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#2115606 - 07/10/13 10:08 AM And "the best piano experience" goes to...[tense moment]
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... the real acoustic piano laugh Seriously, I bought a cheap piano tuning kit from eBay, and a professional piano tuning app for iPhone (TuneLab - measures inharmonicity and calculates the optimum stretch) and tuned my old upright which hadn't been tuned for 10 years. Wow!!! Just wow! The result is an enormous fun which exceeds any digital/software piano experience in the utmost degree! Well, yeah, it required me few passes of tuning in order to raise the pitch and to get used to setting the pins and the strings but it is definitely worth it. I wholeheartedly recommend you to try it. I am extremely happy I've spent the money for the tuning software rather than for Ivory American. The final experience is organic and heavenly despite the piano being just some old little upright. I wouldn't have had such pleasure with Ivory. Period smile
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#2115709 - 07/10/13 02:56 PM Re: And "the best piano experience" goes to...[tense moment] [Re: CyberGene]
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Well Done! I done that myself years ago wi an ole Broadway grand. Somebody said you can maintain the tuning by using superglue on the tuning pegs to stop them slipping. But you might not have to!
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#2115720 - 07/10/13 03:23 PM Re: And "the best piano experience" goes to...[tense moment] [Re: CyberGene]
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next, you can tune your own Steinway.
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#2115731 - 07/10/13 03:47 PM Re: And "the best piano experience" goes to...[tense moment] [Re: 36251]
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Originally Posted By: 36251
next, you can tune your own Steinway.

I've done that. But it's been a while. I bought a tuning program many years ago after having a tuner show up with one. I figured that if all he was going to do was start at the bottom A and move up the keyboard, I could do that. But there are, of course, better techs out there who do more than that.

I don't buy this idea that acoustics (even not so good ones) easily win out over digitals. Try the GOOD digitals. Pianoteq U4 is great, for example. The Roland SNs and Yamaha AGs are good too. But Pianoteq is very expressive -- listen to the realistic color change as a note sustains; listen to the damping of the note and even the mechanical noise.

One last thing: while it's fun to learn to tune a piano and fulfilling at first, it starts to get as boring as house painting, mowing the lawn or folding laundry after while -- particularly when you're a slow amateur.
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#2115805 - 07/10/13 06:27 PM Re: And "the best piano experience" goes to...[tense moment] [Re: CyberGene]
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Pianoteq is a very personal thing. I can't stand it for more than 15 minutes. While it is realistically dynamic, it is also very synthetic and tin like. With each version it gets better yet it is still too metallic sounding to be taken seriously. I have tried each new version so I know what I am talking about. But as I said that's a personal opinion. And tuning a piano would last at least few months if you have done it with even only half of the required skills. So, we're comparing two hours spent in tuning each few months to 15 minutes spent in boredom each time you play Pianoteq. To me that's day and night. Yet, one more time - this is strongly a matter of preference.


Edited by CyberGene (07/10/13 06:39 PM)
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#2115818 - 07/10/13 07:08 PM Re: And "the best piano experience" goes to...[tense moment] [Re: CyberGene]
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If you can get a fake piano with a really even and realistic action (Kawai and Yamaha keyboards come to mind), the keyboard itself is useful for developing technique (quite apart from the realism issue). I use a tuning program on the real thing, which is also GREAT, because it's perfectly in tune all the time. Once you get good at tuning, you will have much more control over the "sound" of your piano; you get the tuning that YOU like.


Edited by johnlewisgrant (07/10/13 07:11 PM)

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#2115871 - 07/10/13 10:24 PM Re: And "the best piano experience" goes to...[tense moment] [Re: CyberGene]
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Very useful information, CyberGene.

Frankly, is one reason (acoustic is too loud) for getting a digital a myth? The middle pedal muffler is not enough in all acoustics?


Edited by StarvingLion (07/10/13 10:27 PM)
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#2115886 - 07/10/13 11:05 PM Re: And "the best piano experience" goes to...[tense moment] [Re: StarvingLion]
Mikael L Offline
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While I also think that these are very subjective issues, I have myself become a believer in DP+software sound as a satisfying replacement for an acoustic piano (something I didn't believe in a week ago). Yamaha CP5 + Pianoteq made me change my mind. Vintage D further helped supporting the new mindset.

The mind need more convincing, though, than when playing an acoustic.

A few years ago I remember sitting in a sailing boat looking at the smooth sea waves, thinking that they looked very unrealistic and computer generated. It's possible that hearing a very clean recording of a perfectly tuned acoustic piano might feel the same.

Anyways. For me, reality is a combination of order and interactions and feedbacks that ultimately result in chaos. A lot of DPs lack the latter. More of that, please smile


Edited by Mikael L (07/10/13 11:09 PM)
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#2116028 - 07/11/13 08:28 AM Re: And "the best piano experience" goes to...[tense moment] [Re: CyberGene]
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I think a software piano is a good replacement when compared to a recorded acoustic piano.

But it cannot compare in a live performance. In this case ... if you want proper piano sound, there's no substitute for a proper piano.

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#2116416 - 07/12/13 12:51 AM Re: And "the best piano experience" goes to...[tense moment] [Re: MacMacMac]
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Originally Posted By: MacMacMac
I think a software piano is a good replacement when compared to a recorded acoustic piano.

But it cannot compare in a live performance. In this case ... if you want proper piano sound, there's no substitute for a proper piano.


Maybe add amplified to that as well? But yes, I suppose there is a lot to be done in the area of replacing strings with speakers. High precision carbon nanotube speakers?
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