Baldwin piano has moved beyond the traditional realm of black and white — going boldly where no man has gone before — with its “whatever you want” custom shop, Baldwin Custom Grand. Whether it’s carvings, painted murals, special materials, or finishing colors (there’s even a Liberace-style jewel treatment), anything goes. Baldwin first introduced the program in 2001 with its FDNY grand piano (yes, it was fire-engine red) in honor of the New York Fire Department, and soon many other models followed suit, such as the yellow Hummer piano, the Beale Street Blue piano, and the neon green and yellow Elvis Presley Signature model. So even if you won’t be winning the Cliburn anytime soon, get that little baby grand customized and you’ll still turn heads. www.baldwin.com
— ANNA FIALHO