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#28959 - 11/22/08 05:20 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
LJC Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 1516
Loc: New York
1) LJC
2) Rich Gallassini
3) James
4) Me4dt
5) Stevester
6) CC2 and Chopin lover
7) Kong Lee
8) Joan Lee
9) James Montelbano
10) hotkeys
11) James Callan
12) Jon Dumont
13) Doogs
14) Rich Crucet
15) Mrs. LJC
16) Confucian
17) Jon
18) Axtremus
19) Jeffrey
20) Jeff BC
21) Jeff BC's daughter
22) JSComposer
23) Tenders
24) Jazzyprof
25) Emanuel Ravelli
26) Jeff Bauer
27) Ron Claiborne
28) CTpianotech

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#28960 - 11/22/08 07:21 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
fingers Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/08/04
Posts: 799
Loc: Westchester, NY
OK, I'm good to go along with the son of fingers.

fingers
_________________________
Playing piano at age 2, it was thought that I was some sort of idiot-savant. As it turns out, I'm just an idiot.

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#28961 - 11/22/08 07:36 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
Ori Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/20/04
Posts: 1703
Loc: Stamford CT, New York City .
Count me in as well!

There is no way I'll miss meeting/seeing again everyone when I’m only 40 minutes away...
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Authorized dealer representing:

Bluthner, Bosendorfer, Steingraeber, Estonia, August Forster, Haessler, Kawai.

Restored Steinway pianos.

www.allegropianos.com

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#28962 - 11/23/08 10:06 AM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
LJC Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 1516
Loc: New York
1) LJC
2) Rich Gallassini
3) James
4) Me4dt
5) Stevester
6) CC2 and Chopin lover
7) Kong Lee
8) Joan Lee
9) James Montelbano
10) hotkeys
11) James Callan
12) Jon Dumont
13) Doogs
14) Rich Crucet
15) Mrs. LJC
16) Confucian
17) Jon
18) Axtremus
19) Jeffrey
20) Jeff BC
21) Jeff BC's daughter
22) JSComposer
23) Tenders
24) Jazzyprof
25) Emanuel Ravelli
26) Jeff Bauer
27) Ron Claiborne
28) CTpianotech
29) Fingers
30) Son of Fingers
31) Ori

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#28963 - 11/24/08 11:09 AM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
JeffBC Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/04/07
Posts: 120
Loc: Haverhill, MA
For those of us who are GPS enabled, what address should we use for the destination? Alanna and I will come down the night before - any suggestions where we should stay? Does Steinway have a relationship with a local hotel that would benefit the long distance travellers?
_________________________
Kawai MP5 / Ivory Italian Grand
C.C. Harvey 52" Upright Grand
Yamaha M202 Console

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#28964 - 11/24/08 07:01 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
Bob Snyder Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/30/08
Posts: 158
Loc: West Coast
I'm adding Joe Day to the list... bringing it to a total of 32. I think we need to have this as our group - - and if there are more, let's put together another tour in the future. But for December 11th, here is the list:

1) LJC
2) Rich Gallassini
3) James
4) Me4dt
5) Stevester
6) CC2 and Chopin lover
7) Kong Lee
8) Joan Lee
9) James Montelbano
10) hotkeys
11) James Callan
12) Jon Dumont
13) Doogs
14) Rich Crucet
15) Mrs. LJC
16) Confucian
17) Jon
18) Axtremus
19) Jeffrey
20) Jeff BC
21) Jeff BC's daughter
22) JSComposer
23) Tenders
24) Jazzyprof
25) Emanuel Ravelli
26) Jeff Bauer
27) Ron Claiborne
28) CTpianotech
29) Fingers
30) Son of Fingers
31) Ori
32) Joe Day
_________________________
Bob Snyder
Senior District Manager
Steinway & Sons

rsnyder@steinway.com
www.steinway.com

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#28965 - 11/24/08 07:03 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
Bob Snyder Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/30/08
Posts: 158
Loc: West Coast
For GPS, 19th Avenue and 38th Street will get you there. the address is 1 Steinway Place.
Also, feel free to call our factory for directions if need be: 718-721-2600.

thanks everyone,
_________________________
Bob Snyder
Senior District Manager
Steinway & Sons

rsnyder@steinway.com
www.steinway.com

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#28966 - 11/29/08 04:55 AM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
jrcallan Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 361
Loc: Pennsylvania
My apologies. Jon Dumont and I [James Callan] had a business involvement come up that won't permit us to be part of the tour.

