Piano Sound

When I talk about the sound of various pianos–Boesendorfer, Kawai, Steingraeber, Yamaha, Steingraeber, Bluethner, Bechstein, Steinway (NY or Hamburg)–no one challenges my comments. (Perhaps they should, but they don’t.) And when I teach my piano students to make exquisite adjustments of their tone to heighten musical meaning, they and I agree that the playing sounds better. But the moment I comment on precisely the same things in reproduced sound, I hear criticism from certain quarters that I didn’t listen “blind” or “double-blind.”

EXPLAIN blind….

A musician’s life’s work consists of creating meaningful and of developing ears and hands that reliable toward this goal. All this is usually done “non-blind.”

Are we going to say that the musician’s sonic judgments are worthless? Too bad, Gustavo Dudamel, Jascha Heifitz, Sir Andras Schiff! Too bad, you and me!

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