Posts Tagged ‘The Piano Outlet’

Southern California and Beyond

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Having been a piano dealer in Southern California for several years and now more recently working as the store manager for The Piano Outlet on the Central Coast of California in Nipomo, a small town just south of San Luis Obispo and north of Santa Maria, I have seen and experienced my share of the business both the upside and the down.

I am very happy for the dealerships that continue to offer such great service and are able to simply keep thier doors open during these difficult times.

I is with this thought that PianoSD is branching out to offer a new service for the piano industry.  Within the next month PianoSD will begin to offer a national website service that will bring together all areas of the piano industry.  Whether it is for moving or teaching or tuning, we will be able to direct you to the right person in your area to provide the service that you are requesting.

With these changes comes a lot of intensive work.  We have completed the offerings in California and will soon be branching out to Texas, Florida and New York.  I hope that each of you who read this will tell your freinds that in the next few months we will offer a website service that will be 100% free to the people and will assist in providing music and music education to everyone who wants it.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available and Iappreciate your patience with us through the changes.

Ric Overton

http://PianoSD.com via http://MaxMorganDesign.co

Piano Teachers

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Of all of the things in the piano industry, I love piano teachers.  I know, I know, I love the manufacturers, piano builders, tuners, technicians, artists, etc.  but, teachers are the key to our industry.

Heres some facts.  Piano teachers generally speaking have the love and compassion needed to take kids into the next level.  They have to deal with young men and young women as they come into and out of the most important parts of thier lives on a much more personal basis than the average teacher.

As a child is going through the loss of a loved one, divorce of their parents, not to mention puberty and growing into young men and young women.  Then theres school, school functions girlfriends, boyfriends, best freinds, soccer, football, cheerleaders and such.  All the while they are doing their very best to work with the children through the situations.

Piano teachers are teaching our kids to play the piano but also are adding to thier imaginations.  Most people dont realize that learning to play a musical instrument helps kids increase their ability to learn.

I have had a lot of pleasure teaching adults.  Like teachers that teach kids I have listened to stories about everything from marriage problems to kid problems and financial problems and every possible topic in between and loved every minute of it.

Teaching adults to play has been very rewarding because they are learning to do something they have wanted to do all of their lives and never had a chance.  Take for example one student that I had who was in his early 70’s and had never played before.  When he played the first  bars of When the
Saints Go Marchin In, you would have thought he had just won a lottery.  Yet, he had it in him all along and simply needed an avenue and permission to get it out.

At the Piano Outlet in Nipomo, Ca.  I have begun classes that are for adults and another teacher is teaching the children.  If you are interested in joining one of our classes or are interested in learning on line, please contact me and I will get you into one of our classes.

Hope to see you soon.

Ric

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

What’s the difference in pianos

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

I am probably asked at least once during a sales presentation the difference in pianos and why one may be $2500.00 and the next piano of comparable size is $7500.00.

Pianos now come from at least three main areas of the globe.  #1 by far is the production that is going on in Asia.  Whether Japan, Korea, Indonesia, China or Vietnam (yes, Vietnam) the largest percentage of piano being produced now are from Asia.

Years ago when you spoke of an Asian piano it was with some disdain that you even mentioned it.  While some still don’t like it, the truth is that they are doing a really good job in building pianos.  For some time we have identified Asian pianos with a really bright, almost “tinty” sound.  Today we are seeing many pianos such as Pearl River’s Rittmueller, Perzina, Brodmann and others that are arriving from China in a near perfect tuning, good regulation and a European smooth sound.

It has been an incredible change in production that we have witnessed right before our eyes.  I for one am constantly amazed at the differnce in quality of the piano as well as the quality of sound that is being produced in Asia.

I will continue to discuss the various areas of the world that pianos are currently being produced in and the sound textures and differences that you can/should expect.

Eventually in the transition of PianoSD I will be discussing various pricing and with the help of some others I will start to hopefully explain piano name brands and give my opinions on what you can and should expect with each.

While pianos are my passion, I have a great love for piano teaching and a respect for the piano teachers and hope to promote thier craft.  I am certainly trying to bring music education to Nipomo, Ca.  where I presently manage The Piano Outlet.  You can find us at www.thepianooutletco.com .

I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy bringing it to you.

Ric

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The future

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

www.PianoSD.com is undergoing some changes.  You most likely have noticed that I have not had a lot of posts over the past few weeks.  The reason is that Tim and I have moved to the San Luis Obispo area to work for The Piano Outlet under the direction of Bob Auletta.  We arrived in Nipomo, California several weeks ago, remodeled a store here and have opened the doors at the Nipomo, California branch of  The Piano Outlet.  www.ThePianoOutletCo.com

Nipomo is a beautiful town situated north of Santa Maria and south of San Luis Obispo, California in the beautiful wine country of the Central Valley Coast.  There are only about 13,000 residents here and it really has a “hometown” feel.  We are quickly getting settled and life is moving along nicely.

PianoSD in San Diego has a lot of fond memories where we met people that will be our lifetime friends.  I hear from many in the teaching community on a regular basis and truly miss the comraderie of them.  Because of my love for the teaching community we have decided to take www.PianoSD.com and turn it into a site that will direct people to teachers across the country along with tuners, techs, artists and dealers.  While we update the site it may seem to have no direction at times but in the end it will have a complete resource of places for enthusiasts to go and get the help they need for all of thier musical interests.

This has been a very challenging year and if I had been asked a year ago if I would be here today I would have never believed it. However, I believe that we are right where God wants us for the present.

I hope to hear from you in the next few weeks about things you would like to see in a piano website and musical instrument website.  We are open for all of your suggestions.

I will be making some more announcements in the next few days about things that are going on behind the scenes with us that are very exciting.  I love this industry and will attempt to do everything in my power to help build it.

See you soon

Ric Overton

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

I have returned

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

As many of you know, PianoSD closed last year and I have been working at finding the right fit for me and my family in the piano industry.

Bob Auletta of The Piano Outlet (www.thepianooutletco.com)  requested that I come to a small town called Nipomo, Ca. and take a look at the area.  When I visited the area I was so impressed by the people and culture of the town that I knew immediately that this was IT.  We have worked very hard to get the store ready and open and are getting ready to celebrate the Grand Opening of The Piano Outlet in Nipomo, Ca.  Bob is quite excited to be here and so am I.

Bob has been an icon in the music industry for many years and I am quite excited to be an employee of his.  He has left me the opportunity to build this business in any way that fits the community and would promote music and music education in the Central Valley Coast of California.  I am sure it is going to be a success.

As PianoSD begins a change from a retail site to a referral site I am hoping that you will be patient and go to www.PianoSD.com from time to time and see the changes that are being made.

Thanks as always for visiting us and please feel free to visit The Piano Outlet at 485 N. Frontage Rd.  Nipomo, Ca.  93444 or call us at 805-929-8901 for any special requests that you may have.

Ric Overton

Ric@PianoSD.com

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