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#201402 - 05/31/08 07:26 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
todder Offline
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Registered: 05/18/08
Posts: 13
My first piano was my Dads Knabe Baby Grand. I was very lucky to learn on it and it remains a treasure chest of memories. A little guy 3-4 years old I would "compose" things on construction paper they were nothing good of course more like drawings but my dad would "play" them for me and embellish them so I would be happy.

I am now 33 years old and the "compositions" are still in the bench \:\)

The piano also has a wound, a scar, a small chunk missing from dead center top of fall board. It is where my front tooth landed in about 1985 after complete and total frustration over some piece and my unstable adolescent temperment. Now filled in with black the indent remains, still there just to haunt me.

Second piano was a 1919 Steinway Model B that I played at a fraternity house in Madison WI, the house was formerly a sorority and the piano was part of the deal. Not many players over the years and it became an eyesore with old drinks etc. placed in all the wrong places. It deserved a better life and was sold in 1996 to Farley's House of Pianos for a fire sale sum of $10k.



Great thread its fun to think back and imagine whats to come!

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#201403 - 05/31/08 07:53 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
TLuvva Offline
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Registered: 02/24/07
Posts: 394
Loc: Athens, Georgia
My first was a Chickering upright circa turn of the century that belonged to my Mom. She was very fond of it because her father (my grandfather who died before I was even born) bought it for her from the Cable Piano Company in Atlanta Georgia in probably the 1930s. Here it is...





What I want to mention is that if you look in the second picture, the little pattern of chips and dirt on the ivory keys were like an indelible visual benchmark in my mind. The chip pattern for a particular key was synonymous with F below middle C for example. Every single note had it's own chip pattern that (and I didn't realize this until later when I revisited the piano in my folks basement) I recognized INSTANTLY and associated with each note of the scale.

Just wondering if anybody else knew notes by their chip and dirt pattern. \:\)

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#201404 - 05/31/08 09:58 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
PianoPro Offline
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Registered: 04/23/08
Posts: 314
Loc: Iowa
 Quote:
Originally posted by TLuvva:
The chip pattern for a particular key was synonymous with F below middle C for example. Every single note had it's own chip pattern that (and I didn't realize this until later when I revisited the piano in my folks basement) I recognized INSTANTLY and associated with each note of the scale.

Just wondering if anybody else knew notes by their chip and dirt pattern. \:\) [/b]
We could put new keytops on for you, but you may never be able to play it again! \:D

Very nice pics, thanks for sharing. ;\)
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#201405 - 05/31/08 11:58 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
Ron Gardiner Offline
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Registered: 05/18/07
Posts: 113
Loc: Ephrata, Pa
My first and only piano through high school days was a behemoth Upright probably 1900 to 1920 manufactured by Woodbury piano company. It was a candidate to be turned into a "mirror" piano, but I left for college and that never took place.
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#201406 - 06/01/08 07:14 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
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Registered: 05/15/07
Posts: 5924
Loc: Down Under
 Quote:
Originally posted by todder:
A little guy 3-4 years old I would "compose" things on construction paper they were nothing good of course more like drawings but my dad would "play" them for me and embellish them so I would be happy.
I am now 33 years old and the "compositions" are still in the bench \:\) [/b]
Lovely story \:\) .

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The piano also has a wound, a scar, a small chunk missing from dead center top of fall board. It is where my front tooth landed in about 1985 after complete and total frustration over some piece and my unstable adolescent temperment. Now filled in with black the indent remains, still there just to haunt me.[/b]
Did your tooth survive the incident? \:\(
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#201407 - 06/02/08 01:04 AM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
Zormpas Offline
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Registered: 07/06/05
Posts: 616
Loc: Monterey, Ca
Wurlitzer spinet from the late 40's in Maple. My parents still have it. It actually was/is a pretty decent piano.
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#201408 - 06/02/08 08:53 AM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
bassliner Offline
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Registered: 06/01/07
Posts: 38
Loc: Long Island New York
My first piano: 1984 Yamaha M1 console in satin black. Paid $3300 in NYC at the time. A solid little piano, always. I just replaced it recently. I felt sentimental pangs of emotion when it finally left my home and was rolled out the door. It now belongs to a young MD who resides near Delancy St in NYC. I think the last thing I played on it was Gershwins "I'll take Manhattan". It seemed appropriate.
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#201409 - 06/02/08 11:47 AM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
John Pels Offline
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Registered: 05/31/07
Posts: 1258
Loc: Tomball, Texas
My first piano was an Aeolian grand (1958). My Dad refinished it, but my first piano teacher nixed it in short order, to be replaced by a Baldwin A (1962) which remains in the family today. The Baldwin was supplemented by a Betsy Ross spinet. This was followed by a Ball and Sons grand bought in grad school (1980), then the Knabe 9'(1989), and lots of other concert grands since.

