In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter
Christmas 2021 Issue
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From My Home to Yours…
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
Here are a couple of examples of what it sounds like using the MIDI system (me playing some Christmas carols)…
BTW, there is a good chance I will be selling my house in the spring, and I am contemplating selling
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.
Help support a struggling musician (me)!
But so many people have told me I should record one of my original pieces in particular that I
Two of my favorite pianist friends (Robin Spielberg and Dana Cunningham) both record at
So that’s where I went to record my piece. Gerry the engineer/owner of the studio is a great
You can listen to my piece here:
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
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
A big thank you to everyone who has chosen to support the forums
Your forums name, the email you used to sign up for the forums,
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…
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
Much like the car industry having trouble obtaining computer chips, the manufacturers and suppliers here are
Part of the problem starts with the sheer number of cargo ships waiting to unload. Thousands of containers have
A shortage of laborers and truckers combined with an extraordinary number of ships is causing a bottleneck.
See this article from the NY Post…
I apologize for the inconvenience but unfortunately the situation is beyond our control and beyond
We will stay on top of this.
All the Best,
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
Depending on where your piano is located you might be able to control the humidity with a good
Many of the better piano manufacturers require this as part of their warranty.
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.
Or as I like to call them, Tuner Helpers.
I always enjoy meeting the fur babies at my tuning customer’s homes.
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.
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.
We also loved the Gardens All Aglow Christmas light show in Boothbay Harbor (Maine)650,000 lights, and the
Piano Girl Robin Goldsby
From an email from our friend and long time piano forums member Robin Meloy Goldsby (aka the Piano Girl)
Happy holidays! As we creep deeper into this pandemic labyrinth,
New! Check out my satirical essay, “King of Kings”
Readers of Piano World’s popular
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
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Get your children interested in music at a young age and they will have a companion
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
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,
I know that my friend , concert pianist Jeffrey Biegel is working with composers on some
Remember, if you know of any piano concerts, competitions, or events …
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
I love my Estonia grand piano but just to make it a bit more interesting I installed a PianoDisc ProRecord system
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
I also added a couple of Christmas pieces to my YouTube channel.
The Piano Forums on Piano World are not just one forum, there are in fact several,
The following is a brief description of some of our most popular forums.
Speaking of the forums, if you receive a PM (Private Message) from someone and you want to reply
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:
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
You can find the Active Topics link at the top of the page, or just use the link I provided above.
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.
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,
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
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
We’ve also hosted a tour of European Piano Makers (2011), a Piano Cruise , a Piano Crawl (NY), and
Not sure what a piano party is?
Check out the links above, and this forum
Also, see this
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.
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
The New Piano Owners forum lives here ,
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In Our Online Store!
Have you visited our online store for music lovers?
PianoSupplies.com is a division of Piano World.
Sales in our online store help support Piano World.
We sell benches,lamps, cushions, music related party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment and so much more.
And we offer free shipping on Jansen Artist Benches* and CocoWeb Piano Lamps* (*contiguous U.S.)
A Few of the New Items In Our Physical Store in Cornish Maine…
Hand made by artist Barbara Wadsworth
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
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).
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.
Have you visited the member recordings forums?
This is a great place to hear some of your fellow forums members.
The other is under the Fun Stuff category and contains hundreds of recordings of all types of wonderful music.
I’ve even posted a few in there myself.
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In closing I’d like to thank each and everyone of you for being a friend of the Piano World and
Keep playing the piano, and sharing your music. We could all use a little
It’s Fun to Play The Piano … Please Pass It On!
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