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#2088026 - 05/24/13 01:45 PM Where should I put my piano??
Infinity Offline
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I have my choice of two walls. I can put it on this wall shown here, but it's an outside wall. There is no heat vent and it will be out of direct sunlight. Take a look, at the wall with the mirror on it:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/infinitypiano/8804971005/
The second choice Would be putting it in front of the staircase. But then it would be in the direct fire of sunlight from the huge picture window. Additionally, I would have to put a huge 9 ft. long Entertainment center in front of the staircase, blocking view of the steps. See here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/infinitypiano/8815481474/

What is the better choice?
Thank you!
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#2088064 - 05/24/13 02:35 PM Re: Where should I put my piano?? [Re: Infinity]
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Clicking on the first link prompts me to log into a Yahoo account.

Clicking on the second link brings me to a page which is a dressed up version of "file not found".
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#2088098 - 05/24/13 03:06 PM Re: Where should I put my piano?? [Re: Infinity]
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I couldn't get the links to work either. So -- back to the question.

If you are living in a modern construction building, with appropriate insulation for your climate in the exterior walls, there is no reason you shouldn't place a piano along that wall. The caution comes from an era when building practices were very different.

The insulation question trumps the 'rule of thumb' in this case.
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#2088132 - 05/24/13 04:07 PM Re: Where should I put my piano?? [Re: Infinity]
Silverwood Pianos Offline
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Clicking on either link I see photos.

I would suggest the staircase wall, as this is directly across from the window. The heater underneath the window creates the air flow for the room and best to be opposite of that.

When the sun is low in the winter you might have to throw a white cotton or linen sheet over top so the finish and colour is not damaged.
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#2088142 - 05/24/13 04:25 PM Re: Where should I put my piano?? [Re: Minnesota Marty]
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It is by no means new. It's 1950 construction. I doubt if the wall is insulated at all.
Sorry about the pics, the links should work now.
In the Northeast with cold winters, hot summers.
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#2088144 - 05/24/13 04:28 PM Re: Where should I put my piano?? [Re: Silverwood Pianos]
Infinity Offline
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You mean throw a white sheet over the piano, right? Or the window?
Why does the sheet need to be white?
Pardon my ignorance. blush
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#2088171 - 05/24/13 04:55 PM Re: Where should I put my piano?? [Re: Infinity]
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Hi Infinity,

You already have roller blinds on the windows and that should be sufficient to block direct sunlight. That's easier than trying to cover the piano.

You haven't mentioned if this is a grand or vertical. The décor considerations are important, too.
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#2088185 - 05/24/13 05:15 PM Re: Where should I put my piano?? [Re: Infinity]
Silverwood Pianos Offline
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Doesn’t have to be white but white does reflect the light and heat. I meant the piano but if you have blinds then same thing, as long as you remember to pull them down when the sun is across that far.
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#2088251 - 05/24/13 06:42 PM Re: Where should I put my piano?? [Re: Minnesota Marty]
Infinity Offline
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Registered: 09/23/10
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Loc: West Orange, NJ
Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Hi Infinity,

You already have roller blinds on the windows and that should be sufficient to block direct sunlight. That's easier than trying to cover the piano.

You haven't mentioned if this is a grand or vertical. The décor considerations are important, too.


Good point. This is a studio upright. Thanks.
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Infinity
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West Orange, NJ
www.pianolessonsnj.com

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#2088492 - 05/25/13 10:30 AM Re: Where should I put my piano?? [Re: Infinity]
Minnesota Marty Offline

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The logical place in the room, considering both temperature and design, would be the wall with the staircase. How that would affect the other furniture and stereo cabinet would have to be juggled. Are you trying to put too much furniture in a rather small room?
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