Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Other/general  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07.04.2011, 14:18
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: ohio
Posts: 12
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
midwestlady has earned some respectmidwestlady has earned some respect
Basel - Piano rental or piano practice rooms available ?

Hello : My husband works in Basel , and my teenage son and I will be visiting him over this summer. My son studies piano as a hobby, and I am looking for options for him to continue piano practice while he is in Basel. What are the options for (a) renting a piano on a weekly/monthly basis ; (b) purchasing a used piano at reasonable cost, that will be functional ; (c) renting/finding practice rooms to practice in ? Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07.04.2011, 14:31
summerrain's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 4,350
Groaned at 4 Times in 4 Posts
Thanked 985 Times in 325 Posts
summerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Basel - Piano rental or piano practice rooms available ?

Quote:
View Post
Hello : My husband works in Basel , and my teenage son and I will be visiting him over this summer. My son studies piano as a hobby, and I am looking for options for him to continue piano practice while he is in Basel. What are the options for (a) renting a piano on a weekly/monthly basis ; (b) purchasing a used piano at reasonable cost, that will be functional ; (c) renting/finding practice rooms to practice in ? Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.
Contact the Basel musikhochschule. They will have practice rooms though priority will be given to their students. Never hurts to ask and see if you can book in advance:

http://www.hsm-basel.ch/home.php

How will you be around for? AFAIK, its not possible to rent a piano unless its for a minimum of 12 months. As for purchasing a used piano, check out www.ricardo.ch.

Do bear in mind that it will take some time to sell the piano when you leave. If you are here for 3 months or less, its best to rent practice rooms.
__________________
Remember when someone annoys you, it takes 42 muscles to frown, BUT it only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and b****-slap the mother-f***er upside the head.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07.04.2011, 19:05
10:30's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Basel
Posts: 472
Groaned at 5 Times in 4 Posts
Thanked 509 Times in 194 Posts
10:30 has a reputation beyond repute10:30 has a reputation beyond repute10:30 has a reputation beyond repute10:30 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Basel - Piano rental or piano practice rooms available ?

Please do NOT try to use the Musik Akademie's practice rooms. There are not nearly enough pianos and rooms for the students as it is. Your better bet would be to look into community centers, church choir rooms, private clubs (singverein). Keep an eye out on unibas.ch/markt for hobby rooms or practice rooms with a piano available. They come up all the time. Otherwise just post a "Wanted" note at your neighborhood Migros/Coop stating your needs.

For the used piano, again, keep your eye out in the Gratis section of Unibas (most of the people I know got their pianos for free - good ones too!), or check Ricardo.ch.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank 10:30 for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 08.04.2011, 03:17
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: ohio
Posts: 12
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
midwestlady has earned some respectmidwestlady has earned some respect
Quote:
View Post
Contact the Basel musikhochschule. They will have practice rooms though priority will be given to their students. Never hurts to ask and see if you can book in advance:

http://www.hsm-basel.ch/home.php

How will you be around for? AFAIK, its not possible to rent a piano unless its for a minimum of 12 months. As for purchasing a used piano, check out www.ricardo.ch.

Do bear in mind that it will take some time to sell the piano when you leave. If you are here for 3 months or less, its best to rent practice rooms.
Summerrain : Thank you very much for the comments and links. My husband will be there for 3 years at least. In the US, my kids play on traditional pianos - we have an an upright and a 6 foot grand. My husband said that we may not be allowed to keep such a piano in the apartment in Basel. So, I am also thinking of possibly looking for an 88-key electronic piano with headphones. It appears that you are well trained in piano and music. Would you be able to give me a comparision between the traditional and electronic pianos, in terms of their effectiveness for a student to learn/practice ?

