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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

 

SO, whats the latest?

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

By now most of you that have been following my blogs have realized that PianoSD.com is no longer in business as of July 2010.  While this has broken my heart it has also opened up huge opportunity for me personally to continue to promote music and pianos.  I have been through the grieving process and now I am ready to restart my passion for making music and promoting the piano business in a new direction.

Through this trial I have had the opportunity to talk with many of my friends and colleagues who share my interests and they are keenly aware that we have to make some changes in the industry and in our culture if we are to survive.  Through that we came to a mutual agreement that perhaps embracing modern day technology is the right answer.

Max Morgan of Max Morgan Design has helped in coming up with a workable solution to our increasingly demanding media and together we have launched a new   social media solution.  We have now begun to  offer a social media package which will include posts on social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, My Space, etc. as well as blogs and email blasts for piano dealers and music enthusiasts each month.  Through that we are hoping to raise the awareness of the need for music and music education.

Social Media is here.  It is going to be here for some time to come.  It’s time for us to open our lines of communication to all types of people and in so doing we hope to learn what it is that we, as an industry, can do to help people be more interested in making music.  There are so many “fun” things for us and our children to do today that the thought of learning to play a musical instrument never comes to mind.  However, I have never EVER had anyone say to me “I am sad that I learned to play a musical instrument”.  Quite the contrary, I have had LOTS of people tell me “I am so sorry that I never learned to play”. This tells me a lot.  I hope to turn that into a positive for as many people as I possibly can.

During the time that PianoSD was open in San Diego I fully understood the need to reach out to the teachers and offer as much as I possibly could.  Some people have said “see what that got you” and to that my reply is “yes, I helped as many teachers as I could give their students something that ‘life’ will never take away…….appreciation of music and in some cases developing a talent that will bring a smile to many people for many years to come”.

Follow our various blogs and posts to see what happens next.  It is going to be a very exciting journey.  This journey begins with our regular posts at www.PianoSD.com, www.MaxMorganDesign.com, www.RosemaryBaileyMusic.comwww.SorrentoValleyMusic.com.  Visit these websites and then be sure to let them know how you heard about them.  Also, watch as this list grows with innovative music dealers who are ready to branch out.

If your company is interested in a social media solution please feel free to contact us at www.PianoSD.com or www.MaxMorganDesign.com or by simply emailing Ric@PianoSD.com.

Thanks again

Ric Overton via www.PianoSD.com and www.MaxMorganDesign.com

New Announcements

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

As many of you know, PianoSD.com has been working very hard to establish itself as the place in San Diego to get your piano, classes, moving (with Precision Piano Moving-www.PrecisionPianoMoving.net), tuning (with Accutone Piano Tuning – PianoServSD.com), your source for recitals in our Performance Hall and piano classes.  We have decided to step out in faith and have hired a professional who is very well versed in Pianos and Piano Music to head our education department.  We realize the importance of music education and the benefit to each of our customers as well as the community.  This is the reason we are quite excited to present the newest addition to the PianoSD.com family: Leighanne Twaddle.

Leighanne Twaddle has joined PianoSD as Director of Music Education.  She comes from Scottsdale, AZ where she taught music in the Scottsdale School District for 31 years.  She has been a church choral director and accompanist and a private piano teacher for over 25 years. Last June Leighanne had the opportunity to sing in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Greg Gilpin and Joseph Martin.  She carries the honors of the Scottsdale Charros Teacher of the Year and Who’s Who Among Educators.  Leighanne belongs to many professional organizations including MENC, American College of Musicians-National Guild of Piano Teachers, and National Federation of Music Clubs.  Leighanne received her Bachelor of Music degree from Arizona State University and her Master’s of Arts in Education degree from the University of Phoenix.

Among Leighanne’s responsibilities are building our School of Music and our sheet music department.   We have customers that come into our store on a regular basis from San Marcos, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe and of course La Jolla as well as many other parts of the surrounding areas because they love the atmosphere at PianoSD  and enjoy our concept.  We are a very unique piano dealer, so whether you need to talk about learning piano, teaching piano, tuning your piano, moving your piano or owning a piano we will always be delighted to help you.

Stop by when you get a chance, meet Leighanne we would certainly enjoy meeting you.

Ric Overton

Press Release – Urlich Sauter

Monday, May 31st, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

To:   All Art,  Music and Community Editors, Piano Music Lovers

June 3rd and 4th  2010, San Diego: Come and Meet Carl Ulrich SauterMaster Piano Builder, Whose Family Name Still Appears On Pianos After 192 Years.

PianoSD.com is pleased to announce the visit to San Diego of the Sauter company’s owner and operator, Carl Ulrich Sauter.  Mr. Sauter’s name appears on every piano manufactured by the Sauter Pianoforte Manufactur Company which has the tradition of building pianos since 1819—the longest family owned piano company in the world.  “Its survival is owed to the instruments built with Tradition, Quality & Style.” describes Ric Overton of Piano SD. “Mr. Sauter is coming to insure the integrity of the Sauter name, his very own, in North America.”

