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October 2019

We hope you enjoy this edition of our “Piano News” mailer. The piano industry generates so much interesting news that we generally find ourselves with too many articles each month! When selecting articles, we try and include a cross section of industry news, piano buying advice, event information and general company news. With this in mind I hope we’ve ticked all the boxes this month. And as you’ll see in the first article below about nominating a piano teacher, we’re looking to you to supply suggestions for future articles.
 
If you are one of the lucky/unlucky pianists to be faced with piano exams this time of year, have a look at our “dealing with piano exam stress” article. Perhaps you’re starting to consider a meaningful Christmas present for a musical loved one, the newly released Kawai digital pianos featured this month might be just what you’re looking for. If an early Christmas present is on the cards, how about a ticket to our first concert at the IBS Pianos Cape Town showroom later this month? We’ve also included a short summary of our recent children’s focused technical workshop which I personally enjoyed very much. It’s been a while since we’ve held such an event and I am extremely glad they have started up again. 

As ever I hope to see you in our showroom, please drop by and try our pianos!
Ian Burgess-Simpson

Nominate a Piano Teacher

We would like to highlight the great work being done by piano teachers in our community by giving them a special mention in our upcoming newsletters. If you’ve come across a teacher, either personally or through your children, who you think is...
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Kawai Launches New Digital Pianos - CN29 and CN39

Earlier this year (2019) Kawai released upgrades to their incredibly popular mid-level digital pianos, namely the CN27 and CN37. The CN27 has been replaced by the CN29 and the CN37 replaced by the CN39. The excellent...
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Dealing with Piano Exam Pressure

The debate about whether piano exams are a broadly positive aspect of piano studies will rage on for as long as there are people who have different learning objectives and different learning styles – which as far as we can see is forever. At Ian Burgess-Simpson pianos we don’t want to antagonise any potential piano buyers...
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Event - Showcase of Fine Pianos and Fine Piano Music - Mark Nixon, Alex Gabriel, Christopher Duigan

Date: Thursday 24th October
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos - 19 Stibitz Street, Westlake
Cape Town audiences will get the opportunity to experience a unique and extraordinary event...
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Review - Piano Technical Basics for Kids

On Wednesday 25th September 2019 we ran a workshop in our Cape Town showroom and workshop looking at the basic technical make-up of acoustic and digital pianos. The idea was to provide an educational session for children during which they could learn...
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Video Feature - Pre-Owned Kawai RX-3 & RX-5

This month (October 2019) we're lucky enough to have two young pre-owned RX Kawai grand pianos on our showroom floor with almost identical histories. Apart from a slight difference in size they were both sold new by Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos and have been owned...
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Acoustic Pianos - Determinants of Price

In considering options for a suitable acoustic piano there are three main elements to take into account affecting piano value and suitability for purpose...
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Digital Pianos - Determinants of Price

In evaluating digital piano options, the main factors which determine pricing and quality differ from those affecting acoustic pianos. Here are some...
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