Posts Tagged "Steinway"

Dupont Circle Wedding

»Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Weddings | 0 comments

Dupont Circle Wedding

This beautiful wedding was held at the illustrious Whittemore House in Dupont Circle, home of the Women’s National Democratic Club and now a fantastic wedding venue. Big congratulations to Kelly & Stephen, and thanks for having me! The evening was superbly organized by Bond Events.

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Wedding Reception at the Capitol Hill Club

»Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Piano Gigs | 0 comments

Wedding Reception at the Capitol Hill Club

A wedding reception last month brought me the privilege of playing at the magnificent Steinway at the Capitol Hill Club. Now that we have our own 7′ Baldwin, it isn’t often that I find myself at other pianos of equal or higher caliber than what I’m used to playing at home! This was an exception. I really enjoyed the mellow touch, strong resonance, and overall amazing dynamic depth that comes with concert grands. Strangely, a little sign next to the piano indicated that was only 6′ 10″, which is clearly not the case. Not wanting to make a complete fool of myself, I didn’t try to measure it in front of the wedding guests, but it looks pretty close to a concert grand (around 9′). Definitely longer than our 7′ Baldwin....

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Best Piano Brands

»Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Music Reflections | Comments Off on Best Piano Brands

Best Piano Brands

by Jay Frost It’d be much easier to know what the best piano brands are if you could simply trust a piano name to be consistent across its pianos, but there have always been lots of changes in piano manufacturing companies and the situation is complicated by the fact that grand pianos last several decades – often long after a manufacturer has gone out of business or been purchased. Steinway stands out as the most solid brand. It has been consistently delivering high-quality pianos for over a hundred years. After that, piano brands get complicated. Boston pianos are made by Steinway as an entry-level option. Baldwin pianos are great, but only ones made before the mid-1990’s when the company went bankrupt and was bought by Gibson Guitar – since then, Baldwins have...

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Piano Character

»Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Music Reflections | Comments Off on Piano Character

Piano Character

by Jay Frost After spending many hours over several days looking for the right piano, I’ve had a chance to think a lot about piano character. Here is what I’ve come up with. Firstly, you have the physical appearance: unlike books, pianos can be judged by their covers, and this will point you in the right direction. Rounded legs, intricately laced music stands, and deep mahogany color look more appropriate for classical music than a jazz combo. Rectangular legs, simple lines, and a duller black finish fit the picture for a blues club rather than next to a harp in an orchestra. In this broad sense, the sound of a piano generally fits its look. Character can also be attributed, in part, to overtones. These are essentially pitches that resonate subtly but...

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How To Pick A Piano

»Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Music Reflections | Comments Off on How To Pick A Piano

How To Pick A Piano

by Jay Frost Alright: you think you have an idea about the kind you want, but what’s next in figuring out how to pick a piano? My first inclination was to stand at a piano and hammer on its low notes, see how good they sound, and then move to the next one. After doing this for a while and not getting very far, an experienced dealer shared the idea of playing the piano up. That is to say, sit down on a bench and play something softly. Gradually crescendo and stay there for a bit, then crescendo some more until eventually pounding out some notes in the lower and higher registers. Continue playing, making sudden dynamic changes, and work your way back down. This should last at least 3 minutes, in my opinion, and is a great first step in how to pick a piano....

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