6.29.15 | Piano Video Roundup
As the month of June comes to a close, here are some of the month’s piano video highlights via YouTube.
Philip Balke performs ‘Moonglow’ on one of our Steinway Model M Grand Pianos. Built in 1986 this Walnut piano features warm bass and a clear overall tone.…
1: Quality Manufacturing.With dozens of respected piano companies competing for a share of the market, many have moved their production to places like China in an attempt to reduce their overhead. Although it does reduce production costs it can come at a steep drop in quality. Kawai still has their headquarters and factories in Japan and retain the high quality and control expected by artists around the world.
2: Pioneering Advancement.Kawai is well known and respected for their innovation when it comes to the parts that go into their many pianos. In 1971 Kawai began utilizing ABS for pieces of their piano actions. Why did they do this? According to tests completed in 1998 the ABS parts were more consistent in size, were over 50% stronger and were much more resistant to environmental problems. Recently Kawai has combined their ABS with carbon fibers to create an ABS Carbon. This is much stronger than their previous design and allows for lighter parts, creating a quicker and more responsive action. Although some, including competitors have attempted to discredit the ‘plastic’ parts, they have proved to be long lasting and very precise. Kawai hasn’t been afraid to try new things and this has benefited the music industry as a whole. Recently legendary American piano manufacturer Mason & Hamlin began utilizing very similar parts in their new pianos.
What Makes a Steinway Upright Piano Different?
Steinway pianos are truly musical treasures. Properly restored, a Steinway upright piano grows more valued with time and becomes an integral part of your life and home.
Steinway is often what comes to mind when people think of the classic piano. For more than 150 years, Steinway has been the preferred instrument of those who know pianos. From piano teachers to famous musicians, Steinway is the piano of choice.
Over 90% of concert pianists perform on a Steinway
It is no accident accomplished musicians choose Steinway. The company is known for its craftsmanship and designs pianos that are essentially made by hand.…
Letter of Recommendation | Concert Pianist on Chupp's Piano ServiceChupp’s Piano Service has worked with legendary concert pianist Pina Antonelli for over a decade. She has purchased her two Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grands from us and we then worked with her to later sell one of these instruments and trade the other for one of our premium restored Steinway Model B Grands. She was kind enough to send in this letter of testimony.
5 Ways Dueling Pianos Successfully Engage Audiences
Pianists have been entertaining guests at restaurants and lounges for decades. But in recent years, dueling piano bars have grown in popularity. America is now home to more than 200 dueling piano bars, including Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans. Pat O’Brien’s was the home of the first dueling piano bar in 1933. Today, dueling pianos are popular not only at bars and lounges, but also at weddings, parties, and corporate events.
Incorporating two talented pianists in one location, dueling pianos have become a great alternative to a traditional evening out. Audiences tend to get involved in the experience, requesting songs and cheering for their favorites.…
Piano Provides Exercise for the Mind
Piano lessons are largely reserved for young children, who often abandon the skill as they get older. But for adults, there are benefits of learning to play the piano that go far beyond entertaining family members at your next Christmas gathering. Like playing word games, piano lessons are a great way to keep your mind healthy throughout your life.
Benefits of an Active Mind
Studies have shown that indulging in activities like reading and games can lower the protein in the brain believed to cause Alzheimer’s. Brain scans conducted on participants in a study at the University of California found less instance of the protein beta-amyloid in those who regularly engaged in mind-stimulating activities throughout the course of their lives.…