Originally Posted by periodinstrumentfan
You should have said Yes !!!
I see your point
But in Russia - rather like the Merry Old Land of Oz - you could be Gustav Leonhardt.... but without a Certificate
From A Children's Musical School, you would still not be considered An Organist
The laughable thing is that whilst challenging my credentials to tune a harpsichord ("show us your certificate in harpsichord-tuningology!") they call me up all the time to come and tune their own single-manual pile of firewood for visiting performers
When I ask tricky questions like "which temperament would you like?", they reply "which one is the cheapest?".
I've still never been allowed near the fortepiano, however
I'm assuming that it has probably been neglected entirely for at least a century (the old lady who curates the Theatre Hall told me she has never known anyone to have played it in 30 years), and is probably in entirely unplayable condition? I doubt the museum - who can't even afford new carpet in the foyer - would spring for it to be refurbished. It would need the whole action to be renovated, new felts, new strings, etc. And then they'd still say that the Yamaha sounds nicer
Here's Chris Karle as Handel, welcoming you to the Palace