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Re: Grand piano on a slightly sloping floor? [Re: willpianist] #2751183
07/13/18 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Pianolance
Hey Rickster, that must be your Howard/Baldwin/Kawai 550 in your piano shop. It looks exactly like the Kawai 500 I used to have.

Yes, it is, Pianolance. And, a very nice piano too. I have given it to my 14 year old granddaughter, who was taking piano lessons but lost interest, because the piano teacher scolded her for attempting to learn anything by-ear like her granddaddy. But my son still wants the piano wherever he can find room for it in his house. If nothing else, my granddaughter can sell the piano one day and buy something else she wants.

Surprisingly, that piano holds a tuning like a rock with the dehumidifier in that room. I haven't tuned it in two years, and the tuning is surprisingly right on target. I'm a firm believer that if you control the RH in the room where your piano is locate, you can control the tuning stability to a great extent.

Now, to get back on topic, I don't see where the floor being slightly unlevel would affect the tuning of an acoustic piano adversely, depending on the degree of slope... smile

Rick


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Re: Grand piano on a slightly sloping floor? [Re: Rickster] #2751202
07/13/18 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Rickster
I have given it to my 14 year old granddaughter, who was taking piano lessons but lost interest, because the piano teacher scolded her for attempting to learn anything by-ear like her granddaddy.

I find this soooo sad! This piano teacher doesn't want a student developing her ear, probably because she might learn some pop music. That's going to happen sooner or later. I'm curious, what discussions were had with this teacher? Also, why not encourage her to take lessons from a more supportive teacher? By any chance, did you post about this experience in the teachers forum?

Re: Grand piano on a slightly sloping floor? [Re: willpianist] #2751235
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Originally Posted by Steve Chandler
I find this soooo sad! This piano teacher doesn't want a student developing her ear, probably because she might learn some pop music. That's going to happen sooner or later. I'm curious, what discussions were had with this teacher? Also, why not encourage her to take lessons from a more supportive teacher? By any chance, did you post about this experience in the teachers forum?


Hi Steve,

I know this topic is getting a bit OT, but still piano related. But to answer your question, no, I do not know all the details of the conversations between my son, granddaughter and her former piano teacher. All I know is that my son told me that Grace stopped taking piano lessons because her piano teacher scolded her for attempting to learn anything by ear.

Also, I have not posted this in the piano teacher's forum, because I knew it would be controversial. At my age, I try to avoid controversy as much as possible, and, I'm more irritable and more inclined to argue than I used to be; another reason to avoid controversy. smile

But thanks for your interest and your concern. Since my son is a very good amateur musician (better than I will ever be) I feel like my granddaughter will pursue studying piano again at some point. She is as smart as a whip, and says she wants to be a medical doctor as a career. If so, music and medicine go hand-in-hand. smile

Rick


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Re: Grand piano on a slightly sloping floor? [Re: willpianist] #2760030
08/21/18 05:43 AM
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Hi everyone, just want to report back. After many nervous days, today the piano movers came and and did a site inspection. The gentleman was very confident that the piano (up to 2m) can get in through the back way.

He didn't really do any measurement (?) while walking the proposed delivery route. He said it's tight but do-able. I suppose because he moves so many piano a day I would have to trust him.

Now back to shopping mode!

Thanks everyone for your advice!

Re: Grand piano on a slightly sloping floor? [Re: willpianist] #2760215
08/21/18 11:45 PM
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Experts do such things by eye. The ability is amazing.


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Re: Grand piano on a slightly sloping floor? [Re: willpianist] #2760820
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Re: Grand piano on a slightly sloping floor? [Re: Zaphod] #2761013
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Haha, thanks for sharing this video . No caster cups will so stop the piano from rolling around. In reality the piano would slam into a wall pretty soon.

I guess pianos on ships are permanently fixed to the floor deck?

Re: Grand piano on a slightly sloping floor? [Re: willpianist] #2761055
08/26/18 02:00 AM
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If you got caster cups turned out of a bit of hardwood you could get them made of different thicknesses to level the piano.


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Re: Grand piano on a slightly sloping floor? [Re: willpianist] #2761200
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Originally Posted by willpianist
I guess pianos on ships are permanently fixed to the floor deck?


Indeed they are.


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