Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany!

Posted by: Fun

Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 02:26 AM

After trying many pianos, I decided to get an Estonia L190 in pyramid mahogany. I still can't believe how nice the sound and touch are.
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Posted by: AJF

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 02:31 AM

Great pictures. Beautiful piano. Congratulations!
Posted by: schwammerl

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 02:38 AM

Fun,

Congratulation; very nice instrument and room environment too!

The shots are excellent also: could serve immediately in a sales brochure.

The room acoutics look quite lively to me but as you say you find the sound very nice everything must be OK.

Enjoy,

schwammerl.
Posted by: Terry5758

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 05:09 AM

Congrats! Beautiful piano!
Posted by: Alex Hernandez

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 05:41 AM

Stunning!

I'm she she sounds as good as she looks.

Congratulations and many years of happiness.
Posted by: acortot

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 05:58 AM

looks wonderful!
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 06:56 AM

Originally Posted By: schwammerl
Fun,

Congratulation; very nice instrument and room environment too!

The shots are excellent also: could serve immediately in a sales brochure.

Schwammerl.


I was thinking the same thing too...or maybe a pic from House Beautiful!

May you make beautiful music together!
Posted by: Paul in FWB

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 07:09 AM

Absolutely gorgeous! You must be thrilled. Congratulations!

Wish I lived near Phoenix ...
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 07:24 AM

Really beautiful photos of a really beautiful piano.

Enjoy!
Posted by: Collyermum

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 07:37 AM

Its beautiful and goes so well with your decor - a lovely bonus on top of a no doubt beautiful sound!
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 07:47 AM

Very nice...congrats and enjoy...and I agree, beautiful room!!
Posted by: HappyApple

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 07:56 AM

That is one nice piano. I love the mahogany and the ripples. My goodness; breath-taking. And those strong, simple legs. You lucky dog; you! Enjoy It looks good in the room too.
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 08:44 AM

Beautiful piano!! (Your living room looks like it's larger than my two bedroom apartment, but then again, I live in NYC, where pianos are big and apartments are small)
Posted by: DanLaura Larson

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 09:03 AM

What a gorgeous piano. I bet it sounds great in that room too.

Dan
Posted by: apple*

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 09:28 AM

pyramid mahogony?

I've never heard of it.. but it's ABSOLUTELY gorgeous. (nice room too.. so tasteful).

enjoy your fine piano!
Posted by: sophial

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 10:52 AM

Very, very beautiful piano in a great setting! congrats!!


Sophia
Posted by: apple*

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 11:13 AM

Originally Posted By: pianoloverus
Beautiful piano!! (Your living room looks like it's larger than my two bedroom apartment, but then again, I live in NYC, where pianos are big and apartments are small)

that would be NO problem for me.
Posted by: SeilerFan

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 11:56 AM

Great piano in a gorgeous finish.
Posted by: Norbert

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 12:24 PM

The Germans told me years ago this finish is no longer happening in Germany.

Looks like they're missing out on quite something.....

Norbert thumb
Posted by: MPP

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 12:28 PM

Wow... congratulations! It looks perfect in that setting!... The finish is amazing... enjoy...
Posted by: koiloco

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 12:29 PM

gorgeous!!!
Posted by: SeilerFan

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 12:32 PM

Originally Posted By: Norbert
The Germans told me years ago this finish is no longer happening in Germany.


I remember a photograph of a Seiler 186 in that finish years ago. Seiler was actually one of the most progressive when it came to offering custom finishes. Nowadays, looking at their latest catalogue, they (and it seems, many others) have returned to few basic finishes. You can chose between polished black, polished black and polished black. I guess, during these times nobody wants to add a surcharge to an already pricey German grand except maybe a few. That's too sad. Any reason why the Germans have done away with this? Did it not sell? Was marketability the only reason?
Posted by: Fun

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 12:32 PM

Thank you for all the kind words. I sure look forward to enjoy this piano for a long time. It's like a dream come through to have such a high caliber piano at home.

Schwammerl, once the piano is tuned in one month time, I'll look at the room acoustics more. The room has thick carpet, fabric window blinds for the two large windows, and the fabric couch, so I hope that's good enough. Thanks for pointing that out!

