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1968 Steinway B

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Some pianos are just special. That's how I feel about this Steinway Model B from 1968. Perhaps it's not surprising considering its provenance: it was the personal piano of Donald Kemp--a prominent musical figure in Las Vegas who played for various high-profile orchestras and dance bands, personally accompanied Frank Sinatra and Barbara Streisand, and founded the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center. 

 

The mid-tone wood case, redolent of the period in which Kemp worked, is maintained in very good condition but it's really the sound that's so remarkable with it's depth of tone and wide color palette. Again, some pianos are just special.

 

Happily, because this piano had spent most of its life in the relatively-stable climate of Las Vegas the soundboard and pinblock are in solid condition and won't be in need of restoration for the foreseeable future. By keeping the original parts--with some reconditioning, action regulation, and tone voicing--my goal with this piano is to bring a beautifully-functioning large Steinway within reach of of a church or pianist without breaking the budget. If greater restoration is desired before taking ownership that can be discussed and arranged.

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