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No legs? No problem! #2058348
04/02/13 02:50 PM
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How does a legless piano player pedal his piano?
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Engineering students' device helps pianist expand repertoire

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Re: No legs? No problem! [Re: Guapo Gabacho] #2058378
04/02/13 04:38 PM
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It is great that the player can now use at least the sustain pedal. To be honest, with the technology available today, that system does not look terribly impressive. Considering the various solenoid player systems available for years, capable of using the shift pedal as well, the university's development is not really ground breaking or earth shattering. I remember a set-up over thirty years ago which allowed a piano tuner who had lost an arm in a motor vehicle accident to continue tuning pianos. That was pretty neat back then. This is about on the same level of sophistication.

Re: No legs? No problem! [Re: Supply] #2058398
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Thoughts too of Michael Petrucciani who of course also required aids to reach the pedals. And broke many fingers too, due to his condition.
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Re: No legs? No problem! [Re: Guapo Gabacho] #2058404
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Rudementary or not, it was a very kind gift from the freshman engineering class. I'm sure that a great deal was learned during the project.

I think that adaptive devices are great!


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Re: No legs? No problem! [Re: Guapo Gabacho] #2058447
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Steingraeber has a similar option based on a Bluetooth "bite denture." From their main brochure:

In 2009 Steingraeber & Sons completed an actuator-operated pedal device for Norwegian
pianist Dr. Lars Haugbro. The wireless, mobile unit is operated via a bite denture. Thanks
to fine tuning by means of actuator technology, giving concerts in a wheel chair is now
(nearly) possible without having to make artistic concessions. Steingraeber has also offered
electromagnetic pedal controls for around twenty years (DGB M 20074.8).


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