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Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

NAMM 2019 has been as exciting as ever. There are a few highlights that I need to tell you about. Lots of products are the same as always but there are a few things that are so different that they have to be talked about and noticed.


Some of the differences are so out of the ordinary that I will try and break them down by brand name to make it easier to understand.

The highlights include Sauter, Steingraeber, Brodmann, Geyer, Gebr. Schulz and Wilh. Steinberg and others, Grotrian gets special mention along with a couple of others.

While I am here I am going to make every attempt to interview each of these companies and get their thoughts of the changes and report accordingly.

Its always great to see old friends and meet new ones, see the exciting products and visit with newcomers. All in all I feel as if NAMM 2019 has been a great success.

Of all the news I have heard, Every single dealer has expressed an uptick in business in 2018 and a bright expectation of 2019. More on that to come.

The show was incredible and as far as I can tell every single manufacturer had the same opinion and that was that the dealers and people “in the know” we happy with the results and optimistic about our future.

Some highlights will follow.

Ric Overton

Piano Recital Time

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

I am sitting in the piano Store that I manage in Nipomo, Ca., The Piano Outlet,  right now listening to a piano recital of about 15 kids who have worked very hard to get here.  Words can not express how happy I am to take part in or provide for kids recitals.  It is exciting to see these young guys and girls start out their musical journey here.

Years ago when I first started learning there wasnt much of an opportunity to for me go to recitals and such.  I was usually playing piano in church and things like that so, on some levels I guess its close to being the same.

The kids have on their nice little outfits and Mom and Dad are nervous, in fact maybe more nervous than the kids themselves.  They go to the piano, take their little bow and then sit down to play their well rehearsed (hopefully) songs.  When its over, the kid and parents both breathe a sigh of relief and are simply glad its over.

I’ve seen some really great musicians come out of piano recitals and I am always happy when they realize a dream of being able to play or in some cases “just trying to make Mom and Dad happy” .  Whatever the reason, I’m glad they are here.

Hope you are having a great day and something musical has made you smile.

Ric Overton

Memorial Day 2012

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Today I am reminded of all the people that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country, our freedom and our way of life.

All over the world today people are fighting in the streets, burning buildings, killing people en masse and viciousness from  our politicians and people on all sides.  This is part of what these great warriors have given their lives for.  Even though it makes us angry and makes you just want to scream, it is part of the freedom that we enjoy ( or abhor ) (depending on your personal feelings).

Today also has reminded me of the people in my life that have passed from this life having given their lives to a cause or career that has meant something special to them.  Their causes and careers are part of our passions.  Passion for music is mine.

Besides the great masters of music we have had many people in our heritage that have shaped our musical experience.  Some have been great at Classical, some have been outstanding at jazz  and we have country and my personal favorite which is Gospel Music.

I have spent some of the day being reminded of what a great heritage we have in our nation and the people that have paved the road for us to enjoy not only our civil freedoms but also our musical freedoms.

Ric Overton


Dr. Indrek Laul President of Estonia Piano

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Today I was sent a video that I had never seen although the date stamp points back to a 2008 fundraiser for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  I was surprised by the performer who was Dr. Indrek Laul .  I consider Dr. Laul a friend or at least a  very good acquaintance and was a little embarrassed that I was not aware of his musical talent to the extent that this video shows.  See the video below.  It is the full composition by Gershwin so it is about 13 or 14 minutes.  Even if you can’t watch the entire video, bookmark it and come back to it – you will want to experience the last 3 minutes.

I am not a professional critic but I will tell you that this was an amazing performance.

Dr. Laul is one of the nicest men in (more…)

NAMM Wanna Play? Week

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

How exciting it is to make music.  I love making music. Whether its playing the piano, singing, tapping out a little tune on the table or working with a small band to create what your mind and heart are telling you to create.

Everyday there is music all around.  Even the Harley that road  by my house yesterday was humming in B flat (must have had cruise on) but, there is music everywhere.  I don’t have to mention (more…)

SoCal Pianos – San Marcos – INCREDIBLE SALE

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Our friends  at SoCal Pianos in San Marcos (just outside of San Diego) has announced a HUGE sale this weekend.  This is going to be an incredible sale that you shouldn’t miss.  Below is the advertisement.  Call, make an appointment and then go find the piano of your dreams, make an offer, wait for delivery and then ENJOY YOUR NEW PIANO.  Tell the folks at SoCal Pianos that you heard about it from Piano Social Directory (PianoSD) and maybe they will do something ‘extra’ for you. See the advertisement (more…)

It’s a Revolution

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

What a great idea.   I got this link today and after investigating the group I learned that these guys actually choose a place to play, go in and have some pretty cool little concerts and venues.  Of course it’s all classical music and well presented.  Take the time to watch this and if you have the chance to do this, it is a nice promotion.



