The Piano is one of the most amazing musical instruments ever created. Capable of tremendous power and range, far beyond that of any other instrument, it can also match or surpass those other instruments for passages of silken, sinuous beauty
As such, it is the premiere instrument in so many genres of music: classical, solo, chamber music or full-orchestra concertos, contemporary, pop and jazz. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok and Bill Evans built entire libraries of music around this remarkable keyboard instrument with the escapement-hammer action.
This site is devoted to the piano. It’s musical lustre, depth, brilliance and unmatched beauty. It’s ability to flood the most arid heart with joie de vivre, pump fire through chilly veins, or quiet the beast in us with a simple liquid phrase.
I’ve had the good fortune to be intimately connected to pianos all my life. I started playing when I was 6 and never stopped.
I performed classical concerts throughout my school years, went to conservatory, played contemporary music in endless pop and jazz outfits, and drank up everything I could, both as a listener and a player, from 300 years of the piano.
In my 20s I learned the tuning and repairing of pianos, eventually becoming one of the pre-eminent technicians in the country, working on fine instruments on stages, in homes and recording studios for everyone from Elton John to Barry Douglas to Dave Brubeck. I grasped the all-important connection of finger to hammer to string, what’s critical in the touch and sound of the good pianos, and what subtle refinements separate the great instrument makers from the merely competent. I’ve serviced & sold some of the finest brands available, including Steinway, Bosendorfer, Schimmel, Bechstein, Mason Hamlin and Bluthner. Throughout my 30s and beyond I have become one of the most respected restorers of fine older grand pianos.
My passion for piano music is widespread. I love every achingly beautiful passage by Chopin and Rachmaninoff; but I’m also crazy over Gershwin, Art Tatum, Bill Evans, and even chord-bangers like Carole King. I’ve written scores of popuplar songs, had several published, and been fortunate to play with some of the finest musicians in clubs and concert halls all over the USA.
So I’ve had a life-long love affair with the piano, and a good sounding instrument, well-played, has been my dearest confidante and friend (next to my beautiful wife.)
This is the place for discussing, sharing and loving all things piano.