Posts Tagged ‘pianos’

A Look At Pianos In The Chicago Area

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Crystal Lake, IL. is the home of our good friend Tim Paul at Piano Trends Music and Band.  Just a couple hours drive outside of Chicago is the place to be when it comes to pianos, band and other musical instruments.

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Several years when I first became acquainted with Piano Trends I was pleasantly surprised by how well prepared and organized these guys were.  They have been the leaders in Social Media with the ability to reach out to their customer base and keeping people engaged in music.

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Tim’s Blue Baldwin piano has become a mainstay in the areas in and around Crystal Lake.  I always smile to see just how many places this famous piano has gotten.  On stages and venues everywhere in the Chicago and Crystal Lake area, I believe people actually look for it now.  blue piano

Tims work on Facebook has drawn the attention of many customers for Piano Trends.  A few days ago I asked Tim if he would be willing to write an article about the affect Facebook has had on his business.  I appreciate him taking the time to indulge me with an interesting article regarding Social Media, it’s place in the music industry and the effect it has had on his business.

Coming up next…………

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.

Which Way Do I Go ?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

I always loved the cartoon on Saturday morning and the main character’s big quote was always “Which way do I go”

Pianos and The Piano Business

Many of you know that I am fascinated with pianos.  The instrument itself is an incredible work of art.  Knowing that over 15,000 parts goes into making an instrument and that someone has to put all of that together brings the entire picture to life for me every time I look at a piano.

From the mid-1700’s and the introduction of the piano from Christophori and Silbermann and the whole history from then until now is enough to make the hairs on my arms stand up.  This truly is my passion and I could spend hours talking, hearing and reading about it.

Back to the point.  After the past couple of years that I have been writing this blog and writing on various subjects I am not sure that you enjoy the subject matter that I choose.

Marketing Solutions

As part of what I have been doing since the closing of the PianoSD retail showroom, I have been working with social media marketing and helping solve the social media issue with some small business owners from around the country.  This has been a successful venture and I have been satisfied with the results.

Marketing can be hard if you dont understand it and how it works together to create the big picture.  I am not going to suggest that I know it all but, I do understand how it all comes together and I had some successes with customers in constructing and managing the marketing and social media side of the business.

My question to the blog reader is that what you want to read about when you come to PianoSD.  We have made many efforts and hours of work to bring together all of the information that we can gather about pianos, piano teachers, tuners, movers and more.  Now we are trying to bring everything together INCLUDING YOU.

Engagement

Engagement is the life blood of  any website.  We really want to give you what you want to read about and find the information that you want to know about.  We really need your help.

Please tell us what you would like for us to provide for you.  Feel free to leave a response or email us through the website ‘contact us’ about topics and thoughts you may have.

Is there anything on the site that you don’t want to see or something that seems missing you would like to see?  Please tell us.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Ric Overton

http://PianoSD.com

What’s Happening with www.PianoSD.com?

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Over the past year most of you know that we have been undergoing some major changes.  Those changes are starting to become evident as you log into the website you will see whats happening.

We are embarking on a new program that we are hoping will help bring music appreciation and music education to the forefront.  Every day we have been making changes behind the scene and Max (some of you may remember from the Live@PianoSD broadcasts) has been very patient with me while I have changed my mind several times a day for the past few months.

We finally arrived with the finished product and we will be rolling out those changes in the next few weeks.  Thank you very much for your patience and hopefully as we grow you will be happy with the final results.  The new changes are very VERY exciting and help expose my passion for music as we go along.

Thank you very much for your patience and stay tuned to a VERY exciting future in the Piano business.