Relatively new in San Diego, Sauter started with its young founder assisting in the building of pianos for Ludwig van Beethoven. Since then, the piano company has remained in the family, carried the family name and continued with its vast knowledge of piano style and construction throughout many decades.   While the oldest, it is also innovative.  By combining visual sophistication and unequal sound productions, Sauter is definitely a leader.

Sauter Pianos are known for their unique and superb designs.In the words of Carl Ulrich Sauter himself: “We just do not care about phony marketing strategies and target groups. We follow our dream to build the best upright or grand piano of the world and ensure that today there is a broad choice of real instruments that are far superior to the corporate cookie cutter manufacturers.”   Sauter pianos qualify in every way among the best-made pianos in the world.   Caring musicians select the brand for its sound qualities.

Ric Overton, owner of Piano SD, will host a public meeting for Mr. Sauter on June 3, and a chapter meeting of Piano Technical Guild on June 4.   “At PianoSD.com”, says Overton, “we strive to make people happy and make music fun. With a strong emphasis on music education, we want people to understand what they are buying and understand music. Our goal is to make PianoSD.com a place where Music, Education and the Arts come together, this is why we are delighted to host Mr. Sauter and have everyone meet the man who leads the oldest piano manufacturer that still operates under its family name.”

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Ric Overton
Owner, PianoSD.com

Cross Country Shippers

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I have had several calls about cross country shipping and what to do with the piano.  Hopefully, I might be able to give you some insight as to what we look at.

We do cross country moves in conjunction with another company that actually takes the piano from our storage facility here at PianoSD.com in Mission Valley in San Diego, Ca. and delivers it to the location that it is going to.  Here’s how it works:

You have a need to move your piano from here to another state or a distance that is further than our normal Southern California route.  Precision Piano Moving at www.precisionpianomoving.net goes and picks your piano up and brings it to our facility here.  We prearrange a pick up with a company called Walter Piano Transport out of Indiana.

Walter Piano  Transport guys are the only guys in the country that I would trust my most valuable possession (my piano) or (your piano)to travel a long distance. They blanket your piano carefully and secure it in their trailers that are designed to move pianos only.  They do not move cars, furniture or motorcycles, only pianos.  Thier website is www.WalterPianoTransport.com and the ladies are Hope and Tina and can most definitely answer your questions and take care of you.Moving the piano securely

Once they pick the piano up from our facility it is then carried either directly to its destination or to a piano moving service in your area where they can trust it to be offloaded and delivered in a timely and safe manner.

Moving in a long haul trailer that is packed with all types of furniture, and other belongings can be quite difficult on a piano particularly when the people that are moving are inexperienced.  Moving is never easy but especially when it comes to a piano.  All kinds of tragic stories come to the  office here about people getting pianos that have been scratched, damaged or harmed in some way.  The easiest, cheapest and best alternative is to hire a professional.

Local moves have certainly been addressed on our blog before but as a reminder PianoSD.com moves pianos in Southern California from Carlsbad, San Marcos, Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla and even as far north as Los Angeles. We move with a company that is called Precision Piano Moving at www.PrecisionPianoMoving.net they also work in tandem with our tuner Paul McCloud at Accutone Piano Tuning www.pianoservsd.com to tune the piano after delivery.  Walter Transport is our only choice on long distant moves at www.WalterPianoTransport.com

Stop by and see us sometime, we would love to meet you.

Ric Overton

Cleaning Your Piano

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Cleaning is never fun and easy but, it is something that must be done from time to time.

What we use in the store is a polish that is designed specifically for the high polish pianos.  Although the easiest and simplest way to do the cleaning is by using a very soft and lintless cloth like a cheesecloth or old soft T-shirt works wonders.  I say to dampen the cloth a little but only to the smallest extent and my adage is to wash your hands, rinse the soap off well and then dry them on the cloth that you are going to use to dust.  In other words very lightly damp.

Dust Bunnies

If your piano has a wood grain or a satin finish then do the same thing except be sure to wipe with the grain of the wood.  NEVER EVER use furniture polish to clean your piano.  It is not good for the piano and it will take a long time to get the residue off.

Use the same technique when wiping off your keys.  DO NOT use polish or cleaner of any kind EVER to clean your keys.  If they are ivory this is not good at all because in many cases it will cause the ivory to absorb the polish and the keys will simply come off.

Here’s the tricky part.  If you have a grand piano dust will inevitably get onto the soundboard of the piano (that piece of wood that is under the big metal plate) and if you are like me at all this will make you insane.  Please do not attempt to clean that yourself.  Call a certified technician which you can find at www.PTG.org and tell them you need to clean your soundboard and have your piano tuned.  Paul McCloud at Accutone Piano Tuning www.pianoservsd.com is the guy we use here at PianoSD.com in Mission Valley in San Diego, California.

If you live in a particular humid area of San Diego for example like Carlsbad or La Jolla, you will notice that the dust will “stick” to the soundboard a little more than if you live in a drier climate like Rancho Santa Fe or San Marcos.  In the cases that the climate is a little drier you will notice that the dust gets in quicker but is a little easier removed.  However, in either case please call a certified tech to come out to do the work at his next tuning, but, let him know when you set your appointment that your piano needs a thourough cleaning that way he is prepared.

