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Re: Oddball Pianos
littlefinger #2997088 06/30/20 01:16 PM
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Is this the Arion / "Madel" / "Model" piano being talked about?

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Yes..Antique Piano Shop evidently has the world's only source of information on them..

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Originally Posted by iLaw
Is this the Arion / "Madel" / "Model" piano being talked about?

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How unusual! Only one pedal? Is that a built in metronome at the top?


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Only one pedal..some had built-in metronomes,some didn't.The metronome on the one I found doesn't work,but it's a clockwork mechanism so should be a simple fix.

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Originally Posted by iLaw
Is this the Arion / "Madel" / "Model" piano being talked about?

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Is that the Mammoth Piano Action Model back there next to the Conover Giraffe??

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I just remembered. A technician near me had a small harpsichord looking piano. It sounded like a normal piano but when you pressed a pedal or lever it would sound like a harpsichord. I didn't play on it much. I didn't think its sound was too bad for it's size.

I would like to try out a Mathusheck spinet grand some day. I was told they sound similar to a console size piano and we're a bit better than the usual square grand. Just something about pianos designed to fit into small spaces or look like furniture that fascinate me. Someone near me once posted a ad on Craigslist for a writing desk with a functional piano built into it.

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Just in the nick of time for this thread. World Piano News has a short article on Butterfly Pianos. Interesting idea that never caught on. World Piano News Butterfly Piano

It does look cool.


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That Madel piano seems to be made to look like a pump organ.


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I would describe David Klavins' pianos as unique rather than "oddball," but others may have never seen them before so here is one of David Klavins' creations:

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Here is a good one. Nicknamed the "kennel piano" (because it looks like a dog house) this Roloff is a cool design:


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That Roloff is purty..I'd like to see one in person..

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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Here is a good one. Nicknamed the "kennel piano" (because it looks like a dog house) this Roloff is a cool design:

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And the lowest key seems to be a black key: C-sharp. That's odd, too.

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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Here is a good one. Nicknamed the "kennel piano" (because it looks like a dog house) this Roloff is a cool design:

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And the lowest key seems to be a black key: C-sharp. That's odd, too.

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How very odd. Well spotted!

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No more oddball pianos? I was enjoying them..

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littlefinger #3004955 07/20/20 08:37 PM
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Let's see if this works...

http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/galleries/3004953/bell-piano.html

Sorry, I can't get the photo to appear in-line. (Help greatly appreciated)

Apart from this being a very poor image quality, what is odd about this piano?

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Originally Posted by Supply
Let's see if this works...

http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/galleries/3004953/bell-piano.html

Sorry, I can't get the photo to appear in-line. (Help greatly appreciated)

Apart from this being a very poor image quality, what is odd about this piano?

The only thing different/odd I can see about the piano is that it has 85 keys, instead of 88. The lowest key is C instead of A.

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You are fast and observant Rick. I have seen thousands and thousands of pianos, many with 85 notes, but they all go from A to A. It is extremely unusual and odd to have a piano go from C to C. Not many people will have seen such a piano.
But: it actually makes a lot of sense, musically and also design wise.


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Here is another oddball piano. There are amazing museum pianos or extraordinary collectable specimens to be sure. That can be nice. One thing I like though is coming across unusual pianos - or pianos with even one unusual feature - in my work as a piano technician. Like this one:
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Originally Posted by Supply
Here is another oddball piano. There are amazing museum pianos or extraordinary collectable specimens to be sure. That can be nice. One thing I like though is coming across unusual pianos - or pianos with even one unusual feature - in my work as a piano technician. Like this one:
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Odd, but inviting! Bet it sounds and plays great! smile

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I've seen one piano scaled C to C. I remember it was made in New York, but don't remember the name. I always thought it was such a better layout than A to A.


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