Merry Christmas 2021 Newsletter

Merry Christmas Newsletter from Piano World

Merry Christmas Newsletter from Piano World 2021

In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter

Christmas 2021 Issue


Check the In-Tune Newsletter Archives to see what you’ve been missing and catch up on what’s been happening!

Brought to you by Piano World The world’s most popular piano site, home of
the World Famous Piano Forums!
(Frank Baxter, editor – founder – owner)


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If You Like the Piano

You should be reading our newsletter (oh wait, you are, thank you), join our
world famous Piano Forums, host and/or attend a piano party, share your love of piano with
others, keep your piano(s) tuned and maintained, support others who want to learn, tell
hotels and restaurants you’d like to see/hear live piano players, …

Please be sure you have viewing images turned on to get the full effect of our newsletter

I’m betting some of you can easily add to the list above, feel free to send me your suggestions.
frank@pianoworld.com


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

From My Home to Yours…


The picture is of my home in Cornish Maine. It’s also the headquarters for Piano World, The Piano Forums,

PianoSupplies.com
,Maple Street Music Shop, and my piano tuning business.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) and a Safe & Happy New Year!

And if you should find yourself in southwest Maine (northeast corner of the U.S. for those of you from other
countries) please look me up. You can even try out my Estonia L-190 grand piano that has a PianoDisc MIDI system
installed.

Here are a couple of examples of what it sounds like using the MIDI system (me playing some Christmas carols)…
Christmas Songs (piano and voice both coming from my Estonia piano)
Angels We’ve Heard on High using pipe organ voice on my piano.

BTW, there is a good chance I will be selling my house in the spring, and I am contemplating selling
my businesses as well (Piano World, Piano Forums, PianoSupplies.com, Maple Street Music Shop inventory).

I turned 70 in November, it’s time to start thinking seriously about retiring.

I’d like to get into woodworking, do more reading and traveling, play my piano more, compose, garden, etc.


My First Studio Recording of an Original Piece!

Help support a struggling musician (me)!
I’ve been composing music for years, but never bothered to have it professionally recorded.

But so many people have told me I should record one of my original pieces in particular that I
decided it was time.

Two of my favorite pianist friends (Robin Spielberg and Dana Cunningham) both record at
a studio in North Sutton New Hampshire called CedarHouse Sound & Engineering.

So that’s where I went to record my piece. Gerry the engineer/owner of the studio is a great
guy, he really knows his stuff and he makes you feel very comfortable.

You can listen to my piece here:
https://frankbaxtermrpianoworld.bandcamp.com/track/ours-is-a-special-kind-of-love

It doesn’t cost anything to listen to it, but if you like enough to own a copy (and I hope you do) I’m asking
$2.00. That gets you a hi-res/hi-def download to own and unlimited plays on BandCamp

Either way I’d love to get your feedback

Here I am seated at “Eleanor”, the studio Steinway B

I actually tuned the piano myself before I recorded on it. Saved me a few bucks and allowed me to get
to know the piano’s personality (she has a lovely voice).



Subscribing Members!

A big thank you to everyone who has chosen to support the forums
(which quite honestly helps support Piano World
the Piano Forums, and me).
If you signed up for a subscription (Subscribe Details)
but didn’t get your subscriber badge,
please send me (frank@pianoworld.com) the following information and I’ll fix it… I’ll need:

Your forums name, the email you used to sign up for the forums,
what level you chose (bronze, silver, gold, etc.) and whether it’s monthly or yearly.




BE PATIENT – MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS HAVING ISSUES GETTING MATERIALS/MERCHANDISE

I included this in the last newsletter but I think it is worth repeating.

Here is a reply I recently had to send to a piano bench customer of ours…
Hi Anthony,

I’ve been staying in touch with the manufacturer, the picture is still bleak do to lack of materials.

They are having major issues getting materials (mechanisms). While they do build the bench itself in
house they purchase the mechanism (they are having the same problem obtaining parts for the dollies they sell).
And they aren’t our only supplier dealing with this, it seems all of our suppliers are having similar issues.

Much like the car industry having trouble obtaining computer chips, the manufacturers and suppliers here are
having serious challenges obtaining the parts they need.

Part of the problem starts with the sheer number of cargo ships waiting to unload. Thousands of containers have
to be unloaded from these ships, then loaded one by one on trucks who will then haul them to the warehouses where
they then need to be loaded on smaller trucks/deliver services to reach the manufacturers and suppliers.

A shortage of laborers and truckers combined with an extraordinary number of ships is causing a bottleneck.

See this article from the NY Post…
(62 Container Ships Backed Up)

Bottom line?
It could be another 8 weeks before the manufacturers have the parts they need.

I apologize for the inconvenience but unfortunately the situation is beyond our control and beyond
the control of our suppliers. Everyone is doing their best but their hands are tied until the parts they need arrive.

We will stay on top of this.

All the Best,
Frank Baxter
Piano World / PianoSupplies.com


Is Your Piano Protected?

Here in the north the weather is getting colder and drier.

Changes in temperature and humidity can be tough on a piano. Ideally you should strive to
keep the humidity around 50% and maintain an even temperature.

Depending on where your piano is located you might be able to control the humidity with a good
room humidifier. Although if you really want to be good to your piano, invest in a system designed
for pianos like the Dampp Chaser systems. I use one on my Estonia L-190.
Ask your piano tuner-tech about protecting your piano. Keeping the humidity and temperature balanced helps
stabilize the tuning and prevent other issues.

Many of the better piano manufacturers require this as part of their warranty.


Visit Piano World Headquarters, Get a Pin!

If you find yourself coming to southwest Maine, stop by Cornish, the Piano World headquarters and
the home of Maple Street Music Shop (www.MapleStreetMusicShop.com).

You can meet me and my Estonia L-190 with the installed MIDI system and PianoTeq software.

And while you’re here, pick up your free Piano World Piano Forums member pin.



A Few More of My Piano Tuning Helpers

Or as I like to call them, Tuner Helpers.

I always enjoy meeting the fur babies at my tuning customer’s homes.



Please Be Careful!

Unfortunately the Covid 19 virus is still with us and still killing thousands of people a day.

I’ve recently lost three friends, and know of several others who have been (or still are) very sick.

This thing is no joke. Lorraine and I have had both shots (Moderna in our case) and the booster.
For those who may be holding off thinking it’s all too new, know this, the scientist behind the mRNA vaccines
have been developing the technology for over ten years and it was tested on tens of thousands of people before it
was rolled out.

We value all of our forums members and would like you to stick around and stay healthy.

Lorraine and I have been to see Jersey Boys, Young Frankenstein, and the Portland Symphony Orchestra Christmas show.
All required masks and proof of vaccination, and we’re ok with that. The shows were all fantastic and worth the slight
inconvenience!

We also loved the Gardens All Aglow Christmas light show in Boothbay Harbor (Maine)650,000 lights, and the
Gift of Lights at the Loudon Speedway in Loudon NH (3.5 million lights!).
Both were drive through events which worked out great.



Piano Girl Robin Goldsby

From an email from our friend and long time piano forums member Robin Meloy Goldsby (aka the Piano Girl)

Dear Frank,

Happy holidays! As we creep deeper into this pandemic labyrinth,
I wish each of you a healthy, light-filled ringing out of 2021
and good wishes for the coming year. Mask, jab, booster,
distance (sounds like a new Twister game), trust science,
and do whatever you can to protect yourself and the human beings around you.

New! Check out my satirical essay, “King of Kings”
to meet Plinka Kochavitch, director of this year’s Nativity Scene on the White House Lawn.
I had a lot of fun with Plinka and her colorful cast of real-life characters.
Who did Plinka cast as the Three Kings? Have a look to find out.

Readers of Piano World’s popular
“Let’s Talk Weddings”
thread on the Non-Classical Forum
(over six million hits!) are familiar with Robin’s writing about wedding gigs, playing in European castles,
and the challenges of building a career in the music business. Goldsby is the author of Piano Girl,
Waltz of the Asparagus People, Rhythm, and Manhattan Road Trip,
and has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland.



Maple Street Music Shop is Open!



As many of you know, I purchased a big (9 bedroom) old (1850) house in Cornish Maine thinking I’d open a little
music shop in the house, and do some Air BNB. Covid halted the BNB part but..

The store is now open, MapleStreetMusicShop.com

48 Maple Street

Cornish, Maine 04020

If you find ourself in this area (Southwest Maine) please come by for a visit.


Speaking of Piano Tuners…

I am a professional piano tuner and I rely on tuning pianos for part of my living.

Since the pandemic my tuning business has dropped off significantly, but it’s slowly coming back.

Things are just starting to pick up for me.

So if you are in the Southwest Maine or Mid-East area of New Hampshire I’d be happy to
tune your piano. And yes, I’m fully vaccinated and being careful.

You can find My Ad Here


If you have any interest in learning more about Piano World and/or your host (that would be me), please visit
our About Us page.



Start Em Young!

Get your children interested in music at a young age and they will have a companion
the rest of their lives.

Making music can be so rewarding, plus it’s fun and relaxing.

Not to mention that many studies have shown the children who study music also do better academically.

So if your child shows any interest in music, support them, encourage them, get them an instrument (please
make sure it’s one that is in good playable condition, find them a teacher.



Piano Competitions, Concerts & More


I see that live music events are slowly but surely coming back. (I’ve even picked up a couple of small gigs myself).

If you know of any concerts or competitions being held virtually,
please post about them
on our Piano Forums
so we can share them.

I know that my friend , concert pianist Jeffrey Biegel is working with composers on some
pieces for smaller orchestras, and locally the Oqunquit Playhouse (Maine) is holding their events
in a huge tent.

Remember, if you know of any piano concerts, competitions, or events …
let us know!

You can post in this section of the piano forums (and/or email us). Don’t forget to keep an eye on the forum below for
news of upcoming concerts, competitions, and special (piano) events.
Piano Concerts – Competitions – Events


My Estonia L-190 Sounds Like what?

I love my Estonia grand piano but just to make it a bit more interesting I installed a PianoDisc ProRecord system
which gives my piano the ability to transform into a MIDI controller.

What does that mean you ask?

Among other things I can assign different instrument sounds to my piano. I’ve included a couple of examples
below. If you’d like to know more contact me, or if you are in my area (southwest Maine) stop by and I’ll be
happy to demonstrate live (and let you try it).

Estonia piano with piano and choir

Estonia L-190 sounds like a choir

Estonia L-190 sounds like Hammond B3

And for Comparison, one that is straight piano (original composition)

I also added a couple of Christmas pieces to my YouTube channel.


About Our Forums

The Piano Forums on Piano World are not just one forum, there are in fact several,
each with a specific targeted audience in mind.

The following is a brief description of some of our most popular forums.

  • Piano Forum = The forum just titled Piano Forum is geared toward discussions of the instruments themselves.
    It is where you would go to find information about specific brands, or pianos in general.
    Many piano manufacturers monitor this forum
    even if they choose not to participate. It helps them to learn what the public is saying about their products,
    and their competitors
    products.
  • Piano Tuner-Technicians Forum = As the name implies, this forum is primarily for professional piano tuner-technicians,
    however anyone can read what is being discussed. You can also post specific technical questions here, but please be polite and
    realize the pros that take the time to respond are giving freely of their valuable time.
  • Digital Piano – Synths & Keyboards = This rapidly growing forum is geared toward the digital side of the piano/keyboard
    business. It includes digital pianos, electric pianos, electronic pianos, hybrids, and synthesizers & controllers.
    Discussions here can get pretty technical, but they can also be as simple as “which keyboard has the touch
    response you like the most?”

    You will also find discussions about things like midi interfaces, sound modules, speakers, microphones,
    sequencers, etc.

  • Adult Beginners Forum = This is a bit of a misnomer as not all the participants are beginners (nor are they all necessarily
    adults). The idea behind it’s creation was to give adults a place to feel comfortable talking about learning to play piano
    later in life. Many of the participants played some when they were younger, got away from playing, and are now coming
    back to the joy of making music. Of course there are also lots of “adults” who are in fact just beginning their
    journey.

    I’ve found over the years this is one of the more civil and helpful forums where the members truly try
    to help each other. They even organize online recitals and friendly competitions.

  • Pianist Corner = Primarily aimed at the more advanced pianist, many of the participants here are at an
    intermediate to advanced level. No need to be intimidated though, if you aspire to become a better pianist you can learn a lot
    from these folks.
  • Pianist Corner – Non Classical = This is a forum for the rest of us. Take me for instance, I play rock, standards, blues,
    a little jazz and a little ragtime. If you’re interested, you can see/hear me “in action” here
    On YouTube It was a few years and over 60lbs ago (thank you to our friend Sam Bennett of
    Piano Works in Deluth GA for recording and posting this from a previous NAMM show).

    If you love to play piano, but classical isn’t your thing, this is the forum for you.

  • Piano Teachers Forum = Yes, it’s what you think it would be. Primarily for piano teachers to discuss their
    trade, lesson plans, scheduling, etc. If you are not a piano teacher but have a question you’d like to ask someone who is, please
    be polite and be patient.

    If you are new to teaching piano, you may find a lot of good information here, and helpful people.

  • Other Forums = There are a number of other forums on Piano World, please take some time to explore them, you may
    just find something you really enjoy, and learn something along the way.

    Some of our other forums include = Events-Recitals-Competitions, Composer’s Lounge, Parties-Tours-Cruises, Photo Gallery, Who’s Who,
    Member Recordings, Just for the Fun of it, and still more.

Speaking of the forums, if you receive a PM (Private Message) from someone and you want to reply
to them You must click the link provided in the PM email! DO NOT just hit the reply button in your
email program because doing so just sends your reply to me (because piano world is the “sender” of the pm email.

About Closing a Piano Forums Account

We don’t like to lose any members (well, ok, there have been a few we weren’t sorry to see go 🙂

But if you are thinking of asking us to close/delete your account, please see this page:

Forums Rules and Guidelines

Visit the Piano Forums Today!


Active Topics – Have You Checked?

Did you know you can easily view a list of the current active topics in the forums?

You can view active topics from the last 24 hours, the last 48 hours, or the last 7 days.

Here is an example of the current active topics from the last seven days
Piano Forums Active Topics

You can find the Active Topics link at the top of the page, or just use the link I provided above.
When you get there, you can always change the time frame to one of the other choices.


Piano Parties!

We love piano parties! If you are planning to hold one, please let us know.
Piano parties are a great way to share your love of playing (and listening) and an opportunity to get
non-players or those who haven’t played in years interested. If you find yourself in the area of southwest Maine let me know, we
love to host piano parties whether it’s for two people or forty two.

NOTE:

I know that people around the world including here in the States have been dealing with the pandemic.

Here in Maine (upper northeast corner of the U.S.) we’ve done pretty well,
in part because distancing and outdoor
activities are a way of life here. And because a majority of Mainers have gotten vaccinated.

However out numbers are climbing again so I’m still be cautious (small groups of fully vaccinated friends).

Our friends in Europe have hosted piano parties every year since 2013…

2013 it was Brussels, Belgium
2014 it was Lisbon, Portugal
2015 it was Lucerne, Switzerland
2016 was in Milan, Italy (Kathy my former partner and I went to this one, amazing)
2017 had not one but two European parties, one was in Bulgaria, the other in Spain.
Here are some Reports & Pictures from the one in Spain.

