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#118748 - 03/14/04 06:03 PM Grand piano practice silencer
Ken Olson Offline
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Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 14
Loc: Vancouver, BC
I have a Kawai KG-2E 5'10" with a Gulbransen (now Midi9) midi setup. My ancient Steinbach/Mason&Risch upright has a felt practice silencer that moves between hammers and strings, and I'm wondering if something similar exists for grand's? Two other questions:

Would the installation of something like this compromise the action or un-muted sound of the piano just by it's presence in the instrument?

Does the Gulbransen pick-up circutry in the action compromise the touch at all? (The company claims not, but I'd be interested in other opinions, pro or con)


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#118749 - 03/14/04 10:11 PM Re: Grand piano practice silencer
Jim Volk Offline
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Registered: 01/12/03
Posts: 916
Loc: Jacksonville, Florida
Ken, PianoDisc sells a mute rail kit for grands. If you have a local dealer, they should be able to give you a price over the phone.

I believe QRS sells one too, but from what I hear it's harder to install.

I'm also confident that your midi record strip will in no way interfere with the piano's action. It should only consist of a sensor positioned beneath the key which measures the speed at which the key moves downward (unless Midi9 has optical sensors, in which case it should be equally unobtrusive to the action, but operates on a different principle than keystroke velocity).

Jim Volk

#118750 - 03/15/04 09:20 AM Re: Grand piano practice silencer
Manitou Offline
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Registered: 01/08/02
Posts: 1044
Loc: Colorado
I'v worked on pianos with both systems and prefer the Pianodisc mute. It's a great tool for late-night practice, and no, doesn't hurt your piano's value or function.
Manitou - Pianist - Technician

#118751 - 03/15/04 12:25 PM Re: Grand piano practice silencer
Ken Olson Offline
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Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 14
Loc: Vancouver, BC
Thanks for the replies - I've emailed PianoDisc for info...


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#118752 - 03/28/04 01:20 PM Re: Grand piano practice silencer
FiKa Offline
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Registered: 09/15/03
Posts: 5
Hi Ken,

Just curious, have you recieved any price info on the PianoDisc mute rail?


#118753 - 03/29/04 08:36 PM Re: Grand piano practice silencer
Ken Olson Offline
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Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 14
Loc: Vancouver, BC
No price info yet - I'm getting my technician to look into it now. Maybe they don't reply quickly to Canada?


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