I always loved Steinway and my dream is a Hamburg Steinway D Concert Grand. And yes … I love to play Baroque on a Steinway, not a harpsichord. I will explain why … in a FAQ that is my next post.
My present digital piano is the 19-year old Roland RD-700 Stage Piano. I am aspiring for the future into buying a second Hand Hamburg Steinway D-274 Concert Grand. This is not a recent idea. When I was 22-years old, I went to a Piano Dealer in Kaiserslautern, Germany. They had a second-hand Steinway D and the price was only 22,000 Deutsche Mark (DM). It was an old instrument and looked a bit scratched here and there, but the sound was impeccable. It was a singing instrument!
I was fascinated. Never had a heard such a piano! And the price was extrarordinarily low given that the new price of this instrument was already at that time way more than 100,000 DM.
Talking with the dealer, I became aware that it was not ‘lucky times’ for him and that he would even give more discount on this marvelous instrument. Asking my mother if she could buy that grand piano for me, she refused. Instead she bought me an upright German ‘Schimmel’ piano for 7,500 DM, but the instrument was a catastrophe, with a mechanics like chewing gum and a sound that was like a hammer hit on your head. It got so mad with the instrument that we sold it again after six months and I got a KAWAI ‘study’ upright as it was then getting into all music schools in Germany, a very good upright piano that was making me happy.
And yet, the mechanics of an upright will never match that of a grand piano, for mere technical and mechanical reasons. And the sound of an upright will always be limited and ‘hard’ to bear. Only a grand piano can really ‘sing’ the music you play.
So this stayed a dream with me, for with an acoustic instrument, you also need to have the space and the remoteness so that you do not disturb the neighbors. In the ideal case you need to rent a villa or town house.
But the difference between an acoustic instrument and an electronic one is of vital interest. Suffering from a disease now that is nothing but stuck vital energy, it is so to speak ‘symptomatic’ that I now since 20 years an electronic instrument which of course does not emit natural vibrations. I am not sure what vibrations it emits, if they are healthy or not, or if they are vibrations at all. I am sure however that an acoustic grand piano does emit healthy natural vibrations that bring the human body into a resonance with nature, and natural life-generating vibrations. So in simple words I can say that an acoustic piano will help me heal and recover.