The pics of the food makes me feel really hungry! Thanks, lilylady, and Frank, For all these wonderful pictures that you are sharing with all of us!


All that food and beautiful scenery, what a great time all of you had - I'm with Rotom - thanks for "taking us" with you.

Love that picture of you Lilylady - that beer looks good. thumb smile

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#1706080 - 07/02/11 08:27 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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One of our first nights on the road was the gorgeous old hotel sitting right on the river. Elegant through and through...

except maybe the old Bechstein in the convention hall which a few of us tried....

but the old Steinway in the lobby got use!

I'll post some pics of the hotel shortly.

Here's the mixed video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ3R2qYlL90

Adding pics now -

Gorgeous old hotel sitting right on the river. Elegant through and through...

except maybe the old Bechstein in the conference room which a few of us tried - no matter we had fun....

but the old Steinway in the lobby got good use!

The Rhine side











Ferry crossing the river



Restaurant was right on the river!



Elegant old staircase



Edited by lilylady (07/02/11 12:08 PM)
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#1706476 - 07/03/11 12:43 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Thanks for the wonderful pics Lily! As is always, you are a sweetheart for sharing them with us!

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#1706683 - 07/03/11 02:23 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Today's adventure involves the German Technical Museum and their displays of instruments (focus - keyboard) and mechanical musical devices.

It was wonderful and our tour guide most appreciative. We could play some old instruments even.

I'll share a video first and then some pictures. I took lots but some are blurry due to the darkness and reflections of the glass. I cleaned them up the best I could. As Frank mentioned earlier these do take some time to post so I hope you enjoy! It was the most fun of the museums for me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYFLtzB8r60

(Thanks to FTP, I was able to turn some vids around upright and put together a vid on Automated instruments right on Windows Movie Maker.) Phew!



Streicher and Sohn



Neo Bechstein





Bosie





Automated Bluthner







more coming...
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#1706685 - 07/03/11 02:26 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Steinway automated - Oak











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#1706688 - 07/03/11 02:30 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Odd ones...







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#1706690 - 07/03/11 02:33 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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More automated









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#1706696 - 07/03/11 02:41 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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The organs -

This one is for APPLE - called the APPLE ORGAN and very rare/early!











A whole room for display of restoring old pipe organs.















I hope that one day you can visit this fantastic museum. I could spend hours there.
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#1706810 - 07/03/11 07:17 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: lilylady]
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Hi Liliylady,

Thanks so much for all those great pictures. I wish I had a way of sending the pictures of the organs to my nephew. He's an organist. Maybe one day he can visit the places all of you
did. smile

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#1707128 - 07/04/11 10:53 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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You are welcome musdan and others. Might I suggest that you send your nephew the www. address at the top of the page. That way he can see the pictures. I refer people to the thread this way.

There will be a splattering of other organs in other threads too.

I know that the Bluthner tour has been posted above. Here is my little version. And a big thanks to the folks at Bluthner for giving us such a warm welcome and tour. My only regret was not being able to play at the end. I just so hate many pianos being played at the same time. It does not do the piano justice, as well as, whomever is playing. I have played Bluthners before, both uprights and grands, so enjoyed seeing members delight in playing them.

It surprised me to find some factories in newer factory buildings (thinking old Europe)- both Bluthner and Bosies. Light and airy with many parts of the factories with open doors and windows.



Greeted by an American studying at Bluthner (working. She toured with us and was taking notes for future tours.



Dr. Christian Bluthner and Frank Baxter (Mr. PianoWorld)



We were greeted at 10 in the morning with champagne (well, maybe it was 11)! Nice beginning. And shown the showroom where two very old Bluthners reside.








Then off to the lumber yard and onto the tour.

Veneers - interesting.





Sandwiched layers






Strings being wound with copper and action work.





Most important work - filing, shaving, fitting and adjusting. (some one else best narrate) They employ greatly skilled artisans.



Love the old upright cabinet design. This was just sitting there, amongst the tour! Their new uprights are beautiful to play.



Mingling and playing in the showroom.





[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v442/m...nBluthner33.jpg[/img]

This gorgeous hand rubbed beauty was much desired!

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v442/m...nBluthner37.jpg[/img]

Thank you Dr. C






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#1707733 - 07/05/11 11:26 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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I wonder why the last two pics are not showing up - did the same routine.

I have posted a fun thread on WHAT WE HAD FOR BREAKFAST!

Not sure I need to post all the buffets here but will post a few for fun. Then if you want to see the other pics, please go over to WTF post. I know that i have FOODIES over there!!! LOL!

http://well-temperedforum.groupee.net/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9130004433/m/2541089816

Apparently Germans and Austrians EAT A LOT FOR BREAKFAST.

I have never seen so much food in my life as what they put out in a spread for breakfasts in Europe. And why isn't everyone fat? I saw one guy putting away what I couldn't possibly eat all day in one breakfast sitting. It was like a 5 course meal!







Then there was the whole egg thing. Scrambled, medium boiled presented on sand under cover (I thought that brilliant), and bacon, sausages (yes 's'), some kinds of potatoes etc.

