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Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer replaces the Annual Supplement to The Piano Book.
For those not familiar with it, The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano, by Larry Fine, has been, since 1987, the principal consumer guide to buying an acoustic piano in the United States and Canada. The current, fourth edition was published in 2001. An Annual Supplement has been published each year to keep the information on brands, models, and prices of new pianos up to date.
Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer replaces the Annual Supplement and differs from it in the following ways:
Piano Buyer is a hybrid book/magazine. The "book" part consists of a collection of how-to articles on the many aspects of buying a piano. Because piano buyers need this information all at once, not over a long period of time, most of these articles will remain relatively unchanged from issue to issue. Our aim is to provide you with only the most useful and important information, succinctly stated, and to address the topics of broadest interest, so that you can be on your way to enjoying your piano as quickly as possible. For those readers desiring more, there is plenty of interesting material of a more technical or specialized nature in The Piano Book and, from time to time, on this website.
The "magazine" part of the publication consists of articles of more temporary interest, model and price data for new acoustic and digital pianos, and advertisements, all of which will be updated as necessary with each issue. The model and price data for acoustic pianos is also available in a free, searchable database accessible from the "Model & Pricing Guide" section of the online edition, as well as from this website.
Larry Fine, publisher and editor, is author of The Piano Book. A Registered Piano Technician, Fine has been involved in the piano industry for 35 years.
Dr. Owen Lovell, piano review editor
Barbara Fandrich, advertising director and research associate
Julie Gallagher, Harry St. Ours, design and production
Steve Cohen, piano industry consultant
Del Fandrich, acoustic piano technical consultant
Alden Skinner, digital piano technical consultant
Richard Lehnert, copyeditor
Other contributors to the current issue:
Ori Bukai is owner of Allegro Pianos in Stamford, Connecticut.
Brian Chung is Senior Vice President of Kawai America Corporation and a leading proponent of the benefits of making music. He is also a pianist, and co-author (with Dennis Thurmond) of Improvisation at the Piano: A Systematic Approach for the Classically Trained Pianist (Alfred Publishing, 2007). Visit his website at www.brianchung.net.
Sam Ecoff is a piano instructor at the Waukesha County Conservatory of Music, in Hartland, Wisconsin, and has composed music for hundreds of national television programs. His music can be heard at http://licenselab.com
Mike Kemper is a Los Angeles-based piano technician and expert on electronic player-piano systems.
George Litterst (www.georgelitterst.com) is a nationally known music educator, clinician, author, performer, and developer of music software. In the last role, Mr. Litterst is co-author of the intelligent accompaniment program Home Concert Xtreme, the electronic music-blackboard program Classroom Maestro, and the long-distance teaching program Internet MIDI, all from TimeWarp Technologies (www.timewarptech.com).
James Lent is Lecturer in Collaborative Piano at UCLA’s Herb Albert School of Music. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Sally Phillips has worked in virtually every aspect of the piano industry — service, retail, wholesale, and manufacturing. She lives in Kentucky and works throughout the southeastern U.S. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derek Kealii Polischuk is Associate Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Pedagogy at the Michigan State University College of Music.
Alden Skinner has been involved in both the manufacturing and retail sides of the piano business for over 20 years. He currently holds a product management position in the telecommunications field.
Chris Solliday, RPT, has been a piano technician for 35 years. His piano-service business is based in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia and New York City. His private clientele includes concert artists Keith Jarrett, Fred Hersch, Eugene Albulescu, and many other professional musicians. In addition to offering regular, full piano service, Solliday specializes in custom touch designs. He can be reached at www.csollidaypiano.com.
Rebecca, Jennifer, and Theresa Wilkinson are private piano teachers in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. They serve on the board of the Chippewa Valley Music Teachers Association and are founders of Western Wisconsin Chamber Music. Their website is www.wilkinsonmusic.com.
HYBRID, PLAYER, AND SOFTWARE PIANOS
SPECIALTY BASIC KNOWLEDGE ARTICLES
LARRY’S BLOG ARTICLES
OTHER USEFUL ITEMS