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Dynatone SDP 500 Digital Upright Piano

Sunday, March 29th, 2015
Dynatone SDP-500

Dynatone SDP-500

It’s unusual in the digital piano world to find two models that are exactly the same in both grand and upright models.  This is the case with the Dynatone SGP 500 and the SDP 500.  The same great features of the Dynatone SDP 500 are also found in  the SGP 500.

Some of the extra features about the SDP 500 that I find not only surprising but, extremely nice compared to other pianos in the same category are this:

Stylish Features

Rosewood Accents on each side of the piano.  What a nice feature to make your upright piano look even more realistic.

Slow Close Fall Board.  The slow close fall board is accented in Chrome to match the pedals but also to add and extra contemporary styling to the piano.

Well appointed structural accents.  On each side of this piano you find small accents that add to the style of the piano.  Of course, if you are like me, I like my piano to look as acoustic as possible.  I don’t want to appear as if I have a toy of any kind and demonstrate that I have a really nice looking piece in my living room but at the same time I would like ot have a piano that doesn’t look like a digital.

At the end of the day, I have to think about the people who live around me in my apartment.  I don’t want to interrupt thier lives but, I do want to be able to play at my whim.  This model is the answer to what I am looking for.

Look for these in institutions, schools and colleges where music is taught.  I really have no problem with you knowing that the Dynatone SGP 500 and the SDP 500 are my two favorite models of Dynatone digital pianos and of all pianos available in this price range.

 

Ric Overton from Burbank, CA.

Dynatone – SGP-500 Digital Grand Piano

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Dynatone SGP-500

Dynatone SGP 500

Dynatone SGP 500

Okay, I admit this is my favorite piano in the line up.  Here’s the deal.  IT’S A BABY GRAND PIANO.  I think this is a really cool little piano. First of all this model SGP 500 is exceptionally priced.

The Action

One of the great features about this piano is the action.  The action of this piano is known as ARHA.  This is a newly designed action that allows the player to really feel as if they are working on an acoustic piano.  This is remarkable when you consider the price comparison to the instrument itself.  This really makes the piano head and shoulders above the closest competitor.

The sound is an incredible 50 watts per channel.  This is a GIGANTIC  sound for a piano of this size.  You don’t really expect to get this much sound out of a piano this size unless you are going to a much more expensive unit.  When you hit the bass section you definitely know the bass is coming through.  Of course, there are many other sounds to choose from but, as you know, I love piano but the strings are very lush and with the wattage of this unit it is just that much better.

Genuine Wood Soundboard

One of the coolest features about this piano is that it has a genuine soundboard.  A lot of grand pianos on digital pianos have a soundboard that are not real.  They have no character or they have a simple pressboard cheap looking soundboard.  The Dynatone SGP 500 has a real spruce soundboard.  This not only adds to the look of the piano but helps with the sound of the piano.  It gives it that realistic feel and the sound is enhanced by a tried and true method of assisting the sound.

When you look at all of the digital grand pianos on the market today and consider their functions and sound you see lots of options.  For my taste and for my needs this is one of the best options on the market.

The SDP-500 will be next.

Ric Overton in beautiful downtown Burbank, CA.

Dynatone DPR-2000

Monday, March 16th, 2015

 

Dynatone DPR 2200

Dynatone DPR 2200

 

The new Dynatone DPR-2200H digital piano has a new sound source called the ROS V.4 which becomes obvious when you start playing the piano.  The sound is incredible and very realistic. Obviously,  this model is not in a grand cabinet like the VCP 3000 OR the GPR 2200 but it has the same great features except in an upright cabinet.

The new action called ARHA that also comes with a large LCD screen is a great new feature on the DPR-2200.  This makes the piano feel more realistic than the earlier versions of this model.  It also brings this console model in-line with the larger models available with similar features. Both the DGP-200 grand piano with ensemble and the VCP-3000 player grand model.  The problem you see sometimes in the digital piano business is that the largest model has the best action and the least expensive model has a really bad action.  This is not the case with these three models.  Dynatone has made a very consistent action in each of their ensemble pianos.

Performances like this one can not be accomplished without a great action.

Along with the great action on the DPR 2200 is also the fact that they have loaded it with 128 note polyphony and 128 individual voices.  There is plenty of room for expansion of your composition and recording.  Just record your song or performance with the piano or guitar or whatever tone you may choose.  Once you have completed your song, play it back and play your second voice on top of the recording and expand the sound to create a virtual orchestra.
Lastly, the cabinet doesn’t look or feel like one of those cabinets you buy online or one of the toy pianos you find in Walmart.  It looks and feels like an acoustic piano.

More to come…..

Ric Overton in Burbank, CA

Dynatone VGP-3000 Player Digital Grand Piano

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

DYNATONE VGP 3000

Dynatone VGP 3000

Dynatone VGP 3000

 

Here’s the one I wanted to tell you about the most.  Hours and hours of research and development have gone into making this particular model a reality.  The VGP-3000 is an incredible instrument on its own.  First of all (of course, the most important to me) is the fact that it sounds like a traditional piano.  Period, Period, Dot, Dot, Period.  The action of the piano feels realistic, the experience feels like an acoustic piano, sitting and playing it makes you feel as if you are playing an acoustic piano.

 

The “hook” here is this:  while it is a digital piano capable of playing up to 128 different and unique voices, it is also a full-fledged, straight on player piano.  The player works off of an SD card that holds hundreds of prerecorded songs.  These make the keys move up and down and hey, let’s face it, at the end of the day, everybody loves a player piano.

The song list is GIGANTIC and the different types of music available are incredible.

This unit will also allow for a SIM card which will utilize MIDI files and then play on the piano too.  The only differences you will see here is that the keys will not move up and down like it will in player mode.  However, with the on-board recording system, the VGP will allow you to record your music and the keys WILL move up and down.

Knowing what is on the market today, I have to say that I am most impressed with this piano because of its price relative to what you are purchasing.  This product has stood the test of time and will continue for many years to come because of the hard work and effort that has been put into creating this model.

This has been a very popular model all over the United States since being introduced and Piano Marketing Group has done a great job putting on new dealers and taking care of the marketing and sales side of the US distribution.

The GREAT news about this model is that it is affordable.  In order to get a product of this nature from another popular manufacturer could cost you many times what this one will.  This model is perfect for anyone looking for a digital piano in a grand cabinet.

See you soon – from Burbank, CA.

Ric Overton

P.S. One last video from yours truly

 

Where Have I Been?

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Many things have happened since you last saw me.  I have moved to Burbank, CA where I am the General Manager at Hollywood Piano.

Since 1928

Since 1928

 

 

This is a business that has been around since 1928 and for those of you wondering I was NOT part of the original staff.  We are the dealers for a wide variety of pianos from Mason and Hamlin, Grotrian, Baldwin and many more.  Of course, if you have followed my blog at all, I am also happy to be selling Roland digital and Dynatone digital pianos.

I was pleased to join the staff of Hollywood Piano because they have represented some of the finest lines of pianos on the planet.

In addition to all of the lovely pianos, we also have a great performance hall as well as teaching facilities.If you have a chance to stop by and meet me I would love to see you.

 

I also have taken on a part time job working for Piano Marketing Group as a representative on the West Coast.  We represent several lines of World Class pianos that you will be learning about over the next few weeks.

Lastly, maybe most importantly I found a local church that I love and has been fun and inspiring to me.

Pacoima, CA

Pacoima, CA

 

When I first came to this church it was because the famous songwriter and piano player, Andrae Crouch was the Pastor along with his twin sister Sandra Crouch.  After only a couple of services, I realized I had found a church that I wanted to be my home church.

Not only are the people fun to be around they also have an unusual habit for a church.  It seems they love everyone and not only express this with their mouths but also with their behavior.  It’s amazing to see people like this in action.

Last month we lost our long time Pastor, Pastor Andrae Crouch.  He was a joy to know and serve under.  While I do miss his presence, I am so glad that his sister Pastor Sandra Crouch has taken the reins of the church and is doing great.

I have recently been asked to revive this blog because of the need that many people have to understand what’s going on in the piano business in the past couple of years. Over the next few weeks, I am going to review and tell you some of the products that I represent, and products that I have learned to enjoy and one product that I have been reintroduced to that I have loved for years but had lost close contact with over the past few years.

Great to be back and I look forward to sharing some great information with you and hope that it can in some way help you.

Ric Overton

Happy New Year !!!!!!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years is behind us and we are looking forward to a new year.   Most of us look at the New Year as a time of new beginnings and fresh starts, new projects and resolutions.  The same goes for Piano Social Directory and for myself as well.

While I am not in a position for full disclosure I will soon be able to make a special announcement about my personal future.  As for Piano Social Directory, we are about to start a few new projects that we have wanted to start for some time.

We are committed to building relationships and helping connect people  that are interested in locating piano professionals from every aspect.  New  strategies will open up Canada, the U.K. and Europe in the coming months and we will begin to grow our business as we make those additions  to these new territories.

Piano Social Directory has now grown to over 13,000 professionals and we have now referred more than 1,00o people to industry professionals nationwide.  We are certainly not the only directory in the piano industry but we are quickly becoming the most visited.

In December we launched PianoSD+ which allows professionals to pay a small fee every month which will allows the individual to advertise at the top of the list of the individual sections.  So far it has been met with a small amount of success and we know that will eventually grow.

This year we will add e-commerce, video blogs and some other products that will take advantage of modern technology.  As we grow we are going to be exploring new opportunities and hopefully add things that will help promote our site as well as the piano industry as a whole.

I pray that you are also looking at opportunities for your business and if we can do anything to help you, please let us know.

