Baldwin Model L

The Baldwin Grand Piano of the late 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s possessed technological innovations that provide for consistency of super tone quality in every piano built. These were patented innovations, which are not now available in any new pianos currently being built.

The instrument has been tuned, regulated, and voiced by a Registered Piano Technician of the Piano Technicians Guild to perform at a superior level expected from such a piano. This is an exceptional instrument that would be difficult to find anywhere, and we encourage you to come into our showroom to play it yourself and hear the difference. Please call us at 336-724-9612 to speak with us more about why this walnut Baldwin Model L #239979 is such an incomparable value.

Brodmann is Today’s Piano!

Brodmann Pianos are built with a heritage of quality!

The world-class design, tone, touch, materials, and quality of construction excel over other pianos that are significantly more expensive.

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Brodmann pianos feature European design, tradition, parts and materials, and most importantly, European sound!

Brodmann pianos offer incomparable value!

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Music Carolina Summerfest is in Full Swing!

Music Carolina presents Summerfest 2019! This exctiting event will last through AUgust 24, and features incredicle artists from all over the world.

We are proud to announce that Piedmont Music Center is a proud sponsor and venue for this long-running event that began in 2006. Music Carolina is, in fact, one of the most active musical organizations in North Carolina.

Please join us on Aug 20 at 7:30pm to enjoy a recital with Dmitri Shteinberg. Dmitri Shteinberg is a Russian-born artist who began his musical training in Moscow. When his family moved to Israel, he continued training and received his degree in piano performance from Tel-Aviv University Academy of Music. He received his Doctoral degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Equally adept as a recitalist and as a collaborative pianist, Shteinberg has performed extensively worldwide and is recorded on the Fleur de Son Classics label. Currently he teaches piano at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is recognized as one of North Carolina’s most renowned piano artists.

Learn more and buy tickets for this event: https://musiccarolina.org/summerfest-2019/

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for young piano players!

We are proud to support the Hayes School of Music Piano Competition this year, happening Saturday, October 26 2019. This opportunity is open to pianists in 8th through 12th grade, and offers prize awards ranging from $250-$1000 along with additional honors.

Read more about competition sponsor Lucy Chu:

Lucy Chu is a recognized piano teacher and music educator with 60+ years of teaching experience.

A native of Shanghai, Lucy received her Bachelors and Masters music performance degrees from Indiana University and continued her studies at the Juilliard and Mannes Schools of Music. She has also performed as a guest artist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 1989, she created and developed the E-Z Notes series of music teaching and learning tools, which are highly-regarded and endorsed by major composers and pedagogues.

Lucy’s initiative to underwrite the Hayes School of Music Piano Competition stems from her commitment to furthering music education at the pre-college level. She says, “the Hayes School of Music Piano Competition has been one of the most gratifying projects that I have had the pleasure of being a part of in my many years of supporting the arts. It is wonderful to hear and meet these dedicated young pianists with such inspirational talent. I look forward to watching them develop as young artists in the future.”

If you think your student may be interested in this competition, please contact Laura Chu Stokes at stokeslc@appstate.edu or 828.262.3020.

To register for this competition, visit this link: https://music.appstate.edu/pianocompetition

Looking to get your high schooler interested in learning how to play the piano? Stop by our showroom and let them try out one of our instruments!

The Painted Piano makes its debut!

A few weeks ago we posted about our Painted Piano project — a special piano handpainted by our very own Paula Webster, adorned with the names of celebrated musicians and intended to be an instrument that everyone can (and should!) play.

After a being rained out, we finally had a great opportunity to place the Painted Piano outside of a popular gallery in downtown Winston-Salem on a Gallery Hop evening, with amazing results! Here are a few shots we managed to capture of that fun evening.

What’s next for the Painted Piano? We’re thrilled to announce that it’s going to be one of the supporting stars in the upcoming production of Sister Act, beginning July 19th at the Stained Glass Playhouse. Make sure to head over to their website to learn how you can get tickets!

Where should we bring the Painted Piano next? Stop by our showroom to give us your ideas and find a piano that’s perfect for your next production!

Assessing value, quality, provenance, and condition

Appraising a piano

Oftentimes we get asked about the piano appraisal process. This isn’t done just to determine the monetary value of an instrument; it’s also an assessment of quality, craftsmanship, provenance, and more.

To give you a better idea of what an appraisal looks like, here is one we’ve completed for the Bechstein piano we currently have in our showroom. To learn more about this piano get in touch or stop in to play it yourself!

