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    [–] Banks and schufa Spidron 4 points ago in germany

    You actually do not get a real credit card with the ING-DiBa account (speaking of the free card here, that is included with the account).

    It's a VISA card that works as a debit card. That means if you use it, the amount will be deducted from your account immediately. If the account is empty (or overdrawn too much) the payment will not go through. There's no credit given and no end of month credit card bill that you need to pay back (in full or partially).

    The effect on your Schufa rating should he negligible, if there is any.

    [–] School board president: Everybody wants to take the side of the 'poor little woman' Spidron 13 points ago in news

    The snippet that you quote does not include the word "by" that you imply. It could just as well mean "from".

    [–] Does anyone else really struggle in expanding their repertoire? Spidron 2 points ago in piano

    My recipe: Don't try to build (solely) a memorized repertoire. Learn to play from sheets (while reading). That will allow you to keep a much larger repertoire.

    [–] Can theft from postbox be reported to police? Spidron 2 points ago in germany

    I would still report it. You never know. Could be that this wasn't the first time that it happened in the neighborhood and police would be happy for any additional clues.

    [–] Sheet music? Spidron 5 points ago in piano

    Are you aware of

    [–] The myth of tone production (abridged in the comments) Spidron 5 points ago in piano

    As I understand the piano voodoo article and the hammer shank flex argument in the second document you linked, the two do not contradict each other.

    If I understand the hammer shank flex argument correctly, it states, that you can increase the force (or velocity) with which the hammer strikes the string by accelerating the keystroke towards the bottom. Transferred to the hammer, this means, the hammer first moves with speed N, and shortly before the hammer head hits the string, the shank is accelerated by factor X to speed N+X, which causes the shank to flex (bend backwards), introducing a tension in the shank whose release (in the opposite direction, i.e. forwards towards the string) introduces another additional speed factor Y, so that the hammer head finally hits the string with speed S1 = N+X+Y (even though the key never moved faster than N+X). This is very simplified of course.

    If you had not accelerated the keystroke, it would instead have hit with speed S2 = N.

    Or if you had accelerated by factor X, but the shank were totally stiff (i.e. no flex) or you are playing pp/ppp where no flex is happening, then it would instead have hit with speed S3 = N+X.

    So three different scenarios, each ending in a different speed S1, S2 or S3 when hitting the string, thus, on a (very) good piano, each giving a slightly different tone/timbre/dynamics.

    The voodoo article does not argue that all this is wrong.

    On the contrary, it explicitly states that, of course, if you play the same note with different velocity (hammer speed), you will get a different tone.

    However, it also says that if the final speed of the hammer head, when hitting the string, is the same (and everything else is equal too, like voicing, tuning, etc.), then the tone will always be the same too.

    And to think otherwise, i.e. that using different techniques to achieve the same hammer velocity (at the moment of the strike) will result in different tones, that this is "voodoo".

    With the shank flex argument that would mean: If you have a well developed technique so that you can actually achieve a consistent acceleration at the end of the stroke to in turn achieve a consistent S1 = N+X+Y (i.e. an additional speed component "X" from the acceleration and another additional component "Y" from the rebounding flex), then yes, you will achieve a certain tone with this.

    But another pianist who has not mastered this end-of-stroke acceleration, but has instead mastered a totally uniform down stroke speed, so that for him the speed is always the "boring" S2 = N, this pianist will still be able to achieve the exact same "certain" tone as the first pianist, as long as he controls his constant stroke speed so that his S2 is exactly the same as the other pianist's S1. I.e. if S1 = S2, then the tone of both pianists will be the same, even though both use a quite different technique.

    It is the believe/insistence that you have to use a certain technique to achieve a certain tone that is the "voodoo".

    [–] Buy once or twice as an absolut beginner? Spidron 1 points ago in piano

    My advice goes contrary to most others here:

    If you have the budget (and can actually afford it without hurting), I would buy as high level as possible.

    (BTW, you are looking for a digital piano. An E-piano is a different, although similar, instrument.)

    Should I buy an "expensive" E-Piano up to 5000$ with features that I might never need

    That's actually a misconception: Yes, the expensive digital pianos do have more features than less expensive DPs. But that's not what makes them expensive. What makes them expensive is, that the three main features - features that are shared between all digital pianos, even the cheapest ones - have higher quality and are simply "better". These are the three most important features of any piano (the first two even apply to acoustic pianos):

    • Touch (i.e. how does the action feel and respond?)

    • Tone (i.e. how does it sound?)

    • Amplification and speakers (i.e. how well is the sound reproduced via speakers, to "fill" the room?)

