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#1943336 - 08/15/12 05:50 PM So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread)
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Historically lots of fun, artistic, or plain silly things have been done with the finish and design of piano cabinets over the years. This is a custom finish that I first did not like at all, but I have to say... it is growing on me.




We just set this piano up in our showroom. Please forgive the "phone photo". I just didn't want to go through the hassle of a better photo, but maybe I will do that in the morning to give a better idea of this look.

This is actually a beautiful example of a faux marble finish on an almost new (10 years old) Steinway M.

So, what are your thoughts? It is absolutely unique. Do you like it? Do you hate it? Would you own it or have this finish put on your piano? What if the finish were free? (It isn't)
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#1943338 - 08/15/12 06:00 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Nice, but not for me. I like black.

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#1943350 - 08/15/12 06:27 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Beautiful to look at but, for me, not good for a permanent piece of home furniture. Same category as white or extremely busy wood grain finishes(some bubinga finishes or vertical grain rosewood).

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#1943353 - 08/15/12 06:40 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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I like the marbling effect, but not the color. I'd probably like it more if it were a darker marble. But I'd probably still stick with basic black if actually choosing my own piano, as that is guaranteed to fit just about any interior color/style.

I will say it's visually stunning, though.
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#1943365 - 08/15/12 07:05 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Do they have one in tumbled Travertine? It would go well in my bathroom, I really need accompaniment when I sing in the shower.
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#1943387 - 08/15/12 07:57 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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I like it more than white.
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#1943390 - 08/15/12 08:03 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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It would look nice in the atrium at the House of Congress or at the Lincoln Memorial. smile
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#1943403 - 08/15/12 08:25 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Whoever did the faux marble really knew what (s)he was doing. Actually, I kinda like it. I wouldn't want it in my home, but I can think of places where it would look great!

Everyone says that Stienway builds a solid piano. Well, there's proof!

Who bought it anyway? Fred and Wilma or Betty and Barney?
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#1943414 - 08/15/12 08:49 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Is this for people who have bathrooms of gigantic size and need a piece of furniture to fill the space?
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#1943416 - 08/15/12 08:53 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Excellent work! But I think it might look better in your house.

I'll be in the store on Friday. Hope it's still there so I can meet it in person.

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#1943417 - 08/15/12 08:54 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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No, thank you, I'd pass on the faux marble effect.
I, would, however, sacrifice and accept a REAL black marble (is there such a thing?) piano.
Keep that in mind....


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#1943420 - 08/15/12 08:56 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: PaintedPostDave]
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Originally Posted By: PaintedPostDave
It would look nice in the atrium at the House of Congress or at the Lincoln Memorial. smile


I can see it now! Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter playing "Ashokan Farewell" for your listening pleasure! grin


Edited by Emissary52 (08/15/12 09:02 PM)
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#1943425 - 08/15/12 09:03 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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If it was real marble, I would buy an "Easy open" lid!
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#1943432 - 08/15/12 09:17 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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I like it! Unique and somewhat classic.
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#1943437 - 08/15/12 09:29 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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I like it, and if nobody will buy it, you can ship it to my place. I'll pay for the shipping.

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#1943525 - 08/16/12 02:31 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: ando]
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I like it but prefer black. Now all you need is a marble statue seated at the piano.
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#1943541 - 08/16/12 03:41 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Bummed -- I was going to say all you need is a marble Apollo seated in front of it. allthumbs beat me to the punch!

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#1943584 - 08/16/12 06:18 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Hmmmm I'm very unconvinced! I'm afraid I'm in the 'pianos are supposed to be black' camp! Very clever effect, though!

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#1943678 - 08/16/12 10:44 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: JPB RX2]
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I wouldn't do this to a 10-year-old Steinway. Perhaps to an older inexpensive Indonesian baby grand?

I'm also an anti-black person. Pianos in the home should blend with the furnishings and decor. In my home, that's neither black nor marble.
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#1943679 - 08/16/12 10:46 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Annitenth]
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Originally Posted By: Annitenth
I wouldn't do this to a 10-year-old Steinway. Perhaps to an older inexpensive Indonesian baby grand?
I think it came that way from the Steinway factory.

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#1943680 - 08/16/12 10:47 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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By the way, Steinway made these in very limited numbers and the marble piano was one of their Art Grand line up. When this piano was new it was verrrry expensive.

See it here:
Marble Piano

Does this change the way you might be thinking about this piano at all? Just curious.
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#1943689 - 08/16/12 10:56 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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If you want to waste some time look at the other Art Case pianos available on the Steinway site. There's some terrific whorehouse pianos there....

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#1943700 - 08/16/12 11:13 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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I know how a piano sounds on a marble floor and it is not good. How can this instrument be any different. You said 'faux'...is it wood -refinished? If it is I still find it a psychological road-block....we need the wood....I love black...and high gloss better than satin.

rada

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#1943714 - 08/16/12 11:24 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: rada]
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Originally Posted By: rada
I know how a piano sounds on a marble floor and it is not good. How can this instrument be any different. You said 'faux'...is it wood -refinished? If it is I still find it a psychological road-block....we need the wood....I love black...and high gloss better than satin.

rada


Rada,

I am sorry I wasn't more specific. This is a lacquer finish with many colors and layers on top of a normal production piano case.

It is wood. It is not actually marble and the piano does not know any difference between this finish and an ebony finish.
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#1943734 - 08/16/12 11:39 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Originally Posted By: Rich Galassini
It is wood. It is not actually marble and the piano does not know any difference between this finish and an ebony finish.


Now this got me thinking. What does a piano know about itself?

Steinway should introduce the "Anthromorphonic!"

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#1943747 - 08/16/12 12:05 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Hi Rick,
I didn't think it was made of REAL marble but I had played a pinao once in Houston that was Stainless Steel....I don't think it was called a DeLorean.

rada

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#1943753 - 08/16/12 12:16 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Originally Posted By: Rich Galassini
By the way, Steinway made these in very limited numbers and the marble piano was one of their Art Grand line up. When this piano was new it was verrrry expensive.

See it here:
Marble Piano

Does this change the way you might be thinking about this piano at all? Just curious.


Good lord there are some hideous creations on that page! A couple of beautiful designs but most of them are rather frightening to look at. I hadn't realised Steinway was so adventurous with their designs.

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#1943810 - 08/16/12 01:12 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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here's the perfect spot for it:



problem might be a lack of applause.
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#1943816 - 08/16/12 01:19 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Entheo, that is exactly what I thought.

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#1943842 - 08/16/12 01:49 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Faux Marble..... mmmmm not for me....

Actually I don´t like anything faux.

If I can afford a Timex watch, I'll try to have a nice Timex watch. If I can afford a Rolex, then I'll do the same. But buying a faux Rolex. mmmm I hate people that does that. Or do that to a car. Buy one and modify it to look like another one, such as Mercedes.

If the piano is made of wood, I want it to look like a very nice wood, not something else.

My thoughts.
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