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Offline wishful thinker

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Hi,
I have two fully rebuilt concert grands currently in storage, that I am looking to get out and house in Wisbech Cambridgeshire.
One is a Bluthner and the other a Danemann.  They will be housed together in a room appox 50ftx10ft.  There are kitchen and toilet facilities in the building.
If anyone is interested in using the pianos for practice or recordings, then please let me know.
Alternatively, either is for sale at the right price  ;)
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Re: Anyone interested in practicing/recording on my concert grands?
«Reply #1 on: June 03, 2016, 02:03:21 PM »
What a generous offer.
Makes me wish I lived in the southeast of UK.
Nobody will allow people to play on grands here, except Yamahas.  Not even stores.  Churches don't even allow the members to play theirs.  I am allowed to touch, sometimes, an old Baldwin in the next county that has a loose tuning pin that requires adjustment every time.  Other times it is in use as a holiday display stand. 

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Re: Anyone interested in practicing/recording on my concert grands?
«Reply #2 on: June 03, 2016, 02:14:26 PM »
What a generous offer.
Makes me wish I lived in the southeast of UK.
Nobody will allow people to play on grands here, except Yamahas.  Not even stores.  Churches don't even allow the members to play theirs.  I am allowed to touch, sometimes, an old Baldwin in the next county that has a loose tuning pin that requires adjustment every time.  Other times it is in use as a holiday display stand. 
i think it's cool too.

i don't understand the ban on playing, it's so oxymoronic. a piano which is designed to be played almost always locked, or big sign saying do not play? it's sad. I was a hotel once, old steiny D in  b back lobby and i pressed management on their reasoning, even letting them know that allowing me to play it, first they said i had to be trained, when i explained i was, then they said i had to have insurance to play  it....oh brother  >:( ::)

Churches and similar having those rules is even more sad really

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Re: Anyone interested in practicing/recording on my concert grands?
«Reply #3 on: June 03, 2016, 02:28:05 PM »
I understand the rules or locking up as most people who would be enticed to tinker on them would not be you or I or anyone who can play something to allow pleasurable listening. Just as any other littering or loitering or pollution , noise made on a piano can distract and be considered noise pollution.


However I like the idea wishful thinker has offered to us. He has a stored assets but see treasure in sharing w others. Kudos.
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Re: Anyone interested in practicing/recording on my concert grands?
«Reply #4 on: June 03, 2016, 02:41:50 PM »
i think it's cool too.

i don't understand the ban on playing, it's so oxymoronic. a piano which is designed to be played almost always locked, or big sign saying do not play? it's sad. I was a hotel once, old steiny D in  b back lobby and i pressed management on their reasoning, even letting them know that allowing me to play it, first they said i had to be trained, when i explained i was, then they said i had to have insurance to play  it....oh brother  >:( ::)

Churches and similar having those rules is even more sad really

Well people have an utter disrespect for other peoples property today, not everyone of course but enough. Many parents today let their kids do about anything on the belief that it's cute. It is too bad that the pianos get locked down to the point nobody can play though. But then someone would call it unfair that someone can play and they or their kid can't bang on the instrument. Next thing will be that there is no piano in these places, since nobody plays them, why have them !
Depressing the pedal on an out of tune acoustic piano and playing does not result in tonal color control or add interest, it's called obnoxious.

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Re: Anyone interested in practicing/recording on my concert grands?
«Reply #5 on: June 03, 2016, 11:45:46 PM »
Extreme risk mitigation, or what have you, it is sad.  It only takes a small parcel of ignorance to spread like wildfire.  One would have to take excessive deliberate action to damage most instruments.  The average tinkering of chopsticks won't hurt a piano.  IMO, having a kid pound on a piano is a good thing, maybe one day it will lead to them learning the instrument instead of being one of these overprotective management types more concerned with property value and aesthetics. 

Working as a church musician, I can attest that it can be even worse in churches and with organs.  Some churches have bestowed upon their staff the wisdom that their instruments are delicate and falling apart, so the natural solution of preservation would be lock and key along with a healthy dose of neglect.  I find it ironic that often the people with the knowledge to care for and keep these instruments going are the ones that are being denied access. 
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Offline richard black

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Re: Anyone interested in practicing/recording on my concert grands?
«Reply #6 on: July 20, 2016, 10:55:20 PM »
That's a very kind offer. I might well have some recording use for one or other piano - most likely me playing the piano, accompanying a singer or two for their demo recordings. Opera singers are increasingly being asked for recent demo recordings by opera companies that are trying to save on the costs of live auditions, and I often get asked to help out.
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Re: Anyone interested in practicing/recording on my concert grands?
«Reply #7 on: August 03, 2016, 03:10:17 PM »
Hello again Richard  :)

I am hoping to get them out and set up later this month. They will need to settle and be tuned - so I'd say October good to go  8)
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