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your ideal piano sound
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if you had to describe your ideal piano sound, for a piano that you would like to own (but don't mention brands or models) describe what would it be?

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Although the question is interesting, using words to describe piano sounds is never very clear. Almost every word commonly used has different meanings to different people and everything is a question of degree. For example, unless the tone is at an extreme end of the spectrum, saying a piano's tone is bright or mellow is only mildly descriptive.

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"Perfect".



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Clean, clear, warm, singing.


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Robust, smooth, rich


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A rich, full, sound.


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OK I shall be annoying -- "bell like" pure, yet warm.,singing (beautifull resonant treble, powerful resonant bass)

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I like dogsperson description as well for some original thoughts. When I read "robust" it makes me think of Steinways (both NY and HB , think I've heard both?)playing concertos with an orchestra .

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Originally Posted by Lady Bird
OK I shall be annoying -- "bell like" pure, yet warm.,singing (beautifull resonant treble, powerful resonant bass)



Exactly, that would be "perfect".



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When I read the descriptions given so far, I think they apply reasonably well to virtually all the 20+ pianos Fine lists in the performance category. That's why I think the only valid way to answer this question is to specifically give a few of your ideal choices.

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fat, round, diffuse, creamy, delicate, full

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Originally Posted by Wry Guy
fat, round, diffuse, creamy, delicate, full



Love ‘round’ and ‘creamy’..., think I need to steal these descriptors 😊


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Cool, deep, resonant, like marble.


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Thanks for this thread— first time I can remember where there not been arguments that a piano can’t be xxxx or what does xxx mean? (fill in all the different descriptors of sound). No, none of this is exact but it’s delightful.


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Pearly, luminous, ringing.

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Now, please, folks, answer me this: if piano sonorities cannot be properly put into words (something that I entirely agree with), what happens when people try to "describe" music "with words" or treat it as if it was something that can be freely translated to coloquial conversation? That has always haunted me. I start scratching my head everytime one asks me things like this: "What composer X wanted to 'say' with this piece"... Poetry is an art. Music is another. They can be beautifully mixed. But I believe they should never confused or taken one for the other...

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Well, about all I can say is that you know it when you hear it... smile

Having more than one piano, along with a digital piano, they all sound different. None are "cookiecutter" sounds of the other. I like some better than others, and I do have a favorite, but I actually like them all.

Not sure that helps...

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My ideal piano sound can vary depending on the piece, style, etc.

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I want the harmonic overtones of the piano to be lush but not so thick as to make a muddled sound. In the bass I want the sound to be like a cello or double bass and not at all brassy like a sax or trombone. In the treble I want a flute and bell type sound but not harsh or bright and the high notes must sustain more than a little bit. In the tenor I want firmness with no tubbiness.

Overall I want a warm timbre, no harshness, no brassyness. And lots of resonance. I'm not a fan of thin, dry pianos.


With new students Chopin was chiefly anxious to do away with any stiffness in, or cramped, or convulsive movement of the hand, thereby obtaining the first requisite of fine technique "souplesse" (suppleness). -- Carl Mikuli on Chopin the teacher.
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