What kind of Piano do you play?

What Kind of Piano do you play??

Let us know, it is so interesting to hear about all the different brands and kinds!

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  • I grew up playing on grand pianos.  My mother had a Baldwin and a NY Steinway.  I don鈥檛 think I even saw an upright until I was in high-school;  I thought they were toys.  About 25 years ago, I purchased a Kawai upright, which now resides in my daughter鈥檚 apartment, across the hall.

     

    And now, I have a Yamaha P-515.  I鈥檓 very sensitive to tuning;  as soon as a piano goes even slightly out of tune, it drives me crazy.  The Yamaha never goes out of tune, so that鈥檚 great.  The touch is quite good, although at times I miss the very fine nuances of my mother鈥檚 Steinway which allowed me to achieve greater expressiveness.  Of course,  being able to play with headphones is wonderful.  I鈥檓 pretty sure my husband would never put up with listening to me practice.

     

    I鈥檇 love to have a grand, but the Yamaha serves me well given the constraints of apartment living.

     

    Shosh

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    • Adena Franz Sorry, no clicking.  I usually use PianoTeq, but turned on the internal sounds to test.  No click.

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    • Shoshana Kalson Thanks, good to know. The music shop has offered to have it fixed as it鈥檚 still on warranty. Sigh.

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    • Adena Franz I know how you feel.  So, it鈥檒l be fixed, but really, all you want to do is play and enjoy your piano.  Sigh, indeed.

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  • I play a Grotrian Steinweg from 1964

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  • I've Yamaha DGX-670 digital piano, weighted hammer action, no escapement with Steinberg Cubase 12 with VST instruments, Moddart PianoTeq 7, Roland Cloud has all Roland digital pianos and synthesizers, Steinberg UR22C connect Yamaha + DSLR Steinberg Microphone + Anker speakers (a lot cheaper than the no reason over priced studio monitors) + Zoom + Logitech Brio 4k Stream :)

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  • I only have a Roland HP504 digital piano but my hope is in the future to get a Yamaha upright!

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    • Edmund
    • Edmund
    • 3 mths ago
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    Yamaha Modus F11. I usually practice very late at night (11pm to 3am) so a digital piano works best for me so I don't wake my family or neighbours up!! Another advantage of a digital piano is that it never goes out of tune so I don't need to tune it every 3 months. 

     

    Digital pianos in the past used to suck, but since recent years, flagship/top-end digital pianos from Yamaha/Kawai etc have been getting better and better. Nothing can substitute for a Steinway/Fazioli grand or Schimmel Konzert of course, but if you live in a crowded neighbourhood with your family, on a budget and you practice late at night, flagship digital pianos are the way to go. 

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      • Denise
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      • Denise
      • 3 mths ago
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      Edmund absolutely good points! 

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  • 5鈥 late 60s model Chickering. And then in my office for ear training and quiet time I have an 88 key digital, Yamaha YDP-101, which I inherited from my mother. 

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  • I have a Baldwin L, c1989. Very warm, colorful, and expressive, and I absolutely adore it. 鉂わ笍 The bass is so round and rich, not tubby like other grands of its size. It rivals most 7-foot pianos. Baldwins have their own sound that I would characterize as warm and and melodic, perhaps rather "woody" and old-fashioned. They don't have the penetrating clarity and projection of the new pianos being made today, but they're great home pianos because they're not terribly loud. The thing I love most about mine is how it sustains forever, which gives it a real singing quality. There is an area in the higher treble that I wish had more clarity, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world, and on most days I pity the poor wretch who doesn't have my piano... we should all feel this way about our pianos.

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      • Denise
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      • Denise
      • 3 mths ago
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      Charlie Gesualdo I love my L! I know what you mean about the bass! 

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    • Charlie Gesualdo lovely piano. I鈥檝e been trying to find a sheet music stand and lamp like the one you have. Nice set up. 

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    • Kerstin
    • Kerstin
    • 3 mths ago
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    Wow, what a lot of different instruments. I have a digital Piano - Thomann DP-51 and a No-Name piano. But yesterday I have bought a Grotrian Steinweg - it is a much better instrument. 

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      • Denise
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      • Denise
      • 3 mths ago
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      Kerstin congratulations!!

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  • I have a Yamaha G2 grand piano.  Because my hand is small and I want to be able to reach a 10th, I had it retrofitted with a narrow key action almost 30 years ago.  I love it and it has improved my playing a lot.  

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    • Rodney
    • Rodney
    • 3 mths ago
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    Hello Tonebase friends,

    Does anyone have strong feelings about tuning?  I nudged my Imperial Bosendorfer up to A443, trying to get a little more treble brightness, but my wife detects a slightly less desirable sound.

    Is this all in my head?

    Thanks,

    Rodney

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    • Rodney Hi Rodney When I played violin in an orchestra in France one summer we tuned to 442.

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    • Rodney Not a fan of tuning above 440. 

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    • Lisanicole
    • Lisanicole.1
    • 2 mths ago
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    My small living room in my small apartment holds a 1928 Hallet, Davis & Co. 5'5" grand piano. She's lovely and has a big rich sound for her size, with a deep solid bass. She had her hammers shaped and voiced a few days ago and sounds much better. And I think her action is pretty good, but I am only an intermediate player at this point. And I have a new Kawai CA-49 digital. I like to play in the middle of the night sometimes, so my neighbors definitely appreciate that! My living room is basically a conservatory, but I am following my life long dream of playing, finally. I had an upright, but there is nothing like a grand piano! And I am retired; no tv, no family. This is what I do, so there was no reason not to fill my space with what I love! 

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  • I have a Yamaha C3 Conservatory piano. I absolutely love the instrument. I used to teach piano years ago at a Yamaha Music School where I discovered the Yamaha Conservatory series of pianos. I knew this was the instrument for me. For my ear and what I demand from a piano, it honestly has it all form me. I also have a collection of electronic instruments as well to include a Yamaha CP-70B electric grand piano in my studio.

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  • Steinway Style III (1881-2)

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