Ric Overton

 

And then theres John Broadwood

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

John Broadwood and Sons Piano

Manufacturers

John Broadwood was born in 1732.  By the age of 29 he had started working as an apprentice to Burkat Shudi who owned a harpsichord workshop in Londonfor many years.  Mr. Shudi had quite a following with royalty from the Prince of Wales to Fredrick the Great of Prussia. By the time he had been at the workshop with Mr. Shudi about 8 years John Broadwood married Shudi’s daughter Barbara in 1769.  Two years later he started running the entire business and by 1773 had taken full control of the business because Mr. Shudi had passed away.  They had begun to manufacture square grands and grand pianofortes and business was doing so well they had to expand their present locations on Great Pulteney Streetand Bridle Lane, Soho. In 1796 at the age of  64 Broadwood accepted a commissioned work for Manuel de Godoy the Queen of Spain, with a case designed by Thomas Sheraton with Wedgwood medallions. It is now in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA.

John Broadwood Piano

John Broadwood Grand Piano

At about the same as the commissioned work was being finished John Broadwood named his son James Shudi a partner and his other son Thomas followed in 1808 and created the firm John Broadwood and Sons.

Thomas Broadwood met Beethoven in August of 1817 in Vienna, and later said, ‘he was kind enough to play to me but he was so deaf and unwell that I am sorry to say I had no opportunity of marking any thing like an anecdote’. Thomas sent Beethoven a gift of a 6 octave grand pianoforte made from Spanish mahogany. Beethoven was so delighted that he wrote to Thomas in 1818 that ‘I shall immediately send you the fruits of the first moments of inspiration I spend at it’. The piano later belonged to Franz Liszt and is now in the National Museum of History in Budapest.  So many technological advancements in piano building were made that it became necessary to expand and Henry Fowler Broadwood, the eldest son of James Shudi Broadwood and the grandson of John, joined the partnership in 1836.  He helped advance the company so much that by the 1840s around 2500 pianos a year were being made at the factory in Horseferry Road, Westminster. Broadwood and Sons had become one of the largest employers in London.

In 1848 Chopin made a Royal visit where he was provided Broadwood pianos. The grand piano no.17047 he used for concerts is presently owned by The Royal Academy of Music and is on loan to the Cobbe Collection Trust in Hatchland Park,  East Clandon, Surrey and some other Broadwood pianos are at various collections throughout Europe.

John Broadwood Grand Piano

John Broadwood Grand Piano

The Horseferry Road factory burned to the ground in 1856. The Broadwoods were so determined to continue that much of the money needed to rebuild the factory came out of Henry Fowler Broadwood’s own pocket.

The company won many awards throughout the 19th century.  Many exhibitions including the Paris Exhibition of 1867 and the International Inventions Exhibition inLondon in 1885.

In 1893 Henry Fowler Broadwood passed away and the company fell into a great  financial crisis which led to the partnership being dissolved in 1901 and a limited company was put in its place.  Some of the family members remained as directors and employees and even Henry Fowler’s grandson, Captain Evelyn Broadwood was chairman from 1931 until his death in 1975.

In 1902 The Horseferry Roadfactory was moved to the Old Ford Works, Stour Road, Hackney. The company then began to manufacture player pianos (Pianolas) and gramophones in the ‘20s.

During the First World War the company voluntarily made aircraft bodies and parts for De Havilland and other things for the cause such as ammunition boxes. In a show of solidarity and appreciation King George V and Queen Mary visited The Old Ford factory in 1926.

 

John Broadwood Upright

John Broadwood Upright Piano

 

 

When Captain Broadwood died in 1975, the Broadwood Trust sent the archives of the business and a large number of papers relating to members of the Broadwood family, and their long and illustrious history to Surrey History Centre inWoking.

The last recorded Broadwood serial number is from 2003.  It is unclear whether they still produce pianos today.

Ric Overton

Ric Overton of  Https://PianoSD.com via https://MaxMorganDesign.com

Press Release

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

July 12, 2011

VIENNA, AUSTRIA-Brodmann Pianos has come to an exclusive agreement for Piano Social Directory to take control of its social media outlets and internet marketing strategies.

“Because of the growing demand for our products and expansion of our brand offerings, it is time to turn our everyday communication lines over to an expert in the piano business with an emphasis on marketing,” says President of Joseph Brodmann Group, Christian Hoeferl.

