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#1996624 - 12/08/12 10:20 PM My first PW piano party
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Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8572
Loc: Georgia, USA
Hi All!

I don’t get out much or socialize as much as I’d like due to certain circumstances, but I was able to attend a piano party today with a fellow Piano World member, Sam Smith.

Sam just finished rebuilding a 1920's C. Bechstein baby grand and christened it officially today with a piano party. Sam lives about 50 miles away and I was able to spend some time at his place. I got to hear some high quality classical music as well as some great bluegrass music. Plus, I got to show off my meager playing skills with some oldies rock-n-roll. smile

The freshly rebuilt c. Bechstein sounded fantastic with a broad variety of music played on it. I had a fantastic time! Thanks, Sam!!!

Here are some pictures… by-the-way, I had permission to post the pictures of the host and guests.

Rick

Here are a couple of pictures of the Bechstein...


Here is the host himself, Sam Smith (he made some of the instruments in the photo)...

Here is Sam's piano teacher, LuAnn (she was really good!)

Here is sam's wife, Laurie playing the flute while Sam played the Hopsichord... they were great!

Here is Laurie and LuAnn getting ready for a duo...

Here is yours truly getting ready to play embarrass myself in front of real musicians…

Here is one more photo of Sam...



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#1996629 - 12/08/12 10:51 PM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
Dave B Offline
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Registered: 08/01/11
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Loc: Philadelphia area
Piano Parties... Isn't that something from the 1930's? Great to hear they are still fun.

The C. Bechstein looks great!

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#1996630 - 12/08/12 10:52 PM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
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Neat pictures, Rick. You certainly have the picture posting thing down, man. smile
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#1996636 - 12/08/12 11:07 PM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
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Registered: 05/24/01
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Great Job Rick,

Always happy to see people enjoying a piano party.
And the Bechstein looks wonderful.

Kathy and I hope to be hosting some ourselves next year (New Englander's, you've been warned :-)
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#1996648 - 12/08/12 11:33 PM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Nice pictures Rick. Nice to see what Sam looks like too! 😊
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#1996660 - 12/08/12 11:50 PM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Piano World]
DanS Offline
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Registered: 10/28/12
Posts: 559
Looks like a blast!

Originally Posted By: Piano World

And the Bechstein looks wonderful.


That was the first thing I thought when I opened the thread grin
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#1996662 - 12/08/12 11:53 PM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
Plowboy Offline
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Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2340
Loc: SoCal
Way cool. Rickster, you and Sam are both fine pianists, it must have been a lot of fun. And he did an awesome job on the Bechstein. Did it play as good as it looks?
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#1996695 - 12/09/12 01:26 AM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
Rickster Online   content


Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8572
Loc: Georgia, USA
Originally Posted By: Plowboy
Way cool. Rickster, you and Sam are both fine pianists, it must have been a lot of fun. And he did an awesome job on the Bechstein. Did it play as good as it looks?

Thanks, Plowboy and all.

And, yes, the C Bechstein sounded great, and the action was very good. Also, Sam and Laurie have a nice place out in the country. (And I thought I lived in the country... smile )

Rick
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#1996769 - 12/09/12 06:57 AM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
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Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 4978
Loc: boston north
Piano parties are fun!

Love all your instruments, Sam. Envious!
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#1996770 - 12/09/12 06:59 AM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
Sam S Offline
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Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1420
Loc: Georgia, USA
Thanks Rick, we had a great time. We had 12 people, with half being performers and half audience - one dedicated audience member for each performer!

Rick really plays and sings very well. Don't let his modesty fool you! And he doesn't need any music smile Here's a picture of Rick playing and singing "Georgia on My Mind" while my old friend Tom plays blues harmonica.



Can't wait till next time Rick!

Sam


Edited by Sam S (12/09/12 06:59 AM)

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#1996787 - 12/09/12 08:00 AM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
Minnesota Marty Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014


Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 7439
Loc: Rochester MN
A home which revolves around music! Could anything be better?

The piano looks great and I'm sure the party was a great deal of fun.

Thanks for sharing the occasion with all of us.
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#1996815 - 12/09/12 09:03 AM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: lilylady]
Sam S Offline
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Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 1420
Loc: Georgia, USA
Here are a couple more pictures of Rick I just got:

Rick by himself:



And Rick and Tom on the harmonica:



Sam

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#1996868 - 12/09/12 11:07 AM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5574
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
This is great! The Denver piano parties have been so much and I'm glad to see it's catching on in your neck of the woods. The Bechstein's beautiful, Sam! I've seen the videos of Rick playing and he and the harmonica are my kind of music. Well, and Laurie and Sam on recorder and harpsichord. I would love to have been at that one.

Hm. Maybe we should take piano parties on the road. You know, New England could come to Denver, and Denver could go to Florida, and Florida. . .

Cathy
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#1996885 - 12/09/12 11:47 AM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: jotur]
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Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 5161
Loc: Italy
Originally Posted By: jotur
This is great! The Denver piano parties have been so much and I'm glad to see it's catching on in your neck of the woods. The Bechstein's beautiful, Sam! I've seen the videos of Rick playing and he and the harmonica are my kind of music. Well, and Laurie and Sam on recorder and harpsichord. I would love to have been at that one.

Hm. Maybe we should take piano parties on the road. You know, New England could come to Denver, and Denver could go to Florida, and Florida. . .

Cathy
and then to Italy ! lol.....

I'm glad to see everyone had such a lovely time - and what lovely instruments Sam - not just the piano!

Very happy to see more PW partying! woohoo!
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#1996889 - 12/09/12 11:49 AM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: jotur]
Robert 45 Online   content
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Registered: 08/18/06
Posts: 1264
Loc: Auckland New Zealand
They are wonderful photos and what a great way to get like-minded people together! It's also good to put names to faces. The restored Bechstein looks amazing and from your reports, sounds fantastic.
There was a piano party here in Auckland about 9 years ago, but as far as I am aware, that Piano World member is no longer posting. I think that I am the only reasonably regular poster on Piano World in Auckland. Maybe it's time to open a new chapter...


Thanks again for the photos and the party catch-up.

Kind regards,

Robert.

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#1997118 - 12/09/12 09:31 PM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
j&j Offline
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Registered: 10/24/09
Posts: 445
Loc: Southwest
Beautiful piano, beautiful home, sounds like a wonderful party! It's nice to see that Sam and his lovely wife, Laurie, both enjoy and perform.

Rickster - thank you for posting!
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#1997132 - 12/09/12 10:03 PM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
DanLaura Larson Offline
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Registered: 09/01/08
Posts: 695
Loc: Pocatello, Idaho
Sam, your home and piano are beautiful. Thanks to Sam and Rickster for posting these great pictures.

Dan
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#1997354 - 12/10/12 12:27 PM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: jotur]
Annitenth Offline
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Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 467
Loc: Texas
We'd love to know about the Denver parties as we're up in that neck of the woods part of the year. I had written someone several months ago about parties in the Dallas area (volunteering to host) but have gotten no response.
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#1997366 - 12/10/12 01:12 PM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
jotur Offline
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5574
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
The Denver parties are usually discussed in the Forum Members Parties, Tours, et al forum here on PW. There's a recap of the most recent one here:

Denver piano party

Cathy
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#1997402 - 12/10/12 02:56 PM Re: My first PW piano party [Re: Rickster]
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Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 1786
Loc: Northern VA, U.S.
I've also volunteered to host a DC-area party, should anyone be interested.
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