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#2227944 - 02/08/14 03:54 PM Accessorize...........
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What would you add to or change on your piano or piano area if you could?


I'd have an adjustable piano bench, for starters. Then maybe shelving or a bookcase for piano material, though there is no room WHATSOEVER for anymore bookcases or shelving in the room.


Go ahead. Make a wish and snap your fingers. smile
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#2227949 - 02/08/14 04:07 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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An owner's butt on the bench MUCH more often.

I did get the Frederick adjustable artist's bench for Christmas, which is super comfy and a great improvement over my old bench. I do recommend that!
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#2227965 - 02/08/14 04:39 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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@Stubbie, make that a sturdy adjustable bench that doesn't make any sound smile

I would like to add a good player to my piano hence I'm studying my ass off wink
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#2227983 - 02/08/14 05:23 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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I'd like some nice shelves for music. My stack of music on the piano gets reather tall every once in a while. I really ought not to stack music on the sides of the music desk. If it wasn't there, it would be easier to close my piano at night. As it stands, I leave it open. My bad.
So some nice shelves for music close by to the piano would be nice.
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#2227992 - 02/08/14 05:35 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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I have a terrible set up, stuck away in our spare bedroom with all the other junk. My wish would be to have a full room with shelves and a computer desk close by.
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#2227993 - 02/08/14 05:35 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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I got an art deco bench to sit on. One inch too high; have to jack the piano up!
I`d like a fiercely traditional surround for my digital to pop over the top. . . and fool everybody
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#2228139 - 02/08/14 09:46 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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I'd have a James Bond type switch in the wall that turns the room the piano is in into an acoustically perfect room.

Then again, I'd be out of excuses. So instead, I want self cleaning piano keys. Not too squeaky clean/grippy, and not too slick either. Just right.

And I want the piano to be self tuning too.

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#2228243 - 02/09/14 04:51 AM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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oh a self-tuning piano..I could go for that.

I'd like a wee shelf for my music - it does get a bit cluttered. And I'd like a nice piano lamp. The only really nice looking ones I've seen cost huge amounts of money.
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#2228262 - 02/09/14 06:14 AM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: casinitaly]
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Self tuning pianos really ought to be written in the history books now; with the latest devices ready to roll out . . .the technology is simple. But it`s not happening is it?
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#2228282 - 02/09/14 08:20 AM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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I could use a better lighting setup too.

How about a piano that talks to you? Mine would have a sweet voice, warm personality, and a great sense of humor.....

Originally Posted By: JimF's Estonia
Good morning Jim, I was hoping you would come over and play me. Our session yesterday felt wonderful...you played that Mozart sonata just like Horowitz would if he was a senior citizen beginner with a slight hangover. Have some coffee and let's get started.


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#2228303 - 02/09/14 09:18 AM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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laugh @ JimF

I need a new light as well, but it is going to wait.
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#2228316 - 02/09/14 09:38 AM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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Some upgrades to the brain of the owner :-)
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#2228528 - 02/09/14 03:54 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: peterws]
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Originally Posted By: peterws
Self tuning pianos really ought to be written in the history books now; with the latest devices ready to roll out . . .the technology is simple. But it`s not happening is it?


A 'self-tuning' piano is very doable with today's technology. Even some cars now have self monitoring air pressure capabilities for the tires which doesn't even require much other than a pressure monitor and an on board compressor.

A 'self-tuning' piano would just involve a digital tuner along with a servo motor to fine tune the torque(tension) of each individual pin.

I guess that's the kicker though; "each individual pin". That's a lot of servo motors = cha-ching $$$!


Edited by Mr Super-Hunky (02/09/14 03:55 PM)

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#2228534 - 02/09/14 04:02 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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Hm. With a cursory search I couldn't find it, but there's someone here on PW who is, in fact, working on a self-tuning piano that's always in tune, and has been for several years.

Could inquire in the tech forum, I guess. . .

What would I want? A self-maintaining index of sheet music.

