October 2020 Newsletter

In-Tune, News from the Piano World October 2020

In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter

October 2020 Issue

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

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(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, … I’m betting some of you can easily add to the list above, feel free to send me your suggestions. frank@pianoworld.com
Maple Street Music Shop is Open!

As many of you know, I purchased a big old house in Cornish Maine thinking I’d open a little music shop in the house, and do some Air BNB.
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.
The BNB part is going to have to wait a bit longer. I’m hoping by next spring we’ll have a vaccine (and that people get the vaccine).
Speaking of Piano Tuners…
I am a professional piano tuner and I rely on tuning pianos for part of my living.
Since the pandemic ramped up my tuning business has dropped off significantly.
In fact most piano tuner-techs I communicate with have stopped tuning, either because their customers don’t want to take a chance, or because the tuner doesn’t.
Things are just starting to pick up for me (very slowly) but I’m keeping an eye on the virus.

That said money is tight, supporting Piano World isn’t cheap (hosting fees alone are almost $7000 a year out of pocket).
If you’d like to help out Options for Supporting Piano World and/or the Piano Forums

A Few Things About Your Host
My name is Frank Baxter, I live in Cornish Maine with my two dogs and my grand piano. Recently bought a 9 bedroom house, long story which I won’t bore you with (did I mention it’s haunted?). I will tell you I have opened a small music shop in the front of the house (it has 16 rooms total, plus a barn and is located in a historic/commercial district in a quaint town with lots of wonderful small locally owned shops) and do some Air BNB, so if you find yourself coming to southwest Maine :-).
One of the things I like about owning a house built in 1850 is that antiques seem appropriate and I love well made furniture from the past.

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

Some New Numbers

We recently passed the 3 Million Posts Mark!
On September 7 2020 we passed 3 million posts
We’ve also passed the 98,000 Member Mark
And we have passed 47,000 active subscribers to our newsletter.

In Our Store

Antibacterial Hand Sanitizers

Stylus – Pen – Light (all in one)
Use the stylus instead of your fingers on touch screens (think, pumping gas or the checkout at the supermarket).

We will be adding theses masks to our online and physical stores shortly (mostly in black).
Face Masks with Music Assorted Face Masks with Music

Piano Competitions, Concerts & More

I’m afraid with the Coronavirus still raging around the world, in person concerts and events have pretty much been either canceled or postponed.
Others are trying to regroup by using Facetime, Zoom, or even Skype.
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 composer

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
Piano Tuning – A Few Of My Assistants

Cat with laser eyes watching me closely
Laser Eyed Cat Helper I often take pictures of the animals at the homes when I tune (I always ask permission first).
Some day I’ll post an entire story with tons of pictures. These pictures are from a tuning I did just a couple of days ago. My first time at this house. They had two dogs (labs) and four cats.

Friendly lab greeting me (picture to the right)
Dog tuning Helper
Another cat tuning helper (Picture below, same tuning)
Other Cat tuning Helper

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)
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.

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.

M a s o n & H a m l i n


Tom Lagomarsino
(916) 803-2659

Kirk Burgett Mason & Hamlin Mason & Hamlin Introduces New Concert Grand and Two New Piano Lines. The Mason & Hamlin Piano Company introduces the new VX Series CC-94 Concert Grand and two new piano lines, the Artist and Classic series, in celebration of 166 years of making pianos in the United States. The VX series represents both new and original Mason & Hamlin innovations and designs, preserving the classic Mason & Hamlin sound with more fullness, resonance and increased projection and sustain. The new model includes a high performance VX WNG action designed by Mason & Hamlin, composed of advanced composites and carbon fiber. The VX series preserves traditional Mason & Hamlin designs, featuring the Crown Retention System which maintains soundboard crown for the life of the piano and consists of the tension resonator, eastern white spruce soundboard, thick hard maple rims and thick posts.

"The biggest difference you will notice with the new pianos in the VX series is the touch and sound" says Tom Lagomarsino, Executive VP of Mason & Hamlin. Our goal was to build the very best piano, using the best materials available for those striving to achieve the highest level of performance and artistry". The new Mason & Hamlin Artist Series pianos will be outfitted with proprietary Mason & Hamlin-designed carbon fiber and advanced composite WNG actions featuring anodized aluminum hardware that delivers exceptional balance, response and design features typically associated with hand-built instruments. The entry level Classic Series features WNG carbon fiber hammer shanks and flanges; the instruments are prepped, voiced and regulated by Mason & Hamlin. “We believe our dealers and fans will be pleased with the quality, value, and performance of our new Artist and Classic Series pianos. These are high-performance pianos, prepped and regulated by Mason & Hamlin craftsmen and priced to allow our dealers to compete well in the market and a good addition to our hand-built Made in the USA Mason & Hamlin pianos”. “Beyond incorporating Mason & Hamlin/WNG piano action innovations, the two new lines will showcase traditional Mason & Hamlin cabinet and case part designs, and solid spruce soundboards. In addition to their sound and performance, the durability of the Artist and Classic Series pianos, along with their price point, and the longstanding reputation of Mason & Hamlin make these additions a natural for institutional, studio, stage, and home use,” adds Lagomarsino.

The new Artist and Classic Series pianos will also be available with factory-equipped PianoDisc Prodigy player systems. With an expanded presence worldwide, Mason & Hamlin is making plans in 2020 to exhibit and feature the Artist and Classic Series lines in Europe, South East Asia, Middle East in addition to North, Central and South America. "We are excited about many untapped opportunities in the global piano market."

Mason & Hamlin is a manufacturer of fine, hand-crafted pianos.

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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: Currently we are dealing with a major pandemic that has curtailed in person piano parties.
Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can resume. In the meantime we can host virtual piano parties. Please stay safe and take care.

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 is talk of a piano party in Bulgaria in 2020 Bulgaria Piano Party Thread

And yes, I plan to host some at my new (to me) house in Cornish Maine (as soon as things return to normal), I’m pretty sure one of our members in Old Orchard Beach (Maine) will be hosting at least one.
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.

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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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

This is a picture of my new Music Room in the house I recently purchased 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

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If you’ve actually read this far, Thank You!
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 coworkers every day).

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

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

Warm Regards,

Frank Baxter
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