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New information just in from Rosemary Bailey

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Good news!  I have been confirmed as an artist at the 2011 American Theater Organ Society national convention.  My role is to provide insight and demonstration of the Roland digital organ.  This annual function will be held in Providence, RI. at the downtown Westin Hotel.  The dates are June 30th — July 4th.  For many years the volunteers and contributors of ATOS have worked tirelessly to maintain theater pipe organ installations throughout the country.  The effort is huge in that many of these instruments are either vintage or have not been serviced adequately through the years.  So the necessity of having a small army of dedicated technicians who spend a copious amount of time making sure the console, wiring and pipes themselves are in working order is absolutely crucial.

The chapter hosting the event is EMCATOS (Eastern Massachusetts chapter of ATOS) and the four-day convention will feature various famous theater organists performing in the general area.  Reservations show some 600 people attending ready to listen to their favorite players.  So you may ask what pertinence the Roland Atelier organ has in this environment.  Good question…..

With the passing of time, traditional theater organs have seen their hay day being integrated into some of the most prestigious venues in the world.  Their sound is utterly unique, created by thousands of vertical pipes being activated by the rely system emanating from the organ console.  Acquiring the organ itself is a very costly undertaking plus maintenance issues are sometimes prohibitive.  However, though rare, these complex, elaborate installations do appear in large homes.  There is truly no substitution for a situation of this caliber but there now is a “second best”, more doable solution for those folks craving theater organ instrumentation.  It is the Roland Atelier organ which features digitally sampled theater organ ranks.  Although these registrations are only one facet of this instrument, the variety and combination of theater organ sounds make the Atelier organ a satisfying more practical replacement for the real thing.

My mission at the convention will be to present and educate the attendees on technology that makes it possible to virtually replicate voicing typical of the theater pipe organ.  I’ll also be performing at their gala banquet on Sunday evening.  This will be fun.  I anticipate the majority of people interested in knowing more about this subject will be genuinely impressed with the realism emanating from the Roland organ.

I can’t wait.  For more information about this year’s ATOS convention, please log onto www.atos.org/convention

Congrats to Rosemary.

Ric Overton

www.PianoSD.com via www.MaxMorganDesign.com

I am so happy for Sorrento Valley Music

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Read this post for Sorrento Valley Music

One of the most prestigious names in the piano industry and one of the most sought after pianos on the planet have finally arrived. ESTONIA !!!!!!!

http://www.estoniapiano.com is the official website of Estonia pianos.  Estonia has been a world-wide brand that has caught much attention lately because of its sound and most of all the quality as compared to the price.

Dr. Laul,  President of Estonia Piano is also a fan of San Diego.  He has for many years vacationed here and is obviously quite jealous of our weather as compared to the weather in his corporate offices in New York.

Along with his father, Dr. Laul has really excelled in making Estonia a serious piano for serious musicians across the country.  This fact can be seen in the debates and comments by dealers who do carry Estonia and dealers who do not carry Estonia on the popular website www.PianoWorld.com .  Here you will find many owners and enthusiasts who have fallen in love with this great piano.

ESTONIA PIANOS

When I had the opportunity to take Estonia in San Diego, I knew that I had to take this chance. Estonia is very well priced and is among one of the finer pianos being made today.  They are manufactured in Estonia under tight scrutiny with much attention being paid to detail.

