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Winterfest, Seattle Center HouseDecember 11th, 2009

Every year we have the holiday pleasure of providing the grand piano for the Garfield High School Jazz Band concert at the Center House as part of the City of Seattle's Winterfest Carnival. The concert is on Friday evening. Please check back closer to the date for exact time and date.

 
Anacortes Jazz FestivalAugust 29th, 2009

We are really pleased to again be providing pianos for the 5th Annual Anacortes Jazz Festival on the wharf and in the Port Warehouse in Anacortes. This is our 5th year providing the pianos, and each year the festival has grown and been even more successful. We like to think our pianos have some role in that success. Go to www.anacortes.org for details on performers and dates.

 
Seattle Repertory Jazz OrchestraAugust 6th, 2009

We'll be providing the grand piano for this concert at the Seattle Center House at 7:30 on Thursday, August 6. The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is a very well known and respected group, one of whose goals is to keep alive the great big band jazz standards. Many local jazz luminaries are members of this terrific group.

 
Amadeus Project Recital Hall--BellinghamJune 13th, 2009

We are very pleased that Tofer Wade, owner of the non profit music school, The Amadeus Project in Bellingham, chose our Fandrich & Sons 6'8" grand to pair with his 7'Schimmel as the concert pianos in this terrific venue. He schedules an ongoing concert series there and the hall is available for recitals and performances. For details contact Tofer Wade,toferwade@yahoo.com.

 
The Backstage Bistro, Walla Walla, WAJune 13th, 2009

The Backstage Bistro, steakhouse and live music venue in downtown Walla Walls, WA has chosen our Fandrich & Sons 6'1' 185S for their house piano, and we hear that it has been dubbed the "finest piano in Walla Walla!". The restaurant features live classical music on Wednesday evenings and jazz on Saturday nights. Contact owner and proprietor Bob Parrish, rjparrish@charter.net for schedule (and menu) details.

 
Lucia Douglas GalleryOctober 20th, 2006

See our upright model 126V in performance for the Art of Jazz series at the Lucia Douglas Gallery in Bellingham. This is an ongoing series every year. For details visit www.jazzproject.org

"When I started looking for a vertical piano I set out to get a good one. First, I read Larry Fine's book cover to cover. Then I went to 15 piano shops in the San Francisco Bay Area and played about 50 pianos from 14 different piano manufacturers. I also used the Internet to ask questions of registered piano technicians on their opinions of the tuning stability, manufacturing quality, serviceability and general opinions of the pianos I had played. Finally, I retained a consultant, the president of the local piano technician's guild, to supplement my musician's-ear approach to evaluating pianos. He told me not to make a decision before going to see Darrell Fandrich's pianos. By far the single most important factor, however, was my own ears. I played many vertical pianos that were over $20,000 that were uneven across the scale. I played many others that, despite the illustrious name on the fallboard, had part but not all of the tonal qualities I was seeking. Basically, at a premium price I could find brightness and tonal clarity or I could find warmth and richness. But I couldn't find both these qualities in one instrument. Until I visited Darrell Fandrich. I chose the 49" Wilhelm Steinberg vertical piano outfitted with the Fandrich & Sons action. I found this piano to have a superb action, very smooth scale and a sound that integrated the best of the European clarity and American warmth that I had been seeking. I didn't make this decision on price, but I was pleased that the piano that really made my heart sing was less than half the price of what the instruments I was comparing it to sell for. I was also very impressed with the 6'11" Fandrich & Sons grand. I have played many, many Steinway B series grands over the years. (In fact, it has also been 20+ years since I played a really good New York Steinway.) But the Fandrich & Sons grand had it. It had the same kind of singing lyricism as a really good New York Steinway prepped right. I was thrilled. And to think that this piano sells for $26,000! If I had the room in my house for a grand I would have taken the piano home with me right then. My advice to other piano shoppers is that Fandrich & Sons pianos are targeted at a particular segment of piano buying population; Those that:

1. Have good enough ears to recognize a really good instrument when they see it
2. Are driven more by musical considerations than those of status aka 'fallboard fixation'
3. Are not sufficiently wealthy to eliminate price from being an issue to which they pay attention

If you find yourself in the same category as I then you owe it to yourself to try out Fandrich & Sons pianos and let your ears be the judge. I flew all the way from San Francisco and am delighted I did."


-- Terry Tippie
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