HOME & GARDEN
May 30, 2009
As Lisa Boone reports this week, more recession-battered homeowners are trying to sell their furnishings for cash. So many pianos are hitting the auction market you may be able to pick one up for as little as $500. (See story above.) The acoustic piano's waning popularity in U.S. households -- the subject of the Home section's May 16 centerpiece cover story -- prompted much reaction from readers lamenting the decline.
June 21, 2005 |
Wen Yu Shen, 18, of Taiwan won the $30,000 top prize at the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition, a two-week event that concluded Saturday at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Competitors from Russia took the next three awards: Andrei Korobeinikov, 18, won the $20,000 second-place prize, Sofya Gulyak, 25, the $15,000 third-place prize and Denis Evstuhin, 26, the $10,000 finalist prize. Thirty contestants, ages 18 to 30, from around the world competed in the event. * Chris Pasles
July 14, 2006 |
The piano used in the film "Casablanca" -- the one on which Dooley Wilson played "As Time Goes By" -- will be onstage tonight and Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl for the "Mediterranean Blue: From Fireworks to Fado" concerts with conductor John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Valued at more than $2.5 million and owned by Beverly Hills dentist Gary Milan, the salmon-colored piano will be played in the Suite from "Casablanca" by composer Max Steiner.
March 18, 1991 |
There are still a few American products in a class all their own. Listen, for instance, to the special timbre of Steinway pianos, favored by concert pianists worldwide. Just don't listen too closely. The next time you hear a Steinway, it could be one mass-produced in Japan. Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co. has just announced that it will soon begin designing and manufacturing upright and grand pianos for Waltham, Mass.-based Steinway Musical Properties Inc.
January 18, 1992 |
Where art and commerce meet, there may be a profit. That seems to be the hope of Steinway Musical Properties, which this week introduced in New York and here in the City of Orange, the products of its new, fourth subsidiary, the Boston Piano Co. "Designed by Steinway & Sons," and manufactured at a plant in Ryuyo, Japan, the new line of instruments--not including, incidentally, a concert grand--promises much for the so-called mid-price range, the range below the cost of a Steinway.
April 27, 1993 |
Don't call it a player piano. To Terry Lewis at Yamaha Corp. of America, it's a Mark II Disklavier, and it's the last great hope of the piano industry. Piano sales have been sinking for more than a decade. Changing musical tastes, cuts in school budgets for music instruction, the popularity of inexpensive electronic keyboards and tough competition for home entertainment dollars during the recession share the blame. But the Disklavier, Lewis said, is beginning to change that tune.