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Piano Placement -- How far from a gas fireplace? #266772
11/28/07 11:53 AM
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The hand wringing continues. IF I were to purchase that elusive grand, where would it go? With its tail in a corner, or more in the middle of the room? If in the middle of the room, it would be approximately 6 feet away from an occassionally used gas fireplace. My concern is that 6 feet would be too close. (Cold is ok, but direct heat kills.) I'm thinking the corner.

Question 2: The room is carpeted -- no option to turn into a hardwood floor with area rugs. Would a carpeted room have a mellowing (in addition to a quieting) effect on tone? Gracias.


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Re: Piano Placement -- How far from a gas fireplace? #266773
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How tall is the ceiling in the room?

My piano sits about 10 feet away from a frequently used gas fireplace, only the room is 2 stories tall so most of the heat runs up the wall to the gallery above.

Wear woolly sox at the piano, and a bikini upstairs in the office!


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Re: Piano Placement -- How far from a gas fireplace? #266774
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Wow, Cozy, from woolly sox to a bikini. Talk about dynamic range! smile

My ceilings are only 8 feet high. I am inclined to avoid the situation by placing it elsewhere.

Thanks.


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Re: Piano Placement -- How far from a gas fireplace? #266775
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Originally posted by Deerwood Guy:
... If in the middle of the room, it would be approximately 6 feet away from an occassionally used gas fireplace. My concern is that 6 feet would be too close. ...
You might try some measurements of the actual effect of the gas fireplace at the location where the piano would go. Hygrometers aren't very expensive; put one in that location, light up the fireplace, and see what happens, temperature- and humidity-wise, over time as the fireplace burns. If you want to really be scientific about it, probably best to put a long table or other makeshift piano-simulating object where the piano would go, and place the hygrometer up under it.

Re: Piano Placement -- How far from a gas fireplace? #266776
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I think the danger would be radiant heat direct from the gas fire. 6 feet sounds dangerously close to me!

Try placing a thermometer where you want to put the piano, and see if you notice any rise in temperature when you turn on the fire. Ideally, paint the bulb of the thermometer black, so that it absorbs the radiant heat (as the piano would) and does not reflect it.

Re: Piano Placement -- How far from a gas fireplace? #266777
11/29/07 07:00 AM
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I think the correct answer is:

"Far enough away as to not damage the piano, but close enough to gas yourself when trying to play 'Un Sospiro'. wink "

Seriously, good posts so far. If a climate control system is properly installed and the piano itself does not become warm from radiant heat, you should be fine.


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Re: Piano Placement -- How far from a gas fireplace? #266778
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"Far enough away as to not damage the piano, but close enough to gas yourself when trying to play 'Un Sospiro'..."

LMAO! Great one Rich.


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