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#201410 - 06/02/08 12:14 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
Innominato Offline
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Registered: 02/05/08
Posts: 802
Loc: London
First, and only, piano was bought used when we (my brother, sister and yours truly) started to play the piano.

I remember the beautiful shops when we went around piano shopping; they had a peculiar odor that I now understand to be wax and that I liked very much.

When I first re-entered a piano shop this year, immediately the odor reappeared and instantly remembered me of those years..... a deja vu and plunge into the past of rare intensity.... it was also beautiful to see that there are things which time does not change even in this polyester-infected era.... ;\)

I remember my hopes for a very beautiful black grand with a wonderful sound, but my parent's finance where somewhat stretched, so my father bought a brown upright pretty fine sounding from what I had been able to hear, though not my dream piano by any means.

On the fallboard was a script, "LEHMANN". I like the thing, whichever piano I might end up having in the future, that Lehmann is and will always be "my first piano" and these things always have a magic of their own.
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#201411 - 07/25/08 10:03 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
Blondie1967 Offline
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Registered: 07/22/08
Posts: 31
Loc: Missouri
I may be too late to add my story here, but I'll try.

I was 6 when my family moved to a small midwest town where I took lessons from the pastor's wife at my church. The piano was a small Baldwin console from the 1950's that had a woderful tone and touch but had all the character marks of an institutional piano. After college, my father took me to a local piano store to give me a piano for a graduation gift. He had enough money set aside to get a good used piano or an entry level new one. As we looked through the inventory, I found the very piano I took lessons on when I was just 6 years old! I knew the piano the minute i laid eyes on it and even found a piece of tape on the back that had the church name on it!

Dad tried to talk me into other newer pianos, but that old church piano was the one I wanted. I still have it to this day, and amazingly enough, it still sounds and plays wonderfully! :3hearts:

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#201412 - 07/25/08 11:02 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
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Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
This is my first piano



then we got an Acrosonic.. no pic tho.

I bought and sold 3 super cheap pianos in my twenties and then bought this one, a 1914 Steinway K 52.. i loved it and kept if for about 20 years..




i then bought a Baldwin M, and sold it to buy my beloved Estonia

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#201413 - 07/26/08 06:48 AM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
pianoloverus Offline
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Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 19284
Loc: New York City
I don't remember much about my first piano. It was very big... something about Alma Tadema(maybe some relative?) is all I can remember.

Then I got a Baldwin Acrosonic. Then I got a Mason BB.

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#201414 - 07/26/08 09:23 AM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
ChrisKeys Offline
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Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 1274
Loc: Dallas, TX
My first piano was one of those really tall uprights from the early 20th century. It was painted yellow(!!). I played on that 'til we bought a used stencil baby grand for a song. (Name on the fallboard was Soward, probably built in the 20's.) I used that piano from my teen years 'til about 7 years ago when I bought a 1966 Baldwin L and refurbished it. The Baldwin is my current piano, and it's a really good one. The only way I'd get rid of it is to get a 7'-er.

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#201415 - 07/26/08 10:26 AM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
PianoPro Offline
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Registered: 04/23/08
Posts: 314
Loc: Iowa
Nice pics Apple!

I thought this thread was dead, but I still love hearing the stories and seeing the pics!

Be well, friends!
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#201416 - 07/27/08 07:19 AM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
Rich Galassini Offline
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9203
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Ron said:
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My first and only piano through high school days was a behemoth Upright probably 1900 to 1920 manufactured by Woodbury piano company.
[/b]

Hey Ron,

Wasn't that piano made in Woodbury, NJ?? I am serious about this.

Apple,

Cute pic. at the piano. You were a heartbreaker even then. ;\)
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#201417 - 07/27/08 07:58 AM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
Starting Over Offline
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Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 1290
Loc: Toronto
My mother bought our first piano when I was 7 or 8 years old. It was a large upright Heintzman built in the teens or '20s. My parents had no money at the time so I'm sure it was an expensive item for them but she made it happen. My most distinct memories of that piano are of one of my Father's friends playing it during his frequent visits. He would bang out the current '50s rock and roll hits by ear and older boogie woogie stuff, probably from his teen years. He would sit there smoking cigarettes with a beer just like he was playing in some honky tonk bar and making this great music. My friends, some who were taking lessons, would come over to listen. None of us had ever heard a piano played like that. That piano is long gone but I remember it well.

