Piano World Newsletter Aug 2019

In-Tune, News from the Piano World August 2019

In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter

August 2019 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)
(Kathy Ford, Office Manager & Customer Service)

A NOTE About Links in our Newsletter:
The email service we use to send our newsletter (called Active Campaign) creates custom links in order to track data from our emails.
PLEASE – be sure you have picture viewing turned on for our newsletter

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.
Mason & Hamlin Factory Tour!

I’m working on another tour of the Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory in Haverhill, MA.
This is your chance to see how top quality pianos are built.
The tour will likely be in September, still working out the details. It will be on a week day, and you will need to be able to climb stairs.
If you are seriously interested send me an email with your name, phone, forums name, and how many people would be in your party. Mason Hamlin Tour
Please make sure Mason & Hamlin Tour is in the subject line.

There is a Post About the Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Tour Here

Piano World Numbers

Someone recently asked me about Piano World numbers. These are current numbers (as of July 2019), keeping in mind summer is our slow season.
Examples of How Many Pages Google Has Indexed:
PianoWorld.com = 134,000
Forum.PianoWorld.com = 136,000

Referenced by Other Sites:
PianoWorld.com = 143,000
Forum.PianoWorld.com = 132,000
PianoWorld.com/forum = 20,300 (old url location, traffic coming in this way gets rerouted to the new format)
PianoSupplies.com = 87,900

And finally, a snapshot of PianoWorld traffic over the last month (keeping in mind this is our slowest time of the year). New Users = 224,878
Pages Viewed = 1,163,042

Piano World Needs Your Help!

Should We Or Shouldn’t We?

First let me explain, when I started Piano World over twenty years ago it was a hobby.

Thanks to our rankings in the search engines and new people joining our forums every day we were able to sell advertising to companies in the piano business including dealers, tuners, teachers, movers, and manufacturers.

But the piano business in the U.S. has been on the decline causing advertisers to tighten their budgets. Even though we continue to be one of the most popular destinations for piano in the world our advertising revenue is down considerably.

People have been telling me for years that I should be charging a small subscription for using our world famous piano forums.
I’m considering a subscription model, although if enough people step up voluntarily I might not have to make it mandantory. Reading the forums would still be free, but posting/participating will require a subscription.

This will help defray some of the approximately $10,000+ a year I spend on hosting (inclues PianoWorld, the Forums, our online store PianoSupplies.com and our newsletter service) plus the additional money I spend on developers, software, modules, etc.

And A big thank you to all the other wonderful people who have made a donation and/or become a subscribing member of our forums.


Keeping Piano World and the Piano Forums going is a challenge. I get up every day thinking I need to find a way to generate income. I know it’s my choice to be self-employed and I love it, but there are times when it can be a bit intimidating.
That’s why I so appreciate it when one of our members/guests wants to show their support.


The support of our advertisers and sales in our online store (along with some piano tunings) is how I keep Piano World going and how I support my family. Being self-employed is not easy, particularly in the piano business.
Please consider purchasing from our online store PianoSupplies.com, or if you are professional in the piano industry, you should be advertising on the world’s most popular piano site, Piano World.

If you you’d like to show your support some other way, please visit our Support page.

Keep in mind one of the best ways you can help is to spread the word about Piano World and the Piano Forums. Tell your friends, co-workers, relatives, etc. And especially suggest to piano related businesses (teachers, tuners, movers, dealers/stores, etc.) that they should be advertising on the worlds’s most popular piano site!
And if you know someone in the southwest Maine or southeast New Hampshire area, tell them you know a really good piano tuner (me). Frank Baxter – Piano Tuner-Technician

94,000+ Members!


As of 25 July 2019 we surpassed the 94,000* registered member mark on our world famous Piano Forums!
I’m very excited that we continue to attract new members from around the world. Welcome to all our new/recent members. Please remember to invite your friends to join.
More about our forums later in this newsletter.
(* For those who might be wondering, the 94,000 does not include anyone who has chosen to close their account or has been banned).

This is a snapshot of forums traffic around 5:30 p.m. EST 08/20/19
134 registered members, 3,470 guests, and 3 spiders.
Guests can be unregistered visitors, or registered members who aren’t logged in at the moment.


Piano Competitions, Concerts & More

I International Piano Competition Ferruccio Benvenuto Busoni 2019
Ferruccio Benvenuto Busoni Competition Details

The Tenth Piano Composition Competition Fidelio
Piano Competition Online

Additional Piano Concerts and Competition Listings

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
Back to School for Music Lovers

Yes it’s that time again.

Did you know that Piano World has an online store loaded with goodies for piano and music lovers?

In our online store now, music related goodies for back-to-school.

Back To School Music Products

We also have an area for piano teachers and students For Piano Teachers and Students

Speaking of schools and churches, hotels, anywhere that wants to safely move a piano (digital piano or acoustic piano) around, we sell dollies made for safely moving your piano around in the building.
Acoustic & Digital Piano Dolly selection

And while you are visiting our store check out some of our latest additions.
Cool New Stuff in Our Online Store

Please take a minute now to Check Out What’s New in Our Store



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 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 (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.


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.
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 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

There is 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.

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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Fun & Interesting Stuff


This is a forum dedicated to things that are fun and/or interesting.
We try to keep them piano and/or music related, although sometimes one comes along that is too good not to share.

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Dampp Chaser Test

Searching for My Piano Tuning Customer
My customer said the piano is in the carriage house, and there will be contractors working on the outside. Should be easy enough to spot, right?
Read the story here… My Tuning Customer Search

Newsletter Subscribers
Even though subscribers come and go, our subscription number continues to go up. Latest Subscriber Number

Just For The Fun of It Forum

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.) PianoSupplies.com is Piano World’s Online Store
Please Browse our Store Today


I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours
(Show Us Your Piano Room Pictures)
This thread has been running for 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

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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Warm Regards,

Frank Baxter
(Founder / Host) &
My Lovely Assistant, Kathy

Piano World & the Piano Forums, PianoSupplies.com
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