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#2257819 - 04/06/14 07:33 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
Minnesota Marty Offline

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I figured you did. But since this is an acoustic forum, you needed a little razzing!
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#2257820 - 04/06/14 07:38 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Jay Roland Offline
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Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
I figured you did. But since this is an acoustic forum, you needed a little razzing!


Understood and accepted. thumb
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#2257889 - 04/06/14 10:23 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
Annitenth Offline
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Four. Not counting the digital and at least four keyboards.

Old used upright, name unremembered. One year.
Baldwin Acrosonic spinet bought new in 1965. 19 years.
Kawai KG2D (5'10" grand) bought new in 1984. 27 years.
2001 Bösendorfer 225 (7'4" grand) bought in 2011. 2 years.

How long have I been playing? Define "playing." By the age of 3 or 4 I was picking out kiddie tunes with one finger. So...let's say 70 years.


Edited by Annitenth (04/06/14 10:23 PM)
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#2257905 - 04/06/14 11:06 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: Rickster]
The Wind Offline
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Originally Posted By: Rickster

Why have 5 pianos? Why not. Thing is, I got each one at a very good price, and I could afford them at the time.




Rick, where do you have room to keep 5 pianos at once?!! You got a special garage or something, hehe.

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#2257914 - 04/06/14 11:34 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
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(...neither a Vox Continental in 1967. Yes, I have sinned.)
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#2257918 - 04/06/14 11:41 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
Chazarama Offline
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Registered: 01/10/14
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Loc: Hudson Valley, NY
Tinkering on family member's OLD upright Steinway as a tot. (50 years ago)
Lessons on an old Baldwin upright. (until 42 years ago)
Purchased a Baldwin console/spinet (VERY disappointed... 31 years ago... gave it away!)
Looking now for my "forever/retirement" upright...

Who knows!?!

Charlie


Edited by Chazarama (04/06/14 11:42 PM)

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#2259034 - 04/09/14 09:01 AM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
woodfrog Offline
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None frown cry
but I am in the process of changing that.

If you'd put "played on" instead of "owned", then it would be many...

@piano man 3758:
I don't know you, but just read the thread you are referring to and found your post here just delighting. You seem very nice. greetings

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#2259052 - 04/09/14 09:44 AM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
Steve Chandler Offline
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Let's see I once had a Knabe spinet that I relieved my Dad of after my Mom died (she was the musician). I lost that to a bad landlord when I couldn't remove it when I removed myself. After I got married I played my (now ex) wife's piano. Then we bought a Samick console. About 7 or 8 years ago I decided that with 2 kids (born 5 years apart) going to college it was now or wait a long time (my daughter is a freshman this year) and that's when I got the Estonia 190 (which I kept in the divorce). Somewhere in there I also acquired a Yamaha P60 digital.

So if you don't count the digital or the piano my wife brought with her (I never owned it) that would be 3.


Edited by Steve Chandler (04/09/14 09:47 AM)

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#2259066 - 04/09/14 10:36 AM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: woodfrog]
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Originally Posted By: woodfrog
None frown cry
but I am in the process of changing that.

If you'd put "played on" instead of "owned", then it would be many...

@piano man 3758:
I don't know you, but just read the thread you are referring to and found your post here just delighting. You seem very nice. greetings


Thank you Woodfrog!!
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#2259097 - 04/09/14 12:04 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: Annitenth]
Emanuel Ravelli Offline
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Originally Posted By: Annitenth
Four. Not counting the digital and at least four keyboards.

Old used upright, name unremembered. One year.
Baldwin Acrosonic spinet bought new in 1965. 19 years.
Kawai KG2D (5'10" grand) bought new in 1984. 27 years.
2001 Bösendorfer 225 (7'4" grand) bought in 2011. 2 years.

How long have I been playing? Define "playing." By the age of 3 or 4 I was picking out kiddie tunes with one finger. So...let's say 70 years.


This tracks my own history pretty closely:

Baldwin Acrosonic -- bought by my father for my mother's first birthday after they were married. Given to me and my wife as a wedding present. Now lives with my sister. 27 years.

Kawai K2G 5'10" grand -- 5 years. My wife never tires of telling friends that I told her I was going shopping for a new pair of athletic socks (which was the truth -- no kidding) and came home with the sales slip for the Kawai. Also paid full list price -- my first major blunder in the world of piano shopping.

Grotrian 189, 6' 2" -- beautiful tone (especially in the tenor and alto voice ranges) and perfect action -- even more responsive than its successor. 18 years.

