Entries by Brenda Kell

What is Your Piano’s Pedigree?

Pianos are romantic, music making devices. Just their presence in a room elicits emotions. Especially once someone starts to play them, the music can really move us. There are also stars that have created timeless scenes with the help of pianos. Where would the movie Casablanca be without Sam’s piano? The concert grand at the […]

The Kawai Piano Story

Kawai is one of the largest manufactures of pianos in the world. Based out of Hamamatsu, Japan, Kawai distributes acoustic and digital pianos in over 80 countries. That equates to approximately 2800 employee s worldwide and regular annual sales of $1 billion dollars. Mr. Koichi Kawai, the company founder, showed a great mechanical aptitude as a […]

The Grotrian Piano Story

The Grotrian piano has a long and storied history and an almost mythical attraction for serious piano enthusiasts who are looking for that extra “something” beyond the ordinary. Germany is one of the most celebrated countries in the world for piano building and the award winning Grotrian is among the most prestigious pianos from that […]

A One-of-a-Kind Piano Store

I know that this is a fairly bold claim to make – a one-of-a-kind piano store – but I think that I can make a reasonable case for it. For many years Sherman Clay Pianos was the Steinway and Sons dealership in Portland, Oregon. The Sherman Clay company, at it’s peak, had eleven stores (mostly […]

Worldwide Success of Fazioli Pianos

Naples, Florida $75,000 is nothing to sniff at. That is why it is noteworthy that on March 4, 2015 just prior to his final concert performance, seventeen -year old Erik Lu asked organizers to switch him from a Steinway to a Fazioli piano. Miami is home to the Chopin Foundation of the United States’ National Chopin […]

Rekindling the Joy of Performing Music

Here is a little anecdote that I shared on my violin site blog awhile back. My wife, who is also a fine musician, and I were watching a little piece on TV about famous, French-Chinese classical cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. This was a couple years ago when he had just completed a bluegrass album with some […]

6 Tips for Proper Piano Maintenance

Pianos are surprisingly hearty objects, considering the thousands of precise moving parts that they contain. Pianos can provide you and your family with enjoyment and beautiful music for many years with only a moderate amount of attention. Unfortunately, they often receive virtually no consideration when it comes to care and maintenance. Given the cost to […]