My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :)

Posted by: shaolin95

My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 08:02 PM

Well after a long time dreaming about getting a Baby Grand, today it finally happened.
I still have my Hamilton Studio as you can see on the last picture.
I am going back to play immediately but I wanted to share this with you guys cause this is very exciting for me and you guys know the feeling better than anyone else. smile
So here are some pictures. I didn't edit them , sorry..not in the mood for photo editing...just piano loving laugh

















And finally the proud owner...me! laugh


Small youtube video..sorry for the shaky video...I need to get a fast lens with stabilization..and youtube kills the IQ anyway. smirk

Thanks for looking! smile
Posted by: Jonathan Alford

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 08:04 PM

Beautiful! Congrats!
Posted by: PianoWorksATL

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 08:05 PM

Congrats! Yes, the large images do take some time to load.
Posted by: adak

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 08:08 PM

Looks great, I love the polished ebony color, that is the only color to choose when buying a piano.
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 08:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Jonathan Alford
Beautiful! Congrats!


Thanks! smile
Originally Posted By: PianoWorksATL
Congrats! Yes, the large images do take some time to load.

Thanks. Yes, sorry I should have let imageshack resize but that happens when you are too hyper laugh

Originally Posted By: adak
Looks great, I love the polished ebony color, that is the only color to choose when buying a piano.


I have to agree, I love that for sure although I had speakers that were polished Rosewood and were gorgeous too. smile
Posted by: Anne'sson

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 08:51 PM

Beautiful! Enjoy!
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 08:58 PM

Excellent! - Congratulations on your new baby!

Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!

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Posted by: HalfStep

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 09:28 PM

Beautiful! Congrats.
Posted by: hotcat

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 09:28 PM

It's beautiful! Congratulations!!

Is that a humidifier next to it? Is it OK to put it that close to the piano?
Posted by: Plowboy

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 09:42 PM

Congratulations. You're going to love playing that grand.
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 09:43 PM

Originally Posted By: HalfStep
Beautiful! Congrats.

Thanks! smile

Originally Posted By: hotcat
It's beautiful! Congratulations!!

Is that a humidifier next to it? Is it OK to put it that close to the piano?

Thanks! smile
Yes it is a humidifier. It is not a misty or warm humidifier so I am hoping it is fine there. Maybe someone will comment on it.
Thanks for mentioning it.
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 10:11 PM

If it's dry, then it's perfectly fine to have it there.
Posted by: Polyphonist

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 10:17 PM

Congratulations! Have fun with your baby...

I remember the time I got my first grand. It was really exciting. smile
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 11:19 PM

Originally Posted By: Plowboy
Congratulations. You're going to love playing that grand.

You bet. I have not played this much non stop since...ever! laugh Thanks

Originally Posted By: Morodiene
If it's dry, then it's perfectly fine to have it there.

Thanks for the confirmation. smile

Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Congratulations! Have fun with your baby...

I remember the time I got my first grand. It was really exciting. smile

Oh yes I feel like a kid on Christmas! Thanks smile
Posted by: Steven Y. A.

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/06/13 11:33 PM

Congrats... I thought your a Chinese kid born in 1995 Lol
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 08:15 AM

Originally Posted By: Steven Y. A.
Congrats... I thought your a Chinese kid born in 1995 Lol


hahaha no actually the shaolin comes from my Martial Arts background and 95 is the year I got my Black Belt. Thanks! smile
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 08:21 AM

Is that you playing that piano as the background music for your video?
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 08:34 AM

Originally Posted By: Morodiene
Is that you playing that piano as the background music for your video?

No but I plan to record something to upload as well...I was just in a hurry to show it to the world laugh
Posted by: Piano World

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 08:48 AM

Looks great!
Thanks for sharing, and for posting pictures.

Enjoy your new baby!
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 08:52 AM

Oh thank you! smile

Do you guys recommend getting a cover for it? I dont have pets or anything but for dust. Or maybe just a bedspread? smile
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 09:00 AM

Nah, I wouldn't get a cover. Just keep it closed when you are not playing. Dusting the top of a piano is no more diffucult than dusting your other furniture. You are going through the "OMG, new baby, what do I do now?" phase. It's quite common here at PW!
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 09:07 AM

Originally Posted By: shaolin95
Oh thank you! smile

Do you guys recommend getting a cover for it? I dont have pets or anything but for dust. Or maybe just a bedspread? smile


A cover is nice to have, but not necessary.
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 09:27 AM

Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Nah, I wouldn't get a cover. Just keep it closed when you are not playing. Dusting the top of a piano is no more diffucult than dusting your other furniture. You are going through the "OMG, new baby, what do I do now?" phase. It's quite common here at PW!

hahahaha so true! laugh
Is like I am reading everything about cleaning and what to do and what not smile
BTW I have this awesome duster I user for computer work and I think it will be very nice to clean the piano too.
Electronic Duster

Originally Posted By: Morodiene
A cover is nice to have, but not necessary.


Sounds good then. Save some money smile
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 09:31 AM

Oh My! You really are infected. That will be great around the tuning pins and other tight spots, but for the flat wood surfaces, it's hard to beat a Swiffer or a micro-fiber cloth.
Posted by: Brad Hoehne

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 09:42 AM

Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
"OMG, new baby, what do I do now?" phase.


Is it true that if you feed and care for a Baby Grand it'll grow up to be a 9' concert in about 18 years? :-)
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 09:46 AM

It is true! But when the piano reaches about 7', and in full blown adolescence, they can be a lot to handle.
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 09:54 AM

It better not or I would have to make the room grow too! Maybe I can keep the size down like a Bonsai laugh
Posted by: spanishbuddha

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 10:14 AM

Ooh nice. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Steven Y. A.

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 10:24 AM

I am just wondering what is the string length equvalent for baby grand vs vertical. 48 inch?
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 10:38 AM

Steven - that should be a new thread. This is a celebration, not a Q & A.
Posted by: Steven Y. A.

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 10:47 AM

Right... I wish I have the space for a baby grand.
Kingfu master with baby grand laugh
Posted by: KurtZ

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 10:48 AM

How can you have a "dry" humidifier? Is it an Air-Washer style with the rotating disks?
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 12:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Steven Y. A.
Right... I wish I have the space for a baby grand.
Kingfu master with baby grand laugh

Why didnt I wear my uniform laugh
Originally Posted By: KurtZ
How can you have a "dry" humidifier? Is it an Air-Washer style with the rotating disks?



No idea, I know they call this one a evaporative humidifier. Basically others that I have tried either created visible vapor or mist..and/or where hot running and you could see the humidity around the unit itself sweating...these ones you cannot really tell they are working except for the fans.
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 04:07 PM

Originally Posted By: shaolin95
Originally Posted By: Steven Y. A.
Right... I wish I have the space for a baby grand.
Kingfu master with baby grand laugh

Why didnt I wear my uniform laugh
Originally Posted By: KurtZ
How can you have a "dry" humidifier? Is it an Air-Washer style with the rotating disks?



No idea, I know they call this one a evaporative humidifier. Basically others that I have tried either created visible vapor or mist..and/or where hot running and you could see the humidity around the unit itself sweating...these ones you cannot really tell they are working except for the fans.


I have one just like it and placed it under my piano during the dry winter months when I was in WI. It will be just fine. It's the vapor/mist kind you don't want.
Posted by: jrcallan

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 06:33 PM

That is one handsome axe! Best of luck with it!
Posted by: peterws

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 06:42 PM

The video sounded right nioe. There`s one in my local piano shop, and I enjoy playing it. Coming from me, that is high praise. It has a pure tone. WE WANT TO HEAR YA MAN!
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 06:58 PM

Thanks guys for all the comments. Is good to share something like this with people that can truly understand the feeling. Of all my friends only my teacher could really understand it. laugh
I promise to record something but trust me, I am just starting my path so you can say this piano is way above my level but its also a great inspiration for me to spend even more time since the sound is so sweet.
peterws, glad to hear you liked it too! I tried other Baby Grands on that price range and always came back home a bit disappointed until I tried this one. smile
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 07:55 PM

Road to black belt long.

