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Offline lafo

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I just bought a C. Bechstein :)))
« on: October 08, 2016, 04:55:30 PM »
Hi guys! I just want to share with you what i got today.. finally my dream to own a grand piano was accomplished today :)) And oo my god that sound... :)))) Here is a short video of it :)




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Re: I just bought a C. Bechstein :)))
«Reply #1 on: October 08, 2016, 09:09:18 PM »
I've been on the verge of replying to your "Audition Room" threads numerous times (but I'm kind of lazy). But now I just need to tell you that I'm really happy about this great news. That is a marvelous piano in incredibly good conditions (has it been stored 80 years waiting for you or what!?) Thank goodness it ended in your hands.

Lucky you, lucky piano, and lucky us who enjoy your playing...

PS I wouldn't mind at all if you record Rach's second sonata again now hehe. In all seriousness, I'm really expectant about your next recordings (whatever it is you're planning to record).

PPS Perhaps this is the right moment for asking you to reconsider that introduction at the beggining of your videos? I don't really HATE it lol, it's just that I'd rather not be distracted by that snippet of music before the real music begins. Perhaps remove the audio and leave the visuals? Just a suggestion, I'll keep enjoying your videos anyway.

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«Reply #2 on: October 09, 2016, 06:02:37 AM »
I've been on the verge of replying to your "Audition Room" threads numerous times (but I'm kind of lazy). But now I just need to tell you that I'm really happy about this great news. That is a marvelous piano in incredibly good conditions (has it been stored 80 years waiting for you or what!?) Thank goodness it ended in your hands.

Lucky you, lucky piano, and lucky us who enjoy your playing...

PS I wouldn't mind at all if you record Rach's second sonata again now hehe. In all seriousness, I'm really expectant about your next recordings (whatever it is you're planning to record).

PPS Perhaps this is the right moment for asking you to reconsider that introduction at the beggining of your videos? I don't really HATE it lol, it's just that I'd rather not be distracted by that snippet of music before the real music begins. Perhaps remove the audio and leave the visuals? Just a suggestion, I'll keep enjoying your videos anyway.

Thank you very much!! :)) Yeah the piano looks like new specially the mechanic :Dd Still can`t believe i have it in my home haha :D The next  piece in line for recording is Rachmaninoff Etude op. 39 no. 6 :) I hope it will be ready untill saturday.
About the music in my intro... i agree completely :D I was thinking the other day to skip the intro entirely in the beggining of the vidoes and then use only the visuals at the end :D

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Re: I just bought a C. Bechstein :)))
«Reply #3 on: October 09, 2016, 07:17:22 AM »
speaking for all of us who've enjoyed your recordings, can't imagine the piano finding a better home than with you.  it looks like a heating vent under the piano -- will you be monitoring the room to keep it from getting too dry when the heat goes on, or are you going hard core and doing without heat ?  your neighbors are very lucky to hear you playing and especially now with the bechstein.

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«Reply #4 on: October 09, 2016, 12:58:20 PM »
speaking for all of us who've enjoyed your recordings, can't imagine the piano finding a better home than with you.  it looks like a heating vent under the piano -- will you be monitoring the room to keep it from getting too dry when the heat goes on, or are you going hard core and doing without heat ?  your neighbors are very lucky to hear you playing and especially now with the bechstein.

Thank you very much! :) There is no heater under the piano. I have a radiators in all rooms of the halls and here it is next to the Thurmer piano :) In general humidity is pretty high with even heating on..so i think there will be no problems :) I live in a house with no neighbours thank god :D I don`t if i had any that they would love my 4 hours per day playing hahah :)))

Here is a quick pic of the inside of the piano :) I think as well as my tuner that it looks like new :)))



There are some small cosmetic things to fix on the Bechstein..i will do them one by one :)

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Re: I just bought a C. Bechstein :)))
«Reply #5 on: October 09, 2016, 02:10:56 PM »

Congratulations! Im  jealous!

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«Reply #6 on: October 09, 2016, 04:06:11 PM »
Congratulations! Im  jealous!

Hehe i am glad you liked it stevensk! :) And thanks :))

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Re: I just bought a C. Bechstein :)))
«Reply #7 on: October 09, 2016, 09:00:35 PM »
That's awesome !! And C.Bechstein would be pretty close to my top pick if I were to upgrade my old vintage grand. Your C. Bechstein sounds like a C. Bechstein too, one of the benefits of it being original, congrats !
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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«Reply #8 on: October 10, 2016, 11:28:47 AM »
That's awesome !! And C.Bechstein would be pretty close to my top pick if I were to upgrade my old vintage grand. Your C. Bechstein sounds like a C. Bechstein too, one of the benefits of it being original, congrats !

Thank you very much!! :) What is your vintage grand? :)

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«Reply #9 on: October 10, 2016, 04:41:52 PM »
Here is the full video of me trying the piano before i bought it :)



and one pic from today :D


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Re: I just bought a C. Bechstein :)))
«Reply #10 on: October 11, 2016, 09:39:52 AM »
That piano seem immaculate for it's years !

You asked what my grand was, it's an 1898 Henry F. Miller. These pianos were American made in Boston at the time, they were well rated  and respected, dubbed the poor mans Steinway. Much of their design , especially in frame was Steinway inspired.  My 6' HFM sounds someplace between a Steinway M and O, it's a very decent instrument but it is not a C.Bechstein. C.Bechsteins have that beautiful slight nasal tone to them, you can't mistake the sound of them. Even so , when my tunings turn out as I like them on my HFM, I'm still satisfied . I've owned it for about 35 years now.
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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«Reply #11 on: October 11, 2016, 11:45:00 AM »
That piano seem immaculate for it's years !

You asked what my grand was, it's an 1898 Henry F. Miller. These pianos were American made in Boston at the time, they were well rated  and respected, dubbed the poor mans Steinway. Much of their design , especially in frame was Steinway inspired.  My 6' HFM sounds someplace between a Steinway M and O, it's a very decent instrument but it is not a C.Bechstein. C.Bechsteins have that beautiful slight nasal tone to them, you can't mistake the sound of them. Even so , when my tunings turn out as I like them on my HFM, I'm still satisfied . I've owned it for about 35 years now.

Yeah the piano seems to be reall well preserved :)) I love the Bechstein sound as well, also the action is really "honest" in my opinion and i don`t seem to want to play on my upright again.. haha :D

Sounds really interesting about your instrument :) Do you have a video of it? :)

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Re: I just bought a C. Bechstein :)))
«Reply #12 on: October 12, 2016, 10:31:30 AM »
No, sorry but I don't do video's.
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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«Reply #13 on: October 12, 2016, 11:18:05 AM »
No, sorry but I don't do video's.

No problem :) I was just curious :))

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Re: I just bought a C. Bechstein :)))
«Reply #14 on: October 12, 2016, 01:51:46 PM »
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can I borrow it?

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«Reply #15 on: October 14, 2016, 12:20:53 PM »
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can I borrow it?

Thank you my friend! :))

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«Reply #16 on: October 18, 2016, 10:53:10 AM »
Morning view :))



Here is a vid of me playing Speak Softly Love from The Godfather. I wanted the first vid to be Rachmaninoff Etude Op. 39 No. 6 but i am still learning it :D Hopefully by the end of the week it will be ready. Also i am still trying to figure out where to place the mic for best result. Suggestions are welcomed :)


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«Reply #17 on: February 11, 2017, 05:47:29 PM »
just bought a matching piano bench for my piano :) I  think it looks great and it is not that expensive as well  :D Hope you like it!



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Re: I just bought a C. Bechstein :)))
«Reply #18 on: February 13, 2017, 10:04:27 AM »
I hope yours works out better for you than mine did for me. I bought a similar one and couldn't stop it making noises, so now I have a very cheap, hard seat, but at least I can make recordings without squeaking.
"We're all bums when the wagon comes." - Waller

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«Reply #19 on: February 13, 2017, 11:42:13 AM »
I hope yours works out better for you than mine did for me. I bought a similar one and couldn't stop it making noises, so now I have a very cheap, hard seat, but at least I can make recordings without squeaking.

That sucks :D So far i don`t have any noices and squeaks.. hopefully to stay that way :D

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Re: I just bought a C. Bechstein :)))
«Reply #20 on: February 14, 2017, 04:07:05 PM »
I am a retired neuropsychiatrist, German of birth 1943, with passage through  Brasil 22 years :: [Conservatoire to top, medical school 1962-67, married 1968 a University Nurse 7 years older - 1936 - from Ico, north-east Brazil, children Guenther 1969 SP and Marianna Olivia 1970 HD,Germ.]
Back to Heidelberg 1970/1, Dingleton 1971/3, Morningside 1973/5, finally York 1975 to 1999.
Had several pianos: Schiedmayer upright 1954 to 2000; Bluethner first clcass upright since 2000,
Bechstein A built during First Word War, 1913, previous owners unknown, bought 1981 and restored
in part = regulation + timber repair, all bass strings + general appearance.
I cherish this piano almost more than my life. Due to brain disease since birth, a very rare autosomal dominant genetic fault known since the days of Schwann - 1850s - and also linked to neurofibromatosis, I never seemed to attain the same technical agility I wanted - sort of like the Schumann finger and dreadful 'self-correction'. I am strong and will persevere, going through 'old' repertoire and 'first time played on piano' pieces.
For this I shall request the entire Free List of sheet music, through the Post.

Bechstein Grand owners, UNITE ! It is, in my opinion, the best piano ever built.
Hans-Martin Klar, pan-european, now London

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Re: I just bought a C. Bechstein :)))
«Reply #21 on: February 15, 2017, 09:18:20 AM »
Can I have your carpet? 8)

The bench looks good! How is the Bechstein now that you have been playing it for some time?

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«Reply #22 on: February 16, 2017, 04:06:52 PM »
Can I have your carpet? 8)

The bench looks good! How is the Bechstein now that you have been playing it for some time?

Thanks man! :)) The carpet is a really really old one haha :D

The piano is unbelieveble :)) I truly ebjoy every secong that i am on it :)) I will tune it properly late april after the heating season ends and go from  there :D But so far i am very very happy guy haha :D