Pianos

5-Key Piano

5-Key Piano

While musician Lord Vinheteiro claims he bought the smallest piano in the world, we beg to differ. Still the idea of a normal height upright piano with just five keys is quite the oddity. While we admire the construction, it sounds quite horrible.

Cheap vs. Expensive Pianos

Cheap vs. Expensive Pianos

You can spend a few hundred bucks on a used upright piano, or hundreds of thousands or more on a concert grand. So what’s the difference? Musician Vinheteiro decided to play the same passage of music on six pianos of escalating values to see if we could tell them apart. Once we got past $50,000, we had trouble.

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Tiny Piano Players

Tiny Piano Players

Musician and video maker Beanzo decided to enlist the help of 19 tiny digital clones of himself to perform Beethoven’s Für Elise on a grand piano. He openly admits he swiped the idea from Mystery Guitar Man, but Beanzo’s approach was clearly quite a bit more complex.

Restoring a Toy Piano

Restoring a Toy Piano

Rescue & Restore found an old metal toy piano rusting away in a barn, then carefully disassembled it, satisfyingly sandblasted off the rust, powder-coated it, and cleaned and restored its mechanism – which was basically a xylophone with keys. The resulting restoration is quite impressive.

The Hybrid Piano

The Hybrid Piano

Ukrainian band Brunettes Shoot Blondes found an old, broken down grand piano, and decided to partially gut it, filling its innards with a variety of analog instruments, mechanically connected to its keys. The resulting sound on their track Houston is remarkably rich and full.

Working LEGO Piano

Working LEGO Piano

LEGO Ideas contributor Sleepy Cow created this 2,798 piece model of a grand piano which features 25 working keys, complete with strings, pedals, and dampers. It doesn’t actually play music, but it’s still a mechanical marvel. If you’d like to see it produced, vote here.

The LED Piano

The LED Piano

This slick piano has an display on top which shows the upcoming notes a la music video games, and LEDs that light up in reaction to the keys its pianist hits. Sadly, you can’t purchase this custom keyboard, so we’ll just have to drool over Rousseau’s one-off creation.

Speeding up Songs

Speeding up Songs

Musician Vinheteiro kept his fingers off the keys for his latest video, instead allowing his player piano to tickle the ivories. The goal? To see how easy or hard it is to recognize well-known pieces of music when the tempo is cranked up to insanely high speeds.

Arpeggio Piano Superdroid

Arpeggio Piano Superdroid

Unlike other player pianos, the Arpeggio is a self-contained robot which can drive up to the keyboard and pedals on a regular piano, and perform in place of a human pianist, replicating the most intricate and nuanced elements of a previously-recorded performance.

The Making of a Steinway

The Making of a Steinway

A look inside the process of crafting one of the world’s greatest grand pianos, from the careful bending of its frame, to the arduous hand-stringing of the soundboard, and precision placement and tuning of each key. Narrated by the late John H. Steinway.

Toccatina Op. 40 Piano POV

Toccatina Op. 40 Piano POV

Pianist and composer Nikolai Kapustin is known for his unique virtuoso pieces, which fuse the playful chaos of jazz with the perfectionist stamp of classical music. Pianist Dimitry Masleev demonstrates Kapustin’s music in this first-person performance of Toccatina Op. 40.

Yamaha b Series Pianos

Yamaha b Series Pianos

Yamaha announced the US debut of their popular b Series Upright Pianos with this quirky short video that shows off their aesthetics as well as their ability to bring people from all walks of life together to make beautiful music.

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