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#1569768 - 12/04/10 04:19 AM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: dannac]
Rimmer Offline
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Originally Posted By: dannac
MF-Blues .... that stand is looking good.

Here's one I built for my FP7, not fancy but strong.




Interesting!

I've decided I don't want to pay for an FP7 stand as they're unjustifiably expensive so I might drag the jigsaw out and make my own. Got any tips??

Regards. Rimmer

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#1570101 - 12/04/10 02:47 PM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: Rimmer]
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Hi Rimmer

As for tips ... I'd say screw or bolt everything.

I threw this together rather quickly with scrap wood and a coat of paint .... as you can see not made for a formal area.

I have not yet painted a piece added to keep my pedal in place
which moves rather easily on the type of floor.

BTW that piece is easily removeable to allow floor cleaning.

Anyways ... if you would like some dimensions, let me know.

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#1570448 - 12/05/10 04:05 AM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: dannac]
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Originally Posted By: dannac
Hi Rimmer

As for tips ... I'd say screw or bolt everything.

I threw this together rather quickly with scrap wood and a coat of paint .... as you can see not made for a formal area.

I have not yet painted a piece added to keep my pedal in place
which moves rather easily on the type of floor.

BTW that piece is easily removeable to allow floor cleaning.

Anyways ... if you would like some dimensions, let me know.


Hiya.

My woodworking skills are elementary but I'm willing to give it a go. I'll probably go with a simple two bits of wood at the end as legs then a section in the middle to link and stabilise the stand (although I suspect using the existing screw holes on the bottom of the FP-7f will stabilise even further). Any ideas on the proper height or any other measurements gratefully recieved!!!

Thx very much thumb

Rimmer

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#1570454 - 12/05/10 04:28 AM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: Rimmer]
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Hi Rimmer

Note: the key to any fully stabilized rock solid stand are these diagonal elements (or sg similar).



As for height:
Quote:
Steinway L grand: 28 1/8 inches from floor to top of white keys.


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#1570476 - 12/05/10 05:52 AM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: hannibal2]
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Great. I'll let you know how it goes!!!

Regards. Rimmer

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#1570560 - 12/05/10 10:20 AM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: newpianogal]
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Hey guys, nice work smile I use "double X" stand, and it's stable enough; "single X" isn't stable at all smile. Right now I'm building huge wardrobe with slider doors in my apartment, so maybe I'll build some stand for my DP.

Originally Posted By: newpianogal
My digital piano table, as I described above...


This one is beautiful in it's simplicity. Was the table expensive? Looks like it's easy to convince wife to such solution smile
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#1570603 - 12/05/10 11:31 AM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: MF-Blues]
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Stephen Hazel, I like your keyboard stand best. Could you PM me the measurements please?
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#1570613 - 12/05/10 11:56 AM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: MF-Blues]
Stephen Hazel Offline
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Sorrrrry, I got no measurements...:)
Only one I had was height from floor to keys.
The rest of the measurements I took from where
on the cp33 I wanted it to hit and worked the
rest out as I tablesawed stuff.

Ya saw the google sketchup thing I did at
the bottom of here, though, right?
http://pianocheater.com/piano/rig.html

And where the cp33's rubber feet are,
I drilled some holes for em to fit into.

You should maybe consider screwing it into wall studs, too.
(but leave cord holes/gaps, etc).

Mine is a teeeeeeny bit wobbly, but decent enough
for my purposes.

I've also got a better pc keyboard platform-ish thing.
More room for wrists and mouse while in
computer programming mode.

Good luck in your build laugh
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#1570637 - 12/05/10 12:29 PM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: MF-Blues]
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Thank you Stephen, I think I need to have my stand 60 cm from the floor. The height of the DP is about 12-13 cm from bottom to white keys. I believe I can work out the other measurements, and saw the pieces out in an elecrical saw, I can borrow it from someone.

I had found one drawing before which I was thinking about and discovered I needed about 3 square meters of wood, guess it would be similar with your version. Here is a picture of the other one.



http://plans.thefrankes.com/Tutorials/Workstation5/default.aspx
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#1570645 - 12/05/10 12:38 PM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: MF-Blues]
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Hey! an Ensoniq KS-32 - I used to have one of those laugh
76 keys, but the touch doesn't compare to my cp33.
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#1570817 - 12/05/10 05:31 PM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: MF-Blues]
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How can you recognize the keyboard from a small picture? Impressing, they all look the same to me, at least from afar. smirk

Edit: It's Ensoniq TS-12, says so on the page. Still close!


Edited by Pianotehead (12/05/10 05:34 PM)
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#1570831 - 12/05/10 06:00 PM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: MF-Blues]
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Oh yeah, TS-12... The housing looks the same - I made a stand for one of those, too.
(well, a KS-32)
Then bought my cp33 and it of course didn't fit THAT stand smirk
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#1571120 - 12/06/10 07:41 AM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: Stephen Hazel]
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I planning to build my own stand, and what will make a nice finish over wood is a semi-transparent black stain with satin poly over... the classic black of a piano but with the wood grain showing through!