Please enjoy the tour and take copious notes for the forum.

Thanks.

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#28967 - 11/29/08 08:56 AM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
LJC Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 1516
Loc: New York
1) LJC
2) Rich Gallassini
3) James
4) Me4dt
5) Stevester
6) CC2 and Chopin lover
7) Kong Lee
8) Joan Lee
9) James Montelbano
10) hotkeys
11) Doogs
12) Rich Crucet
13) Mrs. LJC
14) Confucian
15) Jon
16) Axtremus
17) Jeffrey
18) Jeff BC
19) Jeff BC's daughter
20) JSComposer
21) Tenders
22) Jazzyprof
23) Emanuel Ravelli
24) Jeff Bauer
25) Ron Claiborne
26) CTpianotech
27) Fingers
28) Son of Fingers
29) Ori
30) Joe Day

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#28968 - 12/01/08 09:48 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
LJC Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 1516
Loc: New York
For GPS, 19th Avenue and 38th Street will get you there. the address is 1 Steinway Place.
Also, feel free to call our factory for directions if need be: 718-721-2600.

Parking is in the Foreman's parking lot.

12/11/08 @ 9:00

1) LJC
2) Rich Gallassini
3) James
4) Me4dt
5) Stevester
6) CC2 and Chopin lover
7) Kong Lee
8) Joan Lee
9) James Montelbano
10) hotkeys
11) Doogs
12) Rich Crucet
13) Mrs. LJC
14) Confucian
15) Jon
16) Axtremus
17) Jeffrey
18) Jeff BC
19) Jeff BC's daughter
20) JSComposer
21) Tenders
22) Jazzyprof
23) Emanuel Ravelli
24) Jeff Bauer
25) Ron Claiborne
26) CTpianotech
27) Fingers
28) Son of Fingers
29) Ori
30) Joe Day

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#28969 - 12/02/08 11:28 AM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
Piotr S Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/11/07
Posts: 3
Loc: delaware county, PA
Hello everyone
I'm new to this forum but Steinway Factory Tour sounds very tempting. It looks like it is in a couple of days (Dec 11) but if there is any chance to join you that day we'll be just happy... 2 persons, me and my friend/pianist Tomasz Walski
_________________________
Piotr Salwinski

piano technician
Delaware county, Pennsylvania
www.salwinskipiano.com

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#28970 - 12/02/08 06:46 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
Janaina Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/30/08
Posts: 5
Loc: Elka Park, NY
Will you be having a factory tour of Steinway? I must know so that I can mapqwest myself over there or have my husband go with me. Please respond for today is Tuesday and soon it'll be Thursday.

Janaina Klang
_________________________
Jana

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#28971 - 12/02/08 09:38 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
LJC Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 1516
Loc: New York
I am sorry Piotr and Janaina but this tour is filled up. On the bright side it will be an annual event so keep watching. Also its next Thursday the 11th.

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#28972 - 12/03/08 08:41 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
Marty Flinn Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/25/06
Posts: 2604
Bob,
Jeff Bauer is a spy. Don't let him in. He's got tiny little cameras everywhere and a recording device. Ori too probably.
Just kidding. I remember my tour through the factory. You guys are sooooo lucky to be going. I hope you all have a great time!
_________________________
Co-Author of The Complete Idiot's Guide To Buying A Piano. A "must read" before you shop.
Work for west coast dealer for Yamaha, Schimmel, Bosendorfer, Wm. Knabe.

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#28973 - 12/08/08 01:26 AM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
Axtremus Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/29/03
Posts: 6166
My apology for the late notice.

It looks like I won't be able to make the trip after all.

I hope some one can make use of this "slot."

Have a great tour, every one.
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www.PianoRecital.org -- my piano recordings

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#28974 - 12/08/08 02:50 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
JeffBC Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/04/07
Posts: 120
Loc: Haverhill, MA
How early should/can we get into the parking lot? Is there a breakfast place nearby (within walking distance maybe)?
_________________________
Kawai MP5 / Ivory Italian Grand
C.C. Harvey 52" Upright Grand
Yamaha M202 Console

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#28975 - 12/08/08 07:28 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
LJC Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 1516
Loc: New York
Thats too bad Ax! Jeff, i dont know probably, maybe someone else can comment.

