Over the years I have often come to wonder if our perceptions of what a piano is and what it *sounds* like, wouldn't be perhaps more - or at least *as much* - a direct reflection of
ourselves[/b] - rather than the piano itself.
We talk all the time about our experiences with *pianos* here: has it ever occurred to you that your experience might also have very much to do with *you-yourself* - and not just the piano?
Did you ever play the very same piano and had a different take on it on different occasions and at different times?
Do you play quite incredible stuff one day only to stumble along on another?
Ever thought about your different moods or mental make up you have when sitting down touching the ivories?
Here is another one of Benjamin Zander's highly inspiring lectures about the all important "power within us" - in this case brought upon us by a teacher, or someone else.
IMHO, this is very interesting, even revealing for true music lovers.
Quite regardless actually, of piano or instrument chosen..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH8jms-i30c&feature=related