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#1571343 - 12/06/10 02:29 PM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: MF-Blues]
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Rimmer

Made a drawing of my stand, hope it helps.

If you feel it has left to right movement, just screw a couple of
L-shaped shelf brackets to the inside of the leg/top.

That would work similar to the diagnal brace hannibal2 mentioned.

Get a PDF here : http://www.box.net/shared/p4nvcv77xs

See a 3D view that can be rotated in space, your computer may ask to install the o2c plugin.

http://www.box.net/shared/7my8ccqxbj

NOTE : Forgot to mentioned the screws were countersunk
this usually prevents the wood from splitting, looks
a little better too


Edited by dannac (12/06/10 02:56 PM)

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#1573673 - 12/09/10 11:31 PM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: kiedysktos.]
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The table was about $300, including having the legs cut down and then painting it.
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#1573767 - 12/10/10 04:04 AM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: dannac]
Rimmer Offline
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Loc: United Kingdom
Originally Posted By: dannac
Rimmer

Made a drawing of my stand, hope it helps.

If you feel it has left to right movement, just screw a couple of
L-shaped shelf brackets to the inside of the leg/top.

That would work similar to the diagnal brace hannibal2 mentioned.

Get a PDF here : http://www.box.net/shared/p4nvcv77xs

See a 3D view that can be rotated in space, your computer may ask to install the o2c plugin.

http://www.box.net/shared/7my8ccqxbj

NOTE : Forgot to mentioned the screws were countersunk
this usually prevents the wood from splitting, looks
a little better too


Wow.. I'm very impressed. I wish I could do stuff like that..

I'll have a good look over that and see whether it's something I feel I would be able to do. I have a bunch of tools including a jigsaw with a laser attachment. It's something I need to do as the standard x-stand I have is a little shakey..!

Thanks a ton!!.. Rimmer

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#1574433 - 12/11/10 01:13 AM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: newpianogal]
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Originally Posted By: newpianogal
My digital piano table, as I described above...



I have the same keyboard - Previa px330 and same dumper

How do you like it?

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#1580677 - 12/20/10 02:45 PM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: flipflapowski]
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I was doing some research on the equipment Muse's Matt Bellamy uses. I found out that his white upright is actually a Kawai MP8 stuffed in an acoustic case by Vale Pianos. Seems like the type of project a DIY'er might be able to do.

A picture of Bellamy's upright can be found in the first link, which is an interview with Bellamy about Kawai. The second link is the company that did it for him.

I've seen Muse live a bunch of times since 2003 and his keyboards always sound great. I'm not sure what he was using in 2003, but he had the cool silver piano back then.


Bellamy's MP8 in an acoustic case.

Place that did Bellamy's piano.


Edited by Hideki Matsui (12/20/10 02:52 PM)
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#1580700 - 12/20/10 03:22 PM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: Hideki Matsui]
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Originally Posted By: Hideki Matsui
I was doing some research on the equipment Muse's Matt Bellamy uses. I found out that his white upright is actually a Kawai MP8 stuffed in an acoustic case by Vale Pianos...


It seems there are two ways to go. Some of these is the "piano shell". They are typical stage prop quality and look very fake close up. In fact one company even claim as a positive "feature" that they use latex paint so that it is easy to repair scratches and dings on the road.

The other way is to buy an old used junker acoustic piano and gut it. Keeping just the cabinet shell then install the digital keyboard. With the cover closed it would look 100% "real" even up close.

Both of these I think are something a DIYer might be able to do.

The third option, building a furniture grade piano case from scratch is not easy and requires skills that even most professional cabinet makers lack.

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#1580779 - 12/20/10 05:39 PM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: MF-Blues]
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Hideki Matsui,

MUSE still use the white upright piano cabinet, however for larger venues, and if time allows, they now use a grand piano cabinet, as seen in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ughBjosWQak

More information here

Cheers,
James
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#1580799 - 12/20/10 06:04 PM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: Kawai James]
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I thought I saw both at the most recent show in Sacramento. I may be mistaken. I thought he used the upright for Feeling Good and the grand for one of the newer pieces. I may be mixing up different shows.

Originally Posted By: Kawai James
Hideki Matsui,

MUSE still use the white upright piano cabinet, however for larger venues, and if time allows, they now use a grand piano cabinet, as seen in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ughBjosWQak

More information here

Cheers,
James
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#1580826 - 12/20/10 06:27 PM Re: Building my own keyboard stand [Re: MF-Blues]
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Ah, that's possible too. wink

I haven't seen MUSE for a couple of years, unfortunately. I would have gone to FujiRock this year, but my accident put pay to those plans. ;(

Cheers,
James
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