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#3010203 08/04/20 02:45 PM
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I finally did it: I made up my mind, which is not something I do often.

So I bought a Steinway V-125 from around 1941 (there apparently is a good story of how it got to Switzerland but I don't know it yet).

I was torn because I connected with it about 10 seconds after I first touched it but it was a) big and black and b) potentially very loud for my small 3x5m living room.

The dealer was kind enough to reserve it for me so I shopped around a bit. All in all, I must have played 20-25 different, all very good, pianos - but not a single one spoke to me like this one did (although the other Vs were close). We measured the living room and built a mockup, I recorded other pianos to get a sense of loudness in comparison to my (then) Steinway Z. I just was not ready to commit to having this noisy monolith in my living room. The dealer asked me if it would be okay to lift the reservation since there was another potential buyer who wanted to look at it after the company holiday - so naturally, I said "sure". There is a good used market for Steinway Vs in a great variety of conditions and prices. So I thought I would make up my mind and find another one and eventually be ready to commit without any pressure.
So I played other Vs from between 1938 and 2018 and started to notice that they are very similar but not the same and, of course, there wasn't one that clicked as much.

- I really liked the look of a (walnut?) brown 1938 but it would have to be restored just for me, in the end, I figured that was to risky.
- There was a very nice sounding one from the 60s (I love the look) but the black keys were so narrow - nah.
- There was a 1994 one that was somehow unremarkable.
- There was a new 2018 model which was almost as good but simply too expensive and I didn't like the keytops.
- The last one I played was a nice one from 2005 which was a bit expensive but primarily in shade of brown that wouldn't fit with any living room I would want to live in.

Oops.

So about 3 weeks after I lifted the reservation, I tried to call the dealer, leaving a somewhat desperate message on their answering machine and sent them an email that, if it wasn't sold yet, I definitely wanted it. They were officially on holiday, so I got a bit nervous. Fortunately, the dealer called me back and gave me the good news. He would have it delivered only 5 days later.

It's completely re-done, hammers and strings look immaculate, as does the casing. The ivory keys are perfectly white and the regulation is spot on. It's like a fine sports car, it reacts to the smallest inputs with precision and you know that, if you want to, it will give you a lot of power.

I always thought of myself as a Bösendorfer guy but well, what can you do?

It's perfect for my midlife crisis - like an affair, only way more time consuming and more expensive.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/kqQLyvtXy3HHprfv7

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Congrats Keybender - That’s a Beauty!

I’ve followed some of Your search/purchase threads in the past - Always been Good Stuff!

I think after a few Steinways - You’re a Steinway Guy. Pretty Cool!

I’ve watched some of Your YouTube videos in the past. If You post another playing the V-125 - Let Us know

Congrats again on a Classic!


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What a wonderful piano hunting story! Love them all, but especially ones like yours where there is not just a new piano, but THE piano that will make you smile to play. And a gorgeous piano she is!

Many, many congrats!


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Congratulations on your Steinway!

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Keybender - I have seen the video of Your V-125 - It sounds Great!

I confused it Your Z


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Congratulations Keybender, looks immaculate!

Would love to hear it in action. Great piano search story, sounds like it was meant for you. Please share the story of how it came to be in Switzerland when you know more. smile

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The Z is gone and I hope it finds a nice home, it's not bad for what it is after all. I know I'm going to miss the way the lid opens wink

I can't wait to record something with the V but work is like 10-12h a day and I just about managed to fit all the acoustic absorber panels to the back of the piano.

Maybe tomorrow, definitely Saturday, I'll try something simple. The key feel is so much better but still requires some adjusting on my side.

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Congratulations Keybender ! I wish you many happy hours of playing!
New or old , finding "THE" piano , one has been searching for is always a joy forever.
So Best Wishes !

I am still wondering about the date this piano was made as Germany was hardly producing any pianos around that time.Perhaps a few only for domestic use.It must have an interesting background story.

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It looks like that has a Steinway action, rather than a Renner action. That is good!


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I have no clue but I can let you know tomorrow. Hammers are Abel. Don't know what the original was but they sure sound good!

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Congrats! What a beautiful Steinway upright! Wait, of course! It's Hamburg made!


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Here's a phone recording (I know you guys hate that smile ) but it's certainly not that bad and will give a good impression of the sound. Still working on micing the thing correctly.
This is with lid and everything closed.

https://youtu.be/_Uax7MIs8AU

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Thanks Keybender for posting
Your new piano sounds as beautiful as it looks! Enjoy😊


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Sounds Great!

Liked & Subscibed!


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Thanks for the kind words guys, the cool thing is that the sound is still good even though the back is completely stuffed with sound absorber smile

When everything is off it sounds glorious but also blows out my eardrums.

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Your piano sounds and looks beautiful....but I just wonder if you wouldn't enjoy it even more if you were insulating the room instead of the piano?

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There is a Hamburg V for sale now on the local Craigslist, in a much newer contemporary style, without legs, and three pedals.


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Originally Posted by ChiaraTor
Your piano sounds and looks beautiful....but I just wonder if you wouldn't enjoy it even more if you were insulating the room instead of the piano?

Well, the living room is a shared family space. I get to put the piano there but I don't think my gf and daughter would like it if I started changing furniture and adding carpets, etc.

Maybe one day there will be a piano room but for now this is how it is.

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Congratulations on your beautiful Steinway!


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Just had a chance to ask the dealer / technician who restored it about what was done:
- Hammers
- Strings
- Dampers
- Tapes
- Felt here and there
- some other smaller action parts
- some touch-up of the sound board
- some touch-up of the iron plate
- re-glued the ivories
- completely re-done the case

About 150h of work.

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