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Demo models are also good buys. Stores frequently loan pianos to local universities or concert halls for use by students, competitions, and guest artists. Even if used only one time, the piano can no longer be sold as “new.” Of course, pianos don’t have odometers, but most dealers will be honest about this point.
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If you'tfe heard one, you haven't heard them all
So you want a particular brand of grand piano. Think it’s as easy as that? Think again. Not only do different brands sound completely different, the sound of two pianos made by the same company can sound different. This is why you must, must, must go to the store and put your hands and ears on every piano you consider. Play every darn key, and at all volumes.
You think I’m exaggerating? I’ve played many pianos that sounded beautiful except for one key. If you are playing “Camptown Races” in the key of G, you may never notice that silent low D-flat key. But I bet that a few days after you get the piano home you’ll notice.
Play and listen to those keys again and again. Trust your instincts. Only you know what you like to hear. Some people don’t like the sound of a Steinway; some don’t like a Baldwin. Everyone has their own tastes.
Give yourself the upper hand in your final negotiation at the piano store:
Find two or three pianos that you like and repeat “Oh, Susannah” over and over on each of them. Sure, you’re comparing the sound of each, but you’re also driving the sales team insane, hopefully to the point of a 50-percent discount just to get you to leave the store!
Lookiny at some specific brands
In alphabetical order, the following are some of my favorite brands of pianos from around the world. Contact these companies directly and ask where to find their pianos in your area. Trust me, they won’t mind your call at all:
J1 Baldwin Piano & Organ Company: 422 Wards Corner Road, Loveland, OH, 45140. Phone: (513) 576-4500; fax (513) 576-4546. E-mail:
bal dwi n@bpao. com; Web site: www .pianovelle.com. Their brands include Baldwin, Wurlitzer, Chickering, and Concertmaster.
J' L. Bosendorfer Klavier: 1010 Wien, Bosendorferstrasse 12, Vienna, 1010 Austria. Phone: (431) 504-6651; fax (431) 504-6651-39. E-mail:
mai l@bosendorf er. com; Web site: www .bosendorfer. com. They carry all Bosendorfer models.
- Kawai America Corporation: 2055 East University Drive, Compton, CA, 90220. Phone: (310) 631-1771; fax (310) 604-6913. E-mail:
jdeleski@kawai us.com; Web site: www. kawai us . com. They offer every Kawai you can find under the sun.
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J' Music Systems Research: 4111 North Freeway Boulevard, Sacramento, CA, 95834. Phone: (916) 567-9999; fax (916) 567-1941. E-mail:
sal es@pi a nodi sc . com; Web site: www. pianodi sc . com. They carry Knabe, Mason & Hamlin, and Knabe with PianoDisc.
J1 Samick Music Corporation: 18521 Railroad Street, City of Industry, CA, 91748. Phone: (626) 964-4700; fax (626) 965-5224. They offer the brands Samick and Kohler & Campbell.
j Schimmel Piano Company: 251 Memorial Road, Lititz, PA, 17543.
Phone: (717) 627-0684; fax (717) 626-0657. They carry any Schimmel piano you could ever need.
J’ Steinway & Sons: 1 Steinway Place, Long Island City, NY, 11105. Phone: (800) 366-1853. Web site: www. stei nway . com. They offer Steinway pianos.
Yamaha Corporation of America: 6600 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA, 90620. Phone: (714) 522-9011; fax (800) 926-2429. Web site; www .yamaha.com. Contact them for any type of Yamaha piano.
J' Young Chang America Incorporated: 13336 Alondra Boulevard, Cerritos, CA, 90703. Phone: (562) 926-3200; fax (562) 404-0748.
E-mail: admi n@yca . ccma i 1 . CompuServe. com; Web site:
1 www .youngchang. com. They carry Young Chang and Kurzweil pianos.
It’s fun to ask the manufacturer which artists play which of their pianos. Any j' ?'-N \ company will be proud to give you a list of famous performers who endorse
( \ / j their products. You may find it personally important to play the same piano
that Billy Joel plays, for example.
Selecting an Electric Keyboard that Lasts
After much deliberation, and for whatever reasons, you decide to buy an electric keyboard over an acoustic one. Your job is done? Not so fast, pal. Now you must decide what type of electric keyboard you want. Break it down into three categories (you can read more about the characteristics of all these instruments in Chapter 1):
J' Electric pianos and organs J' Synthesizers and samplers •h Other
Don’t think you’ve necessarily gone the cheaper route by selecting an electric keyboard as your instrument of choice. These can be quite expensive, sometimes more than an acoustic piano. But oh, the versatility! Instead of being limited to the sound of a piano, you can have literally hundreds or even thousands of different sounds at your fingertips.
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The number of sounds you can have depends on the type of keyboard you select and the amount of memory it has. Yes, just like computers, electric keyboards have memory, storage space, and performance limitations. Some you can add memory and sounds to, but some are what they are and no more.