Dr. Laul insists on perfection because he is also a concert musician.  He was first a musician before getting involved with his Dad in the Piano business.
Because of Dr. Laul’s leadership he has made Estonia one of the leading pianos in the United States  as well as the rest of the world.
Having Estonia in San Diego at Sorrento Valley Music is very important because whether you are buying a piano in La Jolla, a piano for your church in Carlsbad or putting a piano in your home in San Diego,  Estonia and Sorrento Valley Music is a logical choice.
We look forward to seeing you.  Please visit our website for store hours and location and then drop by and see us.  We would love to meet you.  www.SVMUSA.com
Tonight I learned about this and I must say that I have long been of  Dr. Indrek Laul and his father with Estonia Pianos.  I am happy to see that Estonia has finally arrived in San Diego.  If you get a chance to see these great pianos stop by and take a look.  You will be impressed.
Congratulations to the folks at Sorrento Valley Music.  www.SVMUSA.com
Ric
posted by Ric Overton of www.PianoSD.com via www.MaxMorganDesign.com

Pinblocks

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

As promised I am going to explain a couple of things about piano parts.  Tonights discussion is pinblocks.

For many years sales people have used certain terms to describe different parts of the piano and would use that information to develop a sales  pitch.  Salespeople to this day continue to use certain phrases as if they have some type of exclusivity to these parts or that no other piano has these parts.

Pinblocks are one of those parts.  Pinblocks ( at least all I know of them ) are made of hardrock maple, multi-layered and cross-grained to supply support.  Pinblocks are the part of the piano that the pins go into that hold the strings in place.  Each pin is placed in a scientific location and then pulled to a predetermined pitch to create a sound on pitch.

Every piano has a pinblock and is used for the same purpose. The location of the pinblock is the same and they are all made of the same materials.  The differences in pinblocks come down to how many plies of hard rock maple are used for these pinblocks.

where the pinblock is located in a grand

Some pinblocks are made of up to 18 plies of hard rock maple while others are made of up to 5 plies of hard rock maple.  As far as my knowledge is concerned, all piano makers use hard rock maple as their wood of choice.  The reason we use wood and not some other material is that wood will move and breathe with the change in climates and while it will go out of tune, most makers would agree that the use of any other material could cause the strings to break or lose their integrity quicker.

When sales people talk to you sometimes they make you feel as if their piano is the only one that has this.  It’s not.  Every piano has a pinblock.    

It is really important to understand terms when you go to shop for a piano or when on occasions your technician may want to talk to you when tuning.

One thing I do want to point out is the construction of the pinblock, in a new piano or a used on in particular is probably the most important part of the piano.  It’s location is such that it will require you to take the strings out of the piano, then the plate and finally the pinblock when you have to replace one.  It is one of the most difficult parts to repair and replace.

Ric Overton

www.PianoSD.com via www.MaxMorganDesign.com

Where is it from

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

There has been a lot of gossip, speculation and talk about where certain pianos are being manufactured.  You expect and know that certain brands are made in Asia.  You would hope that certain pianos are made in the U.S. and you are convinced that others are made in Europe. So I want to discuss this topic.

Europe is the origin of piano manufacturing.  Germany specifically is the country where most people arguably agree that pianos are the finest.  For example, the top five rated pianos presently come from Germany.  The next question is just how much that means.

In this age of globalization, even pianos that come from Germany have parts that are made in Asia.  According to a friend of mine in Salzburg, only a small handful of companies produce pianos that are 100% Germany.  One of those companies is Sauter also Grotrian and August Forrester.

What this means is that these piano makers actually guarantee that each and every piece that is used in manufacturing has Germany as their country of origin.  This is a very difficult process and quite impressive.  It does show in their pricing.  For example you would expect to pay considerably more for a 6 ft. grand that is made by hand in Germany than one that is mass produced in China.

I for one have high regards for companies that are able to accomplish what  Sauter has accomplished in using only German parts in the process of making pianos.  However, I’m not convinced that having parts  from China (for example) is not acceptable as long as those parts are made with the same specs as those from a much higher caliber part.

If specifications are followed and the parts come out within acceptable tolerances, I feel that they are equal in performance value.  We have long been aware of some very high profile pianos that use certain parts made in China or Japan and until recently have done so with little or no comments from anyone.