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#28976 - 12/09/08 05:13 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
jakedog Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/13/06
Posts: 2
Loc: Columbus OH
THE STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR IS A VERY WORTHWHILE EXPERIENCE - We went last December and had a blast!

It amazes me the number of people who respond with their various "excuses" of why they can't attend. If you want to be there, you will --- just that simple.

Once you take the tour, you will realize (as did my 13 y/o daughter) why the Steinway is the premier instrument and all other discussions will be over.

As to taking pictures there - remember that it is a workplace (if nothing else) -- would you want tourists at you workplace taking pictures? So, take the tour, be thankful you can take a look, enjoy Bob's commentary, and live with your memories.

David
S/N 271960 - 1931 "L"

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#28977 - 12/09/08 09:12 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
LJC Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 1516
Loc: New York
For GPS, 19th Avenue and 38th Street will get you there. The address is 1 Steinway Place.
Also, feel free to call our factory for directions if need be: 718-721-2600.

Parking is in the Foreman's parking lot.

Thursday 12/11/08 @ 9:00

1) LJC
2) Rich Gallassini
3) James
4) Me4dt
5) Stevester
6) CC2 and Chopin lover
7) Kong Lee
8) Joan Lee
9) James Montelbano
10) hotkeys
11) Doogs
12) Rich Crucet
13) Mrs. LJC
14) Confucian
15) Jon
16) Jeffrey
17) Jeff BC
18) Jeff BC's daughter
19) JSComposer
20) Tenders
21) Jazzyprof
22) Emanuel Ravelli
23) Jeff Bauer
24) Ron Claiborne
25) CTpianotech
26) Fingers
27) Son of Fingers
28) Ori
29) Joe Day

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#28978 - 12/09/08 11:36 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
me4dt Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/24/08
Posts: 20
Sorry somthing comes up and I can't go. Please remove me from the list.

Wish you all well and have a wonderful time!

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#28979 - 12/10/08 09:20 AM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
Rich Galassini Offline
9000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9134
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
My apologies to all.

Sorry for the late notice, but I cannot make the tour tomorrow. Please enjoy it and I hope someone can use my place. Take pictures where you can.

Cheers,
_________________________
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
Dir. Line (215) 991-0834
rich@cunninghampiano.com
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#28980 - 12/10/08 01:16 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
Stevester Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/04/03
Posts: 2851
Loc: New Jersey
My apologies as well. Hopefully another tour.

Have fun everyone!

Regards,
Steve Ries
_________________________
"The true character of a man can be determined by witnessing what he does when no one is watching".

anon

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#28981 - 12/10/08 06:50 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
Doogs Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 127
Loc: Rockaway Beach New York
Does anybody know about what time the tour will be ending up? Any post-tour festivities planned?

Just as importantly, will we have opportunities to try out some of the pianos that are available for sale?

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#28982 - 12/10/08 06:53 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
LJC Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 1516
Loc: New York
For GPS, 19th Avenue and 38th Street will get you there. The address is 1 Steinway Place.
Also, feel free to call our factory for directions if need be: 718-721-2600.

Parking is in the Foreman's parking lot.

Thursday 12/11/08 @ 9:00

1) LJC
2) James
3) CC2 and Chopin lover
4) Kong Lee
5) Joan Lee
6) James Montelbano
7) hotkeys
8) Doogs
9) Rich Crucet
10) Mrs. LJC
11) Confucian
12) Jon
13) Jeffrey
14) Jeff BC
15) Jeff BC's daughter
16) JSComposer
17) Tenders
18) Jazzyprof
19) Emanuel Ravelli
20) Jeff Bauer
21) Ron Claiborne
22) CTpianotech
23) Fingers
24) Son of Fingers
25) Ori
26) Joe Day

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#28983 - 12/10/08 06:58 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
LJC Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 1516
Loc: New York
For GPS, 19th Avenue and 38th Street will get you there. The address is 1 Steinway Place.
Also, feel free to call our factory for directions if need be: 718-721-2600.

Parking is in the Foreman's parking lot.

