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#28745 - 08/20/04 03:53 AM Pianos We Teach On
Dolce Offline
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I'm just curious. What kind of pianos do all of you teach on??

When I began teaching, I taught on an old Baldwin Spinet. It had moved with me 5 times, and it was doing well, except for the fact that the name "Baldwin" right above Middle C had fallen off (It was screwed on) and broken, turning my piano indo a "Dwin".

After that piano, I had a very horrible, terrible, yucky Hundai (yes, they make pianos) 4' 11" grand. I got that because as I was in the middle of a great depression over not having a grand piano, it was offered to me very cheap. I soon learned why.

So over a period of years I saved up my pennies and read "The Piano Book", and now I have a Kawai RX-2 which I love.

So I was wondering what other people have, and if it's what they have always had.

Can I assume that PlaySteinway has a Steinway?

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#28746 - 08/20/04 05:30 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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Kawai GS-40. Love it.

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#28747 - 08/20/04 05:37 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
Lisa Kalmar Offline
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6' 10" Schimmel. Love it. \:\)

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#28748 - 08/20/04 06:08 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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I have a Roland KR570, and a Wurlitzer Spinet for me as a second piano.

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#28749 - 08/20/04 06:58 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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Yahama c3, i think. Before 60 yr old baby grand that had really bad action and real ivory keys that were yellowing, so i didn't teach at home. At the music store, baldwin studio ok but needed tuning frequently. At the school old wurlitzer that has bad action and no good sound no wonder my students out there aren't very good, and all this time i was thinking it was due to lack of practice :). But I don't have to pay for rent. Would love to have a clavinova, but i think that will have to wait.
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#28750 - 08/20/04 07:23 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
Lilla Offline
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Rebuilt vintage upright. Love it.

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#28751 - 08/20/04 07:48 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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You would be correct. I do teach on a Steinway. :0)

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#28752 - 08/20/04 08:01 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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Yamaha upright "studio grand" that my father bought me for my 16th birthday.

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#28753 - 08/20/04 09:02 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
Ann Offline
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Yamaha P22 upright, and a 1927 Chickering Grand. Love them both.

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#28754 - 08/20/04 09:26 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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Right now, Yamaha Clavinova. Hopefully sometime this year: Yamaha C3.

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#28755 - 08/20/04 09:32 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
Arlene Steffen Offline
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1948 Steinway L. \:\)

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#28756 - 08/20/04 11:22 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
Carole Offline
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1993 Mason and Hamlin Grand.

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#28757 - 08/20/04 01:26 PM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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Upright studio Kawai. 18 years old. I also own and have in my studio an 87 year old Laffarge upright, grand size (old player with no player parts). I use it a lot as well. I got it free 1 1/2 years ago. In my livingroom I have a spinet that was my mother's and what I first learned on. It's a Howard, made by Baldwin. One day...maybe a grand for me? I have always loved my Kawai though and plan to keep it.

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#28758 - 08/20/04 02:14 PM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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This is so much fun to find out what you all have!!! My Kawai is brand new (as of last year) and I installed a Damp Chaser system this past Spring.

I looked into the idea after 2 of my friends had their soundboards crack after our dry, cold winter.

Do most of you have Damp Chasers?

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#28759 - 08/20/04 03:33 PM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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Rebuilt 1935 Steinway L. Gorgeous, rebuilt by my dh under the direction of the piano technicians at college. Usually that's what I play, and my students use the other piano--baby grand, can never remember the brand to save my life. He got that one almost for free back when he used to be a piano technician. Completely scratched up but sounds pretty good.

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#28760 - 08/20/04 04:32 PM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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For the last 6 years, Kurzweil PC88 digital-----lived in apartments and liked being able to practice with headphones anytime I want. Now that we have a house, I'm trying to get the upright from my parents house that I learned on. Also interested in a digital grand. Before the Kurzweil, didn't teach at home so used whatever was available. The pianos at the college where I taught were horrible!

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#28761 - 08/20/04 06:41 PM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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1980 something Baldwin. The same piano that my parents bought when I was 4. They gave it to me when I got married. (Believe me...it wasn't that great of a present) I have to get it tuned every six months. I'm sure that that's what every piano would want, but this one has been moved so often, and has been in so many different climates. It's really taken a beating. It's latest problem is that the damper pedal doesn't work. I've tried to fix it myself, but it needs some worn out parts replaced. (Which reminds me that I need to get that fixed before I start teaching for the fall) When I got married, my husband and I agreed that all of the money that I earn from teaching goes into a special savings account that we won't touch-except for emergency purposes. With this money, in a few more years I'm going to buy a Steinway. Probably after we buy our first house, and after he's done with grad school.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed! \:D

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#28762 - 08/20/04 08:22 PM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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Yup, I have a dammpchaser. Those thangs are worth their weight in gold. In addition to saving your "parts", they will pay for themselves with less frequent tunings!

