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Six Software Pianos under $150:

Six Software Pianos under $150: A Sampling

DR. OWEN LOVELL

Software pianos are a means of breathing new life into older gear for an affordable price, and they sound better and more realistic than almost every hardware-based digital piano I’ve played. However, the installation process for each is tedious, with many steps, and once you’ve got your software piano running, you’re going to spend time tweaking your computer’s settings to find an acceptable balance of stability and performance.

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Review: Fazioli

Review: Fazioli

ALEX McDONALD, DMA

Few piano makers generate more buzz among pianists and piano enthusiasts than the Italian company Fazioli. In a profession dominated by established composers, teachers, performers, styles, and instrument makers, many now consider Fazioli to be firmly established as a premium piano maker, in the same echelon as Steinway and Bösendorfer — a remarkable achievement, given that Fazioli was founded only as recently as 1978.

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Dealer Preparation of New Pianos:

Dealer Preparation of New Pianos: Should I Buy a Piano “Out of the Crate”?

STEVE COHEN and Piano Buyer staff

Some shoppers request a new piano fresh out of the crate instead of a “floor sample,” based on the misconception that a crated piano must be in perfect condition, whereas a piano that has been handled by the dealer and other shoppers is somehow compromised. In reality, the opposite is true: The extra tunings, the small amount of breaking-in of the action by prospective buyers, the optimizing of regulation and voicing by the dealer’s technician, a little attention to cosmetics—all provide value to the wise shopper, who thus will always prefer a floor model to an unseen instrument still in its crate or box.

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A Message from the Publisher

A Message from the Publisher

LARRY FINE

Welcome to the Fall 2017 issue of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer, a semiannual publication devoted to the purchase of new, used, and restored acoustic pianos and digital pianos. Published since 2009, Piano Buyer is the successor to the well-known reference The Piano Book, and its Annual Supplement, which from 1987 to 2009 were the principal consumer guides to buying a piano in the U.S. and Canada. Partially supported by advertising, Piano Buyer is available free online at www.pianobuyer.com. It can also be purchased in print from the website and in bookstores.

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DEXIBELL

DEXIBELL


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FLYCHORD

FLYCHORD


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Nontraditional Materials and the Piano

Nontraditional Materials and the Piano

STEVE BRADY, RPT (Fall 2011)
In existence for over 300 years, the piano is considered as "traditional" a musical instrument as the violin or guitar. From its beginnings as a mere subspecies of harpsichord, the gravicembalo col piano e forte has evolved into the modern grand piano, and in the process has changed dramatically in size, weight, sound, and the materials of its construction. Indeed, many of the materials used in pianos today were, at one time or another, considered "nontraditional," even experimental. Read More...

Three Approaches to Piano Restoration

Three Approaches to Piano Restoration

BILL SHULL, DAVID G. HUGHES, and DELWIN D. FANDRICH (Fall 2010)
When rebuilding a piano, the restorer is presented at every turn with questions concerning the extent to which the piano's original design, parts, and materials should be preserved or, conversely, altered or replaced. The philosophies that guide these decisions fall, roughly, into three camps, which might be called, respectively, Conservative, Modern, and Innovative. In this article, several well-respected piano restorers, each approximately representing one of the above positions, explain their approaches to restoration in general and, specifically, how they might be applied to various eras of Steinway grands. Read More...

Yamaha Disklavier E3

Yamaha Disklavier E3


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Bösendorfer Ceus

Bösendorfer Ceus

LARRY FINE
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