My "New" Piano Has Arrived!

Posted by: Jeanne W

My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:01 PM

My piano has arrived! \:D It was delivered on Tues, 11/23. It's taken this long to get photos back to post with my *New Piano Announcement*. Actually, that worked out well, allowing more time to devote to other things i.e. - getting acquainted with MY NEW PIANO. It's a 1920 Steinway A3 rebuilt by Acme piano in Somerville Mass. \:D (Sorry, I can't contain myself. Somebody quick, stuff me back into my box or something...)

Here's how Delivery Day went..

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11/23/04 Tuesday Afternoon - Watching & Waiting

My piano is due to be delivered after 12 noon today. \:\)

It's 11:45. My husband, Lloyd, just arrived home. He took half a day off work so he can be here when MY PIANO arrives.

So we wait.

12:15 p.m.: "I don't see any piano shaped trucks," says Lloyd looking out the window.

12:30 p.m.: We're eating lunch now. Still no piano. (No pickles for our sandwiches either says Lloyd.)

12:45 p.m.: I say to Lloyd: "Maybe I should say a few words to my piano (the Kimball spinet I've played all these years) to cushion the blow."

"Don't you think she already knows her big sister is coming?" asks Lloyd. :rolleyes:

12:50 p.m. I say a few words to my trusty spinet. She's been a good companion lo these many years. Exactly what I said - as Lloyd says - that's between me and my piano.

1:02 p.m. Lloyd: "Maybe the truck is like one of those car carriers only with pianos on it." (Right.)

1:25 p.m. Lloyd: "I think they just went down the street the other way - it's a piano shaped truck." False alarm. No truck. No piano. Not yet.

We're now referring to "piano shaped truck" as a PST.

1:35 p.m. Still no PST.

1:45 p.m.: Lloyd: "Where's the piano? Why isn't it here?"

1:50 p.m. A UPS truck goes down the street.

2:05 p.m. Budweiser, Pella window, and Fed X and several little box trucks with no names on them have gone down the street.

2:20 p.m.: Lloyd asks: "Are you nervous?"……No, I'm not……He wants to know why……I don't know why. I'm not nervous, I'm excited!

2:35 p.m. I hear a truck - but it keeps on going.

2:45 p.m. I phone the piano movers for an update. I'm told the piano movers are almost at the rebuilding shop where they will pick up my piano, then they're coming to our house. Delivery should be within an hour.

3:20 p.m. A PIANO MOVING TRUCK JUST PULLED UP… OH! IT'S MY PIANO!



Truck Arrives




Anticipation




Piano Emerges



Down the ramp

Continued next post
Posted by: teachum

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:05 PM

Jeanne - What on earth are you trying to do to us. SHOW THE PIX OF THE PIANO! I'm so glad you posted. I was beginning to worry that you had run off to that "other" place too. So how is it???????? :rolleyes:
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:08 PM



Piano's in the house!



Changing the oil




Nap time.




Oh - She's a Beauty!













At Long Last!

An 8 month Piano Quest has a Very Happy Ending, no - Beginning!

Jeanne W
Posted by: gryphon

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:08 PM



Edit: that's better! Very nice! \:D
Posted by: jchmag

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:10 PM

Jeanne-

Took a break from the books and saw your post. Congrats on your new piano. In a couple of years and a bar exam, I hope to one day post pictures here also.

Many happy years with your new pal.

JCH
Posted by: WynnBear

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:12 PM

Wow! Definitely worth the wait! Beautiful red piano in a yellow room (my color scheme too).

Is it mahogany or rosewood?
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:14 PM

Teachum? "Other place"? What/where is that???

Ooh! Oh! It's simply divine!



Jeanne W
Posted by: Sarah Jennings

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:14 PM

Oh, what a lovely piano! May you make beautiful music together for many years to come!

- Sarah
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:18 PM

Helloooo, Kathy:

Are you out there? In a previous post, you saw a "good luck" orb in the photograph Teachum posted of her new Estonia - and said you hoped to see an orb in my piano. The next photo is for you, Kathy. Do you see an orb in my piano?



Did you see an orb, Kathy? If not, here's another photo - can you see an orb in this one?



What do you think, Kathy? \:D (Really hoping you're out there, Kathy.)

HEY, EVERYONE: I LOVE MY PIANO!

I'll post again later. Right now….

I'M GOING TO….


\:D

Jeanne W

P.S. Axtremus: We took a photo from underneath the piano for you but it didn't come out. (Whenever there's a piano around, Axtremus disappears underneath, flashlite in hand, to inspect underneath the piano.) Ax, we expect a scholarly paper from you sometime soon discussing the finer points of soundboard construction.
Posted by: ChrisKeys

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:32 PM

Jeanne W,

Congratulations! Nice piano! Now, I can tell it's not black, but I can't really tell it's red. Wanna take another photo? \:D

Chris
Posted by: teachum

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:37 PM

I was eating Jeanne. Sorry - I couldn't wait any longer. It is absolutely gorgeous! You must be so thrilled. How does it sound? I am so excited for you!!!!!!!! Yes - I do see the orbs. Yours are much more pronounced than mine. I'm sure it is a very special and blessed by the universe piano!! Congratulations. I'm glad your wait is over. Now the fun starts - getting to know it.
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:40 PM

Thanks, Gryphon, JCH, WynnBear (it's dark mahogany), Sarah & Chris.

