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My VPC1 rig #2880887
08/18/19 10:53 AM
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Some time ago I bought my VPC-1 controller and I thought I might share my little project with you, since I'm so excited now that it's done after some time it took for me to get everything...

At first, the VPC-1 sat simply on my desk, which was wayyyy to high so the practice kind of hurt my wrists, but it was doable.
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I knew I couldn't do it that way forever, so I started looking for piano stands/desks. I couldn't imagine having to look at metal rods underneath my VPC, nor did I want it to be wobbly and flimsy, so I decided to get a nice and sturdy wooden desk. At first I tried to contact a local furniture maker to have it custom made, but he ignored me so I went to used furniture places to look at a desk in a roughly correct height (+/- 3in is tolerable, since that can be counteracted by an adjustable piano chair), which was 28in (typical heigh to the top of the keys) - 4in (thickness of the VPC) = 24in. Finally, I got a 26in TV stand with almost exactly the same dimensions as VPC, however, in an extremely ugly finish
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I also bought a beautiful and sturdy adjustable piano bench from Amazon (so I can make up for the slightly taller piano)
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Also, when I sat at a proper height, my knees would bump in to the front panel, which I therefore decided to cut out a portion of it
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And repaint the whole thing in black
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Overall, I absolutely love the new look, it's kinda glossy, but since I didn't care to sand it before spraying the paint, it's not super (mirror-like) shiny.
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The overall cost is about $2200 dollars:

VPC-1 $1664.10, 10% off from Reverb, shipping included
Pianoteq Stage $150
Used TV stand $130
Piano bench $176
Paint, electric jigsaw, sandpaper etc. ~ $40

I also bought Sennheiser headphones, but I don't count that in the price of the rig since I would've bought them anyway (I enjoy gaming with good headphones).

All in all, this project was a lot of fun and playing is now so much more enjoyable ^_^

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Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2880889
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Nice! Although I do think you paid too much for that used TV stand and possibly the bench too. However, the result was great so thumb overall!


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"Discipline is more reliable than motivation." -by a contributor on Reddit r/piano
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Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2880896
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Great artistic vision with that TV stand. The whole kit looks fantastic

Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2880899
08/18/19 11:19 AM
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It looks like something that's going to walk away when you are not watching.

Like in an old cartoon.

Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2880900
08/18/19 11:20 AM
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Great DIY setup, I would like to do something similar with my Casio PX5S, but with my ten thumbs, I don't think it would go very well. grin


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Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2880914
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Looks fantastic and unique

Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: TheodorN] #2880930
08/18/19 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Nice! Although I do think you paid too much for that used TV stand and possibly the bench too. However, the result was great so thumb overall!


Yeah, this used furniture shop is very well known in my city and they have a bit higher prices...though I'm not exactly a haggling type laugh

Also, the bench might seem expensive, but it's a double (two people can sit comfortably) and I feel less bad about it after I talked to someone who said one can easily spend a grand on a chair...

Originally Posted by clothearednincompo
It looks like something that's going to walk away when you are not watching.

Like in an old cartoon.


Haha, exactly, those legs are made to walk wink

Originally Posted by TheodorN
Great DIY setup, I would like to do something similar with my Casio PX5S, but with my ten thumbs, I don't think it would go very well. grin


This was the first time I'd held a jigsaw (let alone electric) in my hands and it turned out to be okay-ish (the wood is very sturdy and the saw was VERY cheap, and I couldn't make it in one single cut so I had to stop about 5 times along the path)...the cut is straight, but a bit wavy. You can't see it, especially with the black finish, but when I run my fingers along the edge, I kinda regret I didn't get a sander, but that might be an overkill for a one-time project. Weirdly, no one was willing to help or at least let me use their instruments, so I was on a budget.

Don't worry, nothing can go wrong, especially with ten thumbs! After all, thumbs are the fingers that make things easier, so the more of them you have, the better laugh

Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2880941
08/18/19 12:59 PM
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Cover UP those legs!! They are quite indecent!


