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What is "tubby" tone? #2881309
08/19/19 01:24 PM
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I see this mentioned fairly frequently on PW but don't know what it sounds like. Could someone describe it or better yet post a recording of a piano with tubby tone? Thanks.

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Re: What is "tubby" tone? [Re: pianoloverus] #2881312
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If you lightly touch a bass string (with a clean finger or with a glove on) near the agraff you can simulate a tubby bass string. They lack sustain and upper harmonics, so they sound dull. Tubby is a range. If they are just a little tubby it may not be that noticeable to an inexperienced ear. A very tubby string is very noticable to anyone, especially if it is right next to a normal string.


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Re: What is "tubby" tone? [Re: pianoloverus] #2881325
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Kind of like the difference ‘twixt a tom-tom drum and a floorboard... 😁

Also, what Rysowers said 👍😊


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Re: What is "tubby" tone? [Re: pianoloverus] #2881335
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Dooomph! Instead of dooooooong!

That kind of sound...sort of.

Pwg


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Re: What is "tubby" tone? [Re: pianoloverus] #2881350
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Great descriptions!

Re: What is "tubby" tone? [Re: pianoloverus] #2881359
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Its literally like hitting a metal tub (like in your laundry or bathtub)- dull, flat, lacking in high harmonics, short decay time. Hence tubby!

Re: What is "tubby" tone? [Re: P W Grey] #2881422
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Originally Posted by P W Grey
Dooomph! Instead of dooooooong!

That kind of sound...sort of.

Pwg


...."Dooomph......" exactly.......I don't know about dooooooong! but "Dooomph" is perfect.....that's the tone, good one Peter.


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