Steinway B -- fell in love with the bass tone from the start, then the magnificent treble overtones. Just had its first full regulation by a real expert and it's never been better. Probably my last, unless . . . . 12 years.
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#2259105 - 04/09/14 12:16 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
LarryShone Offline
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Loc: Darlington, UK
None yet, though Ive owned 4 keyboards
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#2259373 - 04/09/14 09:59 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
Byudzai Offline
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1. Kawai upright, age 4-17
2. Wurlitzer upright, age 24-26
3. Baldwin 5'8" R1, age 29-34
4. Kawai RX5 6'6", age 34-present.
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#2259396 - 04/09/14 10:44 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
Oongawa Offline
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Three

One horrible awful PSO - a Beckwith 5'5" from about 1915. This brand was sold by Sears Roebuck.
A 1981 Kawai 41" console. Pretty but wimpy.
1969 M&H 5'8" Model A

Love the M&H and though it was not rebuilt when I bought it a couple months ago, it's in good shape and I doubt that my talents (word used very lightly) will ever outgrow it. If that day were to come, I think it would be worth putting the money into it.
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#2259427 - 04/09/14 11:52 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
Ed McMorrow, RPT Offline
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Loc: Seattle, WA USA
My parents had a Bechstein 9' that burned up when I was 1YO. (I do remember my oldest brother playing Fur Elise on it).

Chickering 116 grade school to college.

Kimball 5'

Richmond 50" upright

Schumann 5' 9" grand

Kimball 6'7"

Steinway 6'4" A to present
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#2267153 - 04/25/14 10:22 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
j&j Offline
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4 acoustics and 1 digital. 1) An old antique upright (can't remember the brand name) with a cracked sound board 2) Baldwin upright that I had for 16 years and traded it in for 3) Yamaha GB1 walnut, which I then traded in for 4) Yamaha C3, that I've had for 2 years now. I bought my Casio Privia 4 years ago for silent practice and simple recording.

Having had 2 corneal transplants - still healing from the 2nd, I'm going to enjoy playing my gorgeous grand while I still have the vision to read music, have enough hand flexibility to play, and enough mental acuity to learn a larger repertoire.
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#2267220 - 04/26/14 02:53 AM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: Frankni]
Ben_NZ Offline
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Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
One piano - great grandfather's 1920s Marshall & Rose upright. I'm 34 and I've been 'playing' it ever since I was old enough to randomly mash the keys during visits to my grandparents' house.

Originally Posted By: Frankni
I think the question should be linked (for comparison's sake) to another one: how many cars have you owned in your life-time? My guess is that there is an
inverse relation..


I like my cars also, but there's not really an inverse relation. I've had the same 1980s Alfa Romeo 33 for over a decade now. The common theme appears to be that I like characterful rubbish! thumb
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#2267234 - 04/26/14 04:12 AM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
patH Offline
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Registered: 03/09/13
Posts: 552
Loc: Germany
I've owned two digital pianos (three, if we count the Casio keyboard with slightly weighted keys which I still have but rarely use), and one grand piano with silent system.

Here's the list. The years are the years in which the instruments were/are in the place where I lived/live.
Korg C-3500 (1989-2002)
Yamaha Clavinova CLP-150 (2002-2012)
Casio Privia PX-100 (since 2005)
Yamaha C2 SG (since 2012)

I've been playing since 1974; and before I got my Korg I usually had access to pianos which I didn't own (like the piano that was at my parent's place).
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#2267267 - 04/26/14 07:03 AM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
maurus Offline
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Registered: 05/21/11
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Three.
A Pfeiffer upright, 135cm, built around 1920, inherited from my grandparents via my parents. The piano was bought at the beginning of the big German inflation of the mid-1920s to transfer some cash into a material value, but then was never sold again. It's still in excellent shape for its age, a wonderful piano by all means. It is now played by my daughter, i.e. in the fourth generation...
After waiting many years, I finally bought a small grand (see my sig).
More recently, another upright was added at moderate cost for practicing at a different place where a friend lives; a good offer for a Kawai K3 tipped the balance.
Not counting various digitals for traveling/playing at night.
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#2267481 - 04/26/14 06:13 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
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Loc: Reseda, California
When I was a kid (6-8 years old), we had a no-name spinet. It had a particle board case, modern looking, the sort of thing IKEA would sell if there had been IKEA in the late 50's. It went away somehow, I don't remember....

In high school, a friend of the family gave me an old upright. The fallboard said

Bachmann
Oregon, Ill.

I learned a little about tuning and regulation on it. I left it at my parents' house after college, and at some point they wanted the space and gave it away.

In 2010 my mother gave me my late father's 6-4 Knabe, and I started playing again. The pinblock was failing on it, so rather than spend $10K to make a piano worth $7K, I traded up to the 9 ft. Knabe.

