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#3166807 10/27/21 05:41 PM
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Hint: it's not an Acrosonic.


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It's an old square, 1859 Steinway.

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That sounds very good for a square grand!


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Originally Posted by ambrozy
It's an old square, 1859 Steinway.

You're right, but you must be psychic! wink

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Seriously, it sounds very good for a square, impressive sustain, but I hear "short strings sound", it's 85 key? What is the speaking length of highest A?

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Originally Posted by ambrozy
Seriously, it sounds very good for a square, impressive sustain, but I hear "short strings sound", it's 85 key? What is the speaking length of highest A?

Last I recall looking it up A0 was the same as most 7'2"ish moderns.
Lowest plain wires like on a baby grand, high treble more sub-spinet length.
The inharmonicity curves are... fun.
The piano is very very very very heavily modified, engineering-wise.
Just so down-bearing, low tension, very shaped and weighted hammers, hyper-regulated action, super-dampers.
Seven year pet project.

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Maybe I should say "low string tension sound" instead of "short strings sound" of course in treble, bass is very good! Soundboard is new?

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Originally Posted by ambrozy
Maybe I should say "low string tension sound" instead of "short strings sound" of course in treble, bass is very good! Soundboard is new?

85 note, but 19 notes play just the octave fifth harmonic as well, so it's a 104 note piano, actually.

Original soundboard 100% Made in 1859, lived in Kentucky 1860-1873, then New Mexico 1874 to the present. Not one crack. None. Like new. Just refinish and go.

Bridges original, again zero serious issues. Tiny hairlines along maybe 10% of bridges pins, hypodermic optivisored application of CA, fixed that.

Pinblock original. Not one seriously loose pin outside of the bass singles. CA fixed that. Tunes like a dream, #2 pins.

Those are also the original 1859 hammers and shanks. And ivories. And five colored handpainted art on the plate, with the original black high gloss paint.

But those are now Frankenstein hammers from heck. Steel and epoxy and tungsten and carbon fiber and ... some 1859 wool hitting the strings.

Only hammer NOT original was low A0, missing, gone.

That's got the low A hammer from a Baldwin SD-10 9', carved to fit a square.


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