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#2213859 - 01/13/14 08:18 AM Garden studio room/piano room
WildHorseMan Offline
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Registered: 02/28/12
Posts: 19
Loc: uk
Hi all, I hope this is the correct place to ask some questions about my idea, anyway I've been looking into those fancy garden studios for a piano practice room in my garden, something about 3m x 3m fully insulated double glazing etc... Looking around the web for prices I see that they are quite expensive and out of my price range 4000 - 18000!

My Idea is to build my own practice room from scratch fully insulated sticking to the same building regulations as a timber framed house in the uk, price would be around 2000 over estimated slightly just incase. My questions are,

do you think this would be a good idea?
Have you had any experience with clients who have a garden practice rooms?
If I eventually build my room and buy a piano (upright) will a dealer honour any guarantee that comes with the piano as the room would be built by me with no guarantee of weather proofing etc... I intend to make damn sure it is weather proof to the nth degree!

Any info would be greatly appreciated
Cheers
Andy

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#2213866 - 01/13/14 08:43 AM Re: Garden studio room/piano room [Re: WildHorseMan]
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Registered: 06/04/11
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Weather proofing is not the only consideration ... stability in both temperature and humidity are equally important if you want a piano to be serviceable. I come across quite a few schools that use port a cabins as music classrooms .... the theory is that it keeps the noise of music lessons separate from the main school ! These pianos rarely remain in tune for long, with the constant changes in both humidity and temperature. If you are serious about this, then some constant form of climate control would be needed to keep the tuning stable.
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#2213878 - 01/13/14 09:20 AM Re: Garden studio room/piano room [Re: WildHorseMan]
WildHorseMan Offline
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Registered: 02/28/12
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Loc: uk
Thanks for the input I would proberbly be adding a piano damp chaser system to the piano to keep it in good health as this is something im am aware of regarding humidity and temp changes, I would hazard a guess that building to regulations would provide a better enviroment than most old houses with no insulation etc... What about the piano dealer do you think they would be fine with my setup?

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#2213960 - 01/13/14 11:58 AM Re: Garden studio room/piano room [Re: WildHorseMan]
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If your set up shows any signs of extreme conditions then I would expect any dealer or manufacturer to be less inclined to accept any guarantee liability.
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#2213968 - 01/13/14 12:21 PM Re: Garden studio room/piano room [Re: WildHorseMan]
WildHorseMan Offline
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Registered: 02/28/12
Posts: 19
Loc: uk
I suppose I would have to build it first to monitor temp changes during winter and summer, at the moment I have a digital piano and that would be going in first then an acoustic at a later date if the idea gets off paper, at the moment its just a pipe dream smile

I think I will ring a few shops in my area and to get the general Idea from them see what they say.

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