I really believe with all of my heart if we all pull together and do things like this in unexpected places.  We all have the power to make powerful influences within our personal circles.

Our piano teacher and piano tuners  also have powerful influences.

Ric Overton

Piano Adventures

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

I am amazed at the events that go on every weekend in every part of the country, every little town, huge cities and all around the world too.  It seems that pianos are the focal point of more events than most people realize.  Most every church, institution, college and small venues all over the country are using pianos and someone has to play them – otherwise they are just a pretty piece of furniture.

Today I was looking at all of the events that were going on and thought about how many hours of practice, how many hours of study and how much effort was put into making each of these events happen.  Most people don’t take into account how much work there is in just putting on a simple recital or a simple production, but trust me, HOURS.

Most people also don’t take into account that while we have many apps (more…)

What are they Thinking?

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

In yesterdays news I noticed that MIT in Cambridge, a college of supposedly higher learning and recognized around the world for it’s standards, has a “tradition” of tossing pianos off the roof of one of their buildings.  Feel free to click on the picture below for the whole story.

Piano Dropping from a Building at MIT


With all of the education and brains that are obviously around that campus how is it that not one of these people with their iPhones and cameras snapping pictures and cheering objected to this behavior.  I for one am appalled.

A piano that has brought untold happiness to a home or institution is being heralded in the sky above the heads of those observers.  No doubt doctors, lawyers and dare I say professors who teach at this alleged fine institution of higher learning are standing by watching this travesty take place.

These are the same people who are offended when someone says a ‘snide’ remark to them or about them, the same people that get upset when their hair, clothes, lifestyle or ideas are challenged.   How can this be?  How can this be?  I felt the same way when a national piano company announced their new company restructuring was completed in Nashville, Tn. and they dropped a grand piano to a dazed onlooking crowd of people.  How stupid!

Solution !

How would it be if we were to take this same group of people and took all of their energies, ideas and creativity and focused on the piano and see if they could actually fix it.  Take their noses out off their smart(?)phones, iPods, iPads, and the like and spend some time learning about an instrument that is now arguably 300 years old.  I wonder if their new technology and the wonder this same group is creating and spending countless hours creating will still be around for as long as the piano?

There are piano teachers within walking distance that could have found a technician (and if not they could have logged onto and found one) that are old enough to be their grandfather and who knows nothing about the “new” technology that they brag about BUT  could have shown them how to fix this piano and brought it into condition good enough to bring joy and happiness to another home, family or institution (also within walking distance).

Old piano still bringing happiness

Hmmmmm……..hope I didn’t go overboard here.  If I did, however, download an app and whine about how your feelings have been hurt and ask it for help.  Then let me know how that works out for you.

Ric Overton

P.S. I understand that this is a “tradition” – as dumb as it is, but, heres a link to a piano teacher and a piano tuner in Cambridge Mass that can help you remove your head from its resting place and fix your next victim before you do this again. for a teacher and for a tuner or technician.



Births and Graveyards

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Today I wanted to report on the happiest times and saddest times of our lives.  Birth and death.  Of course nothing is cuter and sweeter than a new born baby.  Babies are so adorable and even smell good ( most of the time) they always make you smile.  Conversely, deaths make us sad and graveyards can be so depressing.

Los Angeles Pianos “Play me I’m yours”

Los Angeles (most of you know is my favorite city on the planet) has just started placing these cool pianos all over the city.  I am not sure how many they are actually placing but, the designs are really cool and make you smile.

In an interview yesterday one of the guys who was behind getting these pianos put in place said that the most important thing in this ‘show’ was to get people playing the piano and get people interested in playing the piano and perhaps getting people who used to play  – playing again.  The statement was also made somewhere that “making music come alive inside of someone” is the primary goal.

I think this is one of the coolest promotions ever.  Take a look at the promotion website

Click here to see cool video

Click To See Video

Click To See Video


It so exciting to see people getting surprised by seeing a piano sitting in the middle of the sidewalk and then sit down and play.  They just make you smile.


Yesterday I got this email from a friend and was surprised, disgusted and all around sad to see the caption of the picture and hear the story of how people just DUMP these pianos in this one particular place.  It makes me sad that people just discard of these instruments as if they are just old pieces of dead wood that has no life.

I suppose if you look at it through the eyes of a person who doesn’t play, it really is just a piece of dead –  worthless wood.  But, somehow it just breaks my heart to see this and to know how much joy this instrument bought into someones life and how full the piano made the home feel and the people that may have stood around it and sang Christmas carols, well,  you get the point.

Piano Graveyard

Piano Graveyard


Not sure how you feel, but, I like the first picture better than this one.

Bring life into your home today – start playing.

Ric Overton

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