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Offline night_hawk

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Piano Size
« on: February 23, 2014, 09:54:27 PM »
Hello, everyone!

I am currently in the process of looking for a new piano, and I was wondering about the ideal size for the room. The room is about 15x17 feet with a ceiling that is 9 feet at its lowest point and a little more than 10 at its highest. There's quite a large opening into the rest of the house (about 8x8.5 feet and a 4x4 window into the rest of the house). There's not much tapestry (just some curtains), but I'm going to get a carpet to put under the piano so that the sound doesn't bounce off of the wood floor. What do you guys think is too big for this room? 6'? 7'? I understand that it is difficult to judge without actually being here, but what is your experience with medium-sized rooms?

Thank you!

Offline iansinclair

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Re: Piano Size
«Reply #1 on: February 23, 2014, 10:07:44 PM »
Chances are a full concert grand would be too big.  However, any grand over 6 feet should be fine; your room is smaller -- but not that much smaller -- than the one in which my Steinway A is located and it isn't a problem.

Try it without the carpet first, though...
Ian

Offline night_hawk

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Re: Piano Size
«Reply #2 on: February 23, 2014, 10:30:42 PM »
How much tapestry do you have in your room?
How loud can you play on your Steinway before it becomes too loud?

Offline g_s_223

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Re: Piano Size
«Reply #3 on: February 23, 2014, 11:20:48 PM »
Hmm, if you can afford a 7'/220cm instrument, definitely get it. I really don't like the muddy bass of 6' instruments.

Offline iansinclair

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Re: Piano Size
«Reply #4 on: February 23, 2014, 11:56:21 PM »
How much tapestry do you have in your room?
How loud can you play on your Steinway before it becomes too loud?
The room has a carpet over the centre, but not under the piano.  Walls and ceiling are plaster (real plaster!) except part of one which is a bookcase.

How loud can I play?  I play with the lid up, and on some pieces I give her all she'll take -- and I'm fairly strong!
Ian