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Ron Meador

New York, NY | Mar 16, 2009 | 1927 Steinway L

I took the attitude for a number of years that I didn't deserve a grand piano, that I wasn't good enough. And maybe that's why I looked at pianos for 15 years, 20 years. Because, while I always loved them, I felt I had to be at the upper echelon of playing to deserve it. But then I realized you only live once, and maybe it's the process of discovery which is just as important as getting there.

What I'm finding now, first of all, I think the beautiful piano is making me play a lot better, number one. Number two, even if it didn't, who cares? The point is that I'm living my life and playing on such a gorgeous instrument that I get a tremendous amount of direct satisfaction from that. And, at the same time, yes, it's very inspiring.

I find that the pianos that were made in the vintage era, maybe the 1920's, 1930's, 1940's, et cetera, just seem to have a tone which, I think, is very difficult to reproduce today. And it tends to be, in my opinion, a round, rich sound. I spent a good number of years searching for a piano that I would just really fall in love with. And I visited many new showrooms that sold new and used pianos. I visited a number of rebuilders.

What happened with Lindeblad, I had come here about eight years ago, eight years prior. And I think, I'm not exactly sure, but I think I had just seen a little ad. I figured I'd take a trip to New Jersey from New York City. And I remembered that I found it a very intimate, comfortable setting. And I liked the pianos I saw here a lot.

I subsequently spent the next number of years just looking, casually looking, with the thought of actually, perhaps, purchasing someday. And when I decided to make the purchase a few months ago, again, I went back to various rebuilders, and then came here. And when I walked in here, I just felt that I was correct in my opinion from years back, both in terms of the Lindeblad family being very gracious, and understanding, and patient, and also I just felt that these pianos somehow were superior to what I had played elsewhere.

I've asked myself that same question, why should their pianos be any different than another rebuilder? But I think the bottom line, it's not just pieces of wood and metal. I think it's more than that, perhaps some unknown element, perhaps some creative element. A combination of that, skill, experience, and also understanding what the customer is looking for.

Now, what I like in a piano might be somewhat different than someone else. And the Lindeblads were very careful to listen to what I was looking for, and actually make adjustments on the piano, which is very possible to do, to help me attain that sound and tone that I was really searching out. Pianos can sound very bright and, on the other end of the spectrum, they can sound more mellow. And some people like a bright sound, some like a mellow sound.

For me, I've always liked that mellow, vintage sound. So I started off by finding a piano in this showroom that had that basic sound. But, what I've learned over the years, there's also a lot that can be done to a piano once you actually have it in your house. And you can make adjustments on the hammers, on the strings, on a number of variables, on the action, to really fine-tune it to what you're looking for.

That doesn't mean anything was wrong with the piano when I bought it. I thought a beautiful, first-rate piano was delivered to me. Mr. Lindeblad worked with me on fine-tuning that piano both in the showroom and then, also very importantly, when I got home. I had certain very minor adjustments I wanted done and he worked with me and with my technician to make sure that I was 100% pleased with the final product. It wasn't just delivered, dropped off, see you later.

And, to this day, he's very concerned that I'm extremely happy, beyond happy. That's just a part of my life that I really can't live without him. He ensures that, that takes place. If I have any concerns or questions and call him, he's always there for me to back me up, and give guidance, and make suggestions. And that's extremely important.

I just have always loved piano with a passion. I think there's nothing like the piano in terms of the sounds, and the chords. In my case, I really enjoy jazz and jazz improvisation, and I work with a couple of very fine teachers in the area. In my profession, I'm a physical therapist by trade.

I feel I'm a very creative person that really needs a balance of my life. So when I come home and sit down at the piano, it just affords me that combination that I'm looking for, especially the piano I have now because it's such a joy to play, and the sounds. And I can't even speak highly enough about it. I'm glad I spent my money on the piano rather than a therapist. I could easily have done that. And that's how I get my therapy, I come home and I just hear these beautiful sounds.