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Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2880962
08/18/19 01:37 PM
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Hey Peter ... those are Queen Anne style legs. Show some respect for your UK forebears. smile

Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2880963
08/18/19 01:41 PM
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I don't think the bench was overpriced.
If it's a Jansen it's a bargain. A new Jansen of that size runs over $700 methinks. So $176 used is cheap.
But if that's a bargain brand bench ... the price is just so-so.

I wonder ... is that stand too low? Maybe it's just the perspective in the photos, but it doesn't seem nearly high enough for legs to go underneath.
I guess it must be deceptive perspective ... because someone has been sitting there, and that person surely has legs, eh?

Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2880988
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Indeed it looks like the bench was too high (or the table too low). And that bench looks immense compared to the piano. It looks like 3 persons can sit there. smile

Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2880993
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I love the looks of that - well done !
Where are the speakers and computer ?

Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Morten Olsson] #2881016
08/18/19 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
I don't think the bench was overpriced.
If it's a Jansen it's a bargain. A new Jansen of that size runs over $700 methinks. So $176 used is cheap.
But if that's a bargain brand bench ... the price is just so-so.

I wonder ... is that stand too low? Maybe it's just the perspective in the photos, but it doesn't seem nearly high enough for legs to go underneath.
I guess it must be deceptive perspective ... because someone has been sitting there, and that person surely has legs, eh?


Originally Posted by magicpiano
Indeed it looks like the bench was too high (or the table too low). And that bench looks immense compared to the piano. It looks like 3 persons can sit there. smile


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07353DVPR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 it's this one

As I mentioned in my original post, I had to cut out the section of the stand to be able to have my legs underneath. The keys are 30in from the ground and bench is adjusted accordingly. My knees fit just right in laugh I was afraid to cut more as not to damage the desk structurally.

Originally Posted by Morten Olsson
I love the looks of that - well done !
Where are the speakers and computer ?


Computer is sitting right next to it on my other desk and I always use headphones for playing. I had this computer for about 6 years now so I definitely wouldn't count that as an expense for this piano.

Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2881060
08/18/19 05:25 PM
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Lovely stand with those retro style legs!

Although it somehow reminds me of this:


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Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: CyberGene] #2881065
08/18/19 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by CyberGene
Lovely stand with those retro style legs!

Although it somehow reminds me of this:


Perfect. One of them can be a bench and the other one a piano stand, and you can play piano on-the-run


across the stone, deathless piano performances

"Discipline is more reliable than motivation." -by a contributor on Reddit r/piano
"Success is 10% inspiration, and 90% perspiration." -by some other wise person
"Pianoteq manages to keep it all together yet simultaneously also go in all directions; like a quantum particle entangled with an unknown and spooky parallel universe simply waiting to be discovered." -by Pete14
Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2881070
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Perfect. One of them can be a bench and the other one a piano stand, and you can play piano on-the-run

LOL That's a super cool idea, practicing while also traveling by using creepy (and creeping) robots. Imagine how that sight would scare the s**t out of people on the streets laugh

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Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2881191
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very nice....! You need also another music rest wink
I bought the Yamaha: https://www.thomann.de/de/yamaha_tyros_music_rest.htm
You can set the screws for the VPC. It looks far better than the Kawai music rest and has larger width.

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Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: aphexdisklavier] #2881195
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Originally Posted by aphexdisklavier
very nice....! You need also another music rest wink
I bought the Yamaha: https://www.thomann.de/de/yamaha_tyros_music_rest.htm
You can set the screws for the VPC. It looks far better than the Kawai music rest and has larger width.

It looks like the OP is using a monitor or tablet though. Don't need much of a music rest for those.


across the stone, deathless piano performances

"Discipline is more reliable than motivation." -by a contributor on Reddit r/piano
"Success is 10% inspiration, and 90% perspiration." -by some other wise person
"Pianoteq manages to keep it all together yet simultaneously also go in all directions; like a quantum particle entangled with an unknown and spooky parallel universe simply waiting to be discovered." -by Pete14
Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2881198
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Re: My VPC1 rig [Re: Chopin Acolyte] #2881236
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how do you past the image, piano world only give you option to add a link to an image?

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