First the violin, a 1799 Horenstainer, Mittenwald that replaced the “cigar box” I was handed as a kid. My precious teacher, Samuel Gardner selected this German original for me in Paris, France. From there, I took it to Merrywood music camp in Lenox, MA where I coached under Eugene Lehner of the Boston Symphony.
Oberlin bound, I studied briefly with Stuart Canin, (former concertmaster SFO) subsequently giving up violin entirely, shifting my emphasis to piano.
Steinway Upright Model 1098
It cohabits with my Steinway grand in a tight-fitting Berkeley space.
Here’s the piano tuner waxing poetic about it and playing a snatch, followed by my grabbing the bench for a portion of Fur Elise.
The complete Beethoven composition is played, revealing Steinway’s heartfelt resonance.