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#1349749 - 01/14/10 08:45 PM Re: Piattino caster cups [Re: andrew f]  
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Hello Andrew,
Sorry to hear of the woes you are having with your downstairs neighbor. It’s a shame that every so often, there are “nut-cases” as you call them, who make life unpleasant and difficult for those around them.

Obviously, with all the steps you took to mitigate the effects of simply playing piano, this person cannot be satisfied. No doubt that if he hated cats, he would be able to hear your cat sneak across your carpet upstairs.

You are probably correct, Piattinos will not cure the neuroses of one’s neighbors.

There is little question, however, of their efficacy in inserting an acoustic break between the piano and the building structure and thereby reducing the sound transmitted into adjoining rooms, especially the ones below.

One client a while back was relocating her piano teaching school into a building which had a Yoga studio directly below, of all things. She wanted six sets of Piattinos for all the pianos in the studios. I myself was sceptical whether or not Piattinos would be up to this task. We decided she would try out one set first. Several days later she called and ordered sets for the remaining pianos.

A high percentage of my Piattino clients live in New York City. They live in older apartment buildings and are serious players, typically they have a Steinway M, L, or O grand piano. Some find me on the web, others, not knowing who to turn to, call the Steinway factory. Steinway refers them to me. Not too shabby of an endorsement….

I hope, one way or another, that you get a new neighbor soon.

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#1350113 - 01/15/10 02:42 AM Re: Piattino caster cups [Re: Supply]  
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Auralex has a product called GRAMMA. It is specifically made to decouple the soundsource that rests on it from the floor. Each GRAMMA is a square with a hard plywood top and three channels of every dense foam on the bottom. According to their customer service line each GRAMMA can handle 300 pounds. If you spread that three hundred pounds across the three legs of your piano, that means it should handle a grand piano of up to 900 pounds. Most grands are much less than that. I think you would have to take off the casters to use these as they are rather tall at slightly under 3 inches. They aren't particularly elegent looking, but they only cost about $50. They can be seen at any of several internet musical instrument retailers. Here is sweetwater's link: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/GRAMMA/


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