Chris: No more photos! No time for that - I'm going - guess where...

Jeanne W
Posted by: kathyk

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:43 PM

Jeanne, that is one heck of a piano. What a beauty!!! I think it was Katie who spoke of the orb - but, in my estimation, you've definitely got one there. Enjoy! And, I'll be there for you first PW party.
Posted by: apple*

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:50 PM

I'm sure if anyone bought the perfect piano it was you... you look so happy together.
Posted by: teachum

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 07:53 PM

Jeanne - You have the same kind of "caster cups" I do. \:D
Posted by: JohnC

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 08:06 PM

Congrats Jeanne! It's beautiful!
Posted by: Sarasota13

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 08:07 PM

JEANNE, very nice grand - looks mighty cold where you are. I noticed the casters as well. As we have wood floors as well - just curious what they are made of and where did you get them. Florida (hurricane season is officially over)
Posted by: KawaiDon

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 08:09 PM

Congratulations, Jeanne! What a great event, to have a new grand piano like that at home.

I know you will make beautiful music together!

Don Mannino RPT
Posted by: Piano World

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 08:14 PM

Congratulations Jeanne, it's gorgeous!

I feel a piano forums party coming on:-)
Posted by: Jeffrey

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 08:14 PM

Beautiful piano! Congrats!!
Posted by: Craig S

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 08:15 PM

Congratulations Jeanne. Beautiful finish. Is it a dark mahogany? I'll bet it sounds great too. \:\) Beautiful room as well.

Craig
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 08:19 PM

Thanks, Everyone!

Sarasota: We got the idea for the "castors" from another PW member here (can't remember who it is). We went to a metal shop and had three 1/4 inch thick aluminum squares cut, then covered them with (ahem) wood grain contact paper with self adhesive felt on the bottom. The idea is they distribute the weight over a slightly larger area of the floor and I think I may even prefer this look to the castor cups. Worked out pretty nifty.

Jeanne W
Posted by: CSG

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 08:23 PM

Looks like a Dongbei...

Just kidding! I am very envious as we have no place at the moment for a nice grand. I will live vicariously through you for a while ;o)

BTW, what a lovely setting for a vintage Steinway!

Chris
Posted by: classicalgirl

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 08:27 PM

Beautiful piano in a lovely home!
More important than how it looks --
How does it sound? How does it play?

Enjoy!
Posted by: josephl

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 08:31 PM

How beautiful! Such a pleasure that you shared this with us. Congratulations and Thank You
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 08:32 PM

classical girl:

Thank you and, oh, it plays beautifully! I'll post about that a bit later.

Jeanne W
Posted by: fingers

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 08:33 PM

Jeanne,
WOW...
My sincerest congratulations to you. Your piano is as beautiful as you desribed.

As a recent owner myself, I will tell you that as good as you think it sounds now , it will even get better as the piano matures.

May all your happiness and joy be oceans deep.


Fingers
Posted by: markjpcs

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 08:42 PM

Beautiful Piano!
Posted by: Keith D Kerman

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 09:11 PM

Congratulations Jeanne!

It looks great. What year is it?
Posted by: curry

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 09:46 PM

Jeanne, finally! \:D Thinking about a Dampp-Chaser yet?
Posted by: ny1911

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 09:47 PM

That's our dream piano...looks wonderful!
Posted by: Oleander

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 10:29 PM

How beautiful! I have enjoyed reading your posts throughout your search. Also, you have a lovely home.

Enjoy your new piano! \:\)
Posted by: beandoc

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 10:37 PM

Jeanne,
I've lurked/read with interest the posts that detailed your search for a piano. Your Steinway is beautiful, as if you didn't know.

What I especially like is how happy you look and thrilled you obviously are with your new family member!

Best wishes for years of enjoyment.

John, Eh
Posted by: AaronSF

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 11:03 PM

Oh, Jeanne! This is a most wondrous event...I couldn't be more happy for you! The Steinway is beautiful and graces you as you grace it. How exciting to think of the years of exploration you and your Steinway will enjoy together...an instrument that will put no limits on your potential but constantly invite you to grow the breadth and depth of your musical experience, of your soul's great joy. A glorious day at a glorious time of year. Happy, happy holidays!
Posted by: tk

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 11:07 PM

Congratulations, Jeanne! It is absolutely lovely!! And, my gosh, what beautiful home you have!

Someday, someday, someday... perhaps I will have either a piano and/or a home as nice as yours! In the meantime, I will have to be just green with envy! \:\)

Enjoy your piano!
Posted by: skyblanche

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 11:12 PM

What an interesting finish...in addition to being a great piano.

It is enchanting.

Congratulations

Skyblanche

I hope my Knabe comes back from restoration looking that good.
Posted by: NighTrain

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/02/04 11:22 PM

congratulation! beautiful piano, good size, and nice color. the piano match your wood floor jeanne.
Posted by: librarymichael

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 03:22 AM

Congratulations on such a beautiful piano!
Posted by: BeeLady

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 03:27 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Piano World:
Congratulations Jeanne, it's gorgeous!

I feel a piano forums party coming on:-) [/b]
My sentiments exactly! \:D

Yahoo!!! It is beautiful! How does it sound? You might need a box of tissues to keep nearby.. ;\)
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 03:29 AM

Thanks, Everyone for all of the kind words!

My Piano… Oh - the tone is lovely and rich and robust! I'm IN LOVE with my piano!

Going from a spinet to a grand, I'm finding the tone is so rich and resonant I need to modify how I play. I need to pedal less and lighten up on the bass.

It is a bit more mellow than I'd like-sounds much more mellow in our house than at the rebuilders. I'm actually looking forward to it brightening up a tad so it takes on a bit more of an edge. (I'm surprising myself- I'm the one who likes "mellow".) The fact it's a bit mellow I consider a *plus* since I'm a believer in letting the hammers play in naturally as much as practical. The tone will get brighter.

As I posted previously, some other pianos out there have IMO a stronger treble than typically found on S&S's, but the high octaves on this piano are plenty strong and I suspect may grow stronger as the voicing brightens up.

Things I've played on my brightly voiced, unrobust spinet sound so different! On the spinet I swear I can hear individual notes in chords played in lower registers, now it's much more a mass of sound. (Noticed the same thing on the Grotrian I played.) I think this is something I just need to become accustomed to.

The action is heaver (natural for a grand) than I'm accustomed to - I'm going to have to strengthen my fingers. And I find I'm breaking fingernails on my right hand. (What's up with that?) Fast trills sort out so much better than on the spinet. Classical music has taken on a whole new meaning. I could never make much sense of it on the spinet, now it is a joy to play.

Had a bit of difficulty with the pedals the first day as far as playing without shoes on (which I often do). The pedals have short travel, are a bit stiff and a little higher than those on the spinet. (May see if this can be adjusted, but find I'm adjusting to it as well.) Pressing the sustain pedal with my bare foot was uncomfortable; I had to wear a shoe with a heel. Thought I'd have to get a pair of "piano shoes". Anyone ever heard of those? \:D My next thought was, maybe I wouldn' t be having this problem if I had bigger feet. But next day it was fine. I just need to angle my foot farther up on the pedal. Has anyone else ever experienced this with the foot pedals? (I bet this is making for some very exciting reading. :rolleyes: )

She's acclimating to her new home and going in and out of tune - but still sounds great to me! It'd be nice to be able to keep a tuner in residence or on retainer. (My husband, Lloyd, says I can just forget about that.)

At rare moments I do hear a slight twanging of sorts. I rather like this. I feel like my piano is talking to me.

I'm having a super time playing my piano!

Jeanne W

P.S. Keith, she was born in 1920.

P.P.S. Just have to add…following an 8 month, 11 state Piano Quest, what a Great Guy I married (in more ways than one!) Lloyd went everywhere with me, even suggesting trips to various piano dealers. He's taken a great interest in pianos and the whole Quest process. \:\)
Posted by: Prophetic

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 03:49 AM

Sounds wonderful Jeanne! I may get to play on the Steinway at the college, but I'm not sure. I've played on two spinets and I prefer my upright to the spinets.
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 04:03 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by curry:
Jeanne, finally! \:D Thinking about a Dampp-Chaser yet? [/b]
Hi, Curry!

How are you and that Bosendorfer doing? (You've got a 9 foot Bosie from Cunninghams in Philly, if I recall correctly.) Did you blast anything off the walls yet with the rumble and the roar?

We put a lot of thought into room environment for the piano. (Did you catch Lloyd's post a while back: "45% Humidity - Myth or ??" He did some calculations having to do with moisture content per cubic meter, etc. Got waaaay into technicalities.. ) We've decided on a portable room humidifier for now. After much research, we bought an Air-O-Swiss which works on the same principal as a Venta humidifier. These were our 2 top choices in humdifiers since they seem to be less maintenance than others. We're tracking heat and humidity inside and out. Humidity levels have stayed within a fairly narrow range. So far it's working out well. I do want to keep my piano happy. \:\)

You being a piano tech and all - don't worry about my piano. Direct sunlight from the French doors will *not* fall on my piano due to the path the sun takes over the house. There's also a large iron hot water radiator hidden behind the screen in the bookcase, but I think that'll be fine, too. It's a very gentle heat and the back side of the piano case *never* feels warm to the touch - the heat from the radiator does not reach the piano.

Jeanne W

P.S. Your old partner, the Baldwin that you sold when you got your new piano - that you put many hours of work into (I could tell)- that was a sweet instrument - it sounded and played great! I'm sure you're putting as much love and care into your new piano and your piano is very happy you took him (her?) home with you. \:\)
Posted by: UB40girl

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 04:54 AM

Congratulations Jeanne! What a beautiful piano!
Posted by: Axtremus

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 05:07 AM

Congratulations on the new piano![/b]
Posted by: The 89th Key

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 05:32 AM

Great piano! Congrats! \:D

A very nice house (outside AND inside)!

