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Ann Marie Kurrasch strikes again!!!

Posted March 31st, 2015 by Ric Overton | No Comments »

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Ann Marie Kurrasch

Many of you were my readers when I did my Interview With Ann Marie Kurrasch.  Well, as fate would have it Ann Marie has done it again.

Her reissue of her last work is entitled “Let’s Play”.  It features the same songs as her last book but is now available on Amazon under the name Let’s play.  This book is a must have for the enthusiast who is looking for fun yet challenging songs to play.  The CD that can accompany it will make it easy for the student to learn to play.  It helps assist the student in learning how the music is written and makes it easier to follow along.

Ann Marie is one of the nicest and congenial ladies I have met.  Her gentile style along with her demeanor makes her an absolute jewel among teachers.  Her no-nonsense approach in writing makes her music a delight to play and this is a collection you should not be without.

To learn more about “Let’s Play!” feel free to click here to go to her website or click here to go to her Amazon offering.

Ric Overton in Beautiful Downtown Burbank, CA

Dynatone SDP 500 Digital Upright Piano

Posted March 29th, 2015 by Ric Overton | No Comments »
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

Posted March 24th, 2015 by Ric Overton | No Comments »

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

Posted March 16th, 2015 by Ric Overton | No Comments »

 

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 GRP-2200H

Posted March 11th, 2015 by Ric Overton | No Comments »

DYNATONE GRP 2200H

 

GPR-2200

Dynatone GPR 2200

 

This is a really cool piano.  It has the same great features as the Dynatone VCP 3000 but this model does not move the keys up and down like the VCP 3000 model.

The Dynatone GPR 2200 is a full-on ensemble unit which allows you to play all of the 80 different rhythms with either one finger operation for beginners or a full fingered chord system with 2 – 3 or 4 fingered chords.  There are at least 128 voices that can be incorporated in this model.  This allows the player to use as many different sounds as you may want by layering them on a recording app OR use the recording system on board along with a recording app and you have a professional recording at the tip of your fingers.

POLYPHONY

When using the recording feature the polyphony becomes very important.  The word polyphony is directly related to the number of functions the piano can perform at once.  128 note polyphony is plenty sufficient for most users to build a GIGANTIC sound.

If you are playing more secular type music you will find the Dynatone GPR 2200 to be a perfect blend of electronic sounds like Electric Piano – taking you back to the old Fender Rhodes sound or the Hammond B-3 sound.  If you are more sacred or religious minded you will find this to have more liturgical sounds like Harpsichord or Piano.  Other popular sounds are the luscious strings sounds or the blaring horn sounds.  All of these built to be compatible with each other to create a symphonic dream.

Of course, one of the things that is the most attractive about this digital grand piano is that it is very affordable.  If you are looking for a grand piano that is easy to maneuver, easy to use, has multiple capabilities and is affordable then this is the right model for you.  The Dynatone VGP 2200.

Ric Overton from Burbank, CA

Dynatone VGP-3000 Player Digital Grand Piano

Posted March 10th, 2015 by Ric Overton | No Comments »

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

 

Dynatone Pianos – Never Heard Of Them

Posted March 8th, 2015 by Ric Overton | No Comments »
Dynatone U.S.

Dynatone U.S.

History

Dynatone Pianos have been around since 1987.  EMI (Electronic Musical Instruments) which was a part of a much larger group known as Korea Electronics Co., LTD also known as KEC.  In 1996, Dynatone took over the digital piano line from the World Famous LG to focus on creating a leading digital piano company.  In 2000, Dynatone separated completely from KEC.

In the United States Dynatone was known as an OEM company.  What this means is that any company could order a product and the OEM company would simply put the brand name that the customer wanted to use.  When Dynatone began to market more worldwide they changed their policy on OEM product and began to only manufacture and sell under their own name brand.  While this was a risk in some ways to Dynatone’s infrastructure it has proven to be a very smart move on their part.

Dynatone U.S.

Dynatone U.S.

Changes

In 2014 Dynatone began using a U.S. distributor for the very first time.  The reception in the United States has been overwhelming.  While Dynatone has grown their business in Europe as well as Korea and in other parts of the world, the U.S. has remained virtually untapped by them.  Marketing in the United States started in 2014 by Piano Marketing Group.

Piano Marketing Group has successfully launched Dynatone into a number of states and is growing by leaps and bounds.  While still relatively unknown it has a bright future ahead of it and should look for many exciting changes coming.

Dynatone New Products

Dynatone New Products

The Products

The models Dynatone offers are fairly comprehensive, Piano Marketing Group chose to only import a small portion of their offerings.  In this brand, you will find only 6 or 7 models.  I have decided to go through each of the models and show you what they look like and even some demonstrations as to what they sound like.

Each of these models are incredible in their own way.  I want to review each product in the coming weeks to show you how different each one is and perhaps you will be able to decide which one is right for you.

See You soon – From lovely Downtown Burbank, CA

Ric Overton

 

Where Have I Been?

Posted February 22nd, 2015 by Ric Overton | No Comments »

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

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Happy New Year !!!!!!

Posted January 2nd, 2013 by Ric Overton | No Comments »

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

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