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Gold plates #2200813
12/21/13 05:21 AM
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Why are piano plates always sprayed gold? Or are they? Why not pink, or black or camouflage pattern?


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Re: Gold plates [Re: PhilipInChina] #2200827
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I think that gold gives the spectators a nice view of the harp, reflected in the black gloss of the lid. The yellow gives a warmer touch to the sight, which probably influences also how people hear the sound.

BTW they are sometimes sprayed another color. There you also have your camouflage pattern smile

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Re: Gold plates [Re: PhilipInChina] #2200926
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They're not always gold. My piano has a lovely rose plate that is standard for its brand. I believe I've seen a copper color also used but don't remember where.

But yes, gold color is standard enough that some assume that they are actually forged of brass.


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Plus, a gold plate just sounds better! ;-)


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Re: Gold plates [Re: PhilipInChina] #2200966
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While the bright gold plate is standard, there are some makes of piano that have a distinctive colour for the plate. Bösendorfer for instance, has a darker, bronze coloured plate and some Sauter grands use matte silver finishes on the plate to complement the nickel hardware. These plates also look spectacular. I notice too that some of the new grand pianos made in China are also departing from the conventional gold plate.

Merry Christmas!

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How about 24 karat gold leaf like those cheesy coins they sell on TV.. smile

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Originally Posted by Robert 45
While the bright gold plate is standard, there are some makes of piano that have a distinctive colour for the plate. Bösendorfer for instance, has a darker, bronze coloured plate and some Sauter grands use matte silver finishes on the plate to complement the nickel hardware. These plates also look spectacular. I notice too that some of the new grand pianos made in China are also departing from the conventional gold plate.

Merry Christmas!

Robert.


Yamaha has also moved away from gold (well maybe more brass) plate colours - they have a rather nice metallic bronze colour now. Feurich now has a very distinctive, almost orange, bronze colour.

I don't think gold is as popular in new pianos as the OP thinks. It's hard to do gold well, IMO. Only the finer brands get it right. I think it's a good thing that modern pianos are moving away from it.

Re: Gold plates [Re: PhilipInChina] #2201086
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Re: Gold plates [Re: PhilipInChina] #2201097
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Re: Gold plates [Re: PhilipInChina] #2201099
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I had a Fandrich & Sons piano (built in Czech Rep. by Klima - action installed by Fandrich & Sons in Washington State). It had a beatiful deep blue plate that really made the strings and tuning pins look beautiful!
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