2018 was In Germany

I know there were a few parties posted for 2019.

There was talk of a piano party in Bulgaria in 2020
Bulgaria Piano Party Thread

We’ve also hosted a tour of European Piano Makers (2011), a Piano Cruise , a Piano Crawl (NY), and
several tours of the Mason & Hamlin factory in Haverhill MA and the Steinway factory in NY.
Unfortunately the pandemic put a damper on a lot of party plans in 2020 and into 2021.I’m hoping for a comeback soon.

Not sure what a piano party is?

Check out the links above, and this forum
Forum Members Parties, Tours, Cruises, & Meetings

Also, see this
Collection of Piano Parties and Tours
compiled by one of our moderators (thank you Casinitaly).


Piano Owners Forum!

PLEASE – Visit this forum and congratulate these folks on their New Piano!

We now have a special sub-forum under the Piano Forum specifically as a place for posts about members getting a new
(to them) piano.

I love reading the threads posted by members who have finally purchased their piano.
Seeing the pictures and hearing the stories reminds me of one of the most important reasons we are here, to help each other.

And if you’ve found Piano World and/or the Forums to be helpful, we’d love to know that too.

Unfortunately these posts get buried quickly as new threads get created.

If you recently got a piano, or you know of a thread where someone is talking about getting their new piano, please let
me know. I’d love to move the threads to this one central place for all to share in the joy of owning and playing a piano.

The New Piano Owners forum lives here ,
right under the primary Piano Forum.


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In Our Online Store!

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PianoSupplies.com is a division of Piano World.

Sales in our online store help support Piano World.

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We sell benches,lamps, cushions, music related party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment and so much more.

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Please Browse our Store Today

A Few of the New Items In Our Physical Store in Cornish Maine…

Hand made by artist Barbara Wadsworth
Pillows  
Pocketbooks  
Aprons  


I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours

(Show Us Your Piano Room Pictures)

This thread has been running for over ten years now!

Every once in a while someone discovers it and adds pictures of their own Piano/Music room.

If you haven’t posted yours yet, please feel free to add them. We don’t care if you only have a keyboard sitting on a table or
two concert grands in an elaborate music room, we just love seeing people’s set up and knowing they are enjoying making music.

If you would like to add your pictures to this thread PLEASE be sure to upload your pictures to our servers (see Posting Pictures on the Piano Forums below).
Otherwise they may just disappear some day, as you will see in some of the posts in this thread.

the Show Us Your Piano Room Pictures Thread

Here is a view looking out the front door of my music shop, with the first snow of 2021.



This is a picture of my Music Room set for Christmas, in my house/music shop in Cornish Maine.

Frank Baxter aka Mr. Piano World music room


Have you visited the member recordings forums?

This is a great place to hear some of your fellow forums members.
One is a sub forum in the Pianist Corner which features primarily classical music.
Member Recordings – Pianist Corner

The other is under the Fun Stuff category and contains hundreds of recordings of all types of wonderful music.
Member Recordings – General

I’ve even posted a few in there myself.


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Please Share Our Newsletter with Others, & Invite People to Join Our Forums

If you’ve actually read this far, Thank You!

And if you have suggestions for future issues of our newsletter, please feel free to share them with me.

In closing I’d like to thank each and everyone of you for being a friend of the Piano World and
for visiting my web site(s). I hope all of you come through this craziness ok and that things
get back to normal soon. (the girl I’m dating is a respiratory therapist at a major hospital,
I worry about her and her co-workers every day).

Keep playing the piano, and sharing your music. We could all use a little
music in our lives about now.

Remember:
It’s Fun to Play The Piano … Please Pass It On!

Warm Regards,

Frank (Founder / Host) & Lorraine

Piano World & the Piano Forums, PianoSupplies.com

Maple Street Music Shop

48 Maple Street

Cornish, Maine 04020

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