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The reflection on legs on the Bösendorfer on the black and white floor is probably striking in person, but it makes a difficult photograph.


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I have tuned art case pianos in homes.


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I didn't recognize the name Otmar Alt Schimmel, so I googled and found this:

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Wow, so cool! It wouldn't work in my living room, but it's really neat to see!

Has anyone seen the Yayoi Kusama piano public piano? I really want to go and play it when I'm in Tokyo next. Hopefully it will still be there!

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I follow a Japanese FB group that's for street pianos, there are a lot of instruments with really interesting paint jobs. One with really interesting painting that was reminiscent of a geometric/stained glass design. I'll see if I can find that photo.

Getting back to Rickster's post, whether or not these count as "art case pianos" will depend on your definition, but they are certainly "artistic" pianos. smile


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I just kinda wonder at what point the “art case” on the piano becomes too distracting for the pianist and the audience. I myself would be constantly losing my place.🥺


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Originally Posted by ShiroKuro
I didn't recognize the name Otmar Alt Schimmel, so I googled and found this:

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Wow, so cool! It wouldn't work in my living room, but it's really neat to see!

Wow! Talk about eye-popping! That made me smile. grin


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I saw a Schimmel Pegasus grand in someone's home from a lake in Michigan years ago. I was told that the house was owned by an NBA player. It looks like Schimmel will still make them to order.


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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
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Though Bösendorfer remains my absolute favorite piano and I dream of owning one, I'd actually have to think twice as that one looks waaaaay to much like a coffin laugh Maybe it's not so bad in person?

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Originally Posted by j&j
I just kinda wonder at what point the “art case” on the piano becomes too distracting for the pianist and the audience. I myself would be constantly losing my place.


I've actually thought that too. Especially with the Kusama piano (the yellow one) and also the stained glass one (I really need to try to find that photo)

I think it's really neat to see these pianos, and I'd love to play them. But have one like that as my daily piano? No, definitely not.


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Here's the one I was thinking of:
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Here are some from the Japanese FB group for street pianos
This one in particular I thought was pretty:
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And this one has a nice message!
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To me Baldwin is an American icon ! So crystals seemed amazing!
Actually one can order the Sauter Ambient(Maly ) semi concert with crystals.
I doubt it would be covered in stones unless there is another Liberace
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There is also the Swarovski Bösendorfer:

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The last time I was in the UK I visited Steinway Hall in London. Some of the art case pianos were very much like normal Steinways but with the most beautiful wood you could imagine.

Some were over the top, to put it mildly. The most in-your-face display was an old piano that had been restored.

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Thanks to the movie Prometheus, many people have seen the Fazioli M.Liminal.
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Someone already mentioned the Schimmel Pegasus.
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The Bösendorfer Audi looks sort of nice.
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Other manufacturers like Sauter and Steinway also made unusual piano designs.


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As far as modern designs, I liked the joint venture from Peugeot Design Lab and Pleyel: [Linked Image]


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Does this Schimmel count as art case, given that it's always in their catalogue?

Really modern looking piano designs clash with old-tech the nature of the instrument IMHO. I like this one as it's from an era when the piano was still fairly modern.
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Originally Posted by Dave in Denver
As far as modern designs, I liked the joint venture from Peugeot Design Lab and Pleyel: [Linked Image]


I’m not sure whether I’m supposed to play it or take it for a spin around the track?


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As far as modern designs, I liked the joint venture from Peugeot Design Lab and Pleyel: [Linked Image]

Can someone explain to me how pedals like that can work on an acoustic piano? Even imagining those are spring-loaded cables/piano wires under tension connected to the pedal, I can't imagine how it can interface with the traditional acoustical piano mechanical mechanisms for damper, una corda, and sostenuto.


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As far as modern designs, I liked the joint venture from Peugeot Design Lab and Pleyel: [Linked Image]

Can someone explain to me how pedals like that can work on an acoustic piano? Even imagining those are spring-loaded cables/piano wires under tension connected to the pedal, I can't imagine how it can interface with the traditional acoustical piano mechanical mechanisms for damper, una corda, and sostenuto.


Isn't this conventional, apart from the design? In a conventional piano metal (brass?) rods extend from the pedals to the action mechanism, and I don't see that this is any different, except that the rods are more exposed. In a conventional grand, the rods are partially hidden behind the lyre, but they are still there and quite visible.

By the way, is this a "real" piano or just a piano design on paper?

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I guess that I am just a traditionalist when it comes to pianos.



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I guess that I am just a traditionalist when it comes to pianos.



And that is all I have to say, lol...



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Love that steel grey Bösendorfer ,the pattern of those stones.
What ! Is that one big stone on the side of the keyboard ?

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