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It sounds a bit like a harpsichord to me. It's hard to tell from the photos how much copper windings were used on the bass strings, although it looks far less than on a typical piano. We really need a video where the bass notes are being played alone so we can study how the sound has been affected.
Actually I think it's an amazing achievement for young man.Similar to composing a symphony.To me he is a genius! To have this concept at 15 and then to follow through successfully shows something unusual. Of course it's downfall may be it's size.Who can house such a piano? I wonder if its more difficult to tune.(is it able to hold its tuning at that size? We do not know the quality of the recording.I think it sounds really lovely when Bach is played on it.It sounds similar to a19th century piano.The treble, tenor and bass seem to have different voicing like an early instrument.Of course the square end, also looks similar to an early piano. By the way Casey that octobass sounds amazing.I have not heard the whole of the Verdi Requiem.That section of the music is both awesome and terrifying.Theatrical music rather than sacred I think?Thank you for posting it.
My piano's voice is my voice to the great unknown, out there..in other words a hymn.That is all but that is enough.
Just sold my old C2 and am thinking of replacing it with a CBechstein124, Schimmel K132 or a YUS5.
Yes, that he started at 15 makes it all the more amazing.
I also noted that the frame is steel, rather than iron. Del Fandrich said they used steel for prototyping at Baldwin, and, iirc, that it worked fine and the main reason for using iron was tradition (or words to that effect).
I cannot stop watching the Hyperion Knight Bach video. It has got to be fun booming out that bass line, it looks like he is having an absolute blast. Had to dig out a copy of the fugue so I could play too, although it doesn't sound quite the same on my old Chickering console (there might be some minor differences in pianist skill level also... ). But hey, one can dream!
Chickering Console Working on: Bach WTC II Prelude/Fugue XII in F minor
“Truly there would be reason to go mad were it not for music.” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
It's hard to tell from the photos how much copper windings were used on the bass strings, although it looks far less than on a typical piano. We really need a video where the bass notes are being played alone so we can study how the sound has been affected.
I believe this piano has all plain steel strings, even down to A0. (I think the first 5 notes or so are bichords, the rest, starting from D1, are all trichords.)
Originally Posted by D.P.
Probably the closest thing posted to the base notes being played. They're not being played individually sadly, but you can at least get an idea of how they sound.
I hear some being played semi-individually (other notes are being sustained, but they're the only ones being attacked at that moment) at: 1:01 - 1:04 --- G1, chromatically down to D#1 1:11 -- D1 1:12 - 1:15 -- C#1 down to A#0 (I think - between C#1 and B0, I'm not entirely sure if that's C1 or D1 ... if it's C1 it sounds a bit out of tune .. speeding it up (after recording that segment in an audio editor) to 2x or 4x speed, it sounds like that note is between C#1 and D1, with a different tone. I can't quite tell, even on my 4K monitor, not that it matters cause the video is 480p, if he's actually playing C1 at that spot... but refer to a bit later when C1 sounds fine) 1:18 - 1:19 -- A0, then A1 1:25 - 1:28 -- A0, A1, C1 (this time it sounds fine, idk what's up with 1:13), B0, A#0, A0, A1 (around 2:23 - 3:03, there's some individual notes and octaves, but they blend a bit more than the other examples. Also toward the end of the piece, he plays the A#0-A#1 and A0-A1 octaves quite a bit.
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