    A high end DP will (hopefully) excel in all three of these categories, and that's what makes it expensive. A good "realistic" digital piano action is quite complicated and therefore expensive. A good piano tone (or hopefully several different ones) require a good sound engine, meticulous sampling and/or modeling, plus (in case of sampling) lots of internal memory, all of which is expensive to develop and must be amortized when selling the piano. A good amplification and speakers are important, if you want the good tone not only with headphones (and even for those a good built-in headphone amp is needed) but also when playing without headphones. A good amp and speakers are also expensive.

    So what really makes a high end DP expensive are exactly those items that make a piano enjoyable to play. All the other features (various additional voice, lots of MIDI options, Bluetooth support, recording facilities, etc.) are just icing on the cake and contribute only a very small part to the higher costs. As you can see by the fact that even the entry level DPs have these features these days. (Except for in cases like sophisticated stage pianos or arranger pianos, where the software and built in computer certainly contribute to the price in a non-trivial manner.)

    If you turn this around, this means, that if you buy cheaper, then you are not saving money because you forgo the seldom used bells and whistle type features. You are saving money by compromising on the features that can make a difference between just-so-so and real enjoyment: Touch, tone and amplification/speakers.

    As a result, lots of beginners have sold on their entry level DP after a few months or a year or two, when they lost the delight and desire to play, not knowing that a large role in them losing interest was played by the fact, that their entry level DP was simply boring and uninspiring to play. On the other hand, even a total beginner who (yet) plays only very simple melodies can become enamored with the piano over and over again day after day, when sitting down at an instrument that is a joy to touch, play and listen to.

    Therefore my advice: Buy the highest level that you can justify without stretching your budget.

    Of course a good instrument is no guarantee that you will stay interested, but you can always sell it again if you want. The used marked for 1-3 year old high level DPs is usually quite good (if you are willing and able to wait a bit for a buyer, and if you don't live in the sticks). If you haven't lost interest after three years, you likely stick with it anyway...

    [–] AfD: Boris Becker ruft zum Kampf gegen Rassismus auf Spidron 11 points ago in de

    Eltern haften für ihre Kinder.

    Tun sie übrigens nicht. Ist ein weit verbreiteter Irrtum (besonders durch diese Baustellenschilder).

    Aber "Accountinhaber haftet für seinen Mitarbeiter dem er die Accountkontrolle übergibt", da hätte ich nichts dagegen.

    [–] Song appears to have extra notes than time signature can fit? Spidron 6 points ago in piano

    Also, FYI u/ExecutivePro, the e-flat is a dotted half, that's 3/4, not 2.5/4, unless I'm seriously missing something here? That would mean that the e-flat is to be held until the end of the second b-flat/g-flat triad, i.e. until just before the sixteenths start.

    [–] Learning piano - best ways? - and learning after playing guitar for 12+ years Spidron 2 points ago in piano

    You are asking the best way to learn the piano? The answer is simple: In the same way as people have done so for many, many years. Get a teacher. Do what he/she says.

    Simple as that. No substitute for it.

    But you seem to rather be asking for a silver bullet. Some magic flash-card-solution. Well, then go with the suggested Synthesia option. It's bad for actually learning piano properly, but it's great for getting showy results quickly. Just be prepared that in 12+ years, you'll likely lament about your piano leaning experience in a similar fashion as you now do about your guitar learning.

    [–] Casio PX-160, Yamaha P115, or Kawai ES100? Spidron 1 points ago in piano

    The Kawai ES100 and its successor the ES110 come with a proper pedal. I know that the P115 does not. Not sure about the Casio. The price to get a proper pedal should be factored into the price comparison.

    [–] Unterschied zwischen diesen Satzen: Spidron 7 points ago in German

    Similar example from the OP where the missing umlauts change the meaning:

    Welcher druckt ... aus? -> Which one prints ... ?

    Welcher drückt ... aus? -> Which one expresses ... ? (alternatively "which one squeezes ... ?").

    [–] Rautenkranz meaning? Spidron 6 points ago in germany

    I don't know if the surname is related to this, but "Rautenkranz" is the German name of the heraldic "crancelin":

    [–] Help with my second "first" keyboard? Spidron 2 points ago in piano

    Up front: I'm quite a fan of digital pianos. But you have to accept the realities of the world we live in: You will never get this expressive range that you loved in the old out of tune piano from a digital piano in the sub $400 class.

    Not even in the sub $1000 class.

