Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick

Posted by: Piano World

Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/30/07 06:39 AM

Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick

FOUR craftsmen took six months to build a two-inch-square working model of a Steinway grand piano, illustrated below.

Played with a toothpick, it has thirty-six ivory keys and is strung like a full-size instrument. With other objects in the photo —miniature enamel furniture, and a dancing girl’s toe bell from Bombay, India, displayed on a finger —it forms part of a private collection of 28,500 curios from fifty-four countries exhibited recently in San Francisco.



From an article in Popular Science, Dec. 1940

Have to wonder how you tune it :-)
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/30/07 08:46 AM

I would think by now it's due for new hammers & strings at least...maybe even a complete rebuild including soundboard... \:\)
Posted by: whippen boy

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/30/07 11:26 AM

You'd have to play the minute[/b] waltz. \:D
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/30/07 11:46 AM

That's really neat! I wonder if it has crowned soundboard and working sustain pedal. \:D
Posted by: Steve Cohen

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/30/07 11:49 AM

Gee, a piano for those with small talents!
Posted by: oldcars

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/30/07 11:56 AM

Uh oh...I can hear a whole bunch of puns coming from Trucker, among others, regarding the pieces that can be played on this piano:

A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You, Little Bit O' Soul, A Little Bit of Heaven, Little Bitty Girl, Little Bitty Pretty One, A little Bitty Tear, Little Black Book, Little Deuce Coup, Little Woman, Little Devil

Composed by Tiny Tim and Tiny Hill, or Little Eva, or Little Caesar and the Romans

and my favorite
Little Anthony and the Imperials...

But since puns are a little play on words, I shouldn't be taken literally....

Have a good weekend
Posted by: Piano*Dad

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/30/07 12:17 PM

"It's a Small World After All"
Posted by: Fraggle

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/30/07 12:28 PM

Or for a change of pace how about something by Little Richard.
Posted by: Solo Piano

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/30/07 12:55 PM

You would have to have to skill to play that little baby lol, your right.. you do have to wonder how to do it.. or does it stay tuned?
Posted by: Cultor

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/30/07 01:21 PM

Perfect for my living room!
Posted by: groundH2O

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/30/07 03:46 PM

Has anyone tried playing a full-sized grand piano with a giant toothpick?



Brent
Posted by: himynameisjc

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/31/07 06:30 AM

I Want one! what for you may ask?
oh ya noe, those inklings, they come and go
Posted by: McLaughlin

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/31/07 09:04 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by groundH2O:
Has anyone tried playing a full-sized grand piano with a giant toothpick?
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ROTFL!!
Posted by: kenny

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/31/07 09:34 AM

How was the soundboard crowned?
Posted by: CTPianotech

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/31/07 09:46 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by McLaughlin:
 Quote:
Originally posted by groundH2O:
Has anyone tried playing a full-sized grand piano with a giant toothpick?
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ROTFL!! [/b]
Got the biggest headache when I tried that.

Stupid fallboard..
Posted by: Kingfrog777

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/31/07 10:05 AM

Only $99,999.99....MAP $49,999.99 MSP $2.00
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: Tiny Grand Piano Can Be Played with a Toothpick - 03/31/07 10:20 AM

Frank...see what you started!!!