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#1943336 - 08/15/12 05:50 PM So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread)  
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Historically lots of fun, artistic, or plain silly things have been done with the finish and design of piano cabinets over the years. This is a custom finish that I first did not like at all, but I have to say... it is growing on me.

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We just set this piano up in our showroom. Please forgive the "phone photo". I just didn't want to go through the hassle of a better photo, but maybe I will do that in the morning to give a better idea of this look.

This is actually a beautiful example of a faux marble finish on an almost new (10 years old) Steinway M.

So, what are your thoughts? It is absolutely unique. Do you like it? Do you hate it? Would you own it or have this finish put on your piano? What if the finish were free? (It isn't)


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#1943338 - 08/15/12 06:00 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Nice, but not for me. I like black.

#1943350 - 08/15/12 06:27 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Beautiful to look at but, for me, not good for a permanent piece of home furniture. Same category as white or extremely busy wood grain finishes(some bubinga finishes or vertical grain rosewood).

#1943353 - 08/15/12 06:40 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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I like the marbling effect, but not the color. I'd probably like it more if it were a darker marble. But I'd probably still stick with basic black if actually choosing my own piano, as that is guaranteed to fit just about any interior color/style.

I will say it's visually stunning, though.


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#1943365 - 08/15/12 07:05 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Do they have one in tumbled Travertine? It would go well in my bathroom, I really need accompaniment when I sing in the shower.


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#1943387 - 08/15/12 07:57 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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I like it more than white.

#1943390 - 08/15/12 08:03 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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It would look nice in the atrium at the House of Congress or at the Lincoln Memorial. smile


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#1943403 - 08/15/12 08:25 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Whoever did the faux marble really knew what (s)he was doing. Actually, I kinda like it. I wouldn't want it in my home, but I can think of places where it would look great!

Everyone says that Stienway builds a solid piano. Well, there's proof!

Who bought it anyway? Fred and Wilma or Betty and Barney?


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#1943414 - 08/15/12 08:49 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Is this for people who have bathrooms of gigantic size and need a piece of furniture to fill the space?


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#1943416 - 08/15/12 08:53 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Excellent work! But I think it might look better in your house.

I'll be in the store on Friday. Hope it's still there so I can meet it in person.


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#1943417 - 08/15/12 08:54 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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No, thank you, I'd pass on the faux marble effect.
I, would, however, sacrifice and accept a REAL black marble (is there such a thing?) piano.
Keep that in mind....


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Originally Posted by PaintedPostDave
It would look nice in the atrium at the House of Congress or at the Lincoln Memorial. smile


I can see it now! Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter playing "Ashokan Farewell" for your listening pleasure! grin

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#1943425 - 08/15/12 09:03 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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If it was real marble, I would buy an "Easy open" lid!


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#1943432 - 08/15/12 09:17 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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I like it! Unique and somewhat classic.


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#1943437 - 08/15/12 09:29 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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I like it, and if nobody will buy it, you can ship it to my place. I'll pay for the shipping.

#1943525 - 08/16/12 02:31 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: ando]  
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I like it but prefer black. Now all you need is a marble statue seated at the piano.


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#1943541 - 08/16/12 03:41 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Bummed -- I was going to say all you need is a marble Apollo seated in front of it. allthumbs beat me to the punch!

#1943584 - 08/16/12 06:18 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Hmmmm I'm very unconvinced! I'm afraid I'm in the 'pianos are supposed to be black' camp! Very clever effect, though!

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I wouldn't do this to a 10-year-old Steinway. Perhaps to an older inexpensive Indonesian baby grand?

I'm also an anti-black person. Pianos in the home should blend with the furnishings and decor. In my home, that's neither black nor marble.


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#1943679 - 08/16/12 10:46 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Annitenth]  
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Originally Posted by Annitenth
I wouldn't do this to a 10-year-old Steinway. Perhaps to an older inexpensive Indonesian baby grand?
I think it came that way from the Steinway factory.

#1943680 - 08/16/12 10:47 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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By the way, Steinway made these in very limited numbers and the marble piano was one of their Art Grand line up. When this piano was new it was verrrry expensive.

See it here:
Marble Piano

Does this change the way you might be thinking about this piano at all? Just curious.


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#1943689 - 08/16/12 10:56 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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If you want to waste some time look at the other Art Case pianos available on the Steinway site. There's some terrific whorehouse pianos there....

#1943700 - 08/16/12 11:13 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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I know how a piano sounds on a marble floor and it is not good. How can this instrument be any different. You said 'faux'...is it wood -refinished? If it is I still find it a psychological road-block....we need the wood....I love black...and high gloss better than satin.

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#1943714 - 08/16/12 11:24 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: rada]  
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Originally Posted by rada
I know how a piano sounds on a marble floor and it is not good. How can this instrument be any different. You said 'faux'...is it wood -refinished? If it is I still find it a psychological road-block....we need the wood....I love black...and high gloss better than satin.

rada


Rada,

I am sorry I wasn't more specific. This is a lacquer finish with many colors and layers on top of a normal production piano case.

It is wood. It is not actually marble and the piano does not know any difference between this finish and an ebony finish.


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#1943734 - 08/16/12 11:39 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
It is wood. It is not actually marble and the piano does not know any difference between this finish and an ebony finish.


Now this got me thinking. What does a piano know about itself?

Steinway should introduce the "Anthromorphonic!"

