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#184883 - 02/07/09 04:55 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
GreenRain Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by whippen boy:
\:D

So I suppose a piano that is half black and half white:



...would cause the performer to be taken seriously only 50% of the time. ;\) [/b]
:D

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#184884 - 02/08/09 07:36 AM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
Melody7 Offline
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Registered: 01/31/09
Posts: 7
Loc: Australia
 Quote:
Originally posted by lilylady:
In the right decor, only a white piano would do. [/b]
So what would be the "right" decor?

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For those forum members that think wood/black finishes are the preferred options, do you think you should still have a wooden finish even if the look of the piano doesn't fit into your home that well?

For example, in my case, I have light wooden floors (pine), light-coloured lounges, and Tasmanian oak furniture (light-coloured wood). Black definately doesn't go, Mahogany is too red in colour and Walnut can be rather orange...

Remember, I'm talking about an upright - so it doesn't command as much attention as a grand, but is still a significant piece of furniture.

I'm so over trying to decide! I just want to PLAY! (but then I have to live with the piano, so I have to love it)...

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#184885 - 02/08/09 05:11 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
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Omce upon I had a pecan finished upright that would've liked your color scheme. Frankly I think an off white upright would look very nice in your setting. You may as well buy what you like, what would look good with what you have now. You may end up keeping that upright the rest of your life even if you go for your dream grand later.
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#184886 - 02/08/09 08:36 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
lilylady Offline
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Melody,

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There are several piano companies that have light wood featured uprights that should go well with your decor.

Personally from what you have described, I would not suggest white. In a home in Fla, or Hawaii etc where the decor of the room is based on white, I think it would fit better.

Without going back and looking to see if there was a budget or mfg that you are looking at, and not knowing what you might have available in Australia, I'll just mention a couple that I am familiar with.

Sauter has light colored finishes.
Wilhelm Steinberg features lighter colored woods
Schultz Pullman has interesting wood finishes.

Try googling each of the above for the mfg websites and check out what you find for finishes.

Some might need to be ordered.

The finish of an upright was very important to me when I was looking. I didn't want a shiny black box staring back at me, nor did I think that they fit well with the antiques in my home. ;-)

LL
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#184887 - 02/08/09 09:54 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
Mocheol Offline
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White is the colour of pestilence.[Not all brides wear white].
To David G.

Since white reflects all light wavelengths and black absorbs all wavelengths, white pianos or people dressed in white are surrounded by a reflective aura thats IMPENETRABLE.

Thats the blasted reason why it creates a barrier between the performer and audience.

Nobody paints their picket fence black do they?
Argument proved, case closed.
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#184888 - 02/08/09 10:19 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
Diane... Offline
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Looks acceptable at a wedding I'd say. Think they like the ivory color of this grand! Not sure they are paying much attention to the piano though! \:D

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#184889 - 02/08/09 10:34 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
Diane... Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Melody7:
When I said "white" I realise now I should have said "Off-white" (it's not stark white). [/b]
Okay, is it white, ... or is it cream? I'm confused! Thought we were talking cream?

A cream color piano is cream, french vanilla, banana cream pie color! White is a whole other color, or lack of color! \:D

This piano is cream! Is yours this color, or white?

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#184890 - 02/08/09 11:12 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
ChatNoir Offline
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I just remembered: In my "childhood", I worked for 9 months aboard the venerable ship "Sagafjord" (now the "Saga Rose") On board we had two grands and two uprights (one was a Rippen, a true nightmare!) But the funny thing is: they were all white. This was back in 1967.
At a stop in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, I played the piano at the bar in the St. Thomas Hilton, and it was also white. Were white pianos very much in fashion then?
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#184891 - 02/09/09 04:14 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
Mocheol Offline
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Diane,

That photograph gives me joy.

When those two glasses of white wine fall into the soundboard after she devours him,that piano will make the queer noises usually associated with castrated cats and white pianos.
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#184892 - 02/09/09 04:26 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
ChatNoir Offline
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Loc: Encino, California
 Quote:
Originally posted by Mocheol:
Nobody paints their picket fence black do they?
Argument proved, case closed. [/b]
In the meantime, what are we going to do about all those black wrought iron fences?
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#184893 - 02/09/09 08:51 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
Mocheol Offline
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You can rip up the wrought iron fences and use em to malafuster any white piano that crosses your path.
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#184894 - 02/09/09 09:02 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
DanLaura Larson Offline
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Registered: 09/01/08
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Loc: Pocatello, Idaho
 Quote:
Originally posted by Mocheol:


Since white reflects all light wavelengths and black absorbs all wavelengths, white pianos or people dressed in white are surrounded by a reflective aura thats IMPENETRABLE.


Nobody paints their picket fence black do they?
Argument proved, case closed. [/b]
I dare say that as a child I found plenty of white fences that were quite penetrable. \:\)

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#184895 - 02/09/09 09:54 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
Mocheol Offline
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,You, DanLaura Larson, did not penetrate any white fence,what you penetrated were the black spaces in between the white pickets.
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#184896 - 02/09/09 10:33 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
DanLaura Larson Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Mocheol:
,You, DanLaura Larson, did not penetrate any white fence,what you penetrated were the black spaces in between the white pickets. [/b]
:)
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#184897 - 02/10/09 06:23 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
Mocheol Offline
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Go to 3-07 onwards to see what happens to white steinway in this remarkeable original Pink Panther Film with the late great Peter Sellars.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek44tW0Dqig&feature=related
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#184898 - 02/10/09 06:54 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
ChatNoir Offline
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Loc: Encino, California
Not much to look at compared to what sometimes happens to BLACK pianos.
(Don't try this at home. Although I'm sure we are all tempted at some time when just EVERYthing goes wrong at the keyboard.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkROzK9yuAs
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#184899 - 02/10/09 07:38 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano?
DarkGreenChocolate Offline
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Registered: 03/31/08
Posts: 307
Loc: Michigan
Ah, Peter Sellers--if he were any funnier, he'd be lethal, as in this clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gpjk_MaCGM

Thanks for the video.

