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Gold plates #2200813 12/21/13 04:21 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 12/21/13 04:49 AM
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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 12/21/13 10:58 AM
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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 12/21/13 12:31 PM
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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.

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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!

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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.

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Re: Gold plates [Re: PhilipInChina] #2201099 12/21/13 06:34 PM
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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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