Thursday 12/11/08 @ 9:00

1) LJC
2) James
3) CC2 and Chopin lover
4) Kong Lee
5) Joan Lee
6) James Montelbano
7) hotkeys
8) Doogs
9) Rich Crucet
10) Mrs. LJC
11) Confucian
12) Jeffrey
13) Jeff BC
14) Jeff BC's daughter
15) JSComposer
16) Tenders
17) Jazzyprof
18) Emanuel Ravelli
19) Jeff Bauer
20) Ron Claiborne
21) CTpianotech
22) Fingers
23) Son of Fingers
24) Ori
25) Joe Day

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#28984 - 12/10/08 08:40 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
Doogs Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 127
Loc: Rockaway Beach New York
(Double post-please excuse)

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#28985 - 12/10/08 10:10 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
LJC Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 1516
Loc: New York
Linda, probably around 1:00. We might get to try out pianos, there is a small selection room. Last time we couldnt go in because someone was busy picking out a concert grand. See you in the morning!

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#28986 - 12/11/08 04:31 PM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
lilylady Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 4977
Loc: boston north
OK, OK, OK, we have been patient...

'tis 4:30 PM and the tour must have ended by now...and we are all waiting for reports! and pics!

unless you are all out partying, and then we will patiently wait a little longer for your tales of the day...
_________________________
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

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#28987 - 12/12/08 01:04 AM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
tenders Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/31/08
Posts: 73
Loc: Westchester, NY
It was a class act -- they pulled out "all the stops" for us, and showed us everything from brute force to absolute precision. What a fascinating company and an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and committed management and customer service team. They bent a frame for us. They flipped a piano for us. They showed us the selection room jam-packed with 20 or more completed pianos just waiting to be plucked, like so many berries on a bush. They gave many of us felt hammers (I think that had failed quality control) as souvenirs, not to mention lunch afterwards. We saw the hot drying room for the frames and the other drying room for the lumber. They showed us the CNC milling machine going to town on four giant pieces of wood at a time. They shared a Steinway SECRET with us.

Most of what we saw was wood, wood, wood, wood, wood, and more wood -- a termite's delight. But we also saw the laquer finishing section, the action assembly section, the stringing section. It was just awesome. JeffBC's daughter was a shy delight and hung on for all four hours, ending in a much better mood than the needlessly belligerent piano tech who monopolized the Q&A after lunch with obnoxious leading questions...after having been almost as overbearing during the tour itself.

[My apologies but a special aside is in order here. Dude, I don't know who you are, or how many brilliant posts you've made or what kind of following you've got on this message board, but next year, make your own tour arrangements. For shame. To behave that way after all the kindness, patience, and enthusiasm those guys put into entertaining, informing, and feeding us from 9am-2pm was the epitome of rudeness. I cleared out early once I'd had enough of you -- my initial impression was that you made the whole group look bad, but on further reflection you were such an outlier I don't think the group's reputation was at all harmed. You were successful in conveying yourself as an abrasive font of knowledge. If that was your objective, mission accomplished, but I'd never hire or work with you in any capacity. End of rant.]

The rest of the group was great -- what an interesting bunch of folks had been assembled. Professional pianists, technicians, students, and even a few total hacks like me. There was a fascinating two-way discussion afterwards about the future of Steinway and the trajectory of the public's interest in pianodom in a different world order than was experienced in the last 150 years. I left with a very strong impression that Steinway knows its business profoundly clearly and what it is as a brand name...and isn't.

To address some of the comments made from previous tours...

They were very clear on the photo protocol, which I thought was entirely reasonable. Some of the explanations did get drowned out in the noise, but it's a shop -- it wouldn't have been the same if the tour had happened on a weekend when there were no moving parts!

I thought it was perfect. Standing O to Bob Snyder, the rest of the Steinway team, and LJC for organizing everything.

I have a few photos but I'm traveling and will have to figure out how to post them later.

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#28988 - 12/12/08 01:14 AM Re: STEINWAY FACTORY TOUR
Doogs Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 127
Loc: Rockaway Beach New York
I don't know about partying, but I stayed til five pm trying out pianos.

I wasn't impressed with the preparation of the pianos. Most needed a lot more work than had been put into them.

Question: if a group picture wasn't taken (and I'm not aware that one was), did the tour really happen?

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