    Many people say that you cannot get it from any digital piano, but I would not go that far. The high end DPs from Roland, Kawai or Yamaha can get you very close, imo. Or a medium level DP (that has a decent action), coupled with a quality VST on a laptop.

    If you accept that you cannot approach the quality of an acoustic (not even close) but still want a decent starter, get at least a Roland FP30, Kawai ES110, or Yamaha P 115. Anything less and you will be disappointed again.

    [–] Looking to get back into playing Piano, recommendations for what type of piano to purchase. Spidron 5 points ago in piano

    I got a new crystal ball for Christmas and used it to look up your piano future. Here's what I foresee:

    Seeing that it is difficult and risky to find a good used piano for $1000 on craigslist, you end up deciding for the $1000 digital - also taking into account your living situation and that it allows you to play with headphones. Only with your background in piano, you soon realize that the cheaper digital is not cutting it. By then you have learned more about digital pianos and are aware that there are better ones available. So after about a year you start to crave for one and a few months later you cave in and buy a more expensive digital with a more natural feeling action (around $2500 or so). You are quite happy with that one (after you also upgraded your headphones and maybe after meddling with Pianoteq and various VSTs a bit - my crystal ball was a bit foggy on that) also because by then you can already see that it will only be a few more years until you have room for your Kimball. And once you have your baby grand back, you are happy that years ago you decided to get a digital and not a cheap upright, because now you have both and can play your Kimball during normal hours and your quality digital with your expensive headphones (and your VST collection?) when you need to keep quiet.


    All in all, not a bad path for your future, but I would recommend to cut out the first step, save yourself $1000 and go for the quality digital right away...

    [–] Should I go for the Alesis Recital PRO? Spidron 2 points ago in piano

    Both are cheap china products, so whichever you choose won't make a big difference. It sounds like you are already aware that they are so low on the scale of digital pianos, that it is difficult to even call them pianos in the first place. But still, they are way better to start with than an unweighted keyboard, if you want to learn piano, not keyboard, so if this is indeed the max you can stretch your budget, then I would say, go for it - and start saving for a better DP immediately (better even than a P45, which is also close to the bottom of what is acceptable).

    [–] TSA agents are apparently still confused as to whether the District of Columbia is in the U.S. Spidron 14 points ago in nottheonion

    Ah, but that's only because you inadvertently mispronounced Notting Hill as nothing-hill, which happens to be the nick name for that certain "hill that doesn't exist" in south London, where all the secret agencies have their headquarters. The officer probably thought you were a double-0 agent returning from an assignment...

    [–] Where is that lack of software developers in Germany? Spidron 5 points ago in germany

    Of course it could be just the pent up frustration, but to me, there's a bit of an entitlement vibe to your post. If this shines though in your job application too, I'm not surprised you're getting turned down.

    [–] Leiche fährt sieben Stunden lang im Zug zwischen Offenburg und Basel mit Spidron 202 points ago in de

    "Ich gehe davon aus, dass mehrere Zugpassagiere in ihrem Versuch, die Toilette zu besuchen, gesehen haben müssen, dass sich darin ein Mensch befindet"

    Komische Aussage von dem Zeugen. Also wenn ich eine Toilettentür öffne und dahinter auch nur im Ansatz einen Menschen sehe, mache ich die Tür, mit einem peinlich berührt gemurmeltem “Entschuldigung“, sofort wieder zu. Ich hätte keine Chance zu bemerken, dass die Person in der Toilette verstorben ist.

    [–] Anybody watching Dark? Spidron 13 points ago in German

    Yeah, everybody goes through this. It's no different for Germans who start watching English language movies in OV instead of dubbed and who are not used to it yet. Everyone just mumbles and slurs words together. (Off the top of my head, I think Brad Pitt mumbles a lot in many of his roles.) And then you realize - hey, that's just how people talk in real life, so no wonder the actors emulate that.

    [–] Musst man sagen 'Ich erinere mich'? Spidron 2 points ago in German

    Ich erinnere mich an das Lied.

    [–] We dressed up as Universal Healthcare for Halloween. In America, this is terrifying to half of our population! Spidron 1 points ago in pics

    In italy we got free health care.

    Yeah, but the problem with that is not the "free health care" part (and I doubt it's free - I'm sure you have paid for it with taxes or similar). The problem is the "in Italy" part.

    There's so many other things not working in Italy that work elsewhere, why should it be different with health care?

    [–] Using MIDI Cables with my digital piano. Spidron 1 points ago in piano

    Correct. The ES110 does not have line in, so this scenario does not work with it. You need (active) speakers or headphones connected directly to the PC to hear the output of the VST.