Piano Social Directory is a new organization headed by Ric Overton, a piano industry veteran with a new idea of marketing in today’s world. “It’s time the industry we love uses technology that is at everyone’s fingertips,” says Ric Overton, owner of PianoSD. “We utilize a combination of internet resources and social media to creatively market to future and present customers.”

The Joseph Brodmann Group came to this exclusive agreement after announcing its planned expansion in the U.S. as they continue to grow the piano branding they presently enjoy and their newest product line of luxury loud speakers. “The new expansion will necessitate a cutting-edge marketing plan,” says Hoeferl. “That is the reason we chose Ric Overton.”

Because of Brodmann’s committment to the piano industry and the music community as a whole, the already impressive quality of pianos will continue to improve along with their newest edition of loud speakers.

While Brodmann Pianos is the only piano manufacturer that Piano Social Directory will service, they do offer special packages to piano and music dealers including website design, email blasts, and search engine optimization by Max Morgan Design, along with full-blown social media solutions. Max Morgan Design has recently upgraded their web servers in order to handle the expected traffic and improve reliability. Piano Social Directory uses Max Morgan Design exclusively because of the close relationship the companies have had for several years. Max’s contemporary approach to branding, communications, and social media solutions made him the best choice for a brilliant partnership.

Hoeferl and Overton have a desire to “rediscover the pleasure of music appreciation” and will combine their latest expansions in the United States.

For more information concerning Brodmann Pianos or Piano Social Directory, please contact Gary Trafton with Brodmann at Gary.Trafton@Brodmann.at or Ric Overton with Piano Social Directory at Ric@PianoSD.com.

More about the history of pianos

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Cristofori had made a HUGE impact on keyboard instruments by inventing and producing the first of what would become known as the piano.  Although the initial pianos  were an incredible feat, there was an incredible difference between what was originally created and what we now know.

The first actions were different in many ways.  First, the sound was not as strong as what we presently enjoy.  There were a number of reasons why.  One of the reasons was that the soundboard of the piano was made differently and the ability of the artist to project at the volumes that are now possible was not possible with the soundboard of that era.

Strings were another issue.  At the time, the string makers had not yet made it possible to produce strings with the diameter that are produced presently.  They did not have the technology to understand that the bass strings could be wrapped with copper and the inside diameter of the strings could be increased in order to make a larger sound.

The biggest differences would come in the action of the piano.  The action of that era was not only uneven but, the hammers were not controllable.  The hammers could not strike the strings with the same velocity and with the same power that we have now.  The action was somewhat more fragile and strike points were somewhat different and all of this added to the resistance that the artist felt when he/she began to play.

It has been said that “they just aren’t made like they used to be” and that is very true.  When I am asked my opinion I often respond with “you are correct.  Its better”.

I hope to be able to explain this in more detail in the next few blogs.

Ric Overton

posted by Ric Overton of www.PianoSD.com via www.MaxMorganDesign.com

Social Media and Blogs

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

As many of you know who follow us on a regular basis, PianoSD closed in July.  My biggest problem is that I REALLY love the piano and music industry.  I have a real passion for teachers and music education and I dearly love the instrument itself.  The history of the piano is rich and it seems that I can’t just walk away and not be involved in the industry.

While I built PianoSD, one of the things that I did there on a regular basis was to post to social media accounts and blog posts almost every day.  So, I began to offer to friends in the music industry to allow me to do their posting and blogs.  The demand is big right now for social media connections and people really want to know what you are doing.  Social media and blogs are the easiest way for people to keep up with you.  The problem for a lot of music and piano dealers as well as teachers and artists is to take or have the time to do this.  Although its not difficult it is a little time consuming.

Max Morgan of www.MaxMorganDesign.com and I will be redesigning the website www.PianoSD.com to reflect our new direction soon.  In the meantime I wanted to let everyone know what is going on.

