Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1255958 - 08/25/09 04:16 PM What is a short octave piano please?
Quickquestion Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/25/09
Posts: 2
Hi all
I'm playing the piano at my friends wedding at the weekend and she's just told me that the venue have informed her it's a short octave piano. Please can someone explain to me what this is and will I still be able to play it like a normal piano? I've looked on the internet but can't find anything that helps.
Thanks for your help.

Top
(ads 568) Hailun Pianos

 

#1255999 - 08/25/09 05:09 PM Re: What is a short octave piano please? [Re: Quickquestion]
Eric Gloo Online   content
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 1238
Loc: Richfield Springs, New York
It probably means the piano doesn't have 88 keys. Hopefully, for you, it has more than 3 octaves.
_________________________
Eric Gloo
Piano Technician
Certified Dampp-Chaser Installer
Richfield Springs, New York

Top
#1256003 - 08/25/09 05:14 PM Re: What is a short octave piano please? [Re: Eric Gloo]
pianoloverus Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 19271
Loc: New York City
According to my research, it is a piano with a span of 13 semi-tones owned by Bobby Short.


Edited by pianoloverus (08/25/09 05:14 PM)

Top
#1256005 - 08/25/09 05:15 PM Re: What is a short octave piano please? [Re: Eric Gloo]
pianoloverus Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 19271
Loc: New York City
OOPS!


Edited by pianoloverus (08/25/09 05:15 PM)

Top
#1256049 - 08/25/09 06:14 PM Re: What is a short octave piano please? [Re: pianoloverus]
Rich Galassini Offline
9000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9188
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
It probably means, as Eric said, that it is a shorter span than the regular 88 notes.

But there are makers who have custom manufactured 7/8 scale keyboards for those who have small hands but wish to play a full octave stretch. Both Boesendorfer and Bechstein have done this in the past, but they are by no means the only manufacturers who have done this.

I have also heard of a small company who retrofits this size keyboard into any piano. I cannot recall their name though.

I hope that is helpful. smile
_________________________
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
Dir. Line (215) 991-0834
rich@cunninghampiano.com
Get Cunningham Piano Email Updates

Top
#1256119 - 08/25/09 08:50 PM Re: What is a short octave piano please? [Re: Rich Galassini]
Jeff Clef Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/05/08
Posts: 4414
Loc: San Jose, CA
Quick Q., you'd better go have a look.

Oxford and Harvard music dictionaries both list "short octave," Harvard somewhat more intelligibly:

"...the omission of one or more pitches from the lowest octave, the keys corresponding to the omitted pitches causing other, usually lower pitches to sound instead... the practice lasted well into the 18th century in Europe and even later in Mexico..."

Clavichords, organs (especially), virginals; no mention of pianos but it sounds like the instrument might be really old.

Good luck.
_________________________
Clef


Top
#1256286 - 08/26/09 05:43 AM Re: What is a short octave piano please? [Re: Jeff Clef]
Rich Galassini Offline
9000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9188
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Yes, a look in person is a good recommendation, Jeff.

Quick Q, you've peeked my interest. Will you let us know what this piano actually is?
_________________________
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
Dir. Line (215) 991-0834
rich@cunninghampiano.com
Get Cunningham Piano Email Updates

Top
#1256490 - 08/26/09 12:57 PM Re: What is a short octave piano please? [Re: Rich Galassini]
Quickquestion Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/25/09
Posts: 2
Thanks for your replies. Hopefully the piano will only be a one or two octaves short! I'll note down the range of notes used for each piece and then at the wedding I can quickly find suitable pieces to play. It's a shame the venue isn't closer otherwise I would have gone to have a look.
I'll let you know how it goes.
Thanks again

Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World, Rickster 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
151 registered (accordeur, 88 Fingers Jeff, Abby Pianoman, 36251, ajames, 45 invisible), 1293 Guests and 21 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
75979 Members
42 Forums
157128 Topics
2307558 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Looking for a re-built Steinway or Steinwas
by ColinD
13 minutes 42 seconds ago
First time purchasing an acoustic piano, need some help.
by Lockon52
27 minutes 52 seconds ago
Yamaha Clavinova CVP-83s Parts needed
by Jason Solis
44 minutes 54 seconds ago
Yamaha Clavinova CVP-83s Parts needed
by Jason Solis
Today at 06:40 PM
New here and REALLY need advice on two used pianos!!!
by skj
Today at 05:23 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission