Q. Should I buy a new or used piano? A. Yes Okay, that might have been a trick question. One way of looking at it is that you should buy a piano, regardless of whether it is used or new. (Although renting a piano or other scenarios may be appropriate at one time or another.) After all, … [Read more...] about Should I Buy a New or Used Piano?
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Okay, quick quiz: How often should I have my piano tuned? a. Twice a day b. Once every ten years whether it needs it or not c. When the tuner has a car payment due d. When the neighbors start complaining e. Twice a year Congratulations, if you picked letter ... wait not so fast. Thought it … [Read more...] about How Often Should I Have My Piano Tuned?
Just like in a car the right pedal makes the piano go faster and the left one stops it. Wait ... that can’t be right. Let’s back up. Typically a piano will have three pedals although on some, especially older, models you might only see two and there have even been instruments with four or five … [Read more...] about What Do the Pedals on a Piano Do?
As discussed in the previous article How to Buy a Piano - the First Question it is important to know why you are considering the purchase of a piano in the first place. Some points to consider are: • Is the piano for yourself or someone else? • Will the piano be primarily used as an instrument … [Read more...] about How to Buy a Piano – Who is it For?
This is the week of the NAMM show in Anaheim California and as usual a number of piano manufacturers will be displaying their instruments to retail piano dealers from not only across the country but around the world. This is truly an international event. We will try to have some updates for you … [Read more...] about Pianos at NAMM 2012
There should be no doubt that the astounding volume of music composed for the piano, solo or orchestra, shared in the influences that eventually brought it to center stage in concert halls and living rooms around the world. The men (and women) who composed such music were as disparate in … [Read more...] about Piano Composers of the Past
We admit this can be a fairly broadly defined category and that’s fine. Basically we’d like to concentrate here on past influences on piano performance rather than current, in keeping with the larger subject of Piano History. Beyond that, anyone is fair game regardless of period, style, … [Read more...] about Piano Artists of the Past
By “modern” we don’t mean a particular furniture style but the piano as we know it today, rather than antique pianos, early pianos or pre piano instruments such as the harpsichord. We saw tremendous innovations introduced on a regular basis in the nineteenth century which culminated in a basic … [Read more...] about The Modern Piano
Rather than being restricted to any formal definition of an antique being “at least a hundred years old” we will generally use the term on this site to refer to instruments that are at least somewhere in that vicinity. Other terms may be Vintage Pianos or Classic Pianos. Depending on one’s … [Read more...] about Antique Pianos – an Introduction
What is a piano? It’s not a harpsichord or a clavichord or an organ but all of these and other instruments share some common lineage or at least certain similarities. They all have keyboards of course although they can differ in length or even number; for instance organs commonly have two or more … [Read more...] about Before Pianos