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#28763 - 08/21/04 04:46 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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I was asking this same question to a group of local piano teachers, and one of them told me that she teaches on a Boston piano. She said it's a Steinway. Anyone ever heard of the Boston piano? Is it really a Steinway? Just curious.

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#28764 - 08/21/04 06:05 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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I teach on a 5'10 Boston in my home studio and totally adore this instrument. It responds to anything we ask it to do...incredible tone colors. Solid and dependable. Used in many institutions worldwide. Yes, the Boston is designed by Steinway and manufactured in Asia (by Kawaii), making it a more reachable price than the Steinway. Check website.
Teach and recital on absolutely the best
instrument you can afford...students respond to quality.
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#28765 - 08/21/04 06:09 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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Thanks for the info. I'll have to check the website. It's a Steinway that's made by Kawai????? That would make it a KaWay???

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#28766 - 08/21/04 08:01 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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you better check that because I have a boston also and it is clearly imprinted inside "MANUFACTURED BY STEINWAY AND SONS" and it came from the steinway show room. No where does it say Kawaii anywhere on this piano as a manufacturer. When I bought it I checked this with Steinway and they confirmed it. Im not sure where the kawaii stuff came from. You need to go to www.steinway.com and click on BOSTON. They show in the piano pictures a CLEAR SHOT OF THE MANUFACTURER from the inside of the piano and it reads " Manufactured by Steinway and Sons" not Kawaii.

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#28767 - 08/21/04 08:22 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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PlaySteinway, you need to check out this link. It answers the question.
http://www.pianosonline.co.uk/pol/org.paneris.pol.controller.Manufacturer?manufactur er=574

This is what it says:
Manufacturer details
Name Boston Piano Company
Country of manufacture: Japan

Importer Steinway & Sons
Address Boston Piano Company, 37-11 19th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11105
Phone +1 800 842-5397
Email address bostoninfo@steinway.com
Website url http://www.steinway.com/html/boston/boston.html



Background
Steinway launched the Boston line of pianos in 1992, designed by Steinway & Sons and manufactured in Japan by Kawai with the stated purpose of supplying Steinway dealers with a quality mid priced piano.
Piano range
The Boston line of pianos is a marriage of traditional experience and modern machine production methods. Boston pianos have a unique design and no components are interchangeable between Steinway and Boston. However, there are many similarities of design: vertically laminated bridges for best tonal transmission; rosette shaped hammer flanges matching the action rails, which helps hammer spacing. Many refinements to the design of the Steinway action are also incorporated in the Boston action. Boston hammers are made differently from either Steinway or Kawai and receive custom voicing.
Aspects in common with Kawai pianos include: composition of rims and pin blocks; tuning pins, hardware and grand leg and lyre assemblies; and production quality control. Except for final voicing, Kawai and Boston are built in the same factory by the same workers.
Uprights have a solid Sitka spruce soundboard.
All Boston grands have a sostenuto pedal; the uprights have a practice pedal.
R÷slau wire strings on all models.
Warranty
10 years

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#28768 - 08/21/04 09:46 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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Anybody have a Yamaha Disclavier??? They sound like they would be really cool!!!

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#28769 - 08/21/04 10:12 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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I have a Kawai 6'8" grand and love it!
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#28770 - 08/21/04 10:13 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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 Quote:
Originally posted by playsteinway:
You would be correct. I do teach on a Steinway. :0)


what model?
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#28771 - 08/22/04 10:09 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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The disclavier was one of my origanal dreams. used to go to the music store and always pick it out.. But alas it's one of those pianos that are just to pricey for me at the moment. Though I don't mind playing on them.
I don't have a humidity controller in my piano, though i did have one put in on the piano i taught on in IL. I asked my tunner and he said that as long as i keep a humidifier on in the room during winter, and the a/c on during summer i should be fine. So that's what i do to keep the humidity levels from jumping all over the place.
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#28772 - 09/13/04 08:14 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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this may be too late to respond, but...

I also have a Kurzweil digital piano (Mark 5), which I also found handy when I lived in apartments (going to university). My (unrealistic) dream would be a giant 9 ' Bosendorfer, but I think I will love a Kawai upright just the same.
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#28773 - 09/13/04 10:31 AM Re: Pianos We Teach On
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I'm a little late reviewing the thread - responding to the Dampp Chaser question. Yes, I have one and the improvement in tone has been significant. I still have a slight problem when there are strong weather/ humidity changes, but it calms down within 24 hrs. It's possible that I can correct that with adjustments to the system, or perhaps it'll sort itself out. Just had the system installed last December. I storngly recommend the Dampp Chaser if you are having humidity problems.

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