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Offline huaidongxi

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music desk for tall upright
« on: February 25, 2017, 03:18:03 AM »
on the recent post with the photos of the Berliner 'Gors & Kallmann' piano, one photo of the front/top of the piano with the lid raised shows a music desk that hangs down from the top edge of the cabinet.  could really use one for our piano, which only has a narrow shelf and very low ledge for the scores.  anyone know of a maker/supplier ?  thanks for the assistance and advice.

Offline richard black

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Re: music desk for tall upright
«Reply #1 on: February 26, 2017, 08:19:10 PM »
Those drop-down desks haven't been made for many years. However, you may be able to pick one up second-hand, salvaged from an old piano. Should be an easy thing to make - but even easier to make a better fallboard-mounted ledge than the one you've already got, I would imagine.
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Re: music desk for tall upright
«Reply #2 on: February 26, 2017, 08:55:12 PM »
I have a friend who is a retired pipe organ builder who may want to take up this task. He makes beautiful structures in wood, with elegant finish. Most recently, a lot of air ducts and resevoirs for the pipe organ we are installing.  I'll PM you with a number if he is interested.  You are on the North American continent, aren't you?

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Re: music desk for tall upright
«Reply #3 on: February 28, 2017, 07:26:01 AM »
thank you both for sharing your knowledge. our upright qualifies as an antique (restored by a top technician, it plays well with a big, rich timbre) with an unusual set up for a very rudimentary music holder, just a low raised rim above the fall board, not actually part of the fall board like many other uprights. 'improving' it would mean removing the original and mounting a wider ledge, altering the front facade of the case, which is fairly ornate carved walnut in the late 1890s fashion.  the old school hanging desk like the one on the Berliner piano would be very compatible.

thus, appreciate very much the offer of Indianajo.  we live in northern California, and if you're ever in the area you should play our 1919 Mason & Hamlin BB.

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Re: music desk for tall upright
«Reply #4 on: February 28, 2017, 01:35:24 PM »
I suspect the real answer to this problem is a set of virtual reality glasses. 
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Re: music desk for tall upright
«Reply #5 on: February 28, 2017, 08:07:47 PM »
on the recent post with the photos of the Berliner 'Gors & Kallmann' piano, one photo of the front/top of the piano with the lid raised shows a music desk that hangs down from the top edge of the cabinet.  could really use one for our piano, which only has a narrow shelf and very low ledge for the scores.  anyone know of a maker/supplier ?  thanks for the assistance and advice.

I have several of them here somewhere in the shop. You can have any colour you want as long as it is walnut or mahogany.


The top of the front board will have to be notched out so the hinges work correctly.

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