PianoSD is NO LONGER a showroom for pianos.  We simply are a referral service for people in need.  Last week I referred almost a dozen people customers to various services from tuners, technicians, teachers, violins and pianos.  I have really enjoyed being able to do this because I keep up with what is going on in Southern California with the people in our industry.

I wanted to tell you who we are working with so you can visit thier websites and see what they are doing too.

www.RosemaryBaileyMusic.com

www.SethRye.com

www.SorrentoValleyMusic.com

www.JoanieManero.com

www.PianoSD.com

www.MaxMorganDesign.com

and about 4 more on the way.  We are negotiating now with two international manufacturers, 6 artists and two dealerships.

What all this means is that even though I am not in the business of selling pianos, I am actively involved in the music industry and would be happy to help you if you are looking for a qualified tuner/tech, teacher, artist or if you are looking  for a referral for a piano in San Diego, or a piano in La Jolla, or a piano in Carlsbad, even if you are looking for violins or orchestral stringed instruments, I can direct you and if you want me to go with you I would be glad to.  Just to address money.  I do not have a prearranged agreement with any of the dealers.  I am friends with every one of them but, have no reason to suggest one over the other.  If you want me to visit with you, I would request that you be respectful of my situation and pay me for my time and expertise which we can discuss at the time.

Keep your eyes on us and watch as we begin to change the way we have traditionally done business.  I hope you are happy with what you find.

Ric Overton

post by Ric Overton of www.PianoSD.com via www.MaxMorganDesign.com

Thank yous

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

I wanted to take a couple of seconds to thank some people for thier services to the music community.

Rosemary Bailey of www.RosemaryBaileyMusic.com has given her time and talents to people all over the country.  Rosemary’s talent is incredible and she shows it in every performance.  From Broadway to Jazz, Classical to Rock and Roll or Country and Gospel she puts forth her talent to the “nth” degree night after night.

Most recently she has done a Christmas project that is really something else.  What makes her so amazing is that not only is she so talented but, she also has a very unique gift of interpretation and understanding of what the music should be saying.  Her most recent Christmas project really shows off her connection to her audience and to her talent.  Understanding her fans and what they expect, what “should” be played musically and what the song writer intended.  Rosemary can seamlessly accomplish this without causing confusion to the person listening and is still able to deliver the song in its intended form.

I hope you will take the time to go to her website and hear a few clips of her Christmas CD

Holiday Memories-CD

I spoke with her this afternoon and she only has a few left so, log on to her website and order today.
The other group I want to thank is the guys at Sorrento Valley Music www.SorrentoValleyMusic.com .  Jon and Rebecca have really stepped out onto a limb during very challenging times to open their new store.  They have such a passion for the business that they will be successful.  The other thing is their love for music education.  Rebecca has a very exciting teaching program and is working daily with her students to help them with their education and moving to the next level.
They have a full line of pianos, guitars, violins, music accessories and printed music and are working to expand their selection.  They are being very smart with their direction and taking small steps to improve every day.  So if you are looking for a piano in San Diego, Guitar in San Diego, Violin in San Diego or printed music or accessories look no further than Sorrento Valley Music.
Recently they decided to supply the San Diego Gay Mens Chorus a piano for their upcoming concert at the Birch North Park Theatre on December 11th and 12th.  Sorrento Valley Music has sent them an Estonia that has been perfectly voiced and regulated and is in tip top condition.  This is no small feat and if you know about Estonia you know just how difficult it can be to supply for an event like this.
My hat is off to Rosemary Bailey and Sorrento Valley Music for their dedication to the music industry, music and music education.
Lastly, this coming weekend is an anniversary of sorts.  The San Diego Gay Mens Chorus at www.SDGMC.org is having a concert this weekend.  If you have not already purchased your tickets you should do it as soon as you can because the it is almost a sold out performance.
Hope you are celebrating during the holidays somewhere safe and sharing a great time with friends and family.
Ric Overton

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