If you need some polish that is designed specifically for the piano you can find it here at PianoSD.com.

Drop by and say hello sometime we would love to meet you.

Ric Overton

A Guide: What Is Piano Voicing?

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about voicing on the piano.

When you purchase a new piano you will find nuances about your piano that make it individual.  The tone of the piano is generally the one thing that stands out immediately.  Perhaps you like a brighter sound or more mellow sound a full sound or more thin sound.  It all depends on you and your likes.  I happen to lean to a tone  that is round and full but at the same time a little more stable than the next person.

Generally, all of the things I have just spoken about can be dealt with through a process called voicing.  Voicing involves the shaping of hammers, and addressing the density of the felts on the hammers.  Hammers have an ideal shape.  Each hammer should strike each one of the strings in their particular set.  In other words, each note has either one, two or three strings.  When the hammer comes up to strike the string each string should be struck in order to hear the complete sound of the intended note.

The hardness of the hammers will have a huge effect on the tone as well.  Once we have been able to determine your taste then we must set the hardness of each hammer.  If the hammer is harder then we have to pin the hammer.  We use a device that actually goes into the hammer itself and then moved around a little to seperate the wools in the hammer and actually make it less dense to produce a more mellow tone.  If the hammer is softer then we have to iron the hammer making the wools more dense and creating a more bright sound.

Paul McCloud of Accutone Piano Tuning www.pianoservsd.com does a lot of voicing for us.  We want the piano to sound very good when the cusomter makes their initial trip into PianoSD.com in Mission Valley, San Diego, California.  After the sale if we need to make some changes then we can.  Its often hard to drive from La Jolla or Rancho Santa Fe to go through this process so we can actually do this in a persons home in a short amount of time.

The differences in humidity, heat and sunlight can also techinically have an effect on the voicing of the piano too.  If you live in Carlsbad as opposed to San Marcos you may need to make a certain amount of allowances for that as well.  Only a technician can decide that for you.

The Standard of Excellence

In any case, voicing of your hammers should never ever be attempted by someone without experience so a qualified technician should be able to help you.  If you are in San Diego area I of course, would suggest Accutone Piano Tuning at www.pianoservsd.com of you can visit www.PTG.org to find a technician in your area.

Stop by the store sometime, we would love to meet you.

Ric Overton

Finding the one

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

I just read an article from www.PianoWorld.com that discussed finding the one.  The “one” of course being the piano of your dreams.  The one she found was an old piano that was in not so great of shape but the one that she really liked the best.

It is vitally important when you are choosing a piano that you find the one you love.  It may not meet the idea that you started with or what you had in mind when you started looking.  The name brand is far less important than the tone, touch and clarity you get when you play the piano of your dreams. 

Of course you have to look at the overall condition of the piano and have a piano technician like Paul McCloud at Accutone Piano Service www.pianoservsd.com go out and be sure there is nothing technically wrong with it.  The move is the second thing to consider which you can find a qualified piano mover through Precision Piano Moving www.precisionpianomoving.net .

Location is also an important thing.  If you live in La Jolla for example that is a little more humid than say Rancho Santa Fe.  Or if you are in Carlsbad as opposed to San Marcos you must be aware that humidity levels may need to be addressed. 

The most important thing to consider is whether or not you like the piano and the guy that is selling it to you.  If you love the piano-buy it. 

There are several questions you have to ask yourself BEFORE you buy the piano that you have been looking for.  We hope that you will feel welcome at PianoSD.com in Mission Valley in San Diego, to visit, ask questions and perhaps get a little education if you need it.  We always welcome those discussions about the piano.  We are all very passionate about the instrument and would lobe to be able to put a piano in your home or direct you to the right place to buy what you are looking for.

If you have any questions that I can help with please feel free to let me know or simply drop by the store sometime and say hello.  We would love to meet you.

Ric Overton

San Diego Cello Choir

Friday, May 21st, 2010

For several months the San Diego Cello Choir has been using the PianoSD Performance Hall.  I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed hearing them perfect thier craft.  It is such a joy to hear these fine musicians that travel as far as La Jolla,Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Chula Vista and yes even some of the talent is from San Diego. 

Many of the folks that meet with us in Mission Valley are employees and members of the San Diego Opera as well as the San Diego Symphony and several other leading perfomance groups in San Diego.  Each week they join us for 2 -3 hours of rehearsal time as they work towards a goal of putting together a performance at a venue that has yet to be determined.

The San Diego Cello Choir

The San Diego Cello Choir

If you will look close you may recognize somme of these talented folks that are working hard to bring you a performance that you won’t soon forget.  Keep watching my blog and events for a time and place that you will have the pleasure of hearing these guys under the watchful eyes and skilled hands of William Zauscher.  If you have a chance, drop me a line and I will explain how you can either be a part of this group or perhaps simply get you in to hear a rehearsal.

Thank you to Tom Czwornog for bringing music in a different way to PianoSD.com and to the people of San Diego.

Drop by and see us sometime, we would love to meet you.

Ric Overton

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