In January of 2011, I wrote a blog called “Finding the Ultimate Worship Keyboard” hoping that my experience as both a worship leader and a professional piano consultant would help other Music Ministers better navigate the confusing waters of piano (and keyboard) retail. To my surprise, that blog quickly exploded into the most read – and one of the most commented upon – blogs in Gist history. Now, over six years later, new technologies and considerations have given me reason to revisit this topic and (perhaps) expand upon it. As always, it is my sincere hope that my experiences will help you find the worship tool that best fits your needs and those of your ministry. I am sure some folks will disagree with my conclusions, but (God willing) the meat of these discussions will nourish all of us! Thank you for reading and God bless!
The flowers are blooming; the leaves are poking out and everywhere the sounds of unlucky allergy sufferers sniffling and sneezing their way around town fill the air. That’s right, Kentuckiana, Spring is here and it’s time to start getting ready for Derby!
What are you doing for your Derby party this year?
Why not karaoke? Did you know that our QRS PNO3 System is full of fun sing-a-long music designed to make your party the talk of the town? Gather around your tablet and sing along as the words appear on your screen. The piano will provide all the background music – including drums! Make your party SWING with a player piano from Gist! Right now, we have player piano specials starting at $15,000 and we can guarantee pre-Derby delivery… but act NOW! Time is running out!
Already have a piano? Contact us today and we’ll ADD player technology to your existing instrument! We can bring your piano in, clean it, tune it and install the system just in time for the festivities! Contact us today for custom options and our 2017 Derby Discount!
Maybe you plan to have a live piano player at your party? If so, make sure you’re piano’s in tune and ready for the big event. Contact our Service Department and request a Priority Pre-Derby Tuning Appointment now. …but hurry! We’re filling up fast!
Need to move your piano into another room or enclosure for your Derby party? Contact us now and we’ll not only agree to move your piano, we’ll offer you a special Derby Discount (good between now and Oaks). Don’t wait! Get on the schedule today!
The sounds of Thunder will soon fill the air and everybody will be celebrating! Let us help you make YOUR Derby party stand out this year! Lead the pack with sensational musical experience from Gist!
Gist Piano Center and the SMC Corporation, US are proud to announce a new partnership between Gist and the Seiler Piano Company. This partnership gives Louisville and surrounding area residents their first-ever access to the legendary line of Seiler pianos.
Since 1849, the Seiler family has been handcrafting World-class pianos in Kitzingen Germany. Considered by many to the be finest pianos made in the World, these limited-production instruments have (until recently) only been available to the European Piano Market. However, in 2008, the SMC Corporation purchased the Seiler company, the factory and even the forest from which Seiler pianos get much of their wood. Now, not only are Seiler pianos coming to America in a big way, but they are also taking the Internet by storm.
Here are just a few examples:
- “Problem” by Ariana Grande (video)
- “All of Me” by John Legend (video)
- “Demons” by Imagine Dragons (video)
These incredible instruments now come in three distinct lines. The handcrafted German Seiler models remain at the very height of piano building. For the most discerning pianists, these instruments offer unparalleled performance and beauty. For serious players, teachers and universities, the Edward Seiler line is derived from the most popular German models and handcrafted in Indonesia – bringing the World-class quality of Seiler pianos to an entirely new (and more budget-conscious) clientele. Johannes Seiler pianos also feature World-class German engineering at an attractive price for all budget ranges.
Together, the three lines of Seiler pianos give Louisville-area residents their first taste of German engineering at its best with a European tonal flair. They are a definite delight to the senses – as well as an affordable option for any home.
Come in and explore the all-new Seiler pianos at Gist Piano Center and join us in wishing Seiler a warm “willkommen” to Louisville!
…and, for more information on Seiler pianos, watch this fantastic video!
Have you ever dreamed of performing LIVE with a legendary pianist?
Well, thanks to a special partnership between Gist Piano Center and Roland, you can win a chance to do JUST THAT!
Five-time Platinum-selling pianist and songwriter, Jim Brickman, is coming to Louisville this Holiday Season and we’re offering members of our Partners In Education program the experience of a lifetime!
Jim is bringing his LIVE concert event “Comfort and Joy” to The Brown Theater on Tuesday, December 20. All PIE students (and their family members) who purchase tickets to this show may register with James at Gist Piano Center to attend a special PRIVATE sound check with Jim!
Better yet – If you are a current member of PIE – between the ages of 10 and 18, AND you can perform a Holiday song or a Jim Brickman tune – then you may audition for an opportunity to perform LIVE – ON STAGE with Jim Brickman!
To audition for this experience of a lifetime, have your teacher contact James at Gist Piano Center. Auditions will occur on Saturday, November 5 at Gist Piano Center in Louisville. A MAXIMUM of 50 students will be allowed to audition and Jim will select one or two students to perform with him LIVE at his December 20th show!
Students will audition on the all-new Roland LX-17 digital piano and judges will evaluate performances based on technique, interpretation and the creative use of the Roland LX-17. Each student will schedule at least two practice sessions on the Roland piano prior to the audition. All students must complete a registration form, provide proof of print music purchase (no photocopies allowed) and have a signed media release form to audition. Winners will be announced on Gist Piano Center Louisville’s Facebook page.
Summer Time. It’s a great time to relax, take vacations, and try new some new things. Not a week goes by where we don’t hear about someone who wishes they had taken piano lessons or had never stopped taking piano lessons. It’s never too late to learn, and that’s the truth!
While starting piano lessons and purchasing a piano *gulp* may seem daunting and too expensive, partnering with Roland US, we have made it even easier to get started learning the piano, or upgrading to a better instrument!
But first, let me tell you about the pianos!
Just the facts –
*All Roland digital pianos have progressive hammer action weighted keys (what?! – this means that the action of the keys feels like an acoustic piano – you play harder, sounds louder – you play lightly, sounds softer – the keys progressively feel heavier to lighter (like on an acoustic piano)
* All Roland digital pianos have (at least) a sustain pedal. You will need this – trust me.
* All Roland digital pianos do not need to be tuned (see, already saving you money!)
* All Roland digital pianos have SuperNATURAL piano sound (again, what?! Are there ghosts in the piano? No. “While traditional digital designs focus on creating a simple snapshot of an acoustic piano’s sound, SuperNATURAL Piano gives pianists a complete playing experience, with the touch, feel, and tonal behavior of a real acoustic grand.” Look here for more info.
*Roland has FREE piano apps available to help with learning and some other great learning tools. Check out our Pinterest page for a list of some that are available.
*Some Roland digital pianos even have Bluetooth capabilities! This makes it even easier to connect your piano to your tablet and access some pretty awesome piano apps (we even give you some free music that you can download with select pianos).
*All Roland digital pianos come with great warranties – from 5-10 years, depending on the model. Don’t worry, this instrument will last!
But that’s not all! Roland has made special LOW INTEREST financing available on their current model pianos until August 31, 2017. (Limited to two pianos per buyer. Credit approval required)
- 12-Month Same as Cash with $0 down
- 36-month or 60-month financing at 7.99% APR with $0 down