Maybe its just the angle from the picture, but did you put the piano smack dab in the middle of your living room? And no matter where it is in the house...why did you choose the location? It's always interesting to hear placement rationale. \:\)
Posted by: ChrisKeys

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 05:52 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Jeanne W:
Pressing the sustain pedal with my bare foot was uncomfortable; I had to wear a shoe with a heel. ...Has anyone else ever experienced this with the foot pedals?[/b]
Actually....yes! I rarely play without shoes on, but this past summer I tried it and found out my foot would get sore (sort of felt like an inner bruise or something). (And my pedals are not even hard to press.) So now I keep a pair of "flip flops" at the piano so I can slip them on if necessary.

Chris
Posted by: taiwan_girl

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 05:53 AM

Jeanne W writes:

 Quote:
Oh - She's a Beauty!
That is so very true! \:\) Congratulations.
Posted by: kenny

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 07:16 AM

Dang!
I'll be right over.
What's for dinner? \:\)

Really, you gots one beautiful piano!
If it sounds half as good as it looks you done good!
Congratulations.

And it's an A3!
Isn't that the longest of the As?
Or is it the one with 3 bridges?
Or both?
Posted by: enlitened

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 07:23 AM

Looks beautiful! Congrads!!

Enjoy your new piano! I hope the feeling you have now never goes away!
Posted by: ossk8ter

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 07:28 AM

Congrats! A beatiful piano together with a beatiful home. Come winter though, I'll remember why I live in Dallas.
Posted by: classicalgirl

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 07:38 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Jeanne W:
The action is heaver (natural for a grand) than I'm accustomed to - I'm going to have to strengthen my fingers. And I find I'm breaking fingernails on my right hand. (What's up with that?) [/b]
Jeanne,
How long are your nails? Do they click on the keys? My daughters' teacher has them keep their nails short. She is worried that they will catch a nail in between the keys and it will rip off. I guess it's a sacrifice that women pianists make. :rolleyes:
Posted by: Chris Aher

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 07:52 AM

Hi Jeanne,

Beautiful piano!

Enjoy!
Posted by: TomFL

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 08:47 AM

Happy Piano, Jeanne.... Have a happy life with it (and Lloyd, too) \:\)

I've enjoyed reading your posts during your quest - the ups AND the downs, and I really enjoyed the pictures you've posted of the new (old) arrival. Your captions made me chuckle out loud.

You should write stories in your spare time - if you have any, now that the piano has arrived!
Posted by: Steve Ramirez

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 08:52 AM

Lucky piano!

Even though it's pretty enough for somebody to buy and use just to show off, this one will get a lot of playing and a lot of maintenance.

Congratulations!
Posted by: Derick

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 10:52 AM

Beautiful piano Jeanne. Nice pictures too. I see you "stole" my caster idea! Mahagony is definitely the right finish for your room. Black wouldn't look good.

Congratulations!

Derick
Posted by: curry

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 10:58 AM

Jeanne, I wish had the concert grand. Rich G would be glad to sell me one. Alas, I only have a lowly Bösendorfer model 214.
One question though. What make of bass strings did the rebuilder use in your A? Custom Mapes or other.
Posted by: teachum

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 12:28 PM

Jeanne - I have to play with a soft slipper on too. My feet are very tender and need just a little bit of padding from the pedals. My hubbie calls them Grannie Frickert slippers. How big is the A3?
Posted by: NAK

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 01:41 PM

Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 02:56 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by The 89th Key:
Great piano! Congrats! \:D

Maybe its just the angle from the picture, but did you put the piano smack dab in the middle of your living room? And no matter where it is in the house...why did you choose the location? It's always interesting to hear placement rationale. \:\) [/b]
89th Key:

Our livingroom is 33 feet long - the piano is on one side of the room. I thought about angling it so the tail would be in the corner of the bookcase area, but the pianist would then be *facing out* into the room. God! I'm too shy to play that way, facing an audience even if only 1 or 2, so I placed the piano as is which I think has advantages. Whoever is playing can turn right around and talk to whoever's sitting on the sofa and chairs; this makes for nice tight conversation area.

I wonder what it's location might mean in terms of Feng Shui... Axtremus: Do you do Feng Shui consultations for locating pianos? \:\)

Jeanne W
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 02:58 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by classicalgirl:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Jeanne W:
The action is heaver (natural for a grand) than I'm accustomed to - I'm going to have to strengthen my fingers. And I find I'm breaking fingernails on my right hand. (What's up with that?) [/b]
Jeanne,
How long are your nails? Do they click on the keys? My daughters' teacher has them keep their nails short. She is worried that they will catch a nail in between the keys and it will rip off. I guess it's a sacrifice that women pianists make. :rolleyes: [/b]
Classical Girl: My fingernails are not super long - I haven't noticed them clicking on the keys or anything like that - they're bending over and breaking - I'm sure it's from the heavier action of the piano.

I guess I'll trim them way down, at least on my right hand, the left hand seems to be doing OK. This will allow better hand position, won't it?

