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#561476 - 06/02/06 09:40 PM Wow guys, try this!  
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I occasionally take the music shelf off of my piano when I perform for myself or a small audience here at home.

But tonight, I was doing a little work on my action with the fallboard off (as well as the music shelf).

So I decided to play an entire program on the piano like that.

WOW! It creates a great sound!

That is the very practical method to a great easy sound with a solid bass. This is a bit less practical.

So then I decided to record Bach's D major Prelude and Fugue, Book 2 (Which I will be posting sometime next week smile ). I took the entire lid off, as well as the music shelf and the fallboard, and put it in the middle of the room. It is amazing. It really makes it sound like a different piano.

Those strong bass notes in Beethoven sound great like this.

Give it a try! laugh


"Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time."

-Albert Camus,

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#561477 - 06/02/06 09:43 PM Re: Wow guys, try this!  
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Jim,

There were some makers that made a "bottom lid" whose only purpose was to direct the sound coming out of the bottom of the piano toward the audience.

There was also an aftermarket maker of such an item in Europe a few years ago. Neat idea, huh??


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#561478 - 06/02/06 10:16 PM Re: Wow guys, try this!  
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On my U5 I have it off permanently, so I use a suspension system made of hooks for music laugh

It makes it waaay better for recording, and it's more enjoyable to listen to as well.


So, you're a cannibal.

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