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#1809971 - 12/21/11 12:37 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano? [Re: Melody7]
dr.dai phan Offline
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Registered: 03/24/09
Posts: 96
Hello all,

I just closed a deal on a Kawai white grand pending on the passing of the inspection. I have always wanted a white grand and finally my dream is finally coming true! I have learned a few things when I did my research:

1. White piano needs to be special ordered.
2. White piano's prices for a new one is the same as for any other colors.
3. White piano has awful resell value.
4. White piano is harder to attract buyers either new or used.
5. White piano is considered "cheezy" or "Hollywoodesque".
6. White piano is "unmanly".
7. White piano sticks out like a sore thumb.
8. White piano hides dust and scratches better.
9. White piano finish is harder to repair.
10. White piano is only for posers (pianist wannabe).

Anymore to add? DP


Edited by dr.dai phan (12/21/11 12:40 PM)

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#1810004 - 12/21/11 01:52 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano? [Re: Melody7]
Plowboy Offline
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Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2305
Loc: SoCal
11. White piano makes for a happy dr.dai phan

Congratulations on your grand piano. Please, post pictures.
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#1810025 - 12/21/11 02:33 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano? [Re: Melody7]
Steve Chandler Offline
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Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 2727
Loc: Urbandale, Iowa
12. White pianos make people dredge up old threads from years ago. grin

Congratulations on your new (to you) white Kawai. May it bring you many years of pleasure. Of course it never happened if you don't post pictures.

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#1810079 - 12/21/11 03:56 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano? [Re: Steve Chandler]
dr.dai phan Offline
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Hi

You think white is hard to sell? How about this? DP


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#1810083 - 12/21/11 04:02 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano? [Re: Melody7]
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Where I live there is demand for white pianos. The dealers don't know why the locals want them, but that's why they stock them.
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#1860996 - 03/13/12 11:05 AM Re: Would you buy a white piano? [Re: Steve Chandler]
dr.dai phan Offline
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Posts: 96
Hi,

These are the two grand pianos I have at home. I use the black one for play back (QRS system) and the white for live playing for my guests. Love that white piano! DP


Edited by dr.dai phan (03/13/12 11:19 AM)

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#1860999 - 03/13/12 11:14 AM Re: Would you buy a white piano? [Re: dr.dai phan]
dr.dai phan Offline
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Posts: 96
Hi all,

How come all my attachments got the "X" on them and I can't see the pictures? DP

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#1861880 - 03/14/12 04:24 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano? [Re: Steve Chandler]
dr.dai phan Offline
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Here are my pianos. The black has the play back system when I am lazy and I use the white to play for my unfortunate guests! DP

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#1861884 - 03/14/12 04:27 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano? [Re: dr.dai phan]
dr.dai phan Offline
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Let's try again. DP


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#1862142 - 03/14/12 10:50 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano? [Re: Melody7]
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The day before yesterday I visited Steinway Hall in Fort Worth, TX. They had a white Steinway, John Lennon Special Edition. It has John's self portrait on the stand, and the first compasses of "Imagine" printed on the back part of the Iron plate.

Price tag, more than $100 grand.

Curious, but I would never buy such a thing.
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#1928559 - 07/18/12 01:37 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano? [Re: Rudy99golf]
Rusty Fortysome Offline
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Originally Posted By: Rudy99golf
The day before yesterday I visited Steinway Hall in Fort Worth, TX. They had a white Steinway, John Lennon Special Edition. It has John's self portrait on the stand, and the first compasses of "Imagine" printed on the back part of the Iron plate.

Price tag, more than $100 grand.

Curious, but I would never buy such a thing.


I was curious if ANYONE would buy that thing. It seems like a double-poser white piano from south-central Gimmickville.

As for other white pianos, they are pretty gaudy and feminine in my opinion. I like them... in other people's homes where they fit. If you own a whitey, you better be able to sit down and play better than 99.9% of all pianists, otherwise you come off as a showboat furniture fanboy.


Edited by Rusty Fortysome (07/18/12 01:37 PM)
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#1928572 - 07/18/12 02:06 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano? [Re: Rusty Fortysome]
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I definitely need one. It would make a beautiful stand for my Revere, 5-arm sterling candelabra. Soooo flatering when I am wearing my sequined smoking jacket.

Julia Child once stated that a roast suckling pig was a beautiful way to display an apple.
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#1928689 - 07/18/12 06:10 PM Re: Would you buy a white piano? [Re: Melody7]
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I would have bought one in January of 2009 when this thread was started and I would still buy one today. I like white pianos. Some people would consider my piano hideous. It's a walnut Louis XV, but it fits into our decor and I love it. More importantly, my wife loves it. Almost as important, my children (budding pianists themselves) love it. Whenever I talk of selling it, my daughters eyes get as big a saucers and she bellows, "NOOOOO!!!!"


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