The piano is supported by three concrete legs and is made up of hundreds of black glass panels interwoven with clear and white glass to imitate piano keys. A roof patio is shaded by a canopy styled like a piano lid pushed open. The whole structure stands on a base of gray granite.
When it was built in 1973, it was considered revolutionary at the time because it was the first glass-panel piano house in America. It was designed by Edward Deinard, who also designed the neighboring house featured as home on the TV show "House Hunters".
The piano house has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2003.
It's located in Hancock Park, a neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Address: 909 North Camden Drive, Los Angeles, California 90004
Hours: It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission is free
Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12
Comments: You can visit the piano house any time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., but you have to wait in line to go inside.
The broad wooden supports on the underbelly (grands) or back (uprights) of the piano, constructed of softwood for robustness, maintain the rim framework. A piano is heavy due to the demand for structural strength, which is supplied by strong hardwood and thick metal. The weight of a grand piano is about 50 pounds (23 kg).
The term "heavy" is relative, but a grand piano is certainly heavier than most pianos. The actual weight of a particular model may be more or less depending on its size. Generally, the larger the piano, the greater its weight. A 36-inch-diameter (91 cm) grand weighs about 75 pounds (34 kg), while a 20-inch-diameter (50 cm) baby grand weighs about 40 pounds (18 kg).
They are heavy because they need to be structurally strong. If it wasn't for these supports, the weight would cause the wood to split and break down over time. The metal parts also contribute to the instrument's weight; the hammerweight alone can be as much as 14 pounds (6.5 kg). But even if you removed these elements, the piano still would be heavy because it requires a strong wood frame.
Grand pianos were originally built for public venues where their weight was an advantage. They could be used easily by several people, who would have no trouble playing in a large hall with these instruments.
The Piano Structure The China Piano Building is a 50:1 Scale Grand Piano and Transparent Glass Violin-Shaped Building. It was designed by Zaha Hadid and built in China by Shanghai's Fosun International Ltd.
When it was completed in 2009, it became the world's largest piano structure and also the first large-scale glass architectural work by a female architect. It stands at a height of 180 meters (590 feet) on Pedder Street in Shaughnessy, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The building is made up of three identical curved towers each with four floors. The top floor of each tower is transparent while the other three are solid concrete. The whole building is 930 meters long and it takes about five hours to walk around it.
This huge structure has been criticized for its visual impact on the neighborhood where it is located. In fact, it has been called a blot on the landscape of Vancouver's downtown core. But others appreciate its uniqueness and claim that it is a great work of art.
The total cost of construction was estimated at $80 million US dollars. Of this amount, Fosun International Ltd spent $20 million while Zaha Hadid's fee was $60 million.
Over 12,000 different pieces may be found in a piano, which supports six functioning features: keyboard, hammers, dampers, bridge, soundboard, and strings. Many elements of a piano are built of materials chosen for their strength and durability. The frame is made of wood, while the soundboard and baseboard on which the strings rest are usually made of maple or sycamore. The hammerhead is made of steel or ivory; both use a ball at their end to strike the string when it is played.
Keyboards range in size from under 5' by 3' to over 8' by 4'. The smaller keyboards are used for pianos designed for one person to play, while the larger ones are used for those intended to be played by a group. Both types use a system of raised dots called "keys" to let the player know where to press in order to produce certain notes. Some keys may have more than one function depending on how they are pressed. For example, if a key is pressed fully down, it will produce a sharp note; if it's pressed half way, it will produce a flat note.
Hammers used for playing the piano fall into two categories: soft and hard. Hardball pianos have wooden hammers coated in leather or cloth that are struck with the hand. Soft pianos have rubberized hammers that are hit with the fist.
A piano is more than just a musical instrument. It's exquisite furniture, sometimes the most expensive item in a home. "It becomes the center point of any space it's in," says interior designer Elizabeth Pascoe, owner of Mission, Kan.-based Paris Flee Market. "The seating arrangement accommodates it." The snapshot appears to contradict the Tribune quote. Should a piano not be considered furniture?
The picture is accurate, but the article is wrong about pianos not being furniture. Pianos are heavy objects that take up a lot of space and can be used as a table when not in use as a music instrument. They also can be used for other purposes such as storage if needed.
In conclusion, a piano can be considered furniture because it helps fill a room with sound and adds beauty. In fact, a piano is one of the most beautiful pieces of furniture available.
Case and Rim The rim is often composed of maple and/or maple and mahogany laminate, however a certain maker of high-quality European pianos may use spruce. Some pianos have a solid plywood core in the external shell and cabinet. (Poplar and birch are popular choices.) Other pianos have a hollow core with ribbed walls; these are usually made of maple. The soundpost inside the body is tied to the front of the baseboard on which it stands. The strings are loosely tuned in pairs, passing over a small raised nut at one end and along with two projecting pins at the other. They cross between two curved armrests bent back towards the chest, held there by leather straps attached to each side of the piano. A delicate spring beneath each key pushes it down into its resting position above the keyboard.
This includes a base plate on which the action sits, a set of rails on which the keys rise and fall, and a cast iron or steel beam called the "soundpost" inside the body of the piano. The base plate connects to the body of the piano with hinges at one end and has holes for screws at the other. On most upright pianos, the base plate is flat. But on some grand pianos, there is a slight bow to it.