Hi, Robert Estrin here at LivingPianos.com, Your Online Piano Store with a viewer question. Does installing a player system on your piano affect the touch? This is actually a really good question. I’ve never addressed this exact question, even
The subject today is the truth about piano competitions. Piano competitions are a whole industry and the level of players in competitions is astounding. Consider this: some of the big international competitions, like the Tchaikovsky for example or th
If you’ve taken piano lessons and listened to your teacher, they undoubtedly told you to play with rounded fingers – having your hand shaped like you’re holding a ball. If this is true, then why did one of the greatest pianists of all t
A lot of people wonder if you can begin studying the piano as an adult. I often hear from people who have just retired and finally have the time, if they can begin studying the piano at their age. There are also people who never practiced when they w
Recording the piano is a very deep subject. Today I’m going to give you an overview of what the process is about. I might offer a video course on this subject in the future because there is so much involved in recording the piano. A piano is a kale
Piano appraisals are not what you might think. Many people seek out appraisals to determine selling prices for instruments, but this is not the purpose of piano appraisals. A piano appraisal is a legal document drawn up by an expert in the field whic
In this video, Robert talks about and demonstrates the capabilities of a Chickering 105D art-case concert grand piano built in 1906. This piano has been completely rebuilt including a new soundboard scaled after the original. This piano is a powerhouse of sound with a magnificent bass register that has depth as well as projection. This piano was produced in a bygone era and was extremely well cared for throughout the ages.
This Chickering was built at a time when there were almost 2,000 companies producing pianos in the United States!
From the very beginning, it was one of the finest quality pianos that money could buy. Sadly, many vintage pianos are not structurally sound enough to make them worth restoring. However, a piano like this rarely comes along which has benefitted from a gentle life and makes an excellent candidate for rebuilding. The original real ivory keys are a testament to the care this piano has had over the years. The end product of careful restoration can result in a piano of substantial musical quality when the work is done on the highest level as in this piano.
You can experience a sound and look of one of the best American pianos of all time.
Today, the epicenter of piano manufacturing is China. While the quality of these instruments keeps improving, the vast majority of them are not on the level of the few remaining American and European pianos being made today. More than that, the quality of craftsmanship and the woods available 100 years ago made instruments like this possible. So, the answer to the question is a resounding, “Yes”, when everything is aligned properly with the original manufacturing, life of the instrument, as well as restoration work, a 113 year old piano can sound glorious!
See this piano here: Chickering In this video, Robert talks about and demonstrates the capabilities of a Chickering 105D art-case concert grand piano built in 1906. This piano has been completely rebuilt including a new soundboard scaled after the or
Did you know that if you go to music conservatory or major in music at a university, you have to have a certain level of piano proficiency in order to get your degree? All Music Majors Have to Play the Piano Let’s start from the beginning. Ther
There are so many things involved in studying the piano. There is everything from note reading, figuring out rhythms, considering hand position, following fingering, negotiating phrasing, expression and more. There are also skills which must be maste