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#1456016 - 06/13/10 08:51 PM Re: Practice Rooms in New York [Re: Mark_C]
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Oh yes, Nola Studios! I practiced on a poor old Steinway in a medium sized room with seemingly eroded sharps, just a sad piano- sort of in-tune, very heavy action...quite the beast. Frankly, I didn't mind as I was just happy to spend time practicing!



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#1456087 - 06/13/10 11:21 PM Re: Practice Rooms in New York [Re: P I A N O piano]
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Hey there, PIANO!
Good to see you!
I guess you've been busy with other things, hopefully in a good way.
So.....will you be coming to hear us in Chicago?? smile
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#1456623 - 06/14/10 05:59 PM Re: Practice Rooms in New York [Re: Mark_C]
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There is a place on the Bowery in Chinatown that rents rooms with Chinese uprights for four bucks an hour (as of a year ago). You might try that. It's called the Rome Piano Company, located at 43 Bowery. It's not pretty, but it's clean, cheap, and the lady there is nice. I have not tried the pianos, though. The number is (212) 431-4747.

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#1456624 - 06/14/10 06:00 PM Re: Practice Rooms in New York [Re: hophmi]
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There's also Steinway Hall; I'm pretty sure they rent rooms, though I imagine it's pretty expensive.

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#1456660 - 06/14/10 06:34 PM Re: Practice Rooms in New York [Re: P I A N O piano]
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Mine had a pretty light action shocked

I wouldn't say to stay away from it, I mean the piano is better than the Weber POS that I got at 853. Like I said, between the 2 I don't know which one I'd pick. If you can get your hands on Carmen then that's a good idea, but the other pianos at 853 I believe are all Korean, which is sad frown

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#1457073 - 06/15/10 12:30 PM Re: Practice Rooms in New York [Re: trigalg693]
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If anyone's looking for anything for next Monday, what about this (article in NY Times):

"Pianos as Public Art, and the Public’s Playthings"
(Anyone can play.)
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#1457229 - 06/15/10 04:59 PM Re: Practice Rooms in New York [Re: Mark_C]
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Originally Posted By: Mark_C
If anyone's looking for anything for next Monday, what about this (article in NY Times):

"Pianos as Public Art, and the Public’s Playthings"
(Anyone can play.)


Great find, Mark! Now I know where I can go practice for free the next time I am in NY. laugh

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#1457287 - 06/15/10 06:56 PM Re: Practice Rooms in New York [Re: LisztAddict]
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Oh I will need to find practice rooms for my brother as well. He will be staying near Arlington in Washington and then Riverdale in New York. It's okay as long as they have a proper piano. Can someone please help? smile
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#1457302 - 06/15/10 07:45 PM Re: Practice Rooms in New York [Re: LisztAddict]
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Great find, Mark! Now I know where I can go practice for free the next time I am in NY. laugh

No, only if you come that day. smile
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#1853830 - 02/29/12 05:08 PM Re: Practice Rooms in New York [Re: trigalg693]
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It was really nice to find this thread before traveling to the states and deciding where to practice in New York. I did try 853, and it was a disappointment. I wouldn't return there unless I absolutely had to. The exaggerated decoration, the paintings, the lamps, the curtains and the nonfunctional old clocks almost felt like an attempt to overcompensate for the lack of quality, because the instruments themselves were a great let-down (the website's vague mention of "grand pianos" without a brand name or a close-up picture of the instruments should have been enough hint). As others mentioned before, the left pedal wasn't working, the response left much to be desired, and the rooms were not soundproof at all. All of this is apart from the fact that I didn't get the room I wanted and was moved from one studio to another, which I'll pretend to forgive after all their apologies about a certain emergency with a piano that should have been returned that day. I had asked for a grand but played an upright for two thirds of the time I reserved, and I was still made to pay the same amount of money. The way the person in charge spoke to me though, it felt like she assumed I didn't know the difference because of where I came from. I would go for Nola's very old Steinways in plain, otherwise empty studios labeled A, B and C over fancy furniture and fancy names like Boheme and Madame Butterfly anytime. Singers seemed to love the place though.
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#1853957 - 02/29/12 10:09 PM Re: Practice Rooms in New York [Re: Rania]
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We can say this for 853: It's way, way better than nothing. I'd go so far as to say it's 'all right.'

Another place that was mentioned on this thread seems to be neither all right nor better than nothing. grin
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