I shopped in Syracuse, Dayton, OH, Washington, Washington, D.C, and Boston. I went to the Steinway dealership right on the Boston Commons. I played all the Steinways. I thought they were trash and nowhere near the quality of the Schimmel Belle Epoque. I did find a magnificent rebuilt Steinway at an astronomical price. I played a few pieces and was BOOTED OUT OF THE store despite being empty of customers. They wanted me to buy the piano after having played it for 20 minutes. I walked out.
At Roger’s, I played nearly every piano in the store for the entire afternoon. I was in heaven. Roger never objected. I consider this piano to be the best thing I ever bought in my life. I have talked to many piano dealers. None has compared to Roger for knowledge of the instrument. Roger rebuilds pianos AND is an accomplished pianist. His knowledge of pianos is masterful, and I was the beneficiary of that knowledge.