Apple, I've seen pyramid mahogany offered by different piano manufacturers, including Mason & Hamlin, Steinway (there's one in ebay now), Bosendorfer etc. Larry Fine's book also list this model for Estonia as well. I saw this piano at the dealer first, and then I talked to my wife about it. She said she only want polished ebony, not any of the wood finish. After I brought her to see the piano, she said it's nicer than black smile
Posted by: lori822

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 12:51 PM

It is absolutely stunning!! And my colour, too! So sad not too many of them around. It looks wonderful in your living-room. I wish I had that kind of space for such a beautiful piece of furniture that makes such incredible music! Enjoy!

Lori
Posted by: Benjamin K

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 04:39 PM

Congratulation on your new pianos. That pyramid mahogany Estonia piano surely looks beautiful in your house.
I saw the pyramid mahogany Estonia 190 at 2009 NAMM show and it was a stunning looking piano and felt in love with it in first sight. I am pretty sure it play beautifully as it looks.
Once again, Congratulation to you!!
Posted by: Norbert

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 06:50 PM

Quote:
Any reason why the Germans have done away with this? Did it not sell? Was marketability the only reason?


When I asked some of them, they said it was too "gody" bordering on 'kitchy'.

It's one of the many areas I happened to disagree with them, but then I have lived in North America for 40 years now.

Luckily they never asked me about some of their own space-age designs....

Norbert bah
Posted by: Furtwangler

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 07:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Norbert
Quote:
Any reason why the Germans have done away with this? Did it not sell? Was marketability the only reason?


When I asked some of them, they said it was too "gody" bordering on 'kitchy'.

It's one of the many areas I happened to disagree with them, but then I have lived in North America for 40 years now.

Luckily they never asked me about some of their own space-age designs....
Norbert bah


Tell me about it! I see some of these on their websites and I think "What a waste of time and energy".
Posted by: Norbert

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 07:13 PM

In defence of the German astronautical designs grin these are beautifully crafted pianos when actually seen in person.

Pictures never do them justice - that's for sure.

It's perhaps one of theses guys' efforts trying to be a little different from the other guy - having some 10 top makers within close distance has its advantage [downfall?]

Having seen the occasional Chinese copy, leaves one wondering if they perhaps didn't also get the attention of some secret admirers from elsewhere...

Norbert wink
Posted by: rodmichael

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 07:30 PM

Very nice. Also think the pictures are very professional.
Posted by: SeilerFan

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 07:46 PM

Originally Posted By: Norbert
Luckily they never asked me about some of their own space-age designs....

Norbert bah


Seiler did a particularly ugly design, a greyish-silverish grand suspended from a gigantic stand on steel threads with a futuristic and curvy body. I think, they also used it in their ad in the latest edition of the Fine book. I wished they had chosen one of their splendid wood finishes, but instead.....
Posted by: LJC

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 07:57 PM

It's a looker!...Congrats.
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 08:03 PM

Congratulations on your gorgeous new piano! Your photographs are impressive. Nice job!
Posted by: ChatNoir

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 09:11 PM

What a beautiful piano, you must be very, very happy.
Congratulations, and come see us on EstoniaWorld.
Posted by: saerra

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 09:21 PM

Congratulations! Your piano, and home, are stunning! And the pictures are really very nice, as others have said, they look very professional.

I tried out a couple of Estonias while shopping recently, and loved them - beautiful tone and very nice action to me. I'm sure you'll enjoy it for many, many years - lucky you! smile

Have fun! smile
Posted by: Glenn Treibitz

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/09/09 11:35 PM

Congrats... Piano looks fantastic in your room.

I wish I can get a Pyramid Mahogany to sell. But Indrek has none available.

frown
Posted by: Robert 45

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/10/09 12:34 AM

What an absolutely beautiful piano! The glorious mahogany finish is utter perfection and it no doubt sounds just as wonderful as its appearance.

Warmest congratulations!

Robert.
Posted by: MrHazelton

Re: Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/10/09 01:07 AM

She's a beauty! Congratulations!!!
Posted by: Fun

Re: Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/27/09 02:43 AM

It has been about 3 weeks since I've the Estonia. The tuner will come next week to tune it and fix the sustain pedal noise. I did a quick recording of the Chopin Waltz in A Minor using a pair of the M-Audio Pulsar II microphones I just received.

