Lovely post by David Burton on his Blog (this is a little late, but better late than never)

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Just returned from NYC on Thursday. Must report a great loss to many of us. Carl Demler of Beethoven Pianos in NYC has passed suddenly at 79. I will remember the kindest set of brown eyes I shall never see again. I counted Carl a good friend. He is missed already. Many of his staff have considered collecting their memories and reminiscences concerning him into some kind of book. I hope they do. I would be willing to help in its technical editing and design. 

His family and staff are continuing Beethoven Pianos and while there I played their Hamburg Steinway D - a piano of great character, perhaps too bright for some, but not irritatingly bright. After all, it's a Steinway D. I also played a Sauter concert grand, one of their uprights and a remarkable Grotrian upright that actually beat out another excellent Steinway B they had there. This Grotrian upright actually had the best action of those I played with the exception of their Steinway D in the concert area. 

Those who might think me crass for promoting pianos at the same time I announce the passing of the master of the store perhaps wont get it: Beethoven's needs to continue. It has a unique place among its worthy competition on New York's piano row. It's craftsmen are incredible artists and technicians who make these great pianos perform as they do. The Sauter concert grand was a beautiful piano with a nice firm touch and warm sound. Rather than the usual black, this piano perhaps mahogany or some darker wood If you are in the market for an incredible concert piano or your own practice piano, please consider Beethoven Pianos www.beethovenpianos.com

Carl Demler's Obituary Notice in the New York Times

 

Beethoven Pianos Featured in The New York Time's Editor's Choice: The Grand Obsession by Perri Knize

NEW YORK TIMES "EDITOR'S CHOICE."  WASHINGTON POST "BEST OF 2008."

The daughter of a professional musician, Perri Knize was raised in a home saturated in classical music, but it wasn't until midlife, in the midst of her successful career as a investigative reporter, that she realized she'd missed her true calling –the piano. After years of lessons, she decides to buy a piano of her own and begins her search. She falls madly, illogically, in love with a rare German grand she discovers in a New York City Showroom. After a long dalliance, Knize refinances her house to buy this "magic" instrument she dubs "Marlene", after Dietrich, for its sultry voice. But when Marlene arrives at her home in Montana, the sound that transfixed her is gone, the tone dead and dull. One piano tuner after another arrives to fix it, but no one can. 

Rather than send the piano back, Knize embarks on a mad quest to restore the instrument to its rightful sound –and to understand the reason for its elusive power. Putting her investigative skills to work, she falls down a rabbit hole into a hidden world, discovering a tribe of concert artists, dealers, technicians, composers, designers, physicists, philosophers, passionate amateurs, and instrument builders –intriguing and eccentric characters all –whose lives have also been transformed by the spell if a piano. She even hikes into the Austrian Alps to learn how the special trees used to build her piano are grown and harvested. With each step of her journey, Knize draws ever-closer to uncovering the reason her piano's sound vanished, how to get it back, and the deeper secret of how music leads us to a direct experience of the nature of reality. 

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Beethoven's Grotrian Concert Grand Featured at Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City Part II

Performance recorded as part of "Songs of Inspiration: Broadway Goes to Church" on October 5, 2015 at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City.

Arranged and conducted: by Garrett Taylor
Grand Piano: Grotrian 7'4" Model 225 Concert
Audio mixing and video editing:Au by Christopher Tse using Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X
A Cam: Canon 70D at 1080p24 with 18-135mm STM lens.
B Cam: Sony AX100 at 4K/24p.
Footage processed with Osiris ImpulZ Film Emulation (FujiColor 200).

Beethoven's Grotrian Concert Grand Featured at Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City Part I

Performance recorded as part of "Songs of Inspiration: Broadway Goes to Church" on October 5, 2015 at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City.


Musical Director: Garrett Taylor
Grand Piano: Grotrian 7'4" Model 225 Concert
Audio Mixing: Christopher Tse using Logic Pro X
Video: shot and edited by Christopher Tse using Final Cut Pro X
A Cam: Canon 70D at 1080p24 with 18-135mm STM lens.
B Cam: Sony AX100 at 4K/24p.
Footage processed with Osiris ImpulZ Film Emulation (FujiColor 200).

Beethoven Piano Move to 211 58th Street Mentioned on WQXR.com: Musical Chairs on Piano Row as Klavierhaus Moves Out

New York’s Piano Row just got smaller.

The piano dealer Klavierhaus, a favored haunt for international pianists since the 1990s, on Monday moved out of its storefront showroom on West 58th St. after a competitor, Beethoven Pianos, purchased the building and took over its space. Klavierhaus has moved to a new location several blocks away.

The transaction is the latest in a series of moves that signal the downsizing of the midtown piano retail district, which sits between Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and for decades has drawn piano buyers from around the world. (Also remaining are Faust-Harrison and Allegro Pianos, a far cry from the 1980s when nearly a dozen piano businesses ruled the block.)

Beethoven Pianos will lose about 2,000 square feet when it moves to the new 4,000-square-foot storefront, a move that is expected next week. Demler notes, however, that much of his company’s restoration work is done out of a 34,000-square-foot facility in the Bronx. A fixture on Piano Row for more than 40 years, Beethoven Pianos is known for its more populist appeal and ability to attract walk-in clients.

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The New York Times features our very own Carl Demler: With Building’s Sale, Piano Row Will Lose Another Key

** Beethoven Pianos moved to a new location across the street at 211 West 58th Street

Carl Demler, the owner of the building and the store — Beethoven Pianos — said he was selling the building to the Extell Development Corporation, which bought the building next door several years ago and has recently torn it down. He said he would hand over the keys on Monday. He also said that he expected to move Beethoven Pianos into another storefront on Piano Row but had not signed a lease.

The building he is selling was built “three years before Carnegie” — and if you wanted to get there from his front door, you could have practiced going right, walking to the end of the block, crossing Seventh Avenue, turning right again and then crossing West 57th Street to reach the famous concert hall. Mr. Demler, a soft-spoken man who seems to have a dry sense of humor, said he discovered the building 22 years ago, when it was “just a shell.

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Beethoven Pianos Featured in Short Documentary: The Final Note

The Final Note is a portrait of our Beethoven Piano's Warehouse in the South Bronx. Beethoven Pianos has roughly 400 pianos stored there, where eccentric yet passionate piano technicians work hard to restore them. This short documentary directed and filmed by Mayeta Clark, touches on the decline of a once majestic industry and depicts the remaining few that hold on to the high craft of piano restoration.