Not having formal training, I really don't know much about *technique*. I slog along, mangling my way through countless pieces of music. Thankfully, most of what I play is my own stuff so Beethovan won't have to roll over too often.

(I'm looking for a good piano teacher, honest.)

Jeanne W
Posted by: Sarasota13

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 03:02 PM

JEANNE - Thanks for the info on the "casters" We like the looks compared to casters. May go to our wood guy for further ideas. Will let you know if we find out something worthwhile to share. Sarasota
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 03:02 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by TomFL:
I've enjoyed reading your posts during your quest - the ups AND the downs, and I really enjoyed the pictures you've posted of the new (old) arrival. Your captions made me chuckle out loud.

You should write stories in your spare time - if you have any, now that the piano has arrived! [/b]
Tom:

"You should write stories in your spare time." You shouldn't encourage me - I'm guilty of having written some of the longest PW posts. :rolleyes:

The photo captions you chuckled at were most likely the ones Lloyd contributed.

As far as writing talent or lack thereof, writing was one of my first loves and ambitions. (If a 9 year old is capable of having ambitions.)

(Digressing) I was surprised and pleased some years ago when my boss - out of the blue - asked if I would do a newsletter for the company I work at. Oh, yes, I would! I believe there are things that are just meant to be, or that one may attract somehow, and this was one of those things. \:\) *I also believe this is why I have the piano I do and not certain other pianos that, for one reason or another, weren't meant for me.*

(Further Digressing) I am and have been for the past 15 years or so, the entire newsletter team for the great little company I work at. It's just a newsletter for employees only - company news along with a fair bit of "Employee News". We do have fun with it, but it can also be a lot of work. (I bet this sounds familiar to Frank, our PW Webmaster Extraordinaire.) This writing "assignment" is quite enough for me to handle and, as you suggested, I'll be very busy playing my piano!

Jeanne W
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 03:15 PM

Aaron:

In another thread, you talked about how loud and piercing Steinways sound in people's homes.

I was afraid it was going to be too LOUD for our livingroom. It turns out, I actually wish it had a bit more power. In spite of the fact I'm wondering if I'm going to wind up with hearing fatique, I find I have a fond wish of wanting - at appropriate times - to make the floors rumble and the walls shake. (Derick - Your 9 foot Bosendorfer does that, right?)

Lloyd says the piano is plenty loud enough.

Aaron (you out there?)we are miles apart in opinion!

Maybe I should have gotten a B - or even - the Damn Big 9 footer! We'd just need to get rid of some of the furniture in our livingroom. (and a bigger bank account). \:D

It's hard for me to stay away from the piano. I play in the morning before going to work and as soon as I come home from work. Lloyd had to "shut me down" the first night IT arrived. It was after midnight and I was on my way upstairs to turn in for the night but passed the piano on the way and, well, you know, I touched a couple of keys, listening to the beautiful tonal quality… Next thing I knew I was sitting at the piano adding a few more notes to a piece of music. Shortly thereafter I heard a LOUD thumping noise coming through the ceiling from above. Oh. That was Lloyd, signalling me to STOP! (I did.)

Bye now - Gotta go (guess where). \:D

Jeanne W

P.S. BeeLady: It's the long A a/k/a A3 - 6 foot 4 inches. Does not have 3 bridges.
Posted by: RealPlayer

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 03:41 PM

Jeanne,

Damn, girl! You started this thread last night at 10 and you're up to 3 pages already?? Is that a record? \:D

I haven't read all the posts yet, but saw the pictures. FABULOUS!! Hey, that house of yours looks just like the one in Mass. that we moved my Mason & Hamlin out of. Makes ya think!

Beautiful piano. I'll write back whem I have time to read the whole thread. Sincere congrats!
Posted by: sleepingcats

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 04:26 PM

Congratulations Jeanne on your piano! What beautiful woodgrain. And your home is beautiful too! Your husband is wonderful to have been so supportive and involved in your quest.

I always play barefoot so pedal comfort is important. My Fandrich & Sons grand has such easy and smooth pedalling. They redo the whole pedal/lyre part so you don't really have to "work" at it or think about it too much. It's easier than my Yamaha upright. Even the Una Corda pedal is easier, compared to that of my teacher's.

My grand is getting it's first tuning on the 6th, exactly one month after delivery.

I'm so happy for you! \:\) \:\)
Posted by: JPM

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 05:34 PM

Beautiful piano, Jeanne. Congratulations and happy playing!

JP
Posted by: mamma2my3sons

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 05:57 PM

congratulations on a gorgeous piano. Best wishes!
Posted by: Norbert

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 06:06 PM

Jeanne, let me add to the long list of compliments!!

You also have a beautiful and most befitting home:
"real wood" people have always been my own kind of people \:D and you would perhaps feel quite at home if you'd ever visit me here in Canada!

