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#2144666 - 09/05/13 02:55 PM favourite art case pianos  
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Hi Everyone,

Here are my four, anyone else here have some favourites?

the Lawrence Alma-Tadema Steinway (I'm not sure if this image is of the original or a replica I read about)
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the Emperor Bösendorfer (probably appeals to my inner gold bug)
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the Rheingold Bechstein (the mermaids are its saving grace!)
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and this Bechstein with the lions at the Liszt museum in Weimar:
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#2144899 - 09/05/13 10:10 PM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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Art pianos are not always grands:


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...like this Erard from about 1870.

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Here is a 1927 Bosendorfer (very similar to the more modern model 275).

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I also enjoy unusual modern art grands like this Fazioli.

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...or this Schimmel Pegasus.

Nice thread. smile


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#2146775 - 09/09/13 06:59 AM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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I really like that Erard upright!

Here is a piano which is quite colourful (the Schimmel Otmar Alt):

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M.

#2146786 - 09/09/13 07:30 AM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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I don't have any to add. But, this is fun!! Keep them coming!!!!


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#2146787 - 09/09/13 07:32 AM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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I wish Schimmel had gone with this Pegasus design. It looks like it didn't get much beyond the C.A.D. stage:

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Here is the article about it - http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/artblog/2007/nov/14/theysaythatwritingabout


M.

#2146827 - 09/09/13 09:24 AM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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Originally Posted by Michael Sayers
I wish Schimmel had gone with this Pegasus design. It looks like it didn't get much beyond the C.A.D. stage:

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M.


Yes, it has not yet been built.

However, along that line is this beauty:

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Any gues as to what manufacturer built the piano?



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#2146830 - 09/09/13 09:30 AM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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Rich,

It's not a piano! It's one of those electronic gizmos with keys. It was built by Seaquarium und Sohne. (Yet another S&S)


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#2146872 - 09/09/13 11:00 AM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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Wow. Thank goodness for the human imagination.



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#2146889 - 09/09/13 11:39 AM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini


...or this Schimmel Pegasus.

Nice thread. smile


One of the piano stores here in Dallas has a Pegasus for sale. I wasn't impressed with the sound, but that may have been its condition more than the piano itself. It was covered in microscratches because of the vinyl case. It was interesting, but for that money, I could have bought a very nice new Schimmel.



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#2146973 - 09/09/13 01:47 PM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Steve Peterson]  
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Originally Posted by Steve Peterson

One of the piano stores here in Dallas has a Pegasus for sale. I wasn't impressed with the sound, but that may have been its condition more than the piano itself. It was covered in microscratches because of the vinyl case. It was interesting, but for that money, I could have bought a very nice new Schimmel.



I too would rather pay for tone, sustain, how the action feels, et c., than the case design!

Sometimes I've wondered if there is any advantage to performing two piano music on something like this versus two grands fitting one curve inside the other - maybe to still have a lid directing the sound rather than taking the lids off would be one advantage:

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#2146976 - 09/09/13 01:50 PM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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Keep the piano - I want the birdcage!


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#2147370 - 09/10/13 04:24 AM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Minnesota Marty]  
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I already bought the birdcage, but if you buy the piano then we can trade wink


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#2147384 - 09/10/13 06:22 AM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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Grotrian has built duo pianos on several occasions, but differently than Pleyel:

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They displayed this one at NAMM a few years back. This one was more integrated than the first example:

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#2147415 - 09/10/13 07:57 AM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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#2147506 - 09/10/13 11:17 AM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Bob Newbie]  
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Originally Posted by Bob Newbie


That's a "giraffe" piano.

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#2147511 - 09/10/13 11:23 AM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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I've always been fascinated by this Connover:

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#2147538 - 09/10/13 12:00 PM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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I like the giraffe, what the heck if your going to go up.. might as well go all the way!
very stylistic..and space saving too! smile

#2147566 - 09/10/13 12:37 PM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Bob Newbie]  
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Originally Posted by Bob Newbie


I am pretty sure that is a studio upright with a fake top that makes it look like a giraffe.


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#2147837 - 09/10/13 07:07 PM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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#2147839 - 09/10/13 07:12 PM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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I've played one of those reversed Baldwins. Everything comes out in inverted retrograde.


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#2147840 - 09/10/13 07:15 PM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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Gee, with those black naturals you can't see a dark space between them. It all blurs together!! Better have a good sense of where everything is!!


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#2147841 - 09/10/13 07:20 PM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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I do love that Otmar Alt!!


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#2147850 - 09/10/13 07:45 PM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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I'm fearing a nightmare in which that Connover comes to life and tries to get me.


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#2147853 - 09/10/13 07:47 PM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Minnesota Marty]  
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Originally Posted by Minnesota Marty
I'm fearing a nightmare in which that Connover comes to life and tries to get me.


I imagine it coming to life to defend the enchanted castle which is being stormed by villagers!


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#2147879 - 09/10/13 08:31 PM Re: favourite art case pianos [Re: Michael Sayers]  
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Irving Berlin would love it..he only played the flats/sharps smile


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