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#2716171 02/21/18 05:32 PM
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I recently moved from California to Tennessee. My house in California was on a concrete slab. My new (old) house in Memphis was built on a crawl space. I am amazed at how much better my piano sounds. Unfortunately, my house is smaller, so I cannot "upgrade" to a grand piano as I had planned to do. However, my "old" piano sounds so much better, it's like having a new one!


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I bet the deck (wood floor) acts like a giant soundboard. The concrete pad from California probably acted exactly the opposite, as a sound absorber. I had never considered the possible influence of a wood floor before your post. That's cool. Plus, no more earthquakes or mudslides!


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My piano is over a crawlspace as well.
I have often wondered if this could play a role in its sound.
I would not be surprised it it did.


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Interesting. Cool that you noticed it and thanks for posting.

I grew up on a so. CA slab and feel like everything else is up in the air.

Rumplestiltskin has to have way tougher feet and stronger legs on a slab.


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2 of my pianos are on wood floors, over a basement. 2 of them are on very substantial concrete slabs. Certainly those on wooden floors have a very big sound.


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Over here in Poland all houses are built with concrete even though we don't have earthquakes. I never considered how a hollow wooden floor might influence the sound of a piano.

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Concert stages are deliberately built "live" -- not completely stiff. They act as a soundboard, and double-bass players (in particular) are happy with that. The double-basses can shake the stage (they couple to it, through their pins), and (so I've heard) the other performers can feel that shaking. It helps keep the orchestra together.

I never thought of that being applicable to a piano . . .


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