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Shells #2720729
03/12/18 02:32 PM
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I've got a guy in my region making a nickle or two in his shop selling shells. He finds a worn out grand - usually 5.5 feet or less - guts it, refinishes the cabinet and sells either the shell by itself, or more often will put whatever digital components you want in the shell.

Is this now common everywhere?


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This is quite interesting to me although I was not aware it was being done. For those, like me, who appreciate pianos just as furniture and already have a functioning musical instrument they love, it would allow us to get a second "piano" just for furniture or to house a digital. I would only be interested in a grand or vertical with a beautiful case.

Does anyone know anyone in the NYC region that does this?

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I've also heard of them being built from scratch. They make a case in a "baby grand" shape only more so -- like 3 or 4 ft. And because it's just a box for electronics, it's a lot lighter. The sides can be a quarter inch instead of two or three inches thick.


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I've seen some interesting projects where people have rigged up an array of speakers inside positioned to take advantage of the soundboard (presuming it still has a soundboard worth taking advantage of). Don't have a link handy, though.

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I used to tune a Kawai GS 100 concert grand at a church.......till they pulled the action out and stuck a digital piano in the case.......... The action sits on a shelf in the back.




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I made a grand shaped cabinet a few years ago. Project detailed here:

http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthre...ing-a-grand-shaped-cabinet-for-a-dp.html


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Instead of digital components, how about spiritual components ...

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Looks like it could almost still be playable!


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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
This is quite interesting to me although I was not aware it was being done. For those, like me, who appreciate pianos just as furniture and already have a functioning musical instrument they love, it would allow us to get a second "piano" just for furniture or to house a digital. I would only be interested in a grand or vertical with a beautiful case.

Does anyone know anyone in the NYC region that does this?


Something like this, but more ornate?

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Originally Posted by Jolly
Something like this, but more ornate?
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More ornate and/or a more beautiful wood. This Facebook page has pictures of hundreds of uprights, some of them very beautiful: https://www.facebook.com/search/str/the+art+of+upright+pianos/photos-keyword

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What's the story with the square in the background?


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Originally Posted by Craig Hair
jolly,
What's the story with the square in the background?


Don't know. The pic is off their website.

Now, he does apparently have a square grand he's working on...

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