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#2012893 - 01/11/13 03:10 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: belsha]
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I've never heard a CFX nor played one before. i'm surprised how metallic and shrill this piano can be, and how muffled but not really singing and warm in the softer passages. I had thought that Yamaha was aiming for a more european sound with their new models, this disappointed me a little. Of course this has a lot to do with prepping, mic placement and interpretation. Actually I recall having just barely tested one of their smaller CF models, and thought it was quite harsh, rather stiff too, and think I prefer their smoother, more flexible, warmer S series pianos.

So thumbs up to Fazioli for me on this one !

You must remember that these top-end Yamaha pianos sell at the same price as Faziolis or Steinways.


As you say, the prepping and voicing can make a lot of difference to the tonal character. But I don't think Yamaha was trying to aim for a European sound at all with the CFX - after all, they'd acquired Bösendorfer - but rather, wanting to compete with Steinway D, with more color and projection than afforded by their previous CF-IIIS.

For a less strident-sounding CFX in direct comparison with the Fazioli in the 2010 Chopin Competition (where the CFX made its concert hall debut, rather successfully), have a listen to the winner Yulianna Avdeeva playing the famous Polonaise in A flat, Op.53: http://youtu.be/ocoFYiOGxvA, and compare with the Fazioli played by Daniil Trifonov, in the same hall: http://youtu.be/xfqfcHJD_fs - Waltz in A flat, Op.18.
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#2013102 - 01/11/13 09:36 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: Kugupiyano]
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I agree that fit and finish matter and Fazioli is absolutely one of the very best if not the best as far as build quality however I still like the Steinway sound best.

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#2013136 - 01/11/13 11:28 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: Kugupiyano]
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Everyone likes the Steinway sound at its best. It has warm, rich tones, wonderful harmonics, and a growling bass that is perfectly characteristic of the piano. Just remember it is the only piano sound you have heard your entire life on recordings, on the radio, and in recitals. Of course you like it. Any other piano will sound alien and strange to you.

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#2013141 - 01/11/13 11:52 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: Numerian]
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I doubt it is the clarity that is stinging your ears.


i never said it was the clarity of the Fazioli (this 183 actually had a rather mellow sound), but the extreme projection of the piano: it is not only very loud, but very directional. Thus, even in a large room, you get a lot of echo, reflection, and when you close the lid, a very muddled, confused sound.

This is how these pianos were designed, conceived for: basically to be the smallest pianos to be able to cut through in a (small) concert hall. Thus Fazioli prides itsel that their 1m83 is more powerful than the 2m11 Steinway.

Now keep in mind, that these features that are extremely desirable in concert pianos are not necessarily desirable in home or even recording studio use (or amplified concert use for that matter).

For example, it is extremely difficult to build a concert grand that can impose itself against a 90 piece orchestra in a 2000 seat hall. It is said that only the Steinway D and the Yamaha CF3/CFX have enough projection, power and definition to do this — and the Boesendorfer Imperial and even the F308 Fazioli fail at this. The Imperial might have the most beautiful piano sound out there, but it isn't precise and powerful enough to cut through a wall of 90 strings, brass, winds and percussion.

But if you record piano sonatas or a jazz piano trio, this doesn't matter at all. You might actually be better off with the less dynamite but more subtle Boesendorfer.

The same is true in a home: you would want the longer piano for the longer strings and thus more resonant, fuller bass and medium registers. But you don't need the extra projection.
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#2013143 - 01/11/13 11:55 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: Numerian]
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Originally Posted By: Numerian
Everyone likes the Steinway sound at its best. It has warm, rich tones, wonderful harmonics, and a growling bass that is perfectly characteristic of the piano. Just remember it is the only piano sound you have heard your entire life on recordings, on the radio, and in recitals. Of course you like it. Any other piano will sound alien and strange to you.


Wow, that is almost word for word exactly what the Steinway salesman told me at the Sherman Clay store.

