Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fazioli Piano to appear in new movie with Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson

VANCOUVER, BC - Showcase Pianos received three signed photographs from actors Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson to thanking the piano store for the use of a beautiful Fazioli grand piano.

The three 'kings of comedy' are starring in a movie called "The Big Year" which is due to be released next year. The plot summary on IMDB reads: "Three avid bird watchers compete to spot the rarest birds in North America at a prestigious annual event."

The Fazioli piano was delivered to a beautiful $15 million dollar home that was used as the set. The movie also starrs Rashida Jones, known for her appearances on the hit TV series 'The Office', Brian Dennehy, and Anjelica Huston.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Showcase Pianos Releases New Fazioli Commercial

VANCOUVER, BC - Although he has turned down other requests to appear in commercials, young pianist Iain Ang graciously accepted our invitation to appear in a new commercial about Fazioli pianos. Unfortunately the new commercial does not let us hearor see Iain's amazing talent, but we're sure you'll be hearing about his concerts one day. Iain Ang was the 9 year old pianist that played the opening song for the concert in honour of Mr. Fazioli's visit to Vancouver in January of 2009. The commercial was produced by Kevin Li of Little Ram Productions.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bechstein's 'W. Hoffmann' Pianos

VANCOUVER, BC - Showcase Pianos is pleased to announced that it has now begun making available the 'W. Hoffmann' line of the famous German piano maker Bechstein.

Alberta's preeminent concert technician Michael Lipnicki - who has been known to fly out to tune pianos in Vancouver at the request of certain well known pianists - recommended the piano line after having brought some in for himself. Mr. Lipnicki was impressed with the W. Hoffmann's excellent tone, and mentioned that they are so very well prepared in Germany.

The "W. Hoffmann" is not to be confused with the piano with a similar name that is made in China. The "W. Hoffmann" is completely made in Europe by Bechstein. Prices start at $7,998 for an upright, and at $25,998 for a grand.

Larry Fine's new 'Piano Buyer' Guide places the 'W. Hoffmann' piano in the 'Performance Grade' category 3, just one down from New York's well known 'Steinway', and higher than the Yamahas and Kawais that are in the 'Consumer Grade' category.

See pages 46 and 47 here:

We warmly welcome you to come and try the pianos for yourself! The "W. Hoffmann" line of pianos is on display at both locations of Showcase Pianos, together with Grotrian and Fazioli pianos. Please visit our website for more information:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hedley video featuring Baldwin grand from Showcase Pianos wins 2010 Much Music 'Video of the Year' Award

Vancouver, BC - Canadian pop rock band 'Hedley' borrowed this Baldwin grand piano record the music video for their new song 'Perfect', which just won ‘Video of the Year’ at the 2010 Much Music Video Awards on the 20th of June!!

The piano, a 5'2" Baldwin M1 grand piano is currently available for sale at Showcase Pianos. Although the video shows the satin finished piano being sat on by the singers, the piano was completely refinished upon its return to Showcase Pianos, and is now listed as a used piano, but it has never been sold before.

Hedley's music has been heard by millions around the world as they performed their hit song "Cha Ching" at the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Click here to see the video: