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#2105550 - 06/21/13 02:39 AM My Green Piano
SmithAlien Offline
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Registered: 06/19/13
Posts: 2
Loc: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi all! I'm Francis Smith (introduced myself in the Pianist Corner section), have played piano for over 29 years, and now live in Calgary, Alberta, since 2012 (I grew up in Fort Wayne, IN, from 1979-2004, then studied in London, UK, 2004-2007, then San Francisco 2007-2012).

Since I have moved so much, I had to leave my 1914 Hobart M. Cable upright grand behind in Indiana.

Once I settled into my flat here in downtown Calgary, I found a 1962 Heintzman conservatory model upright that had been in the Calgary school system. Despite its school history, it was still in great shape. I bought it.

I had been dreaming of having a GREEN piano (to go with my green violin I got when I lived in London). I was introduced to a professional piano restorer/refinisher, and he did a wonderful job of "greening" my piano. Since it was built of walnut (a wood too dark to stain in any colour), he veneered it in bird's-eye maple, a much lighter wood amenable to colour staining. He found a shade of translucent green stain closely matching that of my green violin (he used that as inspiration), which really makes the woodgrain show beautifully. He also had an airbrush artist friend of his paint an image of my green violin on the music desk panel. After 9 months of work, the piano was finally delivered to my downtown Calgary flat this past Saturday morning.

Ever seen a green piano? Enjoy!

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#2105569 - 06/21/13 04:10 AM Re: My Green Piano [Re: SmithAlien]
joe80 Offline
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Registered: 11/30/09
Posts: 2137
I think it looks stunning. Because it's such a unique piece, it will be worth having the internals restored as well, when the time comes. It's actually breathtaking!

#2105594 - 06/21/13 07:21 AM Re: My Green Piano [Re: SmithAlien]
Minnesota Marty Offline

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Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 7439
Loc: Rochester MN
Hi Francis - Welcome to Piano World!

You piano is really quite spectacular and very beautiful. The use of the bird's-eye maple was a great choice and the resulting depth and texture is stunning. Obviously, it ain't green paint!-LOL.

Please send complements to the artist who created the violin on the music desk. It adds the perfect touch.

Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.

#2105603 - 06/21/13 07:53 AM Re: My Green Piano [Re: SmithAlien]
Almaviva Offline
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Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 842
Loc: Richmond, Virginia

Very pretty piano. I'm green with envy. Sorry, I just couldn't resist! wink

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#2105616 - 06/21/13 08:13 AM Re: My Green Piano [Re: SmithAlien]
Mark... Offline
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Registered: 11/27/06
Posts: 4430
Loc: Jersey Shore
Green in my favorite color...I like it!

#2105624 - 06/21/13 08:31 AM Re: My Green Piano [Re: SmithAlien]
Roger Ransom Offline
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Registered: 01/19/05
Posts: 1300
Loc: SouthWest Michigan
Awesome, I love the workmanship. It's gorgeous!!
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#2105664 - 06/21/13 09:56 AM Re: My Green Piano [Re: SmithAlien]
Rickster Offline

Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 9319
Loc: Georgia, USA
It certainly different and unique! I like different. smile

How does it sound and play?

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#2105682 - 06/21/13 10:33 AM Re: My Green Piano [Re: SmithAlien]
Bob Newbie Offline
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Registered: 09/02/06
Posts: 1555
Hmmmm... very interesting I've seen that color on electric guitars!
I'm wondering about other guitar shades that might lend themselves
to piano finishes, sunburst yellow or red... smile

#2105690 - 06/21/13 11:00 AM Re: My Green Piano [Re: SmithAlien]
KurtZ Offline
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Registered: 03/13/10
Posts: 1373
Loc: The Heart of Screenland
Gibson is offering guitar type finishes on some of it's Baldwin models. Oddly enough, while I don't like sunbursts on guitars, a nice tobacco or 3 color sunburst might look cool on an upright. Smith Alien, It's not something I would do but I love your originality and the break from the stodginess of piano finishes.

One who does what the Friend wants done
will never need a friend.


#2105922 - 06/21/13 07:07 PM Re: My Green Piano [Re: SmithAlien]
Dave B Offline
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Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 2338
Loc: Philadelphia area
I can see your reflection in the first pic. Is it a marbleized finish???
"Imagine it in all its primatic colorings, its counterpart in our souls - our souls that are great pianos whose strings, of honey and of steel, the divisions of the rainbow set twanging, loosing on the air great novels of adventure!" - William Carlos Williams

#2105930 - 06/21/13 07:25 PM Re: My Green Piano [Re: SmithAlien]
Dara Offline
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Registered: 06/18/09
Posts: 1088
Loc: west coast island, canada
Looks great !
Hope your piano and home are faring okay with the intense flooding currently happening in Calgary and southern Alberta.

#2105934 - 06/21/13 07:32 PM Re: My Green Piano [Re: SmithAlien]
Sir Lurksalot Offline
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Registered: 03/19/04
Posts: 1272
With that piano and violin, you must love Verde.

#2105935 - 06/21/13 07:35 PM Re: My Green Piano [Re: SmithAlien]
Rod Verhnjak Offline
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Registered: 04/09/06
Posts: 3670
Loc: Vancouver B.C. Canada
Love it!!!
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