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#2013146 - 01/12/13 12:04 AM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: pianoloverus]
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Originally Posted By: belsha
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to my ear faziolis are very nice sounding pianos, a bit on the sweet side, and they are fantastic pieces of furniture (the fazioli heritage). there's no shame in spending one's money on one, IMHO.


That's just complete non-sense. As a piece of furniture, a Fazioli or Steinway is strictly identical to a Yamaha, or even a Young Chang or Wendl&Lung.
The quality, beauty, and technical aspects of the finish vary tremendously on different make pianos. Even the style of the case and plate vary although not so much if one buys the basic "contemporary" version.


Possible this is true, I have just never noticed it. I have never noticed an esthetical difference between a Fazioli, a Yamaha and a Wendl & Lung: to my eyes, they look strictly identical, they are black, shiny and have the same shape.

Some people even have complained about this concerning Yamaha, there is no exterior difference whatever between, say a 30 000 $ C series, a 60 0000$ S series and a 90 000 CF series grand. All the differences that justify the price difference are hidden inside.
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#2013209 - 01/12/13 04:33 AM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: belsha]
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Originally Posted By: belsha
Originally Posted By: pianoloverus
The quality, beauty, and technical aspects of the finish vary tremendously on different make pianos. Even the style of the case and plate vary although not so much if one buys the basic "contemporary" version.


Possible this is true, I have just never noticed it. I have never noticed an esthetical difference between a Fazioli, a Yamaha and a Wendl & Lung: to my eyes, they look strictly identical, they are black, shiny and have the same shape.

Some people even have complained about this concerning Yamaha, there is no exterior difference whatever between, say a 30 000 $ C series, a 60 0000$ S series and a 90 000 CF series grand. All the differences that justify the price difference are hidden inside.
The differences are really factual and more than "possible". The shape of the pianos are also different. And not all black pianos are shiny. In Europe, the high gloss finish is most popular but in the US ebony satin is pretty common.

When one is comparing different size pianos from the same maker(like Yamaha)in the same finish of course the finishes look the same. Differences in appearance show up when comparing pianos from different makers. The Yamaha CF series is also shaped differently from other Yamaha models.


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#2013234 - 01/12/13 05:53 AM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: belsha]
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Originally Posted By: belsha
Some people even have complained about this concerning Yamaha, there is no exterior difference whatever between, say a 30 000 $ C series, a 60 0000$ S series and a 90 000 CF series grand. All the differences that justify the price difference are hidden inside.


There were few exterior cosmetic differences between the C-Series Yamaha and previous CFIIIS concert grand. The pedal lyre was nickel-plated on the C-Series while the CFIIIS used real brass. The fallboard was 2 pieces glued together on the C-Series while the CFIIIS used one piece fallboard. Finally, the CFIIIS used better mahogany and maple for the piano rims.

For most people, they will not notice these differences and will appear to look similar to each other. Granted that current Yamahas have a few more differences between different series, the main improvements are within the internals (sound, touch, tone) like you said.
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#2013292 - 01/12/13 08:55 AM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: belsha]
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Originally Posted By: belsha
Thanks for the link ! I've never heard a CFX nor played one before. i'm surprised how metallic and shrill this piano can be, and how muffled but not really singing and warm in the softer passages. I had thought that Yamaha was aiming for a more european sound with their new models, this disappointed me a little. Of course this has a lot to do with prepping, mic placement and interpretation. Actually I recall having just barely tested one of their smaller CF models, and thought it was quite harsh, rather stiff too, and think I prefer their smoother, more flexible, warmer S series pianos.
I have heard the Yamaha CFX concert grand at least 10 times in concerts at Mannes. The above description(metallic, muffled but not really singing and warm, harsh)is totally at odds with my listening experience.

In fact, if the above description were correct does anyone think these pianos would be so popular with professional pianists in recitals and competitions?

As far as the action being stiff, I have not played one but a terrific professional pianist who happens to be member here, told me that the action was particularly excellent. Again, it's hard to believe that Yamaha would design a piano that they want to compete with the best concert pianos and design a "stiff" action.


