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A few fancy piano's together.
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Originally Posted by Learux

Be still, my heart!


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A whole lot of amazing pianos there.

The double concert grand surprised me. I never knew something like that existed. What a beast!

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Wow, such a comprehensive list. The idea of "straight-strung" piano was completely foreign to me. Does anyone here own one, or played on one before?

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Originally Posted by BruceD
Originally Posted by Learux

Be still, my heart!

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At least I have the 6’3” version of one of the contenders and I’m so grateful.


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Thanx for the link! It is a great read. Loved how he had to customize the floor and the process of placing the tiles before setting the piano down


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Straight strung 1862 Bechstein:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYFobJFh_vg

But what is it with the Brodmann marketing blob? Putting in a Renner action and Kluge keyboard now qualifies for a piano to be called "Made in Germany"? And "and all pianos are personally checked by Brodmann’s own technicians in Vienna"? The address given is an office park and I have yet to meet any piano technician here in Vienna who has ever worked on a Brodmann that is not a 19th century piano.

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Thanks , I shall take a Sauter Ambient semi concert , an Omega or a Sauter concert grand.

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Very nice. Shame they didn't mention Broadwood and Sons, the oldest piano company in England!
Phoenix pianos are interesting, keytops made from wooly mammoth ivory. A bit excessive IMO


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The site is just a compilation of what's already available from each manufacturer's website.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
The site is just a compilation of what's already available from each manufacturer's website.


Haven’t they included every currently made concert-sized piano?


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The site is just a compilation of what's already available from each manufacturer's website.
Not all are available. Pleyel are no longer made


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Originally Posted by LarryShone
Very nice. Shame they didn't mention Broadwood and Sons, the oldest piano company in England!
Phoenix pianos are interesting, keytops made from wooly mammoth ivory. A bit excessive IMO
Do they still make Broadwood pianos in the UK ?

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Very nice. Shame they didn't mention Broadwood and Sons, the oldest piano company in England!
Phoenix pianos are interesting, keytops made from wooly mammoth ivory. A bit excessive IMO
Do they still make Broadwood pianos in the UK ?
I'm not sure, though the company still exists (they have a web presence on facebook, twitter, Instagram etc, and of course a website)


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Originally Posted by grantweep
Wow, such a comprehensive list. The idea of "straight-strung" piano was completely foreign to me. Does anyone here own one, or played on one before?

In my antique Bluthner the bass is straight-strung. (There is some cross-stringing higher up, but less than is normal nowadays.) This gives the bass great incisiveness and clarity.

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I have started practicing a piece that needs the lowest F at the end. I now know I will have get a Bosendorfer or a Stuart & Sons. Next time, maybe. ;-)
(The piece is Canadian composer, Alexina Louie's Scenes from a Jade Terrace's first piece out of three, called Warrior.)


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You can do what the harpsichord makers did, and tune a short octave. If you are not using certain low notes, you can tune the ones you do not use lower, so you have the note you want. For instance, if you are only using the white keys at the bottom of the range, say, below E, tune Eb to D, D to C, Db to B, C to A, B to G, Bb to F, and A to E. Not only does that give you extended range, it can expand your reach!


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You can do what the harpsichord makers did, and tune a short octave. If you are not using certain low notes, you can tune the ones you do not use lower, so you have the note you want. For instance, if you are only using the white keys at the bottom of the range, say, below E, tune Eb to D, D to C, Db to B, C to A, B to G, Bb to F, and A to E. Not only does that give you extended range, it can expand your reach!

BDB, That is a brilliant idea! The only thing is the piece technically uses all the lowest notes, but they are only used as a "cluster" (e.g., a chunk of the lowest white keys). So,if I tune the very last A into an F, it would distort the cluster sound a bit, but should not be so perceptible... Is that kind of stretch is possible, to tune an A into an F, full third down?

I am so excited, as my technician is coming in two weeks!!!


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Originally Posted by BDB
You can do what the harpsichord makers did, and tune a short octave. If you are not using certain low notes, you can tune the ones you do not use lower, so you have the note you want. For instance, if you are only using the white keys at the bottom of the range, say, below E, tune Eb to D, D to C, Db to B, C to A, B to G, Bb to F, and A to E. Not only does that give you extended range, it can expand your reach!
A genius solution.
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If you can get hold of a copy of Raymond Russell's The Harpsichord and the Clavichord, plates 33, 34, and 35 show a Ruckers 2-manual harpsichord in the original configuration. What many people do not understand about 2-manual harpsichord is that originally, the 2 keyboards were not to play different configurations of strings, but they played a fourth apart. This harpsichord has black keys on the upper manual, the higher pitched ones, that cross over white keys to play lower strings.It is not the configuration I gave, as the white keys, except for the lowest one, play diatonically, and the black keys are lower than them, except for the lowest one.

So I take no credit for the idea of a short octave.

Russell's book is a must-have for anyone interested in harpsichords and clavichords.


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