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Digital Piano Music Stands! #2948623 02/18/20 04:36 PM
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Well; might not have escaped your attention, but if you buy a DP, it will have a certain sized stand.
Size of course, matters. Cheaper pianos have smaller stands, rather like important people had the tallest top hats yonks ago. Very snobbish!
So if you want a four-sheeter, you'll have to spend plenty, or improvise. Might not be too difficult to cobble up a solution, but . . . do you rather resent having to do that? On a new piano?
The slab pianos are usually bad. My P515 stand will do 3 sheets, 4 if I bend up the music. I have an old DIY one handy, and ready to adapt this summer but really, I'd rather not. . . .It looks rather neat as it is.

Your thoughts on this, and your solutions . . . .


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Re: Digital Piano Music Stands! [Re: peterws] #2948628 02/18/20 04:52 PM
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Don't play music with sheet music larger than 3 sheets.


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Re: Digital Piano Music Stands! [Re: peterws] #2948638 02/18/20 05:18 PM
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When I first got my piano I cut a piece of cardboard to extend the stand so it would hold four sheets across. (The shelf is also only 8 inches high so 11 inch paper wouldn't be supported at the top and the cardboard fixed that too.) Some time after that my wife asked me why I had a scrappy looking piece of cardboard on my nice piano so I went to the local glass shop and had them cut me a piece of plexiglass to the right size and used that instead of the cardboard.

Then I got my tablet and put all of my music on that. Since I don't have any paper at all any more I took the plexiglass away and just have the tablet sitting there.

I've often wondered what people with slabs do, though. It seems like many or most slabs don't have any provision for a music stand at all. Do you get one as part of the rack or does everone just assume that all slab piano folks play from memory or something?

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Re: Digital Piano Music Stands! [Re: peterws] #2948651 02/18/20 05:45 PM
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The previous owner of my previous piano (a Casio Privia) had glued small translucent silicone bumpers on top of the piano on both sides of the music rest.

That upgraded it from a 3 sheet music rest to a 4 sheet music rest or so. The sheets on the sides were partly supported by the music rest and the silicone bumpers stopped them from sliding forwards.

Some of the old "Fazer" uprights (at least) had a music rest almost as wide as the piano as the front of the key cover worked as the base. But that requires an upright style cabinet for a digital piano too. Which might not be a problem for many of us.

Re: Digital Piano Music Stands! [Re: peterws] #2948688 02/18/20 07:17 PM
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On my digital, I installed a plexiglass with velcro on the music stand. I can have 5 sheets of music.



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Re: Digital Piano Music Stands! [Re: peterws] #2948691 02/18/20 07:24 PM
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Tape all 7 pages to the piano body?

https://youtu.be/KwwwWz6Ef3I?t=11

Good view at 3:17 as well.

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Seriously though, this is one of the reasons I got a dedicated mini PC and touchscreen monitor. Then I only used the scanned versions of my sheet music.

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Dunno if my old eyes (with new lenses) could cope with reading from a tablet. Four pages is ok, but five . . .I fold the last ones up so a three page stand is ok at a pinch. But there's a stigma attached to that smaller stand . . .
Old school uprights (Kembles, now Yamaha) were always full width stands (part of the key cover/fallboard) for obvious reasons.


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Herq - What music viewer app do you use on the PC?

Re: Digital Piano Music Stands! [Re: peterws] #2948709 02/18/20 08:11 PM
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There are several programs out there:

https://www.musicreader.net/en/

https://powermusicsoftware.com/

https://www.zubersoft.com/mobilesheets/

They all have a demo to try them out to see if one clicks with you.


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I’ve been using a free pdf viewer (https://www.xodo.com/) and a bluetooth page turner.
But I’ll definitely try the recommendations from EPW above.

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Home a PDF viewer is fine. But for Church etc. an actual page turner program has been nice for me. Easy to make playlist of the music for service and annotate as needed. I say with the free demos give them a spin and if they don't click so be it. No loss. I also have bad eyesight so I like the larger monitor at home to practice.


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Re: Digital Piano Music Stands! [Re: peterws] #2948820 02/19/20 02:48 AM
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I just bought a huge, chic, functional and flexible stand. I shared my photos in this post. Yes, it is expensive, but I have long forgotten that I paid a large amount, but the stand continues to delight me every day for several years. As Gucci told: "Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten". There's cheaper alternative from Manhasset. I never took any options to make such things myself, which will eventually look wretched (whether it's sheet music stands or pedals for turning pages, which are discussed in the next topic). I looked at those homemade tools, and I thought, are they serious? They bought pianos for a few thousand dollars, and they feel sorry for a few tens of dollars on the pedal? Okay.

Although, I no longer use paper sheet music. Having an iPad Pro with a 12.9" screen, cropping extra margins around the edges, my sheets eventually look even a little larger than the original ones on paper.


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I have a Kawai MP11SE, which has a very very sturdy metal music rest. No wobble at all. Apart from the width (which is fine for me, I'm using my iPad Pro, not paper music scores), I don't think I could settle for anything less sturdy ; the slightest wobble would hugely annoy me.
Which means that only, either a very sturdy metal stand on a DP or an integrated wooden rest on a cabinet piano will do...


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My first piano was a Casio CTK model which came with a bit of bent wire as a music rest. It was completely useless.

I taped a sheet of 'correx' board (the stuff they make 'For Sale' signs and the 'Vote for Me' political signs out of) with some heavy duty boxing tape and fastened a strip of beading along the bottom. It was about 2 feet wide and meant I could open up 3 or 4 sheets of music at a time.

When I bought my current stage piano, I fitted a shelf into an alcove that's the same height as the back of the keyboard, and made up a music stand from MDF and plywood and screwed it down to the shelf. It's all painted dark grey and looks pretty good. I don't think that I'd want it in public view in my living room as it's a bit too agricultural, but as my piano is in a room out of the way, I'm very happy with it.

It's more than sturdy enough to hold a tablet, phone and multiple music books etc. I've even rested a 24 inch monitor on it occasionally, but am planning to extend the stand to add a riser to hold a VESA mount to hold the monitor directly above the stand for Mobile Sheets, Transcribe! and sight reading practice.


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