Edited by pianoloverus (01/12/13 11:42 AM)

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#2013375 - 01/12/13 11:19 AM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: bennevis]
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Originally Posted By: bennevis
For a less strident-sounding CFX in direct comparison with the Fazioli in the 2010 Chopin Competition (where the CFX made its concert hall debut, rather successfully), have a listen to the winner Yulianna Avdeeva playing the famous Polonaise in A flat, Op.53: http://youtu.be/ocoFYiOGxvA, and compare with the Fazioli played by Daniil Trifonov, in the same hall: http://youtu.be/xfqfcHJD_fs - Waltz in A flat, Op.18.

Thanks for posting this. The fact that they were recorded at the same hall at the same event presumes the recording system was the same for both recordings. The two pianos sound different in that the Fazioli's has greater clarity because there is less low midrange information which can tend to muddy the sound in excess quantity. So one person's muddy sound is another's rich piano timbre. Neither piano sounds strident. The Yamaha sounds a bit richer and full sounding (that's the low midrange talking), the Fazioli has the clarity due to less low midrange information. Great comparison! Thanks for posting.

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#2013377 - 01/12/13 11:20 AM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: 4evrBeginR]
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Originally Posted By: Numerian
Everyone likes the Steinway sound at its best. It has warm, rich tones, wonderful harmonics, and a growling bass that is perfectly characteristic of the piano. Just remember it is the only piano sound you have heard your entire life on recordings, on the radio, and in recitals. Of course you like it. Any other piano will sound alien and strange to you.


Wow, that is almost word for word exactly what the Steinway salesman told me at the Sherman Clay store.


The difference between the salesman at the Sherman Clay store and me is that I was being snarky. I don't view the omnipresence of Steinways in public settings as a favorable thing; he views it as a selling point.

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#2013380 - 01/12/13 11:22 AM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: pianoloverus]
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Originally Posted By: pianoloverus
I have heard the Yamaha CFX concert grand at least 10 times in concert at Mannes. The above description(metallic, muffled but not really singing and warm, harsh)is totally at odds with my listening experience.

In fact, if the above description were correct does anyone think these pianos would be so popular with professional pianists in recitals and competitions?

As far as the action being stiff, I have not played one but a terrific professional pianist who happens to be member here, told me that the action was particularly excellent. Again, it's hard to believe that Yamaha would design a piano that they want to compete with the best concert pianos and design a "stiff" action.


about a month ago i had the privilege of playing a new CFX at grand piano haus (it was evidently already sold to a chicago university) and my experience was that of ploverus: beautiful cantabile quality, warm mid reg and rich, full lower reg. and the action was typically yamaha, buttery smooth and responsive. for stiff actions see steinway>new.
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#2013650 - 01/12/13 08:43 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: Kugupiyano]
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"Just remember it is the only piano sound you have heard your entire life on recordings, on the radio, and in recitals. Of course you like it. Any other piano will sound alien and strange to you." ...Ha, Not even close to being true.

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#2013689 - 01/12/13 10:05 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: LJC]
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"Just remember it is the only piano sound you have heard your entire life on recordings, on the radio, and in recitals. Of course you like it. Any other piano will sound alien and strange to you." ...Ha, Not even close to being true.
Of course, what's "strange" is very personal but the reality is that the Steinway sound is the sound heard in the great majority of classical concerts and recordings. Of course, saying it's the "only" sound is a bit of an exaggeration, but I think the statement is mostly true.

This is not the same as saying I think this is necessarily a good thing, but I think the quoted statement is basically correct.

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#2013923 - 01/13/13 01:01 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: bennevis]
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For a less strident-sounding CFX in direct comparison with the Fazioli in the 2010 Chopin Competition (where the CFX made its concert hall debut, rather successfully), have a listen to the winner Yulianna Avdeeva playing the famous Polonaise in A flat, Op.53: http://youtu.be/ocoFYiOGxvA, and compare with the Fazioli played by Daniil Trifonov, in the same hall: http://youtu.be/xfqfcHJD_fs - Waltz in A flat, Op.18.