Interestingly, my wife's parents purchased an almost identical Heintzman about the same time. That particular piano now sits in my wife's sister's family room. While visiting them last week I played a few things on it. It still plays fine, if a bit loose, and it sounds pretty good despite not being tuned in years. Same old feel and sound. Brought back memories.
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#201418 - 07/27/08 07:51 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
Carol I. Offline
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Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 198
Loc: Michigan
My first piano was a brand new Wurlitzer spinet that my parents bought for me in 1965 when I was nine and started piano lessons. My parents sold the piano years later, after I'd given up lessons and lost interest. I wonder where it is now. . . .
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#201419 - 07/28/08 07:37 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
bcare Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/31/08
Posts: 3
Loc: NC
My first piano wasn't my piano, but was a 16th birthday gift for my sister who is 14 years older than I. It is I believe either a Wurlitzer, or a Waters? Either way, I can't tell now because she got the piano and painted it ivory white. Her daughter now has it. To say it's in bad shape would be an understatement. It was a tall ornate upright that I banged on until Daddy got tired of it and decided I needed real lessons.

Funny thing, I'm the one who became a pianist, and my sister, the singer who got the piano, never really did play it, though one of her children did learn to play a bit of piano, hymns and such.

Thirty plus years ago, my husband surprised me with the used/vintage M&H AA for our anniversary that I still have and love even with all its quirks. Without that piano coming into my life, I would not be as good a pianist as I am today, not concert quality, but not too bad. You lose the talent if you don't use it. I am grateful.

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#201420 - 07/28/08 09:03 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
Cool Nerd Offline
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Registered: 08/25/03
Posts: 136
Loc: Charlotte, NC
My first piano was a rented upright which my parents put in the "children's" bedroom. Once we proved that we were serious about lessons, they bought a secondhand Everett console from our piano teacher. It was proudly placed in the living room until I married and it was given to me. That Everett made it through our two children and was passed on to our daughter a few years ago when we got a Mason & Hamlin A. Great memories!
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#201421 - 07/28/08 11:26 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
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Registered: 05/22/08
Posts: 1837
Loc: USA
A 1908 Kranich & Bach. My 6 yr old Grandson has it now and starts lessons this Fall.
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#201422 - 07/29/08 12:42 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane...
ProdigalPianist Offline
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Registered: 04/08/07
Posts: 1049
Loc: Phoenix Metro, AZ
I don't know how old it was, but my first piano was, if I remember correctly, a Ludwig - an ancient 'upright grand' that my parents bought from a guy who had a bunch of old clunker pianos in a metal shed. It cost $75.

The action was really loose, a bunch of keys didn't work or made funny noises (to this day when I play certain songs I expect to hear clacking or a dull thud on some notes). Every couple of years the piano tuner would come, tune it, and spend a couple of hours fixing the keys...which would break again within a few weeks. Because I was 'playing it to hard'.

But it had real ivory keys (on the keys that weren't chipped or missing the ivory entirely...I know what you mean about finding notes by visual clues!), and a "big" sound because it was an 'upright grand' and not a spinet...so the guy who sold it told my parents...and so my parents kept telling me when I asked for a better piano.

It was the only piano I've ever owned up to now. For the last 20 years I haven't owned a piano of my own.
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#1940780 - 08/11/12 10:31 AM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane... [Re: PianoPro]
music-P Offline
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Registered: 05/22/12
Posts: 60
Loc: Philippines
I never had a piano in my life i am still playing on a casio ctk-5000 and it is purty nice but i feel i need an upgrade

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#1940866 - 08/11/12 02:06 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane... [Re: PianoPro]
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Loc: Nashville, TN
My first piano was a Betsy Ross spinet by the great Lester Piano Company of Philadelphia PA. I started taking piano lessons at 6 years old and played that piano until I left home for college. Our church was very generous to let me practice on a nice Steinway S any time I wanted, and since it was only a half block from my home I did so often when I was in High School. My mom was the church pianist at the time and I was her budding successor. When I was in college our church got a brand new Kawai 9' concert grand that I was also able to practice on any time. That was a spectacular instrument. When I got married we lived in a few rented places until we finally were able to purchase a house. The first big purchase after buying the house was a lovely Knabe baby grand that I still have. We purchased that piano in 1995 from Rick Jones in Beltsville Maryland. I looked at a lot of pianos before buying the Knabe from Rick including a Lester grand, a Bluthner from about 1898, a Sohmer and a couple of Steinways, a Steiff baby grand and a Vose, but the Knabe was by far the best of the lot. These were all vintage pianos and some were not in great shape. The Lester even had "waterfall" keys that were just weird.
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#1941085 - 08/11/12 10:24 PM Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane... [Re: PianoPro]
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I can't remember my mother's first piano, but it was a dark spinet that my father bought her as a surprise. I think the soundboard was cracked so she traded it in on a Story & Clark console. I practiced on it while I was taking lessons. My sister still has that piano in her dining room. It's keys were slightly curved, which I thought made it easier to play, but I've never seen another model of piano with that keytop design. The last time I played it, it really needed work, but my sister keeps it for sentimental value.

The first piano that I bought was a Baldwin console model 643 in 1993. It was small but I loved it. I traded it in for a Yamaha GB1 in 2009 and then traded the GB1 in for my C3 this January.
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