The wanderer returns! Can I pick your highly respected brains, please?
I'd like your thoughts/professional opinions on oblique strung pianos as opposed to overstrung pianos. I am very reluctantly looking at the possibility of trading my model B Bechstein in for an upright and will be looking for something which as closely resembles the touch and sound of a grand as possible (yes, I know it's not going to happen easily but I'm going to give it my best shot - I did once find a wonderful old Bluthner upright which did a pretty good job). I've come across oblique and overstrung Bechstein uprights but they're spread all over the country so before I go travelling I need to get as much background information as possible. My preferred options are either Bechstein, Bluthner or Steinway but I think I may also go and find a Grotian Steinweg or two to try if I really cannot find anyway of hanging on to my model B.
Your comments would be very much appreciated, thanks.
PS Hope you're all fine and dandy x
Also extend your search to other makes and look at a few modern pianos. There has been progress in piano technology over the last seventy years you know!
The opinion above is purely that of PianoGuy and is simply the opinion of one person ....
If you're buying a piano, try as many as you can and buy the one you like, not a similar one of the same type.
Thank you so much for your advice.I've seen several model IVs for sale and was going to have a look at them. I hadn't realised the connection between Bechstein and Rogers, so thanks for that. I'm not the slightest bit bothered about the name on the front - it's purely the sound and feel of the instrument which matters to me (I'm a player and teacher ) I had a lovely old Bluthner upright prior to the model B which was by far and away the nicest upright I've ever played. I loved it when I first played it as an unrestored wreck so it was even better after it had been restored. If it turns out I can keep the model B, all well and good but if not, I intend to have a jolly good time visiting some of the reputable showrooms trying out everything they have. Who knows, I might surprise everybody and end up with something I'd never even considered!
As for newer pianos, I've yet to find one with a tone I like and I really don't like the feel of the polyester (or whatever it is they use) keys. For me they kill the connection between my fingers and the instrument (I'm not sure if that makes sense but I would liken it to wearing rubber boots in a thunder storm to stop the conduction )
When I was at college they had a couple of older Yamaha uprights which were surprisingly nice to play. They had a different material on the keys (couldn't tell you what it was) and a much more mellow tone than the modern ones. I really don't like the brighter tone normally associated with Yamahas and yes, I know Bechsteins are noted for their bright tone, but I've been really lucky with both the model Bs I've had in that they've had an unsually mellow tone.
Ooh, I could go on all day about different pianos, but the dolcit tones "Mummy, let's see how well this water squirts if I do this" have just sung out from my three year old in the kitchen so best I go investigate! Thank you again for all your advice - I'll keep you informed.