Enjoy....and keep Lloyd tapping his feet from upstairs...... \:D

norbert
Posted by: teachum

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 06:17 PM

Jeanne - I really laughed reading about your feet and the pedals. I had some interesting conversations about that with (I think) FrankR awhile back. I really noticed a difference from my old spinet's pedals to my old teacher's Steinways. She had THREE! And of course the Estonia has a different pedal feel than the Steinway too. Having big feet doesn't help, I'm here to tell you. I do play with a slipper. Just feels better to me. I have had my piano for going on 3 months now and I still can't walk by it without playing it. I get it up first thing in the morning. Put it down for a nap before I leave for work. Wake it up again as soon as I get home from work, and put it to bed as late as possible. My hubbie said, "You just have a hard time closing it down for the night, don't you?" Yup! I cover it whenever I'm not playing it for a few hours! Mostly because we live on a gravel road and I don't want dust getting in and on it.

I'm off to play too. TGIF! Big snow storm on the way. I may be snowed in with my piano all weekend.
Posted by: Varcon

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 06:31 PM

Beautiful!! How happy you must be!! Lovely setting for it as well. Now you can give MUSICALES in your home and thrill the guests! Enjoy!

Ralph
Posted by: Emanuel Ravelli

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 08:26 PM

Jeanne --

Following the progress of your A3 through weeks of PW postings, its delivery to your living room and the reactions of your PW friends to the big event has evoked lots of nice memories for me. I also followed a long path to the Steinway B I own now (though I'm about 8 states short of your 11-state mystery tour). When I found it, I knew within 5 minutes that it was The One. It sounded a little brighter in my music room than I remembered from the showroom, but some new drapes took care of that. Even now, nearly 3 years after it arrived, I can't walk by without indulging the same one-note "plink" that you describe (usually a nice fat bass note). It gets better with age, just like we will.

We have one other thing in common. My dad's name was Loyd (his frugal Norwegian parents left off the extra L), and he would have been as happy about our instrument as your husband seems to be about yours. I gather Lloyd isn't as musically inclined as you are -- it's very unusual to have someone like that join you in endless weekend treks up and down the coast in search of the perfect instrument. I think you won twice on this lottery.

Thanks again for sharing the pictures of your beautiful instrument. Have lots of fun breaking it in.




\:\)
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 08:43 PM

Thanks, again, everyone for the nice posts! Couple of notes...

Derick: That's your idea for caster "plates" instead of cups? That was a way cool brainstorm you had!

Curry:

A "lowly Bosendorfer 214? Surely you jest? I hope you won't refer to your piano that way again - Bosendorfers are WONDERFUL pianos, I know you don't mean it and you'll break your piano's heart suggesting such things!

You also asked about the kind of bass strings on my piano. I'll check to see what kind of strings they are. I wrote it down somewhere. I'm pretty sure Lee said they're Mapes. And my little piano has Steinway hammers. Right or wrong, Lloyd is convinced I can somehow tell the difference between Steinways with S&S and Renner hammers. He kept reminding me it was always the pianos with S&S hammers - voiced a bit mellow - that I fall in love with. Kinda hard to believe anyone could tell the difference, but maybe he's right... This is the way it seemed to work out and FWIW I did finally buy a S&S with S&S hammers. (Oh, no! Hope this doesn't start yet *another* S&S vs Renner hammer threads.)

Joe: You say our house "looks just like one in Mass" you moved your Mason & Hamlin out of. Our house has a wonderfully romantic story attached to it. We were told the couple who built this house (circa 1915) stayed in a house during their honeymoon in France that they fell in love with. When they returned home, they had plans for the house drawn up and had it built. So there's supposed to be a double of this house in France somewhere. If there's another one out there somewhere, I'd love to know about it.

Jeanne W
Posted by: Keith D Kerman

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 08:54 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Jeanne W:

And my little piano has Steinway hammers. Right or wrong, Lloyd is convinced I can somehow tell the difference between Steinways with S&S and Renner hammers. He kept reminding me it was always the pianos with S&S hammers - voiced a bit mellow - that I fall in love with. Kinda hard to believe anyone could tell the difference, but maybe he's right... This is the way it seemed to work out and FWIW I did finally buy a S&S with S&S hammers. (Oh, no! Hope this doesn't start yet *another* S&S vs Renner hammer threads.)

Jeanne W [/b]
This makes a big and obvious difference that I am sure you would notice.
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 09:30 PM

Jeanne... I'm so pleased that I found such a delightful thread to read before signing off for the evening (and I'm also pleased that it's a Friday night!!)

Sincere congratulations to both you and Lloyd on such a magnificent accomplishment! Your new S&S is a beauty and compliments the elegant room where it resides.

I wish you many years to delight in your musical talents and may Lloyd enjoy every note!!
Posted by: RKVS1

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/03/04 10:48 PM

Jeanne, I'm sure glad you finally took delivery. I know you looked a long time and took "test drives" all over the country, and had to worry throughout the rebuilding process, but the one you finally picked looks really great. Congratulations!

But enough about Lloyd. :rolleyes:

That Steinway sure looks good. \:\)

Very happy for you, really. It is beautiful, as is your house. Hope you stay in love with it.

Bob
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/04/04 05:30 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by RKVS1:
Jeanne, I'm sure glad you finally took delivery. I know you looked a long time and took "test drives" all over the country, and had to worry throughout the rebuilding process, but the one you finally picked looks really great. Congratulations!