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Hi Rick,
I didn't think it was made of REAL marble but I had played a pinao once in Houston that was Stainless Steel....I don't think it was called a DeLorean.

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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
By the way, Steinway made these in very limited numbers and the marble piano was one of their Art Grand line up. When this piano was new it was verrrry expensive.

See it here:
Marble Piano

Does this change the way you might be thinking about this piano at all? Just curious.


Good lord there are some hideous creations on that page! A couple of beautiful designs but most of them are rather frightening to look at. I hadn't realised Steinway was so adventurous with their designs.

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here's the perfect spot for it:

[Linked Image]

problem might be a lack of applause.

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Entheo, that is exactly what I thought.

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Faux Marble..... mmmmm not for me....

Actually I don´t like anything faux.

If I can afford a Timex watch, I'll try to have a nice Timex watch. If I can afford a Rolex, then I'll do the same. But buying a faux Rolex. mmmm I hate people that does that. Or do that to a car. Buy one and modify it to look like another one, such as Mercedes.

If the piano is made of wood, I want it to look like a very nice wood, not something else.

My thoughts.


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#1943857 - 08/16/12 02:02 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rudy99golf]  
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It would be a great piano for "classic rock" music.


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Great response, Dave! LOL


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It looks heavy.


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Originally Posted by wcctuner
It would be a great piano for "classic rock" music.


...or 'Rock'maninoff.


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Originally Posted by allthumbs
Originally Posted by wcctuner
It would be a great piano for "classic rock" music.


...or 'Rock'maninoff.


That was "marble"lous. Just don't take the piano for "granite".


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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
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It would be a great piano for "classic rock" music.


...or 'Rock'maninoff.


That was "marble"lous. Just don't take the piano for "granite".


That joke sank like a stone...

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Originally Posted by Rudy99golf
Faux Marble..... mmmmm not for me....

Actually I don´t like anything faux.

If I can afford a Timex watch, I'll try to have a nice Timex watch. If I can afford a Rolex, then I'll do the same. But buying a faux Rolex. mmmm I hate people that does that. Or do that to a car. Buy one and modify it to look like another one, such as Mercedes.

If the piano is made of wood, I want it to look like a very nice wood, not something else.

My thoughts.


Are you aware that ebony pianos are not made of ebony?

Some black pianos - Not even a wood finish?

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Rich...Can you make me a marble statue of myself I can put near my piano?

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Originally Posted by ando
Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
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It would be a great piano for "classic rock" music.


...or 'Rock'maninoff.


That was "marble"lous. Just don't take the piano for "granite".


That joke sank like a stone...


You've obviously 'pyrited' that expression...

Oh God....sorry.


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#1944849 - 08/18/12 01:42 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Don't forget, this piano has a duet bench, so it can hold two marble statues. Also, Entheo, I recently bought a retirement property at an exclusive resort called "Sunset Memory Gardens" My lot is only 5'X10', but I occasionally barbeque there. This luxurious place has a clubhouse almost identical to your photo. I plan to spend alot of time there someday, hopefully not too soon.


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#1944853 - 08/18/12 01:52 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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A little off subject, but I would like to have a 20,000 Lb. granite tombstone carved into a "French" Wurlitzer theater organ console. The inscription will read, "Attention vandals, this stone will fall on you with the touch of a feather, NOW get away!" (in response to a newspaper article "No Stone Left Unturned'"


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#1944861 - 08/18/12 02:20 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: thetandyman]  
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Originally Posted by thetandyman
A little off subject, but I would like to have a 20,000 Lb. granite tombstone carved into a "French" Wurlitzer theater organ console. The inscription will read, "Attention vandals, this stone will fall on you with the touch of a feather, NOW get away!" (in response to a newspaper article "No Stone Left Unturned'"


Hopefully it won't have that modern "soft-fall" feature installed... wink

#1944863 - 08/18/12 02:29 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Ando, Amen, No, violent crushing termination! (Of course I am a humanitarian)


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#1945012 - 08/18/12 11:37 AM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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I kind of like it. Not that I would necessarily buy a VERRRY expensive one like this for my living room.

However, all things considered, I think that I would buy a piano I fell in love with, no matter what colour of finish it was.

When I was shopping for a new piano, I don't think I had any pre-conceived ideas about the colour.

Probably most of you are like that - you would buy for the instrument, and not for the look.

However, I do enjoy looking at any kind of art case pianos. Great fun.

Thanks for this, Rich.

#1945176 - 08/18/12 07:29 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Rich - still needs a better picture for my final answer.

I like it a little better than white. Far less than basic black.
A little less than Elton Red.
A lot more than Liberace Rhinestone....but that's a historic Baldwin...so not sure.
Far, far less than walnut.

Did you take this in on trade? Should be a fabulous story that goes with this!


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I'm a natural wood finish person myself but if someone gave it to me I wouldn't toss it out the window. It's a Steinway after all.


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With S&S, there was the S,M,L,B, and D models, and "the Eternal Rest" marble unit. It is kept humidified with a formaldehyde device. Mostly tuned after it has reached a cooler temp. I usually is displayed with a bronze urn, oh, I meant candleabra.

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#1945723 - 08/19/12 07:10 PM Re: So, you want a marble piano?? No problem! (Fun thread) [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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It's not a Steinway , it's a Stoneway! smile


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Glenn,

Do you carry the Estone-ia?


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A marble piano eh?...something's missing...cupholders!!!!

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Glenn, Fred flintstone used to have a "Stoneway".


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