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In these strange and difficult times, let's take a moment to dream. If you could have any, currently made, piano. What would it be? For the purposes of this thought experiment assume you have the space/time/money for proper care and feeding. One other stipulation, you can never sell it; you can only turn it back in to the manufacturer.

So, one shot, any piano you please. What would be your choice?

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Steinway Model D-274, Hamburg.

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Bosendorfer 280VC in Pyramid Mahogany


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Fazioli 212 in Satin Ebony.

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Custom built (probably pyramid mahogany Chinese Chippendale) Sauter, Bosendorfer, or Fazioli.


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Custom <9ft long, extra 2 octaves, gloss black with brown (???) fallboard color (Estonia), reverse color keys (black is white, white is black), chrome sliver whatever replaces brass parts, light blue felt, shigeru spruce whatever soundboard, WNG action, German hammerssssss, extra long keysticks, every company logo on soundboard, plate, and fallboard.

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I’d try every brand and model in the top 3 groups of the Piano Buyer “map of the market”, in the 212-234cm size and take whatever well-prepped example I liked the best, after spending a couple days playing it and also tuning it once, to see how that goes…


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Definitely a Bosendorfer. I think I'd have a hard time picking which though.

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Bösendorfer 225


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Originally Posted by terminaldegree
I’d try every brand and model in the top 3 groups of the Piano Buyer “map of the market”, in the 212-234cm size and take whatever well-prepped example I liked the best, after spending a couple days playing it and also tuning it once, to see how that goes…

Just let me say that I love how you've laid out this plan. IMHO the size range here provides the best balance between richness of bass, evenness of tone across the range, and touch in keystick/action. Even the aesthetic balance seems to be the most pleasing to me in this size. As long as we're dreaming, you can always go for biggest, baddest 400cm 150-key concert grand ever made, but for a personal instrument, I think this is a great approach for a "realistic dream" smile


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There is no currently made piano I would consider!


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Would we be allowed to try them all out 1st?
Or do we just have to PICK ONE?

Steinway Model B Spirio-R
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Bosendorfer 225
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Fazioli 228

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I'd follow TerminalDegree's plan, with one addition - that the piano I end up choosing comes with the world's greatest technician to take care of it for (my) life.

If I go with the OP's constraints however - one shot, then choosing sight unseen among my 3 favorites in this size range (Bosendorfer 225, Fazioli 228, C. Bechstein C-234) I think I'd go with a particular 228 I played in London a few years ago.

But somehow I think I'd manage to be happy with any of the 3 above (and others too...SK7, CF6, Steingraeber 232, etc.).

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I'll take the Bose 290 Imperial.


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Well this is a very kind offer. Thank you!

I think that after having had the privilege in the Wigmore Hall last week of hearing a brand-new one at close quarters, in the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, I shall ask Paul McNulty to make another one for me - a reproduction of a Graf of about 1819. The subtlety and the colours of it were exquisite - gorgeous possibilities opened up with four pedals for sustain, una corda, due corde, single moderator and double moderator.

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I suppose I‘ll take a Bösendorfer grand piano.

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+1. I will also accept for free smile

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Bösendorfer 225 for me, please.


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