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#304898 - 02/07/05 01:56 PM Re: Not to start anything, but...
Keith D Kerman Offline
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Congrats, LJC

I am a big fan of the Hamburg D. FWIW, we recently rebuilt a Hamburg D from the 60's for one of the top recording studios in the country, and it turned out beautifully.

I am sure you will have many happy years with this great instrument.
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#304899 - 02/12/05 05:39 PM Re: Not to start anything, but...
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To Fully Answer your question, here's the deal:

1. Watts tours with a Hamburg D that is maintained by Mary Schwinderman. She is a former Steinway Concert & Artist technician. This piano is owned & maintained by Mary Shwinderman and is rented to Watts.

2. The NY model D on the stage that you heard is owned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

3. My father in law has been a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for 40 years.

I heard Watts perform on this Hamburg Steinway at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center a few months ago. I would agree that it sounded a bit bright and brassy.

I wouldn't group all Hamburg Steinways with the piano you heard Watts play. That piano's tone is not typical of Hamburg Steinways.

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#304900 - 02/12/05 08:31 PM Re: Not to start anything, but...
Keith D Kerman Offline
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FOP,

I know Mary's piano quite well. It actually has 2 actions with very differently voiced hammer sets. IMO, the sound on this piano with the brighter set of hammers is very typical of a Hamburg Steinway D.
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#304901 - 02/12/05 10:50 PM Re: Not to start anything, but...
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Registered: 09/14/03
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Loc: Irvington, NY
 Quote:
Originally posted by Chris W1:

RE: Irvings M&H Vs S&S test.[/b]

I thought this was over, or on hold. The thing I remember about those two, especially the Mason BB, was the level of prep. Its hammers were the most pear shapped I had ever seen and the tone blosoomed like no other BB I've tried before, or since.

Chris [/b]
Chris,

You must have missed these threads about the contest that ran a few months ago:

"Scientific study finds that pianists prefer Mason & Hamlin over Steinway"

"Mason & Hamlin vs. Steinway: the final word"[/b]

The ratings and impressions of the 280 pianists who participated in the contest are posted on our web site.

We don't plan to do a study like this again any time soon, but there will be an unusual opportunity to compare some very interesting pianos in our store next month. Stay tuned. I'm planning to make an announcement early in the week - as soon as all of the elements are in place.
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#304902 - 02/13/05 11:41 AM Re: Not to start anything, but...
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The Steinway A3 would be too much competition for the B

Steinway sales of "B's" would go down.
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