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thought this was sweet
#1879196 04/13/12 08:56 PM
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Helpinstill...&hash=item3f15e266eb#ht_24992wt_1185

found this on accident - never heard of one before. I've played the Cp80 and Kawai ep-308m - but this looks even cooler


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Interesting, I've not seen or heard of that before. An acoustic piano with a power switch and volume knob! Does it have built in electric pick up system then, much like an electric guitar?

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Yes, that's what Helpinstill does. He makes pickups that can be installed in any piano. It's not clear whether he now makes pianos (or sells pianos with his pickups installed and his name added to the fallboard).

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It's a Kimball piano.


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Here's some information from the man himself: "Charles Helpinstill demonstrates how a Model 120 Helpinstill Piano Sensor is installed on a piano." From the company website www.helpinstill.com. Helpinstill Piano Pickup Installation. There is more information and pricing on the Helpinstill website.


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Pictures of the keys don't really inspire much optimism, that piano has been played to heck and back. And what's up with the single pedal?


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It is my personal oppinion and many can disagree but I would not be a big fan of some sort of "experiments" with the pianos . I wouldnt risk buying such instrument that brand im not preaty sure esspecially as it has one pedal only , ( i am overusing other two personally) and i would have to try out the instrument before purchase and i recomend u do the same

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I agree that, for any used model, you'd want to check it out, just as you would if it were a CP-80 or whatever. I wouldn't call it an "experiment," though... Helpinstill is probably the biggest name in pickups for pianos, they've been doing it for 40 years.


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