But, more realistically, but not very much more, an acoustic piano that's a lot newer and in better shape than the one I have.

Cathy
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#2228538 - 02/09/14 04:08 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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I need to start with getting a new house first. (Graduate family housing apartments are not conducive to large piano rooms!)

I would like a dedicated piano room/living room (in other words, separate from a room with a TV in it). The room would have a medium-sized grand piano in a rosewood or brown color, with nice lighting and shelving for music books. And definitely an adjustable bench! There would also be a sofa and comfy chairs and coffee table for Mr SK and any guest who might happen to stop by. Also, big windows for natural light, but somehow no temperature/humidity issues. I would also like to have a roll-out side table type thingy where I would have my coffee cup, and any music and pencils etc, this would roll back out of the way when company comes.

I've thought waaay too much about this! laugh
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#2228544 - 02/09/14 04:27 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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I want the adjustable bench, the handy music shelving, and a cordless piano light that illuminates the music perfectly but takes up zero space (hovering just above the music desk would be ideal). Ok, I'll take the self-tuning too.
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#2228552 - 02/09/14 04:39 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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Well, that self-tuning thingy exists:

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-06/2012-invention-awards-self-tuning-piano

I keep looking for a little, round, mahogany side table which is the perfect height and size for an ever-filling cup of coffee. A mere reach from the bench.

If I can't find the ever-filling cup, a butler would do.

grin
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#2228579 - 02/09/14 05:20 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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Marty, maybe this could be modified for coffee service?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE-1zAja0uw#t=19


Edited by JeanieA (02/09/14 05:35 PM)
Edit Reason: Well, doggone it, how DOES one embed a video here?!? The media tag sure isn't it!
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#2228586 - 02/09/14 05:26 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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That would be an evening accessory.

Slurred Schumann, anyone?
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#2228588 - 02/09/14 05:27 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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Or, Blotto Brahms?
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#2228661 - 02/09/14 07:44 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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In addition to Mr. SH's thingy to keep the keys not too sticky and not too slick, I'd add a hand warmer. And, yeah, a foot warmer to go with it, while we're at it.

This time of year my hands are almost always cold and playing the piano doesn't really warm them up. So a nice little warming oven next to the piano would be nice. I could keep my coffee in there as well. grin
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#2229143 - 02/10/14 06:07 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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Originally Posted By: Stubbie
In addition to Mr. SH's thingy to keep the keys not too sticky and not too slick, I'd add a hand warmer. And, yeah, a foot warmer to go with it, while we're at it.

This time of year my hands are almost always cold and playing the piano doesn't really warm them up. So a nice little warming oven next to the piano would be nice. I could keep my coffee in there as well. grin


If that were too slow, maybe a microwave with handholes, give it three seconds, ready to go.
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#2234733 - 02/20/14 08:58 AM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
Originally Posted By: peterws
Self tuning pianos really ought to be written in the history books now; with the latest devices ready to roll out . . .the technology is simple. But it`s not happening is it?


A 'self-tuning' piano is very doable with today's technology. Even some cars now have self monitoring air pressure capabilities for the tires which doesn't even require much other than a pressure monitor and an on board compressor.

A 'self-tuning' piano would just involve a digital tuner along with a servo motor to fine tune the torque(tension) of each individual pin.

I guess that's the kicker though; "each individual pin". That's a lot of servo motors = cha-ching $$$!


It's already available for electric guitars (from Gibson, Tronical, Peavy and maybe others), although guitar string tension is far less than a piano's and adding a reinforced version of the tech to a piano (relative low volume in sales compared to smaller, easier-to-make units for guitars) would probably cost the equivalent of several years of tuning anyway (and require servicing of its own in time).

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#2235709 - 02/21/14 08:04 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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A Steinway D with a room large enough for it and far enough away from the family to keep them from going deaf. Come to think of it, since we are "wishing", why not a separate, sound proofed practice room?

