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#2279030 05/20/14 11:31 PM
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Hi ,

I live with several people and it would be nice if my piano was very quiet but retained a nice sound. I am curious what it would sound like if the strings were decoupled from the soundboard.

My piano is a spinet or maybe upright. I am considering using a circular saw to cut around the bridge connecting the soundboard to the strings. I would have to come in from the back to avoid the strings. Then I could remove the rest of the soundboard and I think (??) The piano would still work.

Any ideas?

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Here are samples of a couple of pianos without soundboards. Note that they were designed that way.


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Why not just get a digital?


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Just hang a thick felt from the top of the piano, in front of the hammers. I mean between the hammers and the strings.

It costs about nothing at solves your problem.

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on an upright, gluing with double sie tape strips of cotton or any absorbing element on the inside of both panels, will quiten high frequencies.

Cheap and fast solution. I have seen that done with medical cotton.

voicing the room and of course the piano, but the room can be in cause more than the piano


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you could buy a piano from the early 1800's .. they were built for home use and played relatively softly


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You can drape a blanket over the rear of the piano or you can insert insulation in between the posts.


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Originally Posted by acortot
you could buy a piano from the early 1800's .. they were built for home use and played relatively softly

Good idea ... or a clavichord, J S Bach liked them.


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While not a big fan of electronic generally they are much better than they used to be, there is a place for them and this might be one of those. I would consider a piano with silent feature if you plan to be there for awhile. That can be totally electronic or a hybrid. You can play at will at any time with headphones and not disturb housemates. The www.pppkeys.com would be my second choice if you have to stay with this instrument. Simple to install and cheap. Don't cut the bridge apart from the soundboard.

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Originally Posted by DLove
Don't cut the bridge apart from the soundboard.


Or if you decide to move forward on this idea please be sure to be capturing it in HD video.


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Switch to a lap-harp.


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I would sand the hammers first. If it still is too loud, voice(needle) the hammers to the "quietness" desired. Under no circumstances is it advisable to monkey around with the soundboard!


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