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Have You Seen This? Can you hear the difference of a cheap piano and an expensive piano?
Can you hear the difference between a $600 piano and a $363,000 piano? My guess is you can. - photo by John Clyde

THE PIANO STORE Personally, I think the piano is one of the most beautiful instruments on the planet.

The sound and emotion it can evoke are powerful and memorable. Some of my fondest memories as a child are of my siblings and I dancing around our living room as our father played the piano.

In hopes of me following in his footsteps, I took piano lessons for nearly five years with aspirations of playing like a maestro. As it turned out, I was a lazy child and never practiced and all of my lessons culminated with a rousing rendition of "I've Been Working on the Railroad," filled with halted stops and missed notes.

I don't know if I'd call my lack of focus while learning piano a great regret as much as a sincere annoyance.

Even though my musical skills rival that of a dying turtle, I do appreciate music and specifically the piano. This video asks if we can hear the difference between an expensive piano and a cheap one. When I started watching the video I thought it may be tough, but it wasn't at all. In fact, it was easier than learning how to play "I've Been Working on the Railroad."

"Clair de lune" is always beautiful in the hands of a professional and it was true with the $600 piano. But then he plays progressively more expensive pianos and the sound gets increasingly beautiful and culminates in the crisp tones of a $363,000 piano.

So if you want a really incredible and pristine sound from a piano you have one decision to make: do you want a piano or a house?
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