About the adjustable bench - if you get one, make sure it adjusts enough to suit you. My piano came with an adjustable artist's bench but even at the highest position, it is too low for me. If found out too late that it is also available with longer legs.
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#2235711 - 02/21/14 08:06 PM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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A Steinway D with a room large enough for it and far enough away from the family to keep them from going deaf. Come to think of it, since we are "wishing", why not a separate, sound proofed practice room?

About the adjustable bench - if you get one, make sure it adjusts enough to suit you. My piano came with an adjustable artist's bench but even at the highest position, it is too low for me. I found out too late that it is also available with longer legs.

...Oh, and I've always wanted a metronome that pokes me in the leg rather than ticking.


...and longer fingers, by about 1/2 inch would be nice.
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#2235826 - 02/22/14 06:10 AM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: JimF]
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Originally Posted By: JimF
I could use a better lighting setup too.

How about a piano that talks to you? Mine would have a sweet voice, warm personality, and a great sense of humor.....

Originally Posted By: JimF's Estonia
Good morning Jim, I was hoping you would come over and play me. Our session yesterday felt wonderful...you played that Mozart sonata just like Horowitz would if he was a senior citizen beginner with a slight hangover. Have some coffee and let's get started.


grin


Giacomo, you made me laugh!

I think mine would sound like Sean Connery, and it would say....

Originally Posted By: casinitaly's piano
Good morning Cheryl, delighted to see you again today. Yesterday's session was marvellous... you played your Clementi just like Martha Argerich would....if she had a bad case of arthritis and had forgotten her reading-glasses. Have yourself a tot of whisky and let's get on with it aye?
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#2235838 - 02/22/14 07:32 AM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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Time to reorganize my music and catalog it in some fashion on the shelf. Tough to complain...I have a really nice set up.
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#2235874 - 02/22/14 09:48 AM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: casinitaly]
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Now that we have our pianos talking, you can imagine the conversations they would have (mine sounds like a cross between Zsa Zsa Gabor and Ann Margret)......

JimF's Estonia: Dahlink, it's been ages. How are you?

casinitaly's piano: Can't complain, the dear girl treats me like a movie star. Got a recent tune up and at least we don't have that godawful heat and humidity of summer. Now, if we could just get that nitwit next door to stop banging on the wall we could dispense with this silly silent mode business.

JimF's Estonia: Oh, I know Dahlink, isn't it a scandal? Who ever heard of a silent piano at your age?.... although there are times when my guy makes makes me sound like a constipated rhinoceros and I wish I was mute...oh, and those lab retrievers of his, always schlobering all over me and whacking me in the shins with those tails. I wonder how he'd like a wet nose stuck up his soundboard!
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#2235878 - 02/22/14 09:56 AM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: JimF]
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Good one Giacomo! We'd better keep them in check though...this duetto could turn into something so steamy they'd both go out of tune ! lol

(sorry for getting off topic folks smile....but you have to admit it opens up a whole new dimension to the idea of playing if you thought your piano would talk back to you...(Makes me think of Iron Man and Jarvis) )


Originally Posted By: JimF
Now that we have our pianos talking, you can imagine the conversations they would have (mine sounds like a cross between Zsa Zsa Gabor and Ann Margret)......

JimF's Estonia: Dahlink, it's been ages. How are you?

casinitaly's piano: Can't complain, the dear girl treats me like a movie star. Got a recent tune up and at least we don't have that godawful heat and humidity of summer. Now, if we could just get that nitwit next door to stop banging on the wall we could dispense with this silly silent mode business.

JimF's Estonia: Oh, I know Dahlink, isn't it a scandal? Who ever heard of a silent piano at your age?.... although there are times when my guy makes makes me sound like a constipated rhinoceros and I wish I was mute...oh, and those lab retrievers of his, always schlobering all over me and whacking me in the shins with those tails. I wonder how he'd like a wet nose stuck up his soundboard!



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#2235939 - 02/22/14 11:55 AM Re: Accessorize........... [Re: Stubbie]
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JimF and casinitaly - laugh x a big number smile

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