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'Balanced' upright piano? Anyone know this (pictures) #2771762
10/12/18 07:59 AM
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Hi,

Browsing the local online classifieds for a 'project' piano and came across this which I've not seen before. Can anyone shed any light on it?

[img]https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/fV8AAOSwfSJbZSZc/s-l800.webp[/img]

[img]https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/CsIAAOSw9elbf6yq/s-l800.webp[/img]

It looks reasonably recent given the design of the practice mute and plastic front cover bracket.

Craig

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Re: 'Balanced' upright piano? Anyone know this (pictures) [Re: ThePianoWhisperer] #2771802
10/12/18 09:49 AM
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What does the listing say? Very very odd.

Re: 'Balanced' upright piano? Anyone know this (pictures) [Re: ThePianoWhisperer] #2771879
10/12/18 03:03 PM
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I am betting the black keys are the naturals (A, B, C) while the white keys are the accidentals (F#, G#, A#) with the red keys doing nothing. It would be a very different fingering for the scales!


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Re: 'Balanced' upright piano? Anyone know this (pictures) [Re: ThePianoWhisperer] #2771919
10/12/18 04:28 PM
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The white and red keys form a whole tone scale with the red keys being the visual location indicators. The black keys form the semitone-interleaving whole tone scale.


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Re: 'Balanced' upright piano? Anyone know this (pictures) [Re: ThePianoWhisperer] #2771932
10/12/18 05:30 PM
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I found this while Googling:

www.balanced-keyboard.com

I wonder if this piano keyboard is a diy job. That could be why there is no brand name on the plate or fallboard
A manufacturer might not want its product associated with this modification.

Last edited by daniokeeper; 10/12/18 05:35 PM.

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Re: 'Balanced' upright piano? Anyone know this (pictures) [Re: ThePianoWhisperer] #2771979
10/12/18 08:26 PM
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Not sure about DIY - it has 87 keys and none of the keys or keytops look to be modified from that of standard piano. The complete ad just says 'beautiful piano and stool' for $300.

Here is the ad in full:

https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/mount-nasura/keyboards-pianos/piano-and-stool/1191516763

very odd upright.

Craig

Re: 'Balanced' upright piano? Anyone know this (pictures) [Re: ThePianoWhisperer] #2772008
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I haven't had a chance to look over the whole Balanced-keyboard.com website. But. I did quickly scan this:

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scales and melodies in every key.

The Balanced keyboard is currently not a commercially-available product you can buy in your local music store. However, you can build one over a weekend by modifying a standard electronic keyboard, an operation which requires only a basic level of DIY skill - see the Build One section.


That's why I guessed the keyboard might be diy. It could also be a custom keyboard that was sent out to be manufactured. I could not find a brand name. So, I'm "guessing" the stencils might have been removed.

Then again, I could be wrong.

Edit:. I don't know if there might be legal ramifications in your country if a major modification is made to a piano and then represented as the manufacturer s product.

Last edited by daniokeeper; 10/12/18 11:13 PM.

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Re: 'Balanced' upright piano? Anyone know this (pictures) [Re: ThePianoWhisperer] #2772735
10/15/18 01:44 PM
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I count 88 hammers, 43 black keys, 29 white keys and 15 red keys. Cool, there is one note you don't have to tune!


Jeff Deutschle
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