Here's the link: Chopin Waltz in A Minor

Let me know what you think! I'd be interested to hear from Estonia owners on whether your piano sounds like mine smile
Posted by: schwammerl

Re: Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/27/09 07:40 AM

Hello Fun,

The Chopin waltz sounds wonderful even on a non-freh tuned Estonia.

A nice score version you are using, with very appropriate rubato.

Congratulations,

schwammerl.
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 09/27/09 01:05 PM

It sounds wonderful to me. It doesn't even sound much out of tune. I heard a couple of "twangy" unisons, but other than that not bad at all. Beautiful interpretation, by the way, too.
Posted by: Estelle Estonia

Re: Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 08/19/12 09:06 AM

Magnificent! I know you will enjoy it, and I'm sure you are still beaming!
Posted by: Estelle Estonia

Re: Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 08/19/12 09:11 AM

Dear Fun,

You play with such love and heart. I'm so glad you have such a lovely piano.
Posted by: ando

Re: Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 08/19/12 09:20 AM

It's a beautiful piano for sure, but I'm a bit surprised by all the plaudits for the photographs. To me, the colour balance is horrible - it doesn't represent the way this piano looks at all - and I've seen this exact model. Maybe you could post some additional photos with normal colour balance so we can appreciate the real colouring?

Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 08/19/12 11:42 AM

Estelle & ando,

Are you aware that this thread is three years old and ando, why are you being so unkind about photos proudly taken by a new piano owner?
Posted by: ando

Re: Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 08/19/12 11:54 AM

Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Estelle & ando,

Are you aware that this thread is three years old and ando, why are you being so unkind about photos proudly taken by a new piano owner?


No, I didn't notice the date of the original post, if I had I wouldn't have posted.

Marty, this resident cop thing is getting very tiresome. Others have said they like the photos. I didn't like the photos. I was complimentary about the piano itself and I believe it is a much more beautiful instrument than the photos show. The piano is the item of significance, not the photos. The photos are so yellowed out that the charm, colour and character of the wood, the plate and the strings is lost. Why shouldn't I wish to see more accurate photos of that? Why are you so sensitive to how others post?

There's a difference between being unkind and having an opinion. I was not unkind. I was respectfully honest.
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 08/19/12 12:12 PM

An unkind opinion in a celebratory thread is unwelcome.

I am tired of useless and pompous replys.
Posted by: ando

Re: Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 08/19/12 12:23 PM

Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
An unkind opinion in a celebratory thread is unwelcome.

I am tired of useless and pompous replys.


It wasn't pompous, it was desirous of better photos to show how nice this piano really is. By anyone's definition, those photos were very unnaturally coloured.

The piano was the thing being celebrated - it wasn't a photo exhibit.

You get upset about everything, Marty. The world will never be exactly the way you like it. Try some more acceptance.
Posted by: Steve Chandler

Re: Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 08/19/12 01:45 PM

Originally Posted By: ando

It wasn't pompous, it was desirous of better photos to show how nice this piano really is. By anyone's definition, those photos were very unnaturally coloured.

The piano was the thing being celebrated - it wasn't a photo exhibit.

Ando, I agree the color is unnatural, but it seems to be the result of the overall color scheme of the room, yellow carpet + yellow paint and everything including the plant in the background looks yellowish. I tried adjusting the color in Photoshop (something you could easily do in many photo viewing softwares, many free or donationware), but the results weren't as good as the original. It seems your beef is with the interior designer which is probably the OP or his wife, so in a sense you are insulting the OP. I'm sure you disagree, but I don't believe you're on the high road in this one.
Posted by: Norbert

Re: Welcome home! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 08/19/12 02:22 PM

Something within myself tells me a picture is somewhat secondary to the instrument itself and the people behind it!
Hoping not to be too far off on this one....

http://www.pianoworld.com/Uploads/files/IMG_0939.jpg

Norbert smile
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 08/19/12 04:22 PM

Congrats, looks nice and nice big room too! Thanks for the photos
Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: Welcome! My Estonia in pyramid mahogany! - 08/19/12 06:25 PM

This thread is very old, but it is a nice looking piano in a fantastic room. I wish I had a high ceiling for mine.


Not everyone is a great photographer, so there is no need to judge.