I must say I absolutely love the Fazioli on these videos, and don't care at all for the Yamaha. This is partly personal preference (I personally prefer rounder, warmer sounding pianos to the more brillant ones, and the same is true for the voicing), but also has to do with the fact that the Fazioli pianist (Trifonov) is so much incomparably better than the Yamaha pianist (Avdeeva). So I'm not sure if the problem is listening to a stiff and cold pianist or to a stiff and cold piano....

But i think it would be difficult to argue that the Fazioli isn't the more musical of the two pianos (you might say the Yamaha is more brillant), with a rounder, warmer sound, with more breath, more subtle harmonics, maybe not as incisive as the Yamaha. It would be interesting to hear each pianist on the other's piano.

I found it more interesting two compare to different, more lyrical, pieces:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apSE6HfksMw (Ballade n° 4 on Yamaha)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUI90rbdUBU (Sonata N° 3 on Fazioli).


Edited by belsha (01/13/13 01:04 PM)
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#2013937 - 01/13/13 01:54 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: Kugupiyano]
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In the discussion/competition of the giants vying for "top spot" [in the mind of some here..] wondering what Chopin would say to all of this.

Considering the prehistoric dogs that were available to his genius in the mid 1800.....

Why not enjoy the dedication of the artists giving their level best to the splendor of the man's music?

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#2013938 - 01/13/13 01:55 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: belsha]
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I must say I absolutely love the Fazioli on these videos, and don't care at all for the Yamaha. This is partly personal preference (I personally prefer rounder, warmer sounding pianos to the more brillant ones, and the same is true for the voicing), but also has to do with the fact that the Fazioli pianist (Trifonov) is so much incomparably better than the Yamaha pianist (Avdeeva). So I'm not sure if the problem is listening to a stiff and cold pianist or to a stiff and cold piano....

But i think it would be difficult to argue that the Fazioli isn't the more musical of the two pianos (you might say the Yamaha is more brillant), with a rounder, warmer sound, with more breath, more subtle harmonics, maybe not as incisive as the Yamaha. It would be interesting to hear each pianist on the other's piano.
I think your description of the both the pianos and pianists is totally subjective, and others could easily use far different words to describe them. Some might even interchange the pianos/pianists in your posts and make that conclusion. So I think it's incredibly easy to argue with your conclusions which you stated as facts although they are subjective.


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#2014001 - 01/13/13 04:43 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: pianoloverus]
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Originally Posted By: pianoloverus
Originally Posted By: belsha
I must say I absolutely love the Fazioli on these videos, and don't care at all for the Yamaha. This is partly personal preference (I personally prefer rounder, warmer sounding pianos to the more brillant ones, and the same is true for the voicing), but also has to do with the fact that the Fazioli pianist (Trifonov) is so much incomparably better than the Yamaha pianist (Avdeeva). So I'm not sure if the problem is listening to a stiff and cold pianist or to a stiff and cold piano....

But i think it would be difficult to argue that the Fazioli isn't the more musical of the two pianos (you might say the Yamaha is more brillant), with a rounder, warmer sound, with more breath, more subtle harmonics, maybe not as incisive as the Yamaha. It would be interesting to hear each pianist on the other's piano.
I think your description of the both the pianos and pianists is totally subjective, and others could easily use far different words to describe them. Some might even interchange the pianos/pianists in your posts and make that conclusion. So I think it's incredibly easy to argue with your conclusions which you stated as facts although they are subjective.


and i find it interesting that so much is extrapolated out of youtube videos, notorious for compression and loss of fidelity, and who knows what quality of amplification and speaker system, when evaluating the most difficult instrument in the world to record accurately under the best of circumstances. these are clearly instruments that need to be heard/played in person to properly evaluate their respective nuances.
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#2014084 - 01/13/13 08:22 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: pianoloverus]
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You could have noticed reading my post that I used the words "personal preference" and "I love" or "I don't care" which make it clear that I was indeed only expressing a purely subjective impression, with no claim whatever to any objective "fact".
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#2014105 - 01/13/13 09:07 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: belsha]
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You could have noticed reading my post that I used the words "personal preference" and "I love" or "I don't care" which make it clear that I was indeed only expressing a purely subjective impression, with no claim whatever to any objective "fact".


