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Re: My journey to acoustic

Postby cphollis » 10 Sep 2019, 04:40

kirsty wrote:Thanks for the continued comments everyone and months on and I still play it every day. Love it.
As good as a digital instrument can be, it just can't compete with the sustain and resonance that comes out of a real acoustic piano case.

Me and Heidi (my daughter) did a little experiment a few days ago, and a strong mid C chord with a pair of C base notes rings out at over a minute when you hold the sustain pedal down. Digitals would be well into sample looping by a quarter of that lol.

Heres a very brief sample of how the piano sounds if anyone interested. Nothing serious, quick tinkle :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCZtEsMAVaY

K


Actually, the "quick tinkle" is where it's all at. Being able to sit down at an acoustic instrument when convenient, and have enjoyable sounds come out. I do this maybe 3-4 times a day. I think there's an inventory of 40+ songs/patterns I play. More would be good, but I still work for a living.

Right now, I'm in my summer place with a Yamaha AvantGrand N3. Super stiff action, it's like going to the gym. Sonically, it's a blast as it's always in perfect tune, well amplified, etc. It has a volume control, which is helpful when I don't want to blast. The EPs and harpsichords voices are fun as well. It does not suck as a capable instrument. No regrets with this baby.

In a few weeks, I'll be back to my main place in Florida. The Bosie 200 reigns supreme. I can't imagine a better instrument for the space. It helps to define the house. When people are visiting, I'll play something, and life edges into an alternate musical dimension. People are entranced by the sound and how it permeates through the house. When I don't play, there are quiet complaints.

Little ones will stop watching videos, and come watch me play, entranced. And then I'll invite them up for a duet!

My Nords are great, but it's not the same. Nail the AP thing in your home, happiness will result!

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Re: My journey to acoustic

Postby JayDee » 10 Sep 2019, 16:52

In the states, if you said to your friend "I'm going to have a quick tinkle", they'd say "Of course my dear, the ladies restroom is that way" :lol: Nice job on True Colors, though.
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Re: My journey to acoustic

Postby kirsty » 13 Sep 2019, 17:59

JayDee wrote:In the states, if you said to your friend "I'm going to have a quick tinkle", they'd say "Of course my dear, the ladies restroom is that way" :lol: Nice job on True Colors, though.


Oops better watch what i'm saying then :D
'tinkle the ivories' is a common british saying for people whom interact with pianos.

Thankyou for your kind words x
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Re: My journey to acoustic

Postby cphollis » 18 Nov 2019, 03:35

By now, I think you're probably dialed into the deep satisfaction you get from having a decent AP in your home.

My wife understands my perspective: a house is not a home until there's a decent instrument to play. My adult kids grew up in a home where there was always AP music happening. Our long-term friends understand that about us -- I'm sort of into AP music, and it's all good. They like to sing along after a few drinks.

The best news? I've just retired, and now have time to dig into all the classical music I've wanted to play but never had time for. The journey continues.

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Re: My journey to acoustic

Postby JayDee » 18 Nov 2019, 20:20

Congratulations on your retirement Chuck. Now that you've got some extra time, your wife has some long deferred yard work for you.
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Re: My journey to acoustic

Postby kirsty » 05 Dec 2019, 19:28

cphollis wrote:I've just retired, and now have time to dig into all the classical music I've wanted to play but never had time for. The journey continues.


Massive congratulations on your retirement Chuck. More piano time can never be a bad thing.

We are still enjoying the grand massively, impossible to get bored of it :) :D

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Re: My journey to acoustic

Postby cphollis » 06 Dec 2019, 06:24

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cphollis wrote:I've just retired, and now have time to dig into all the classical music I've wanted to play but never had time for. The journey continues.


Massive congratulations on your retirement Chuck. More piano time can never be a bad thing.

We are still enjoying the grand massively, impossible to get bored of it :) :D

K x


Thank you, Kirsty. I'm now several weeks into retirement, and so far it's fabulous. I'm playing in very different two bands, I'm recording and mixing, plus playing the acoustic grand more than I ever was able to do in the past. And, not surprisingly, I'm getting better in the process. My hands are stronger, my technique is better, the sight reading is coming back -- all good!

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Re: My journey to acoustic

Postby lawman » 22 Feb 2020, 09:39

Hi, kirsty,
I'm really late to the party with this post, but your Young Chang story reminded me of a good friend, who (along with his wife) found a used Young Chang baby grand that they loved. They dawdled around and finally decided that they didn't want to spend the money at that time, and someone else bought it. However, after reconsidering, and a lot of soul searching, they hunted down the new owner and bought it from him for $400 more, and they've never regretted it. It's the one they wanted. Congratulations on your journey! Many wonders await!

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