Foot falls will same journey be.

Quest piano enlightenment still.

Reward to come strong.
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/07/13 09:02 PM

Indeed! Very poetic, thanks! smile
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/11/13 01:53 AM

Guys now that i can see everything around the Piano, after the inital shock, I want to make the surroundings better looking. That humidifier there does not look very pretty.
Do you think it will be a bad idea to put it against the wall but under the piano?
Then I will get some better matching tables with plants on either side.
Like I said, the humidifier has no mist or vapor but I don't want to take risks without asking.
Thanks
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/11/13 08:40 AM

How 'bout . . .

getting a Dampp-Chaser system for the piano and putting the humidifier in another part of the room? If your new plant tables were slightly smaller, there should be additional room and still serve the same purpose with the humidifier on the floor, but not directly under the piano. BTW-Living plants help add to the RH.

http://www.pianolifesaver.com/

Have you figured out if your piano is male or female? (other thread) We await a name!
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/11/13 09:15 AM

Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
How 'bout . . .

getting a Dampp-Chaser system for the piano and putting the humidifier in another part of the room? If your new plant tables were slightly smaller, there should be additional room and still serve the same purpose with the humidifier on the floor, but not directly under the piano. BTW-Living plants help add to the RH.

http://www.pianolifesaver.com/

Have you figured out if your piano is male or female? (other thread) We await a name!


Yes actually that is the reason I bought that plant as I was reading about humidity and pure air in the room so I want to get another one.
I guess I will just place the humidifier on the bigger tablet on the left for now and the plant on the right side of the piano and get a nice framed pic on that wall. smile
No name yet..not sure if I can get used to it being a girl...see in Spanish at least, piano is for sure male, so is a bit hard to get used to it...but I would love to call it a girl name..but my GF my not like my choice laugh
Posted by: wouter79

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/12/13 04:39 PM

Congratulations and thanks for posting the pics!

The music with the video sounds like a DP, this is not your piano I guess?
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/12/13 04:51 PM

Nope, it is a youtube song I used. I tried recording a bit and it sounded ok but I have to work on the setup to record on the weekend. smile
Thanks for looking smile
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/14/13 12:10 PM

Hey guys, quick question.

They did not put Caster cups so they are coming back on Saturday to do it.
Looking at the pics...do you think I can place the piano on a different way in that small area like diagonally to look better?
I just dont see it working due to the small space and now I have a pic centered on that back wall so it may look odd but just wondering.
Posted by: mikeheel

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/14/13 01:44 PM

Beautiful piano; thanks for sharing and congratulations!

As for location, you could go diagonal or some other angle (just make sure the closed side is toward the wall), but I don't think you really need to.

Enjoy!
Mike
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/14/13 01:58 PM

Thanks a lot Mike! So centered is not too bad? I want to change the end tables to black or something to match better but yeah, I will see if I can make them move it around a little if they are in a good mood laugh
Posted by: mikeheel

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/14/13 02:05 PM

I like angles and prefer for it have a bit more room from the wall, but I'm not sure that's really possible in that room. And, to be clear, that's more a matter of preference than anything else; that's why i think leaving it as-is would be ok.

Here's how I have ours; I think you could probably do something similar, if you wanted:

Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/14/13 02:06 PM

That looks gorgeous and it sure gives it a very nice perspective when placed diagonally. I will give it a shot ...nothing to lose but a few minutes.
Thanks for sharing that pic!
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/14/13 04:01 PM

Nice Pic - Thanks!