Quote:
View Post
Please do NOT try to use the Musik Akademie's practice rooms. There are not nearly enough pianos and rooms for the students as it is. Your better bet would be to look into community centers, church choir rooms, private clubs (singverein). Keep an eye out on unibas.ch/markt for hobby rooms or practice rooms with a piano available. They come up all the time. Otherwise just post a "Wanted" note at your neighborhood Migros/Coop stating your needs.

For the used piano, again, keep your eye out in the Gratis section of Unibas (most of the people I know got their pianos for free - good ones too!), or check Ricardo.ch.
10:30 - Thank you very much for the comments. One question : What is unibas.ch ?

Last edited by jrspet; 08.04.2011 at 03:27. Reason: Merging of successive posts
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08.04.2011, 03:31
jrspet's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Quaint Wädenswil, Zürich, CH
Posts: 8,131
Groaned at 27 Times in 20 Posts
Thanked 7,036 Times in 3,912 Posts
jrspet has a reputation beyond reputejrspet has a reputation beyond reputejrspet has a reputation beyond reputejrspet has a reputation beyond reputejrspet has a reputation beyond reputejrspet has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Basel - Piano rental or piano practice rooms available ?

www.unibas.ch

Basel University

https://markt.unibas.ch/

Marktplatz = University Market Place
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08.04.2011, 10:08
summerrain's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 4,350
Groaned at 4 Times in 4 Posts
Thanked 985 Times in 325 Posts
summerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Basel - Piano rental or piano practice rooms available ?

Quote:
View Post
Summerrain : Thank you very much for the comments and links. My husband will be there for 3 years at least. In the US, my kids play on traditional pianos - we have an an upright and a 6 foot grand. My husband said that we may not be allowed to keep such a piano in the apartment in Basel. So, I am also thinking of possibly looking for an 88-key electronic piano with headphones. It appears that you are well trained in piano and music. Would you be able to give me a comparision between the traditional and electronic pianos, in terms of their effectiveness for a student to learn/practice ?
midwestlady, I am not sure about Basel as I live in Zürich. As far as I am aware, according to the mieterverband (tenants association of some sort) playing music constitutes part and parcel of apartment living. You are allowed to play up to 2-3 hours a day freely - unless its drums or trumpet which special permission must be sought:

"Sofern Ihnen die Mietsache nicht ausdrücklich und ohne Einschränkungen zum Musizieren vermietet wurde, müssen Sie im üblichen Umfange auf die Mitmieterschaft Rücksicht nehmen. Im Allgemeinen geht man davon aus, dass in jeder Mietwohnung ausserhalb der Ruhezeiten 2 - 3 Stunden pro Tag musiziert werden darf. Dieses Recht kann durch einen Mietvertrag oder eine Hausordnung nicht eingeschränkt werden. Eine Ausnahme gilt für sehr laute Instrumente wie Schlagzeug oder Trompete. "

Here is a thread that you might find useful:
Music instruments and flats - do they mix?

Of course that rule is simply for when you have neighbours who are fussy and tell you to stop - you can then politely point out to them that rule. Music comes from my apartment about 3-4 hours a day (excluding lessons) and I've never had a single complaint (TOUCH WOOD!) despite living above 2 offices.

If your husband is here for 3 years, are you and your son planning to stay long term? I got a little confused there as I got the impression from your posts that you were only visiting for holidays.

So, some options personally I would take, considering the factors you mentioned:

1. If you are here for long term, and your son is planning to take it seriously, either:

a. rent a piano with the silent option.

Musikhug and Jecklin offer pianos with that - good brands too, like Yamaha, Schimmels, Bechsteins (although the Bechstein silent system is totally different from the technology of the Yamahas and Schimmels) etc. It still serves the function of the upright, but it has the silent option where you can play during quiet hours or late in the night. The rest of the time, you can play freely. The silent option must not be substituted for practice times as the effect is like what it is on a digital - the sound and touch completely changes.

I personally wouldnt encourage the clarinova route for your son if you are here for long term - whom you've indicated is a early advanced player if you are here for the long term as it will seriously affect technique (think how the real piano works, and how striking the keys different produces different sounds on just one key which the clarinovas cannot achieve, and you'll see my point).