I don't think you applied 'personal preference' to your description of the relative merits of Avdeeva and Trifonov as pianists: you stated those as fact. Which the jury of the competition disagreed with. (I also happen to disagree with you: Trifonov has come a long way since then).

As for the relative merits of the two pianos, one man's meat is another man's poison, as they say.....(though having played both extensively, they are just different meats to me. And I'm not a vegetarian.... grin).
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#2015081 - 01/15/13 06:50 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: Kugupiyano]
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Interesting observation:
I was watching a 2010 video of the rock group "Journey" on Directv last night. I'd seen it before, but had noticed that they had a Fazioli piano! (this was the "live in Manilla" show) Which makes me wonder why they needed a Fazioli for that situation....and they had a synthesizer/digital keyboard sitting on top of it!!! I doubt that the Manilla crowd (or any crowd) would appreciate the difference between the Fazioli and any other piano "brand"....(in other words, imho, what a waste...)
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#2015247 - 01/16/13 02:35 AM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: bennevis]
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Originally Posted By: bennevis


I don't think you applied 'personal preference' to your description of the relative merits of Avdeeva and Trifonov as pianists: you stated those as fact. Which the jury of the competition disagreed with. (I also happen to disagree with you: Trifonov has come a long way since then).


Ok, I agree, mea culpa. But we could say that indeed the more lyrical pianist chose the more lyrical piano, and the more brilliant, aggressive pianist chose the more brilliant and aggressive piano. So indeed, pianists choose the pianos that mirror their style.
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#2355934 - 11/28/14 06:48 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: Kugupiyano]
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I've had several opportunities to play Fazioli pianos in at several locations in a couple of different cities, in different situations, including at dealers and in performance. Some at the dealers were fantastic. One of them I played in a competitive situation, and the instrument was so horrible in its evenness of tone that it was distracting: the entire treble range rang with a different, hollower timbre entirely, which may have been a symptom of incorrect hammer striking points (but I would direct that diagnostic to a technician).

As with all pianos, especially high-end instruments, the technical work (ie. regulation) greatly influences the playing experience. That said, I did get the impression, over the course of around 20 Faziolis of different sizes, that part of the hype over this brand is, well, the hype. They are a good piano, to be sure, but just as not all Steinways are excellent, so are not all Faziolis the "best in the world". As Edwin Good (an authority on piano history) points out, limited production is no guarantee of quality. It takes longer than a few decades for a company to withstand the test of time, and while the commitment at the Fazioli factory is remarkable, they cannot really unilaterally claim that they are no. 1.

My personal opinion is that the playing experience of the Fazioli comes from largely its action (built by Renner), and, to a small extent, the feel of its keys (made by Kluge, which is Steinway-owned), and that this gives it a great feeling of control. They are not on the "light" side, as far as grands go, but that, like many things, is not necessarily good or bad. Where Fazioli could still use improvement (again, it seems to me personally from almost every one that I played) is tone variety. Somebody on this thread, perhaps jokingly, said that it's "Yamaha on steroids". Very amusingly, the first time that I ever played on a Fazioli, I said to my technician that it felt and sounded "like a very refined Yamaha." The action is top notch. The sound is amazing. But the breadth of timbre that can be drawn from it seems a little limited. If it were a toss up, I would go for a Grotrian or a Steinway (either NY or Hamburg--that is a moot argument, I feel, but not for this thread!)

Make no mistake: it's a great piano. But its high price is more about its limited production that its absolute quality--and the two factors are not mutually inclusive. And don't assume a piano's quality (any piano) from its marketing. Ultimately, the rule of thumb applies: if you're considering a piano, try at least 20 different ones first. Ignore gossip. Ignore piano buyer guides. Just listen.


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#2355942 - 11/28/14 07:10 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: Kugupiyano]
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Make no mistake: it's a great piano. But its high price is more about its limited production that its absolute quality--and the two factors are not mutually inclusive. And don't assume a piano's quality (any piano) from its marketing. Ultimately, the rule of thumb applies: if you're considering a piano, try at least 20 different ones first. Ignore gossip. Ignore piano buyer guides. Just listen.


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#2356015 - 11/28/14 11:05 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: LFL]
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Originally Posted By: LFL
Interesting observation:
I was watching a 2010 video of the rock group "Journey" on Directv last night. I'd seen it before, but had noticed that they had a Fazioli piano! (this was the "live in Manilla" show) Which makes me wonder why they needed a Fazioli for that situation....and they had a synthesizer/digital keyboard sitting on top of it!!! I doubt that the Manilla crowd (or any crowd) would appreciate the difference between the Fazioli and any other piano "brand"....(in other words, imho, what a waste...)


Piedmont piano here in Oakland is the local Fazioli dealer and I've been able to enjoy playing a few different Fazioli's. I would have spent more time evaluating them if I were interested in one or perhaps playing it as the store graciously hosts many local events. Jonathan Cain is the piano player for Journey and he has a F228 (from Piedmont) that he takes on the road with him for every Journey show. I'm pretty sure the Faz is for him and not the crowd per se and indeed it is not wasted.
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#2360539 - 12/11/14 06:08 AM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: Kugupiyano]
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Maybe the Fazioli is simply following the modern trend to crisp, sharp sounding pianos. I played a Bluthner concert grand a few years ago, and it was like playing on glass. Very precise, lots of potential power, relatively short ring time, very clean voicing across the whole range. Not your usual Brahms piano.
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#2360614 - 12/11/14 12:53 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: Kugupiyano]
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Fazioli is a great piano (I like the real-gold trim).

I'd like to discuss the action, though. A lot of people mention it feels light, however, when I've played them, they do not feel light, they actually felt heavy.

I've tried to understand why this is (maybe I am not feeling something that other people are feeling?) but I'm still not sure. I've dreamt of bringing a weight set to place on the keys, but I don't think any dealer would appreciate that.

My current theory is that the action actually is heavier, however compared to other pianos it plays at a louder volume at a given weight, and this gives the impression of being lighter. I need to play more to verify this, however.
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#2360619 - 12/11/14 01:12 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: phantomFive]
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Originally Posted By: phantomFive
[...]I've dreamt of bringing a weight set to place on the keys, but I don't think any dealer would appreciate that.
[...]


Why would you hesitate to do that? If you mention to the dealer that it's just for the purpose of verifying your own perception compared to that of others, do you think that would meet with objection?

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#2360623 - 12/11/14 01:19 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: BruceD]
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Originally Posted By: BruceD
Originally Posted By: phantomFive
[...]I've dreamt of bringing a weight set to place on the keys, but I don't think any dealer would appreciate that.
[...]


Why would you hesitate to do that? If you mention to the dealer that it's just for the purpose of verifying your own perception compared to that of others, do you think that would meet with objection?

Regards,

Yeah, actually I've found that most dealers feel nervous about bringing measuring equipment in to investigate their pianos laugh
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#2360646 - 12/11/14 03:08 PM Re: Fazioli pianos [Re: Kugupiyano]
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Discussions about actions, i.e. "touch-feel" is always something that puzzles me.

Just last night I spent 1/2 hour with a total stranger out of province ["state"] who was interested to buy a newer type used grand but didn't like the feel. Apparently "too heavy"..

Needless to say, the piano had never been regulated from the beginning so "judging" things seems a bit 'premature'.

Apparently this morning a tech from a local College had a look together with the buyer and immediately got a job regulating the action.

Ladies and gentlemen: have your pianos properly tuned, voiced and REGULATED before judging anything.

You might come to an entirely different conclusion and not know what the instrument really could be.

Unless you're the type judging a pizza before it goes in the oven....

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