The home of the famous bare foot pianist. (with heel)
Posted by: Radio.Octave

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/14/13 05:17 PM

Hey Shaolin, check this out:

http://www.pianobuyer.com/fall12/93.html

It talks a lot about piano placement in the room. I agree with Mikeheel above; I like it placed at an angle. A lot depends on the room and how much space you have to work with. It's surprising how you can change the perceived sound of the instrument just by moving it around.
Posted by: peterws

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/14/13 05:35 PM

Try putting it into the corner. You may get an enhanced bass response which just could surprise you . . and then all you have to do is convince yourself that it looks good there! Ya can easy do that . . . .
Posted by: Steven Y. A.

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/14/13 07:07 PM

angle placement makes the piano dominates the room, which is nice..
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/14/13 09:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Radio.Octave
Hey Shaolin, check this out:

http://www.pianobuyer.com/fall12/93.html

It talks a lot about piano placement in the room. I agree with Mikeheel above; I like it placed at an angle. A lot depends on the room and how much space you have to work with. It's surprising how you can change the perceived sound of the instrument just by moving it around.

I have always been involved with Audio and used to work for an online Speakers company and that link indeed mentions many of the same things you need to look for when placing speakers in a room and my concern about placing my piano in a corner. If that area was bigger then I could place it diagonally easier without having to corner load and make the bass boomy.
Thanks for the link!

Originally Posted By: peterws
Try putting it into the corner. You may get an enhanced bass response which just could surprise you . . and then all you have to do is convince yourself that it looks good there! Ya can easy do that . . . .

I guess its worth checking but I want a balanced sound more than anything else. But then again is only 5' so maybe it can use some bass enhancement and when the whole setup is done by the tech, it could still sound great plus have extra bass.:)
That wall though has the window and is the area where the Sun hits hardest for the few months it gets hot here in Utah so I would need to get thicker curtains or blackout cloth to make sure no sunlight reaches the piano.

Originally Posted By: Steven Y. A.
angle placement makes the piano dominates the room, which is nice..

Yep many pics I have seen clearly show that when placed diagonally it just grabs your attention.
I wonder if its possible to move it around with those Caster cups without needing extra help so I can experiment....
Posted by: wouter79

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/15/13 05:29 PM

I would not put it in a corner. Maybe rotate it a bit so that the sound radiates more into the room
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/15/13 05:52 PM

Beautiful new baby, congrats!!
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/15/13 07:56 PM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
I would not put it in a corner. Maybe rotate it a bit so that the sound radiates more into the room

I so picky when it comes to symmetry ..but I will try it laugh
Originally Posted By: LarryShone
Beautiful new baby, congrats!!

Thanks Larry! smile
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/22/13 09:26 AM

Guys I got the Caster Cups installed and now got a side effect. When I am playing more spirited, the piano tends to move back and forth a little but enough for me to notice and gets a bit distracting.
Is this normal or is the tire supposed to be fully locked inside the cup?
I am considering removing them but then again, the carpet will suffer smirk
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/22/13 09:36 AM

Lock the casters! Point the caster wheels, on the front legs, at a slight angle toward the center of the piano. A very slight angle will do a lot.
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/22/13 10:17 AM

Originally Posted By: shaolin95
Guys I got the Caster Cups installed and now got a side effect. When I am playing more spirited, the piano tends to move back and forth a little but enough for me to notice and gets a bit distracting.
Is this normal or is the tire supposed to be fully locked inside the cup?
I am considering removing them but then again, the carpet will suffer smirk


Nothing worse than chasing your piano around the room! If there are locks on them, do engage those locks. Also, you will want to make sure the wheels are at an angle so it's harder to get them moving.
Posted by: shaolin95

Re: My Baby is home and I'm in love! Lots of pictures warning :) - 03/22/13 10:26 AM

Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Lock the casters! Point the caster wheels, on the front legs, at a slight angle toward the center of the piano. A very slight angle will do a lot.
Makes sense, will try that. Thanks!

Originally Posted By: Morodiene

Nothing worse than chasing your piano around the room! If there are locks on them, do engage those locks. Also, you will want to make sure the wheels are at an angle so it's harder to get them moving.

Indeed..I am bad enough when its not moving laugh
I will check for any locks or just angle them.
Thanks guys!