Piano World Newsletter January 2020

In-Tune, News from the Piano World January 2020

In-Tune, the Piano World Newsletter

January 2020 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, … I’m betting some of you can easily add to the list above, feel free to send me your suggestions. frank@pianoworld.com
Welcome New Members!

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new members who have joined our Piano Forums since the last newsletter went out (all 1500+ of you). I’m always happy to see new people join.
Please take the time to poke around all of our forums (there are several), you never know what you might discover.
And don’t forget to visit the rest of Piano World, there’s a lot to see besides the forums on the main part of our site (PianoWorld.com).
We also have a piano recitals area (recitals.pianoworld.com) and an online store full of fun and interesting products for the music lover (PianoSupplies.com).
I’m your host, Frank Baxter (more below) and I hope you enjoy your time here and that you’ll invite your friends.

antique pump organ 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 plan to open 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 :-).
I hope eventually to find a new partner to help me with the house, the business, and raising the kids (aka my dogs πŸ™‚
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.
It’s clearly much more house than I need but the price was right and I hope to bring in some revenue once I get the music shop open and a couple of rooms ready to rent.
This is one of the pieces I picked up for the house (got it free, right within my budget).

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

Piano World Needs Your Help!

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. Piano World kept growing eventually becoming my primary job.

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 and ad new members every day, our advertising revenue is down.

I spend over $6500 a year just on hosting fees, that doesn’t include when I have to hire programmers to help, or the cost of hosting our online store. Point being keeping Piano World and the Forums going isn’t cheap so I could use your help.

Cara and Kirby The support of our advertisers and sales in our online store (along with some piano tunings and the occasional gig) is how I keep Piano World going and how I feed Kirby & Cara. See picture to the left, hey if cute puppy pictures work on FaceBook πŸ™‚ And yes, they are my dogs.
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 live in southwest Maine or southeast New Hampshire and need your piano tuned… I’m available

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.

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

95,772 Members!

As of 29 January 2020 we reached 95,772* 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 95,772 does not include anyone who has chosen to close their account or have been banned).

And we’re closing in on another milestone, approaching the 3 million post mark! (that’s a lot of piano & keyboard talk)

Piano Competitions, Concerts & More

15th Adilia Alieva International Music Competition in France and Switzerland.
The competition will take place in Annemasse / France and Geneva / Switzerland from May 11th to May 15th 2020.
15th Adilia Alieva International Music Competition

Come on folks, I’m sure there are plenty more competitions and concerts happening.
I’d appreciate it if you would either post about them, or send me a note.
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
Keyboards Needed!

A local library near where I live (I’m in southwest Maine) has a free lending program for kids interested in learning to play a musical instrument. Currently they have only string instruments, kindly and generously provided by Friendly River Music in Hiram Maine (www.friendlyrivermusic.com/.

I told them I would try to help them procure some keyboard instruments through Piano World.
So if you happen to have one kicking around doing nothing (preferably full keyboard and weighted keys if possible) let me know. Depending on what it would cost to get it here I may sponsor a couple of them.

Drop me a line, frank@pianoworld.com

Piano Tuning – It’s A Dog’s Life

4 dogs 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. This picture was from a tuning I did just a couple of days ago. My first time at this house. The house was way down a dirt road, there were four dogs, two cats, and a ferret.
The littlest dog (Riley) is a Havanese, like my Kirby.
The big golden one on the left kept trying to climb into my lap and give me kisses while I was tuning. Luckily I love animals, especially dogs.

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 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.

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 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

Come on folks, let’s make 2020 a banner year for piano parties!
And yes, I plan to host some at my new (to me) house in Cornish Maine, 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
I will be posting new pictures of my new piano room in Cornish Maine soon.

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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