Bob [/b]
Thanks, Bob, for the congrats. \:\)

To clarify a few things...

The "test drives" all occured on the east coast. And they were all *drives* - no air trips. Many MANY miles on the car. I encourage anyone who can do this TO DO SO - to play as many kinds of pianos before deciding which is for you! There are SO many wonderful pianos out there, and each has its own distinct personality.

I didn't have to "worry" throughout the rebuilding process. The piano was fully rebuilt when I bought it. I was immediately struck as feeling a "part" of the piano, like we were operating as one. (I found a soul mate! \:\) ) The waiting part was due to having it refinished to a dark mahogany. Originally it was light mahogany.

In fact, there's *no way* I'd ever go the route of commiting to the purchase of a piano *prior* to its rebuilding. That is, a piano that a rebuilder had no intention of rebuilding, until a person, i.e. *me* , was waiting in the wings for. But that's just me.

I appreciate there are some great piano rebuilders out there who will allow you to have "first choice" or "first refusal" - whatever you want to call it on a piano to be rebuilt. That puts you first in line for a particular piano being rebuilt but you are not obligated to buy it. But that's not the route I took for this piano. I just wouldn't feel comfortable saying no to a piano - if it came to that - after knowing it had been rebuilt specifically with me in mind, first in line or whatever. I'd feel awful!

But everyone's comfort level is different and this will be a great route for some. For anyone new to this forum, two of the great rebuilders that come to mind who offer such a program (without obligation to buy) are Faust Harrison NYC and Cunninghams Philly.

I'm rambling again.

Thanks, again, everyone, for all of the wishes and comments. \:\)

Jeanne W
Posted by: AndreaH

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/04/04 07:18 PM

I'm a little late to the party but wanted to say: That is one beautiful piano and you look like one happy little camper! Congratulations!
Posted by: katie_dup1

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/05/04 09:06 AM

Congratulations ... well worth the wait, eh? Enjoy your new piano. Thanks for posting the pictures.
Posted by: David Burton

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/05/04 01:07 PM

Congrats Jeanne, certainly a classic American piano from one of Steinway's best periods, I love A's, and in a great space. You look very happy with it too. Many years of music!
Posted by: ravenswood

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/05/04 08:36 PM

Jeanne,

Just wanted to add my congratulations on the new member of your family. A special thanks for the blow-by-blow description and pictures. I enjoyed them all immensely.

Many years of happiness to you and your gorgeous Steinie.

ravenswood
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/06/04 04:03 AM

Pique & Christopher James Quinn, if you're out there, this post is for you. (As if anyone's still reading this long overblown thread. :rolleyes: )

Pique: In another thread you advised me that "most people who are sensitive and discriminating and hear well" (gee, you meant me?) have "issues with their piano when it arrives…" You're right - I do have issues - but not with my piano! :p

Hello, Christopher James Quinn: About a week ago, in another thread, you posted:

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"…it does happen that people get a piano in their house and hate it. Often the fussier people are during the shopping phase, the more likely they are to have issues with a piano when it lands in their hourse. I've noticed this here, and can now predict it pretty well based upon their posts during the shopping experience. (There's a poster here now waiting for a piano to be delivered soon and my bet is that she will have many issues with it once it lands.)"
========================

Well, for some reason I think you might have been referring to me. I don't have any issues with my piano. The only criticisms I can come up I think mostly have to do with needing to modify how I play the piano and the piano "playing in":

The bass is *very robust and resonant*. I need to ease up on the bass and pedal less - and the highest octaves could be a tad stronger - it's not quite as strong as on some other comparably sized pianos I've played, but it's plenty enough for me and may play in stronger.

You know, I took a l-o-n-g time playing all of the other pianos. I learned to appreciate so many wonderful pianos - all of which sound different. So many pianos - which to choose?! If I had my druthers, I'd have more than one piano.

But I waited until I was *certain* what I wanted. Those other pianos don't *sound* like a Steinway and it's the Steinway sound that gets to me, to the heart of things, that most gets me where I'm trying to go with my music. So I'm sticking with my Steinway. And I'm *deliriously happy* with it.

Time to go slinking off to my piano now. \:\)

Jeanne W

P.S. WHAT AM I THINKING OF? There is one HUGE ISSUE with my piano: Where do we put the Christmas tree now?! \:D
Posted by: Christopher James Quinn

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/06/04 04:18 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Jeanne W:
I don't have any issues with my piano[/b]
Well, I'm glad to be wrong on this one. Good luck.
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/06/04 05:01 AM

Christopher:

"Good luck" ? That sounds kind of ominous. But thanks. \:\)

Jeanne W
Posted by: teachum

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/06/04 02:21 PM

Jeanne - I have the opposite issue. Now that we remodeled and I have the piano room, I finally have a great place for my Christmas Tree! I have serious issues with my piano -like how to find enough time to play it as much as I would like!
Posted by: MaryAnna

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/06/04 04:36 PM

What a gorgeous, gorgeous piano! And the two of you look very happy together--Congratulations!

