Piano Buying Guide – Two More Tips

Craftsmanship is Another Essential Key That Determines the Quality of the Piano

Craftsmanship breaks down into three categories. There is the craftsmanship of how they build a piano at the factory and delivery to the retailer. Then there is the craftsmanship of the dealer in prepping the piano so the piano will work properly in your home. And then there is the craftsmanship of your tuner/technician who will help you preserve and maintain the quality of the instrument so it will work well for you and sound good over the lifetime of the instrument.

All the piano manufacturers such as Steinway, Yamaha, Kawai, Mason & Hamlin, Sauter, Bosendorfer, Bl?thner, that I've mentioned before, have excellent craftsmanship in their factories and work with certified dealers who they make sure know how to correctly prep their instruments for sale. So it is important to go with an accredited dealer when you are buying your new piano - this insures that your new piano will have the proper craftsmanship when you bring it home.

Why is it so hard to know for sure about pianos?

I restored a 6'2" Mason & Hamlin AA some time ago. Judging by the first
appearances, I might have immediately concluded that the soundboard was in terrible condition from all the shimming that it looked like it need and its overall discolored appearance. Prior to the disassembly, there were a number of cracks visible from the top as I looked beneath the strings and cast iron plate. So what made me proceed in repairing the soundboard vs. replacing the board? Why did I restore this piano at all?

Firstly, though the piano was barely playable, I could tell from the sustain of the strings in the bass, tenor, mid-treble and high treble registers when I plucked them, that they sounded good. The sound didn't just fade in a few seconds. It carried.

Secondly, I checked the contact between the main plank of the sound board and the soundboard ribs to see if there was any problems such as visible separation and movement when I applied upwards pressure on the board in the glue joints between the board and the ribs. Had there been such problems I would have had to weigh the alternatives between glue clamping those joints and the outcome and the possibility that the board should just be replaced. As it turned out, though there were a number of surface checking cracks, none of the glue joints were compromised.

I also checked for the crown of the board. Crown is a built in concave curvature of the soundboard enabling the board to oppose the downward pressure of the strings. Without this pressure, the tone of the piano would be weak and thin. Fortunately, there was some to be measured which was perhaps a tribute to the patented and legendary Mason & Hamlin Tension Resonator.

Finally and not to be overlooked was the simple fact that this instrument was a Mason & Hamlin AA, circa 1907. Despite the fact that it had been abused, poorly maintained, etc, it had somehow at the age of 80 held up quite well. This particular make and year of Mason & Hamlin made this piano almost a sure bet being without a doubt one of the best pianos ever made! So good that it sits in my living room twenty years later with a 100 year old soundboard that still works and sounds quite good. Could it be improved with a new board? Maybe, but it works fine now as a senior citizen.

The outcome of this job was that though it needed and received a new pin block, the rest of the job outside of the action was primarily cosmetic. With another piano, it could have easily been the other way around.

My point in this case study is that it really requires a fair amount of experience and knowledge to know about any given piano how good it is and how it stacks up with the competition, new or used. And even more confounding is that each and every situation varies.

So what is the best rule of thumb for the average person in buying a piano? Always go with the highest quality available to you within what your budget allows! If you can work with a top craftsman, you might be better of restoring your piano or purchasing a quality name brand piano to restore or buying a pre - owned instrument. All of this translates into working with and listening to experts as much as possible. Who is an expert? You have to look close and to carefully scrutinize their work, their products and their output. All of this can be done; you just have to be looking in the right direction.

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Instrumental Hip-hop Music

Indian Hip-Hop is a wonderful mixture of conventional Indian musical rudiments with hip hop music. Hip-Hop changed all the dynamics of world music in 1990s. It?s a form of music which focuses more on message or lyrics of the song than the music. To understand Indian instrumental Hip-Hop music we will have to look at instrumental and Hip-Hop music separately. Indian instrumental music is a part of the great tradition of Indian classical music. Indian classical music is one of the prime constituent of wonderful Indian heritage. Whereas Hip-Hop originated from Afro-American culture and now it is more of a global phenomenon. The mixing of these two forms of music results in captivating instrumental Hip-Hop music.

Instrumental Hip-Hop music redefined the music scenario to the extent that it is considered as a genre of its own. It is one of the most experimental forms of music. Slowly India is also catching up with this new genre. Instrumental Hip-Hop uses one or more local music with other instruments. For example, Indian instrumental hip-hop music mixes few of the Indian languages with percussion or other Indian instruments like Veena or Sitar and thus comes out a completely new form of music which is soothing to the ears. Other experiment includes using Indian movies songs with numerous instruments.

Indian hip-hop musical segment is still in evolution stage. Though, few of the Indian artists have managed to make a name for themselves on international scale. One of the most popular Indian Hip Hop artists who is credited to carve a niche for himself is Asoka. Basically a solo performer, he has worked with famous rappers as well. Asoka has worked with one of the world?s most popular rappers, The Outlawz. Not only that, he has prominently featured in major mix tapes. Other prominent Indian hip-hop artists are Srik, OBB, Sagar, PRX etc.

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The Benefits of Taking Drum Lessons Online

The Internet is a priceless tool for pros and student drummers as there are a lot of lessons that they can learn plus there are forums and chat boxes where drummers can interact with each other. Aside from this, there are also a lot of enthusiasts online who are available to answer questions from beginners. Teachers for drum lessons are too many you won't have any problem of finding one as well. Compared to learning how to play drums with a private tutor, why are most people choosing to go online and make the Internet as the primary means of instruction?

There is undeniably a big advantage of taking drum lessons online and one of the many to start with is low charge and sometimes even no charge at all. Can you imagine that? Why spend a lot of money in learning how to play drums with a private teacher when online you are able to get videos that would be able to watch and replay a lot of times for better understanding? You can just simply go to YouTube and look for free drum lessons.

Online lessons are more adaptable because you can choose to learn at your own pace. You don't have to follow a specific schedule which is way better because if you have more important things to do in a given day, there's no need to worry as you can just choose the best time to move on with your drumming lessons.

In addition to these advantages, online lessons are also convenient. Well, attending a course in the comforts of your own home is something that's very convenient. You don't have to make an effort of really preparing yourself and try to look good then drive to your school or wait until your private tutor would arrive. You can just wear your pajamas and learn your lessons. No one would care. Lastly, drum lessons online are versatile. There are lessons that depend on your preferences-either you want to learn to play the songs of your favorite band or focus more on the rudiments.

Overall, with the advantages listed above, it's safe to say the taking drum lessons online is one of the best options that a drummer can look into. Whether you decide on taking online lessons or still stick with getting a private tutor, at least you know that you have this option that would not cost you any money to learn to play drums.

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