The Omega gets its second service

Last Thursday 20th June Walter Haas dropped by to service the Sauter Omega. He was in Singapore as the piano tech for the Singapore International Piano Festival, held at the School of the Arts (SOTA) auditorium, and had already spent two days getting the relatively young (2 years old) Steinway D into shape.

Walter arrived at 9am and stayed for about three hours. The action didn’t need regulation, but the hammers needed voicing, particular the A5-A6 octave. We had a great time chatting while he worked, but obviously not during the tuning before voicing. Interestingly, I hadn’t tuned the piano for about two months, but A4 was still at 440Hz — it hadn’t drifted at all!

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After he finished Walter headed off to SOTA to tune and tweak the D for Yevgeny Sudbin’s final practice session before the evening’s recital.

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Ideas for DIY piano lights

I found some LED strip lights while browsing through my local IKEA store. Gave me ideas for building my own piano lamp from them. I’ll post again if I actually get around to implementing the ideas. The one thing I really won’t know until I try these lights is whether or not they are bright enough for my old eyes. (Click on the captions under the pictures to go to the IKEA product pages. The prices shown are in Singapore dollars.)

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Rachmaninov Prelude in D Major, Op. 23 No. 4

I always ask Wzkit to play this when he is at my home because the wonderful harmonies and counterpoint sound so breathtaking on the Omega. So I finally took the plunge a few days ago and started working on the piece. I will never be able to master it but I’ll have lots of fun learning it anyway. It will take me ages of course, due largely to the lack of skill and time.

The Wikipedia entry for it is here. There are many recordings of it on YouTube but my personal favourite is the interpretation by the peerless Sviatoslav Richter.