Mary Anna
\:\) \:\) \:\)
http://www.maryannaevans.com
Posted by: SusieQ

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/06/04 07:34 PM

What a beautiful piano - and beautiful home for it to live in.
Posted by: mamabird

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 12/07/04 04:05 AM

Dear Jeanne:

Sorry for this very late congratulations! What a happy lady and happy home. You are so well loved in PW.

We all play piano with bare feet in our home, so I know the "foot pain" you are talking about.

My solution that I bought a wooden plaque (about 8"x10") and black craft foams from Wal-mart, glued foams to the board top and bottom, painted it black and place it under the pedals, it really helps a great deal. My daughter wears her soft slippers since she practices a long time...
Posted by: Chris W1

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 01/27/05 08:43 AM

Jeanne,

I had to resurect this thread to add my congrats. I completely missed it, despite occassionally searching by your user name. We knew it was coming. A long time coming, at that.

Wow! What a great outcome. It looks fantastic. Really works in that spot,too. Charming. I'm glad the particulars ended up so on track for you. Since I'm a good year ahead of you with "breakin", I'll say more clarity is on the way. Just keep playing and give us an update, from time to time.

Like now!

Chris W1

(Oh, no! Hope this doesn't start yet *another* S&S vs Renner hammer threads.)[/b]
My lips are sealed ;\)
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 01/28/05 07:02 PM

Hi, Chris!

Thanks! Update: My piano is great! I've been playing at least 4 hours a day. Lloyd is very tolerant. I don't know if I could listen to me playing - I might drive myself crazy (crazier?), but he seems OK with it. :-)

I'm still learning how to "control" it. I need to work on my playing and technique (badly). Have met with 4 prospective piano teachers so far, but still looking for the right one - meet with another one tomorrow. I need to find a good teacher who knows what to do with someone who is self taught. This is proving to be a challenge.

We downloaded the free Audacity software Christopher James Quinn mentioned (or was it Axtremus?) and are experimenting with recording using an old el-cheapo mic from my old cassette tape recorder. Sound quality is better than one would think, but this is a temp setup until we figure out what best to buy.

Cripey, there is so much to learn before buying recording equipment. I hope to post soundclips on PW one of these days if I can manage to record something I'm happy with. (That could take years - only kidding. Well, at least, I hope it won't take that long. I'm a rank amateur pianist, remember. Listening to what you play I'm learning is very valuable in helping improve your playing.)

I can hear my piano go in and out of tune with humidity changes. Believe it or not, I haven't had it tuned yet - it arrived in November, so it's been "seasoning" about 3 months. This may surprise some who have the impression I'm particular about pianos. Well, that's true, I guess I am particular, but I'm also realistic and tolerant - to an extent, anyway. Once you get your piano in your own home it's not going to sound perfect every day!

I'm surprised how quickly felt in the hammers reacts to humidity changes. My piano became very much brighter within 24 hours of lower humidity! I love the tonal quality. I do love the Steinway sound!

What else? I think that's about it. I'm enjoying the hell out of my piano.

Thanks for posting Chris!

Jeanne W
Posted by: Keith D Kerman

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 01/28/05 09:01 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Jeanne W:

I'm enjoying the hell out of my piano.
Jeanne W [/b]
Awesome! That's great to read, Jeanne! Now, get your piano tuned, it is probably quite flat right about now ( January in the mid-atlantic will do that! )
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 01/28/05 09:36 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Keith D Kerman:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Jeanne W:

I'm enjoying the hell out of my piano.
Jeanne W [/b]
Awesome! That's great to read, Jeanne! Now, get your piano tuned, it is probably quite flat right about now ( January in the mid-atlantic will do that! ) [/b]
Keith:

I live in the "mid-atlantic"? When did I move?

(Sorry, couldn't let that one get by. \:\) )

Jeanne W
Posted by: Keith D Kerman

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 01/28/05 09:38 PM

Woops! Brain freeze.
Posted by: Fiorentino

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 01/28/05 09:56 PM

It's absolutely beautiful!!! I don't know what else to say...!!!

You lucky. lucky thing. \:D

Despite what others say, the NY Steinway is my favourite piano in the world. \:D \:D
Posted by: Ell

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 01/28/05 09:59 PM

A gorgeous instrument...enjoy!
Posted by: David Parrish

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 01/29/05 05:44 AM

Beautiful instrument, Jeanne!

I'm sure it sounds wonderful, too \:\)
Posted by: U S A P T

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 03/12/08 11:58 PM

I don't know why, but I just love happy piano delivery threads.

Belated congratulations!
Posted by: hotkeys

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 03/13/08 12:25 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by USAPT:
I don't know why, but I just love happy piano delivery threads.

Belated congratulations! [/b]
I agree. And it makes the musical journey more joyful with a piano you can be proud of...

- Mark
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: My "New" Piano Has Arrived! - 03/14/08 08:04 AM

Geez, thanks, USAPT and Mark!

I was clicking from this to another PW forum and just as the page was changing, got a glimpse of the title of my post here. I thought "What the heck is that doing there? Did I see what I thought I saw?"

I thought I was going bonkers. I clicked back and here is my thread for real. \:D

Yes, Piano Delivery Day is Special. Thanks, again, for your good wishes.

Jeanne W