The cheeses and cold cuts, sausages were great and the spreads of fruit like jams fantastic.

Cereals were usually different kinds of granola types.

OH, and mustnot forget the lox, herrin, and fresh fruits. And fresh crem (wet cheese).

Waffles, crepes, juices and champagne, and yes, strong coffee!

Gastrinomical, it was!

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#1707764 - 07/05/11 12:21 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: lilylady]
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Originally Posted By: lilylady
I wonder why the last two pics are not showing up - did the same routine.

Apparently Germans and Austrians EAT A LOT FOR BREAKFAST.

I have never seen so much food in my life as what they put out in a spread for breakfasts in Europe. And why isn't everyone fat? I saw one guy putting away what I couldn't possibly eat all day in one breakfast sitting. It was like a 5 course meal!


Pictures probably didn't show up because you exceeded the limit for any one post.

Europeans tend not to be fat because they WALK Everywhere.
Plus they don't have a/c most places. So you either walk it off or sweat it off :-)

I lost over 10lbs on the trip :-)
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#1707789 - 07/05/11 01:11 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Oh, OK Frank!

BTW, why didn't 'I' lose 10 lbs? LOL! Other than to the PO/Customs, I walked as much as ye!

I'll post those two missing pics from Bluthner here.

(darn, not moved nor deleted...will have to try again.)

Here are the two that I think were not shown.












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#1707828 - 07/05/11 02:23 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Hi Lilylady,

You take such great pictures with captions that tell the story - maybe photography is something you should do as a sideline.

I really enjoy "traveling" with all of you. Thanks so much.

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#1709653 - 07/08/11 12:17 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Really great photos and stories, thanks to everybody for contributing...looks like a wonderful time.

The guy in black at Bosendorfer was Ferdinand Braeu, the Technical Director and great guy.

Also hope someone said hi to Robin, a friend from NY ( a very long time ago..she aged better than I have)
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#1709702 - 07/08/11 01:31 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Robin was warm and friendly Eric. Engaging and entertaining. She is active on FB if you are over there. Her new book 'Waltz of the Asparagus People' just got a great review in International Piano NO.8 JULY/AUG 2011
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#1709707 - 07/08/11 01:40 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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I posted another Countryside Scene, drool, drool, drool post a couple of days ago over on Well Tempered Forum

The trip to Vienna.

http://well-temperedforum.groupee.net/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9130004433/m/6261051916

with a few enticing pics below.

I am finding it almost too overwhelming to post all pics at both places. Was using WTF as a test run with some pics that might not be of interest here to the piano group where I also share with my FB friends and family. I do some work with the pics (cropping, lightening etc) then need to post them on photobucket to share and then cut/paste into the post.







I am in love with the German Austrian countryside.
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#1709714 - 07/08/11 01:54 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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OMG, I just have way to many pics to share of Vienna street scenes.

I'll share several here and then suggest again that you look at the 4 posts on WTF for a complete venue.

We started out at the Habsburg or Hofburg Imperial Palace. No wonder I am confused. That is bad enough, which is it? Oh, the Habsburg dynasty at the Hofburg Palace I see. (Good thing google helps). It is wandering and spread out with additions, courtyards, and passages and way too much history. And we entered through the back gates! All pics over there...

http://well-temperedforum.groupee.net/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9130004433/m/1011072916

On towards the Stephenplatz. A huge walking square and off the square are many sidestreets which captured my attention. So old, such small street streets. Don't fall asleep on me!











Side streets - I was amazed at how small they seemed in relation to the buildings. They begged a walk..







In the square







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#1709717 - 07/08/11 02:03 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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And on the way out of the square, another small interesting square which featured a Greek church.

















Vienna would take a lifetime to explore.... lots more pics and areas coming.

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#1709775 - 07/08/11 03:15 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Thanks for posting all these great pictures LL, much appreciated.
I don't think most people realized how much we were going to see and do, heck I didn't even realize how much we would get to see and do.

We have some more I'd like to get up soon. Right now we are in Orlando.

Came out last night, got up at 4:45 a.m. and drove to Titusville to watch the last shuttle launch.
Took us over 4 hours to cover the 45 miles, to watch about 10 seconds of the shuttle lifting into the sky.

Still, it was the last launch and worth the effort.

BTW, LL, if you don't mind I'd like to copy your pictures to our server so they don't get lost/deleted.
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#1711158 - 07/11/11 06:16 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Wandering around Salzburg

The name Salzburg means "Salt Castle". It derives its name from the barges carrying salt on the Salzach River, which were subject to a toll in the 8th century, as was customary for many communities and cities on European rivers.

You own salt (a preservative) you become wealthy.

Okie Dokie

To us Salzburg means Mozart's birthplace or the Sound of Music.

I was really looking forward to this small town but was rudely awakened to the 20th century when I arrived. Busy, people, expensive but let's first enjoy the arrival and Aldstat (old town).

First peek of Festung Hohensalzburg, the city's fortress, high up on the hillside. 1077 fortress. It continued to dominate most views in the city.