Ric Overton

http://pianosd.com

 

Song I played this past Sunday

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

I was asked to play a special in church on Sunday so I asked Rosemary Bailey www.RosemaryBaileyMusic.com to play a soundtrack to Good King Wenceslas and Joy To The World.  Hope you like, please remember this is a live recording.

http://podcasts.blog.pianosd.com/2012/12/28/ricks-christmas-special-on-piano-12.23.12.mp3

Merry Christmas

Ric

The Piano Was Not The Original Keyboard (Part 3)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The Virginal

 

The Virginal

The Virginal

 

The precursor to the harpsichord came in the 1400’s known as the Virginal or Virginals.  The logic behind the first virginals came in 1460 when a writer described it in a letter from Paulus Paulirinus of Praguein relation to the clavichord.  History books can differ in their opinions or ideas of its origin.

Quite a bit of music was written on a virginal because of its size and ease of transport.  This is a larger model of a virginal.  Some were quite decorative like this one while others were quite simple in their design and much smaller.

The tone quality or the virginal as compared to the clavichord was/is quite different.  While the clavichord struck the strings the virginal was closer in tone to the harpsichord.  Later as people began to want more sound we started making the harpsichord with longer strings and a larger soundboard with more depth of sound.

The virginal was identical to the harpsichord in the way it was made with the plucking of the strings rather than the clavichord mechanism which struck the strings like the piano.

A Smaller Virginal

A Smaller Virginal

The virginal was very popular during the early Baroque period although like the clavichord and by a large part the harpsichord the tone was to light to be heard with the other instruments and even more difficult in larger public performances.

If you do a quick search on the virginal you will quickly see many different variations of this cool instrument.  It is difficult to imagine that once this was cutting edge technology and this was a privilege to own.  The tone quality of this instrument was among the best available in a keyboard instrument at this point in the 1400’s.

 

Art in a VirginalArt in a Virginal

However, music for the virginal and the clavichord would be written for many years to come BECAUSE of the tone.  You may also note that many, MANY works of art show a young lady sitting in front of an instrument that most people assume is a harpsichord or clavichord but, as it turns out is actually a virginal.

Ric Overton

http://PianoSD.com

Mozart Piano Returns Home

Friday, November 9th, 2012

This could not have been better planned.  It is amazing to see and potentially emotional.  This piano was the last piano that Mozart owned.  Of course most people do not realize that one of the most prolific composers of all times actually died at a rather early age but left behind a legacy that few would ever be able to overshadow.

The following clip is from ABC news and it briefly describes the return of Mozart’s last piano to his childhood home.  Click on the link below to see the amazing story which is done in three parts.  The commercials are bothersome but, try to be patient.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/mozarts-piano-returns-home-applause/story?id=17674906#.UJ1NguTLTOM

What a fascinating story.

Ric Overton

Chance Meetings – Kindred Spirits

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

I don’t do this very often because it’s too weird when it happens but, occasionally, you meet someone for the very first time and you feel as if you have known them your entire life.  When this happens to me I get caught up in the moment and don’t realize what is unfolding right before  my very eyes.

Yesterday was one of those days.  The first lady that I met was one of those very kind customers that come in from time to time to simply ask a question about digital pianos and perhaps see a model or two to decide if its time to upgrade or not.  After she described the instrument that she presently owns and inquire about some models that she had seen online we both came to the conclusion that I most likely was not going to be able to help her with anything more than personal opinions.  I gave her some suggestions and we had the chance to talk and get to know each other a little and just before she left I asked her if she would play something for me.

PLEASANT SURPRISE

In my mind I had prepared for some simple arrangements of Misty, Ode to Joy or some 1st or 2nd year student recital pieces.  ( Yes, BTW, I know how arrogant that sounded.  It was not intended that way but, that is the norm when you work in a piano store.)  When she sat down and played the very first note I was so taken back by what I heard that I stopped what I was doing and sat down.  By the third measure of the Chopin piece she was playing I realized that this was not your average digital piano customer.

When I complimented her on her playing and how surprised I was I don’t think she realized just how serious I was being with her.  I mentioned that Rachmaninoff was my favorite composer and as you might guess she turned and played (from memory) his Prelude in C sharp minor.  I was absolutely blown away.  I could have listened all day even though we both had work to get back to.

As we were saying goodbye and exchanging business cards I told her that she MUST share her music with the people around her and she told me to visit YouTube and there I would find a few of her songs.  I took her advise and now I am going to share that link with you so you can be as blessed as I was yesterday.  Her name is Jane Fleming and here is her YouTube page.  I know you will enjoy.  Click the image below for Jane’s Music.

Jane Fleming YouTube page

Click here for Janes Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOUBLE BLESSING

As I said that this exact same thing happened to me twice yesterday.  The second lady I met was a piano teacher from Orange County.  We had such a delightful conversation and I immediately realized that she was as equally passionate about the piano as I am.    It makes me so happy to meet people from all walks of life that love pianos.

As Piano Social Directory continues to grow I hope some of you will take the time to email me about your experiences and stories that I can use in my blogs and things we can talk about that will be of benefit to others that share our passion.

Take a look at Cool Stuff for Musicians and the PianoSD Gear Shop when you have a chance.  Pull out your credit card and spend some money.  HaHa.

See you soon.

Ric Overton

PianoSocialDirectory

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