Dear forum members,
My name is Jan Frans; I live in The Hague in The Netherlands. Over the past few months I have listened to many of the wonderful Steinway demos posted on this forum and have been immensely impressed by them. John Grant's Brahms intermezzo, Bigears' 'Steinway goes clubbing' and David Sosnowski's recent improvisations spring to mind, and I've also heard some wonderful Mozart and Gershwin. Too many names to mention!
Yesterday I finally took the leap and bought the Garritan Steinway myself. It's simply fantastic. It sounds gorgeous, with extraordinary realism, and is immensely playable. The highlight is perhaps the sympathetic resonance; finally a sampled piano plugin that makes a chord sound like a chord, rather than a set of separate samples that don't interact. (It's odd that so many software piano manufacturers still don't seem to understand that sympathetic resonance also occurs when the sustain pedal is not activated.)
Immediately after installation I recorded a piano piece I wrote a few years back, entitled 'Wintersweet'. It's officially a jazz piece (although it doesn't really swing), and the final section is improvised.
You can listen to it at: http://www.box.net/shared/qh5uuo5yhn.
I hope you'll like it. Thanks once again for all the great music; I hope I'll get to talk to some of you soon.