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venta From: venta Date: November 17th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Am very jealous. Since I left college in 1999 I've not had access to a piano and I miss it.

When I go home to my parents' I sit down at what is notionally "my" piano and lurch lumpily through pieces that are now far too hard for me. My head still knows them, but my fingers can't keep up any more. I love Clair de Lune too, though probably not as much as Arabesque or even the comical Golliwog's Cakewalk.

When I Am Grown Up (heh) I shall have a digital piano, so I cna plug in headphones and play Schubert badly in the middle of the night without upsetting anyone.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: November 17th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
It transpires that the headphones don't block the noise of you hitting the keys, which I am informed makes a passable imitation of a middle-distance car stereo blaring out techno. Though I can't vouch for that myself.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 17th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

rambling about pianos

When I went to university I missed the piano more than I missed my parents. :-} I did occasionally get round to booking the manky practice piano in Lecture Room 8 (horrid cold little room with nasty acoustics) but it was Not The Same.

My parents said that when I had a house of my own I could have the piano in it. When I ended up signing a mortgage and nominally owning half a house, I got the piano moved in there, and have somehow managed to hang on to it through two subsequent house-moves (and being back in rented accommodation). I feel very very guilty for not having had it tuned for Far Too Long (though it holds its tuning amazingly and you'd never know it had been moved house twice since last being tuned).

I really just haven't got on with digital pianos. I don't like the way the keys feel, even on proper posh digital pianos (my grandparents have a Clavinova which really is quite impressively piano-like but still definitely not right). They would be a lot easier to move from house to house though...
From: ewtikins Date: November 18th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: rambling about pianos

I don't like the Clavinova much myself.

I do like my P200; I should play it more. It is not the same as a real piano but it is good enough that I could practise on it most days without going nuts, to keep my hand in. I grew up with ivory keytops and of course those aren't available now (and rightly so), so many real pianos feel wrong to me as well; other than the plastic I'm happy with the touch (weighted action, right down to the bottom keys being heavier than the top). When I grow up and have Munny I might look into getting a piano with bone keytops, or perhaps just an elderly one with ivory, or nick a set of ivory keys from an ancient piano that's past being tuneable...

But as with any instrument, the trick with getting an electric piano is to play lots and lots and lots of them until you find the one that you like.
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