The bus, of course could not go into the old town so we needed to hike.





At last a peek at the square - or at least the first one.





From where we could get a good view of the fortress.



The squares seem to have some history about building 4 churches or squares around the churches in the ctr. I can't find reference to it online to confirm but we saw them!







Loved the carillon in this church



more...
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#1711160 - 07/11/11 06:21 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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The side streets have become my favorite walks, wherever we went. That to me, feels more like the history. Where people lived their lives, walked to the markets, the churches, participated in their every day lives.







And yes the streets were crowded in old town, with the destination seeming to be Mozart's Birthplace.



Loved the colorful buildings and the high street signs hanging from wrought iron posts.



My 'artsy' shot



And there it is, right in the ctr -





Mozart was born in the midst of this chaos! 2nd and 3rd floors and maybe the 4th? All I remember was climbing a lot of tight stairways and it was hot

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#1711164 - 07/11/11 06:28 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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We stayed across the river - which had beautiful views of the city, both sides, the churches and the countryside









This one looking back over to where we were at the squares.



No, we didn't stay at the Sacher of Salzburg



but up a few streets, past another church with pleasant carillons to hear during the night and early morning!

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#1711165 - 07/11/11 06:33 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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That evening we walked past Mirabell Gardens (another thread on that which I toured at 7AM)
http://well-temperedforum.groupee.net/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9130004433/m/1381056816

and up to the Monk's Biergarten (another thread showed that too - spirits). All so enjoyable.















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#1711349 - 07/11/11 01:23 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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I will agree with the others, lilylady, that you take some fantastic photos! The Salzburg fortress has some stunning views so hope you will later be able to return for a visit and some photos from the top!

As a side note I would like to share.... I spent last week in the Salzburg area countryside/mountains. I highly recommend that as well. It's a very inexpensive area with lots to see and do. And during this trip I bought...and wore...my first Dirndl dress smile

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#1711937 - 07/12/11 12:22 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Thank you!

I would love to return. So much more to see, everywhere! What we saw was only the tip of the iceberg, but Guenther really knew some of the best places to show us! He was a fantastic guide and such a nice person as well. I hope he had a great time too. I miss him! It was so wonderful not to have to 'think' - just to follow his lead. ;-)

Please share PM some special places that you enjoyed tnew. And the pics of your drndl dress!

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#1711945 - 07/12/11 12:33 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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While in Hamburg and not far from our hotel was the St. Michel (mi-chal) Cathedral. The largest in Hamburg. Protestant. The outside was, well, usual, tall, and brick, but oh the inside was so ethereal. It was also right across from that neat little ole restaurant which we retired to after our visit to the church.

Luckily we happened upon a rehearsal.

A few pics and then a short vid. Boy I wish others with better cameras would join in sharing the visits...

Archangel Michael slaying the devil was the theme outside.

















Yes that could mean 3 separate organs, or were some attached?

And then the short video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgH2-EbxRBE
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#1712217 - 07/12/11 09:48 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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Lilylady loved listening to the player pianos, made me want to dance-which I love to do.

Thanks again for the "tour".

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#1714350 - 07/16/11 09:02 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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For you technophiles out there- I should know these things but I don't- how do I get my pix onto this website- and alternately- can I take these pictures off this website onto a file on my computer? Many thanks!!
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#1715529 - 07/18/11 08:06 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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How to post pics

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...ite_id/1#import

I post to share on the forum but all of my pictures are copyright. When asked for a particular picture by private mail, I usually give permission, just want to know how it will be used.
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#1715564 - 07/18/11 09:20 AM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: lilylady]
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Great pics LL. I love the evening river shot of Salzburg?
The video was a nice tour as well. What luck to catch the rehearsal.
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#1716028 - 07/18/11 11:16 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Strings & Wood]
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WEll I'm doing something wrong- don't know what , though. Thanks for the link LL, I may try again later in the week


Edited by Piano World (07/18/11 11:33 PM)
Edit Reason: Fixed code
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#1741283 - 08/26/11 10:28 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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These pictures are amazing! I really want to go to Europe someday and check these sites out.
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#1743979 - 08/31/11 05:27 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: Piano World]
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Maybe this has been asked already.... but is there another trip planned in a few years?

I couldn't do this one because I'm going on a Christkindlmarkt Tour of Germany/Austria in December, but I would love to do this tour someday.
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#1743981 - 08/31/11 05:34 PM Re: European Piano Tour Begins! [Re: dumdumdiddle]
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Originally Posted By: dumdumdiddle
Maybe this has been asked already.... but is there another trip planned in a few years?

I couldn't do this one because I'm going on a Christkindlmarkt Tour of Germany/Austria in December, but I would love to do this tour someday.



Yes, definitely.

We're shooting for 2013 right now, will depend on the response when we start promoting.

The next one will be similar, but with some modifications (from
lessons learned).
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#1749178 - 09/08/11 09:53 PM Re: European Piano Tour - See the Pictures! [Re: Piano World]
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The next one will be similar, but with some modifications (from
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Not eating too much for breakfast could be one....

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