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#2411626 - Yesterday at 07:23 PM Rug under piano on new hardwood flooring?
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Registered: 05/28/01
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A customer just called me with a question, for which I didn't have an answer. So, I told her I'd ask here.

The piano is a Steinway XR grand, player unit removed but with 3 sets of double legs. It currently sits on wall to wall carpeting. She's having hardwood flooring installed, and isn't sure what to do underneath the piano. She wants to get an area rug to help cut down on loudness, but isn't sure of the size.

Should the area rug:

A: Be small enough to just fit under the soundboard area, using caster cups for the 6 casters?

B: Be small enough to just fit under the soundboard area, with the casters sitting directly on the hardwood flooring?

C: Be large enough so the legs will sit on top of the rug?

As I type this, I'm thinking probably answer "C" is the way to go, with the area rug large enough to also fit the bench. This would keep the bench from scratching the floor, and keep it the proper height for playing.

Should there also be caster cups if the legs are on the area rug? Currently, the piano does not have caster cups.

Or, are there any other options I'm not thinking about?


Edited by Eric Gloo (Yesterday at 07:24 PM)
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#2411627 - Yesterday at 07:56 PM Re: Rug under piano on new hardwood flooring? [Re: Eric Gloo]
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Even though it's a matter of taste, I think C is the best with bench on carpet along with caster cups.

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#2411634 - Yesterday at 09:17 PM Re: Rug under piano on new hardwood flooring? [Re: Eric Gloo]
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I have used "C". The only problem is dragging the bench on the carpet when you pull it in to play. It can really mess up a nice oriental rug.
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#2411663 - Today at 02:20 AM Re: Rug under piano on new hardwood flooring? [Re: Eric Gloo]
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+1, B is the practical way. If it is not sufficient then add more carpets to the room and consider the walls too.
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#2411668 - Today at 02:52 AM Re: Rug under piano on new hardwood flooring? [Re: Eric Gloo]
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I use D: Regulate and voice the piano properly, and play at the proper volume.

When the pianos were at home, there was a carpet under them, but the rear legs were off it. Now they are on a wood floor, and they still sound nice, when played properly.
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#2411727 - Today at 09:00 AM Re: Rug under piano on new hardwood flooring? [Re: Eric Gloo]
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I agree with D. The approach I took with the Chickering which is in a very hard space (ceramic tiles on the floors and cement walls). The Seiler however, has wood floors with oriental carpets and 18' ceilings. As usual, no one wants to spend the money to correctly voice the instrument for the space.
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#2411728 - Today at 09:02 AM Re: Rug under piano on new hardwood flooring? [Re: Eric Gloo]
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Techs might consider softening the hammers before a full revoicing to see if this improves the situation for the customer.
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#2411782 - 20 minutes 13 seconds ago Re: Rug under piano on new hardwood flooring? [Re: gynnis]
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Not looking to hijack this thread - but I have the same question with regard to an upright piano.

I'll be acquiring the piano after having bamboo flooring installed into my living room. What would you use (if anything) under the piano? I'm looking to both protect the new floor and to reduce the piano's harshness/loudness. (The room has no drapes on the windows or anything else to absorb the sound.)

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