I do want to say how much I have enjoyed your salon concerts. I have heard so many excellent concerts at Farley's House of Pianos. Each concert has been excellent & always the pianos, whether the solo instrument or the accompanying instrument, have been wonderful to hear.
Your recent Alessio Bax concert was absolutely stunning.
I hope you'll continue to inform me of your upcoming events. Your concerts with Alessio Bax, Paul Badura-Skoda, etc. have ranked right up there with the great Chicago concerts I heard years ago.
We wanted to let you know that we are absolutely thrilled to have our Baldwin SD10 (1968 Model restored by you in 2002) in our Music Room. We "grew up" in graduate school at the Cincinnati Conservatory with Baldwins. Only doctoral students were allowed to perform on the SD10s there. This is a piano worthy of any concert stage! We always dreamed of having a grand piano such as this, let alone a concert grand, in our house! It is a joy to practice on it, prepare for upcoming concerts, and we also look forward to doing some recording on it. The action is unbelievably even and the damper pedal is very sensitive. The piano has a wonderfully full cantabile tone and a booming bass.
As my former piano teacher and mentor, Dr. Alexandra Pierce, (a very discriminating listener and owner of fine pianos) said when she heard our piano, "What a Beauty!"
We kind of "chanced upon" this piano one beautiful August summer day, driving through Madison on our way home from Dubuque, Iowa. It seems that "fate was on our side" that day when we discovered this wonderful piano at Farley's Pianos.
James and Susan McKeever
UW-Parkside Music Faculty Members
Tim and Renee,
Many, many thanks for the beautiful work on our piano. Merritt Wilson was over in September and played the piano for us and friends. My siblings cannot believe it is the same piano we grew up with. I wish you a great 2009!
January 22, 2008
I want you and your associates to know how thrilled Angela and I were upon the return of our Steinway baby grand that you reconditioned for us. As you know, this is a piano I purchased as a wedding present for Angela in 1968 from the estate of a piano teacher in suburban Milwakuee who had given Angela lessons as a girl. It has been with us ever since, traveling from our early apartments, through several homes, to our current residence in Middleton. Throughout that 40 years, both Angela and I have enjoyed it, and all of our children learned to play on it.
Although we have done our best to keep the piano in good shape, all that moving around and extensive use took its toll. As you observed when you first came to see it, it needed substantial renovation, including keys, strings, pegs, pedestal and finish.
It was hard being without our Steinway for those months, although it was kind of you to provide me a "loaner" to use. But it was worth the wait. It looks and sounds absolutely beautiful, better than it ever has during the time we have owned it. Since it returned to our living room, I've had a very difficult time leaving the piano and heading off to work each morning.
We want to thank you and your talented technicians for restoring this beautiful instrument that we can now enjoy for many years. Please convey our gratitude to all who were involved.
Jeffery B. Bartell
January 17, 2008
We wanted to write and tell you how happy we are with our restored piano! Not only is it beautiful but its sound is wonderful. Our son and daughter-in-law are really enjoying having it in their home. Kris loves the touch and sound she gets when playing the piano and her students are enjoying hearing about the history as well as playing on it. One of my biggest joys was hearing Paul playing over the holiday season! Our son Brent also sat down to play and I tried the few hymns I know. How fun it was to hear Paul and Kris trying
some duets together! Thank you for your skill and expertise but also the love and care you put into the amazing work you and your team do. We will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the piano in 2008 with the knowledge that it will continue to perform during the next hundred years!
Paul and Jean Sandrock