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#2050326 - 03/18/13 03:17 PM A wild (insane?) idea  
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So my parents' terrible old 'Mozart' branded piano has finally bitten the dust... well, that happened a while ago but they've finally got round to replacing it. Looking at the sorry sack of strings, I couldn't help but think that even that knackered old thing is better-looking than my composition and practice setup - entirely digital, the Roland RD-700SX running through a computer into some meaty speakers. Cables galore, messy, black, out-of-control.

So I had a brainwave. My dad is a carpenter, my brother is an electronic engineer, I am a musician.... couldn't we put our heads together and figure out some way of getting all my ugly electronic equipment packed into the box of that old piano? With a window for a monitor, speakers, computer, effects, audio interface all mounted internally with some kind of door to access them, perhaps even some shelving put in for practice books?

It would be a pretty epic undertaking but could work if we all put our heads together... anyone done something similar, or know of someone who has?



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#2050331 - 03/18/13 03:30 PM Re: A wild (insane?) idea [Re: JackMusic]  
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There is a thread here of someone who did that a while back. This isn't the one I'm thinking of, but it's pretty involved:

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubb...The%20DIY%20Digital%20Grand%20stand.html


#2050332 - 03/18/13 03:31 PM Re: A wild (insane?) idea [Re: JackMusic]  
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It sounds like a great idea!!

CMac, a user here on PW, did a similar thing with a grand piano not that long ago:

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1759612/1.html


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#2050333 - 03/18/13 03:32 PM Re: A wild (insane?) idea [Re: JackMusic]  
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Yep, it can, and has been done...just don't expect it to be a quick weekend project.


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#2050338 - 03/18/13 03:49 PM Re: A wild (insane?) idea [Re: JackMusic]  
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This sounds like an epicly good project! Only good can come of this!


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#2050356 - 03/18/13 04:21 PM Re: A wild (insane?) idea [Re: JackMusic]  
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The grand project is immense, but that is way more in-depth sound-wise than I am planning on going. I just want somewhere to disguise all my equipment. But yes, it will still be an epic project, possibly something to save for the summer!



#2050366 - 03/18/13 04:37 PM Re: A wild (insane?) idea [Re: JackMusic]  
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You must post pics! In fact do you have a pic of your current set up?


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#2053849 - 03/25/13 07:11 AM Re: A wild (insane?) idea [Re: JackMusic]  
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Found this http://media.techeblog.com/images/piano-computer.jpg so at least something similar has been done before... now to figure out what I can hack off the RD and what I'll need to leave on :s



#2053929 - 03/25/13 09:49 AM Re: A wild (insane?) idea [Re: JackMusic]  
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One suggestion - The piano keys still need to be functional. Then I could practice and surf the web at the same time! laugh


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