I did explore that option of a digital piano once and as much as as they are technologically advanced now, they cannot compare to the the real uprights and grands, touch wise. Thats just my opinion anyways.

b. get a second hand from ricardo. Make sure you get a proper technician to take a look. Some pianos on there go for cheap but turn out needing alot of work (hammers worn etc) which costs just as much to get it back up. You dont want to end up with a white elephant.

2. If you are just here for the holidays, a clarinova will do as its just 3 months and your son can go back to banging his proper one when he gets back to the US.

Good luck in your search and welcome to Basel in advance - if your son is keen, lets get in touch. I am always looking for fellow pianists to have a go on 4 hands pieces like this!!

__________________
Remember when someone annoys you, it takes 42 muscles to frown, BUT it only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and b****-slap the mother-f***er upside the head.

Last edited by summerrain; 08.04.2011 at 10:18.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank summerrain for this useful post:
  #7  
Old 08.04.2011, 17:21
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: ohio
Posts: 12
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
midwestlady has earned some respectmidwestlady has earned some respect
Re: Basel - Piano rental or piano practice rooms available ?

Summerrain : Thank you very much for the clear guidance. At this time, my son and I will visit my husband during summer, and holidays, as he is in Grade 11 in a USA school, and he wishes to finish high school in USA and then go to college. I want to have some option for him to continue his practice at Basel, when we visit, as his teacher gets really upset if he misses practice during vacations. He prefers to play late in the night. So , having a unit in the Basel apartment would be great ! He has played 4-hand and even 8-hand pieces, in the past ( eg Pomp and Circumstances by Elgar). So, if we can get together when we are visiting, I think that would be great ! Zurich is an hour from Basel by train ?

Additionally, he has formed a non-profit org here in Cincinnati, OHIO, called Share The Music, with his piano buddies. They put up piano recitals in various Senior Centers and Old Homes, to entertain Seniors. They have one coming up tomorrow. He was wondering if he could team up with other pianists / piano students and organize a similar piano recital in a church or senior center, while he is in Basel, as a Share The Music event out there. Is this something that might interest you and others in the area ? Perhaps you can PM me, if this interests you.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08.04.2011, 17:58
summerrain's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 4,350
Groaned at 4 Times in 4 Posts
Thanked 985 Times in 325 Posts
summerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Basel - Piano rental or piano practice rooms available ?

Hi midwestlady, if he prefers to play late in the night then headphones are a MUST. The Swiss have a no-noise rule for anything after 10pm, and some buildings like mine have even stricter rules: no noise after 7pm, though people are much more tolerant in the summer months.

Obviously, due to unique situation of the laws here, he does need to put in practice times during the day and not get carried away with the silent/clarinova option just because he prefers to work at night - which I am sure his teacher will notice after he gets back from vacation if he has been.

I am not sure about the scene in Basel or Zurich when it comes to bringing music to the old folks though I have to say that it is an excellent idea, and a great opportunity for him to clock performance hours! Most impressed
__________________
Remember when someone annoys you, it takes 42 muscles to frown, BUT it only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and b****-slap the mother-f***er upside the head.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08.04.2011, 18:30
Ittigen
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Basel - Piano rental or piano practice rooms available ?

You can often rent hobby rooms, part of the nuclear bunkers under every new Swiss building. You need to contact your landlord or agencies for hobby rooms / Bastelräume near where you live, some here start at Fr 160 per month, often they are fairly soundproof as they are in the cellars,

http://www.immoscout24.ch/IS24Web/_V...12&wl=1&lng=de
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Where in Switzerland can I rent a piano studio or piano on hourly basis? chihuahua Other/general 5 08.01.2010 18:07
Piano Lessons in Basel? rebelyell Other/general 0 09.08.2008 17:52


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 23:20.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0