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Offline nathantu

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My upright piano is too loud
« on: June 22, 2020, 10:44:04 AM »
I have a four year old Kawai K8 (upright) and I love it, but it has always seemed to my ears to be a bit too loud. Reading a few historical posts it would seem I am not alone, and I will start putting insulation behind the piano (sits adjacent an internal wall). The question I have is will putting a rug under the piano make much difference? The piano sits in my open plan kitchen/dining area the floor being completely stone or porcelain tiles (10metres by 3 metres). We also have a decent ceiling height of 3 metres. Any advice welcome.
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Offline dogperson

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Re: My upright piano is too loud
«Reply #1 on: June 22, 2020, 11:00:42 AM »
Putting a rug under the pisno will not likely help. A large area rug with thick pad will more likely  help.  Look around the room and see if you can add soft furnishings: drapes, upholstered chairs, pillows.

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Re: My upright piano is too loud
«Reply #2 on: June 22, 2020, 10:16:49 PM »
Hard surfaces, like tile, glass, stone counter tops, etc. would enhance sound reflections.  The room forms the acoustic of your instrument.  Think about the entire room when considering toning down your piano.  Window coverings, furniture, area rugs, can all help.
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