Faust Harrison Pianos Showroom To Unveil Contest Results Four Years In The Making, And A $60,000 Piano In The Offing
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Faust Harrison Pianos Showroom To Unveil Contest Results Four Years In The Making, And A $ 60,000 Piano In The Offing
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 21, 2004
On November 7, 2004, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Faust Harrison Pianos will unveil the results of a contest that will reward a pianist a piano worth over $ 60,000 (MSRP) for a good guess. The results are to be announced by the end of the day at the Faust Harrison Pianos Showroom at 205 West 58th Street in New York City. Those unable to attend can watch the results on the companyÂÂs Website (http://www.faustharrisonpianos.com).
Over 282 qualified pianists were invited to the Faust Harrison showroom to evaluate new American-made Steinway and Mason & Hamlin seven-foot grand pianos, a study in excellence. The criteria on which the instruments were judged were: sound, touch, and overall quality; the contest lay in a single set of predictions, with each pianist being asked to guess how each piano would fare, what they believed the other pianists were most likely to say. The pianist who predicted most accurately will be awarded a new Mason & Hamlin model BB grand piano or a new Steinway model B grand piano, each of which is worth over $ 60,000 (MSRP).
This is an important study, as there has been nothing like it for well over a century. In the latter half of the Nineteenth Century, there were myriad expositions in which the top piano manufacturers from both the Continent and the New World came to show their wears, fruits of their forward-looking talents and artisanship. In the Twentieth century, with the lack of cultural interest, such competitions fell off, making decisions for the consumer even more difficult. When looking to spend thousands on an instrument, expert experience is always helpful. Faust Harrison Pianos, in organizing this competition, makes the move to fill this gap, creating a sort of Consumer Reports for pianoÂÂthough, in this case, the consumers happen to be among the most talented players of their generation. The people at Faust Harrison hope that this contest would serve as a modelÂÂand an inspirationÂÂfor piano evaluations in the future.
Unlike the exhibitions in the Romantic era (where supposedly impartial judges were often crooked) Faust Harrison Pianos has gone to great lengths to ensure the complete objectivity of the judges, and therefore guarantee accurateÂÂand decision-making-worthyÂÂinformation. Two neutral observers will be present at the event: Larry Fine (well-known author of The Piano Book) and Frank Baxter (host of the PianoWorld Website). The two of them will select envelopes, one at a time, and confirm that the seals are intact, after which they will open them. Subsequently, the completed forms in each envelope will be scanned and sent to the Faust Harrison Pianos Website; the data will be tabulated and summarizedÂÂand on the site you can watch the data accumulate in real time.
First prize will be one of the above-mentioned pianos; second prize, a transferable coupon worth $ 10,000 towards the purchase of a new grand piano in the Faust Harrison inventory; third prize, a transferable coupon worth $ 5,000 towards the purchase of a new grand piano in the Faust Harrison inventory; fourth prize, to be awarded to each of 50 participants, a transferable coupon worth $ 1,500 towards the purchase of a new grand piano in the Faust Harrison inventory. The coupons have no cash value and so should not be taxable, but winners will be advised to check with their tax advisers.
For further information, please contact Tony Scafide at 917 217‑firstname.lastname@example.org or Faust Harrison Pianos at 212 489‑0666, or visit the Website at http://www.faustharrisonpianos.com.
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