I am proud of the American heritage of building pianos. However, to my knowledge there are only two American pianos left.  The Steinway of New York and Charles Walter are both made in the U.S. and claim to only have U.S. made parts.  I can not confirm nor deny this but, Iwill have to say that you also can see a difference in pricing from these two great piano makers than you see in an import.

So does this make the piano finer?  You will have to determine that based on your own opinion when played.  There truly is a difference in these pianos not only from the process of building but also in playing.  The textures of sound are much different and the touch of the piano is quite different.

I would encourage you to go to a piano store and try these pianos out to see the differences in each one.  It will be a test for you and hopefully, proof of what we are talking about here.

I will continue to offer opinions and profiles in the near future.

Ric Overton

www.PianoSD.com via www.MaxMorganDesign.com

Daniel Jackson

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Many of you will remember Daniel Jackson who played at PianoSD in San Diego several times with concerts, special appearances and did a number of Ustream shows with us.  He is the “king of cool” and I am very proud to say a dear friend of mine.

Last week Croce’s had a week of tribute to Daniel and his friends.  I spoke with Daniel last night and he was telling me all about the week and how it went.

He started the week out with some gospel and jazz numbers as well as prayer and thanksgiving for all of the talent that would soon arrive for the week.  Each night had a great turn out and the music was “smokin hot”.  He commented that it was so nice to simply play and enjoy old friends, new friends and to meet a lot of the fans.

Daniel is truly a gem.  He has worked hard all of his life to encourage people to play music.

If you have the opportunity to hear Daniel, take it.  He is a gift to San Diego and a very special person.  It is truly an honor to know him and I’m sure you will feel the same after just a few minutes with him.

Ric Overton

www.PianoSD.com via www.MaxMorganDesign.com

How much is healthy?

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

I was talking to a friend yesterday and we were talking about what our passions and loves were.  He was telling me about the things he enjoyed when he wasn’t working at his full time job and what his passions are.  When he asked me and I explained that my passion was pianos and music, he smiled.  As I went on to explain that every day my normal routine is to go straight to the internet, check my emails, look at Google alerts I have set up for Piano SD, Pianos in San Diego and Pianos.  After I have gotten those read, I usually start with my monthly magazines and once I have spent a little time catching up on the latest in the industry, I move over to the latest book I may be reading. Presently I am reading ALL about MUSIC.  It is a study of where music began up to the present age of music.  Quite interesting.

My friend seemed to look on with a weird look and asked if I was employed in the music industry right now and when I explained that I was not, he could not believe that I spent as much time out of my day every day to stay abreast with the latest happenings.

I love pianos.  I love the piano industry.  It is an intense industry made up of good people that have a real passion for people, pianos and music. We are all working for a common good.  Yes, it is how people make money to live but, its also a way to help other people.  Especially kids.

If you have kids you should immediately enroll them into a music program.  Yes, immediately and it has nothing to do with age.  There are programs out there for infants all the way to senior citizens.  No matter where you are on your journey through life, there is a place for music.

My friend thought I was crazy but, once I explained it to him what my passion is all  about and why he smiled and told me that he  felt inspired himself because my eyes actually watered  up and he said my facial expressions changed.

Music is the key folks, music is the key.  I hope this wasn’t to crazy of a blog but, just passing along a funny conversation.

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

Moving forward

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Its time we embraced modern technology and use it to get the word out about music and its effects on our daily lives.

Many years ago we  used the newspaper to make announcements such as sales, special events, etc. but, as things have begun to change it has become important that we reach out in different ways to let people know whats going on in our stores, concert halls, venues, etc.

I have such a love and passion about pianos and the piano business that I must use everything at my disposal to get the word out about our industry.

In the coming weeks I am going to discuss some history of the piano and how music evolved but in the meantime, I want us all to reflect on what “has been” but then REALLY focus on “what will be”.  We all get sentimental about the way things used to be.  Maybe we enjoyed a concert or recital, a play or performance of some kind.  Perhaps we were moved by a particular artist or student.  None of this would have been possible without music and a musician.