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Appraisal of Bechstein Model 8 Concert Vertical Piano in Satin Walnut finish Serial Number 175653 measuring 51.6” in height which, according to the Pierce Piano Atlas, was handcrafted in Germany in 1982 when the American Baldwin Piano Company owned the German Bechstein Company from 1963 until 1986.  This instrument is Bechstein’s flagship upright piano of which they are very proud. Many musicians consider it to be the finest design, from a musical dynamic range standpoint, of an upright piano available. Bechstein writes that this instrument Is built with the same care and precision of their world renowned Concert Grand and semi-concert grand pianos which are awarded the name C. Bechstein in honor of Carl Bechstein the founder of the Bechstein Piano Company in 1853.  Bechstein refers to the Concert model 8 as the ”King of Uprights.”

This particular instrument is in immaculate condition, both musically, structurally, and cosmetically, and does not appear to have been used extensively but properly maintained.  For practical purposes, I would say that it is in like new condition.

Handcrafted, musically impressively designed, pianos built by esteemed builders, such as Bechstein, have significant useful longevity if not subjected to negative environmental conditions or extensive use.  This instrument shows no evidence of any such abuse. As a result, when valuing such an instrument age, in years, is not a significant consideration. Rather, the current selling price of the same instrument should be the significant factor in determining the instruments fair market value.

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Brodmann: Exploring the value of European pianos

“Joseph Brodmann was renowned in 18th-century Vienna for his handcrafted pianos. Beethoven and other luminaries delighted Viennese audiences with the rich sound of Brodmann pianos.

Upon Brodmann’s retiring, he left his designs with his apprentice, Ignaz Bösendorfer, who went on to worldwide fame. Today, Joseph Brodmann’s heritage lives on in our exceptional pianos.”

That’s an excerpt from the official Brodmann Piano USA website, but the history of European pianos needs many more words than that. We recently posted a blog that took a deep dive into what makes them so special, and Brodmann is a name that needs to be mentioned in that conversation.

Joseph Brodmann was a well-known piano maker in Vienna in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Ignaz Bösendorfer apprenticed in Brodmann’s workshop and eventually took it over, producing the first Bösendorfer pianos there.

Modern Brodmann was founded back in 2004 by two Bösendorfer executives. Originally the Brodmann line was planned as a possible second line for Bösendorfer, but the company abandoned the idea. U.S. distribution rights to the Brodmann line are owned by Piano Marketing Group; for all other parts of the world, the factory sells directly through its own distributor network.

The best way to truly discover what makes a Brodmann special is by visiting our showroom to hear it for yourself! We truly have a European piano for every home — including Brodmann!

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The Beauty and Value of European Pianos

In Europe, the profession of “piano maker” is celebrated the way that those in the US and other countries emphasize the work of doctors or lawyers. Ambitious makers begin their journey with a nearly four-year apprenticeship before working for several years before reaching mastery level.

Because of the high skill level required to become known for pianomaking, European pianos from makers like Bechstein, Seiler, and Brodmann retain their value steadily throughout generations. The Bechstein Model 8 Concert Vertical (pictured above) that we currently feature in our showroom was handcrafted in 1982 from natural walnut as in near-new condition.

Seiler is another pianomaker of note, and the love and passion for music can be seen in each hand-crafted detail of this piano. It’s an instrument that needs to be seen and played to truly be appreciated. Don’t hesitate to stop into our showroom and ask more about this amazing piece.

Brodmann is the third pianomaker we feature in our showroom. These pianos boast the same quality and craftsmanship as the music world has come to know from prestigious European pianos.

Please check our hours and social media pages to learn more about how you can play these beautiful instruments and even make one a part of your home!

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The Painted Piano

Have you always wanted a piano in your home? It’s a great addition to any family of any size, with any budget, and we want to help make it happen.

To show how much we think learning how to play can support the love of arts and innovation, we’re placing our Painted Piano at 625 N. Trade St this Friday June 7 for the monthly gallery hop event.

This upright piano was hand-painted by our very our Paula Webster, with the names of famous musicians throughout the intricate vines.

Please take a moment to play a few tunes — or a whole concert — and if you love it come and visit our showroom to find out how your home can have a piano too!

Make sure to tag your social media posts with #PaintedPianoWSNC — we’ll share your pics and videos on our own accounts for the world to see, so make sure you start practicing!

Ready to buy a piano now, without waiting until Friday? Call or stop by our showroom on Broad Street in Winston-Salem to see the inventory we have at prices for all lifestyles.

Yes – we’re still open!

For a long time now, many drivers have traveled past our showroom on Broad Street and have seen large signs advertising our liquidation sale. While it’s true that we’re in the process of a transition, our showroom is still open regular business hours.

Changes are happening all around us in Winston Salem, and we want to keep up with the evolution. Piedmont Music Center is being liquidated to create a new entity that will help revitalize the public’s interest in the acoustic piano.

There will be more news to come about Pianoforte Carolina but in the meantime we’re starting our work by sharing the news – we’re still open for business! We have a wide variety of upright/vertical pianos in our showroom at prices that every household can afford, especially families that are just beginning to learn how to play.

Stop in when you’re near our store downtown. We are kid-friendly and have delivery options and will work with any budget!