I also bought the Kawai and Yamaha digitals for headphone practice, shortly after the Knabe.
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#2267483 - 04/26/14 06:20 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
Steve Cohen Offline
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Best as I can tell, (not counting my father's and his brothers in the business), about 12,000!
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#2267493 - 04/26/14 06:54 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: Minnesota Marty]
LarryShone Offline
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Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Is Roland a piano?

Hmmmm

Dude, ya need some strings, hammers, and a soundboard! I could suggest some places in Vancouver where you could shop.

wink

You need to change the thread title to How many acoustic pianos have you owned! wink
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#2267503 - 04/26/14 07:27 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
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Originally Posted By: The Wind
Rick, where do you have room to keep 5 pianos at once?!! You got a special garage or something, hehe.

3 in my 20'X20' music room (two grands and an upright); 1 in my living room (upright); and one in my recently constructed piano shop (grand).

I have room for a couple more in my piano shop... but I'm contented with the pianos I have now. Of course, if a great deal comes along on another one, close to home... well, you know. laugh

Rick
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#2267549 - 04/26/14 11:02 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
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One. No other has ever compared.
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#2268007 - 04/27/14 10:45 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
Charles Carlstrom Offline
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Posts: 17
Loc: Massachusetts
Henry F Miller upright early 1900s
Brambach baby grand 1918 used
Baldwin Hamilton new- 1966
Baldwin "M" 5'2" baby grand new 1968
Steinway "B" 1917- used 1978
Steinway "B" 1986 - new from M. Steinert & Sons, Boston, MA
Baldwin "F" grand 1954 rebuilt from Piano Mill, Hanover, MA
Steinway "M" grand 1976 used: Harwich Port, MA
Baldwin "D" 1926 rebuilt: Living Pianos, CA *THE best, yet and probably the last*
[ All between 1948 - 2012]
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#2269030 - 04/30/14 09:44 AM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
BrianDX Offline
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Registered: 04/14/14
Posts: 393
Loc: Lewes DE
Kawai Digital - 1990's
Kawai CN34 - 2013
Yamaha AvantGrand N1

Upgrading to a Yamaha C2X tomorrow!

Learn from my past mistakes: Pick acoustic over digital (unless you absolutely must be able to play silently), and get the best piano you can afford (and deserve), and THEN go up to the next level smile
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#2269148 - 04/30/14 03:53 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: Rickster]
David-G Offline
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Originally Posted By: Rickster
Originally Posted By: The Wind
Rick, where do you have room to keep 5 pianos at once?!! You got a special garage or something, hehe.

3 in my 20'X20' music room (two grands and an upright); 1 in my living room (upright); and one in my recently constructed piano shop (grand).

I have room for a couple more in my piano shop... but I'm contented with the pianos I have now. Of course, if a great deal comes along on another one, close to home... well, you know. laugh

Rick
I know someone who cannot resist antique pianos. When I last saw him he had 22!

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#2269159 - 04/30/14 04:21 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: The Wind]
Rickster Offline


Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8419
Loc: Georgia, USA
Originally Posted By: David-G
I know someone who cannot resist antique pianos. When I last saw him he had 22!


22 would be nice. smile

Of course, we only need one (at a time smile ).

You'd think with 5 acoustic pianos (and a digital) I'd be able to actually play a piano... laugh

Rick
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#2270429 - 05/03/14 02:43 AM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: Rickster]
JohnPWillis Offline
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Registered: 04/20/14
Posts: 18
Loc: Las Cruces, NM USA
Four total:

Kingsbury upright, 1906
Yamaha U1, brown
Yamaha G3, polished ebony
Yamaha SP-100, polished ebony

For various reasons, I only have the Kingsbury now.

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#2270956 - 05/04/14 12:13 PM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: BrianDX]
Annitenth Offline
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Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 457
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: BrianDX
...get the best piano you can afford (and deserve)...

This is an interesting comment. How does one decide what one deserves? In my 40's, when I bought my Kawai KG2D (my first decent piano), I agonized over whether this was a reasonable purchase. I took only 5 years of lessons as a child, but I've always played for my own amusement and even substituted occasionally in very small churches. But I know my talent is certainly limited. Did I "deserve" a grand?

Old age has mellowed me. When I had the chance to upgrade in my 70's, I lost not a bit of sleep over whether or not I "deserved" a better instrument. It gives me pleasure just sitting there in my living room.
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#2291413 - 06/18/14 01:14 AM Re: How many pianos have you owned in your lifetime? [Re: PhilipInChina]
PhilipInChina Offline
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Originally Posted By: PhilipInChina
3


3+1 now, I suppose.
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