Social media has bought us an opportunity to bring more performers and artists to the main stage and in some cases even made them famous.  This is something that could have not been done by a newspaper.

Today I am watching CNN and its coverage of the disturbance in Cairo.  The upheaval was reportedly caused by people blogging and posting on Facebook and Twitter.  Amazing, that such a simple venue like Facebook and Twitter could be so powerful that it would actually help organize an international protest like the one in Egypt today.  A powerful tool that is at the very least very cheap or in most cases free. Amazing that we can communicate to millions with our own computers.  Amazing that we can “get the word out” as quickly and efficiently as we are capable of, but, THE MOST AMAZING OF ALL-WE ARENT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS MEDIA. I am hoping that some of the following posts will bring this full circle and we can combine some music education and love for various instruments to “get the word out” that music is important.

See you soon.

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

Updates

Friday, January 28th, 2011

We have had tons of things going on in our world.

First, I am happy to report that we are finally working out a deal with an international piano manufacturer to handle all of their social media and electronic marketing for them. I am hoping to see that happen in the next few days.  I will keep you informed as that happens.

I opened a way to be a silent billboard for music and lessons and your favorite things about music.  If you go to www.pianosd.spreadshirt.com you will see the site where you can purchase a t-shirt or make one with your own design.  You can say anything you want, order it right there and it will be shipped directly to you or to a friend.  Stop by and check it out at the address above.

As we are building our social media for piano dealers, teachers, artists and others I hope to be able to bring you more things that will be fun and interesting.

Going into the next few weeks we are going to be discussing Social media and how it can change your life.  I noticed on the news tonight that Facebook and Twitter were the spark that started a rampage in Egypt.  With the power of that media I am hoping to send the word to as many people as I can get to read,  MUSIC IS FUN.

Trying to imagine our life without music is almost impossible.  I can’t imagine even one day of my life without music.  If you think about it neither can you.  On every hand and everywhere there is the sound of some type of music.  What a great world we live in.

I will be sending you more information about all of the above as soon as it all becomes available.

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

Posting and Blogging

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

In the next few weeks I am going to be discussing the difference between blogging and posting and how they affect you and your business.

Social Media by definition is nothing more than communicating with your friends, fans and potential customers via the internet. In times past we have used things like newsletters or direct mail or perhaps a tv, newspaper or radio ad to get the word out about a special event or promotion in the store. Now it means much more.

When you hear the term “Social Media” your mind conjures up all kinds of images. You have Facebook and some of you are thinking “if I hear Facebook one more time, I’m going to scream”, Twitter, MySpace, Linkedin, Street Mavens, Blogger, Word Press, You Tube, etc. But, social media is so much more than just that. Social Media is also part of email blasts and includes the use of pictures, videos and of course blogs and micro blogs as well.

Social media is all of these things but, it also serves a secondary purpose. The secondary purpose is ………wait for it………Google. You all know that Google is the dominant search engine used. Some analysts are saying that Google handles 67% of all searches done on the internet globally, every year. Yahoo, Googles closest competitor, gets only 16% of the searches. Bing, which has increased in recent months, is still sitting with all of Microsoft’s search engines at only 11% or so.

While posting to the social media platforms alone are not enough to get you a higher ranking in Google it does other things like provide you with links. I am not going into that subject right now but suffice it to say that it does play in together and all of these things hold hands and do communicate with each other in some way.

People automatically assume that this is difficult. While posting and blogging is not difficult, there are a combination of words that have to be properly placed together to make sense not only to the reader but, also to the all-important search engines. You must be using this phraseology correctly for the search engines that are constantly reading your posts and blogs to understand what you are doing and then in turn rank your website properly on the search.

Additionally, shortly I will also discuss pianos, organs and their origins.  I am hoping to continue to bring these programs together as I continue work with dealers, artists and manufacturers building their programs as well.

Thanks for reading.

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

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