Repurposed Piano

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Project by dorald posted 07-06-2017 09:35 PM 1460 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Neighbor rolled over an old piano that they got for free. It was built in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s as far as we could tell. They wanted it remodeled into a bar.

The “action” was removed but the ivory keys were left. Neighbor wanted it converted into a bar showing as much of the harp as possible.

It took me the better part of month with all the changes and redo’s.

Features are LEDs on the backside for soft lighting against the wall. Colorful LEDs on the upper front part with LEDs running down each row of custom wine glass holders. LEDs running around upper part perimeter. All controllable by a remote.

Custom built shelf racks on upper portion and two custom built illuminated cabinets below. Lower LEDs are activated by switches. Piano keys are covered with tempered glass framed in wood.

The center lower peddle turns the backside LEDs on and off. That was a real challenge figuring out how to mount a switch under the peddle.

I think it turned out rather nice for a first attempt at something like this, don’t you?

All that’s missing is the piano player himself.

-- No one can make you feel inferior unless you give them permission. . .

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#1 posted 07-06-2017 11:33 PM

Great project, very imaginative in the re-design. Nice work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 07-06-2017 11:47 PM

Very, very cool!

-- Paul @ Space Age Plane Co.

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#3 posted 07-06-2017 11:57 PM

Thanks Paul.

-- No one can make you feel inferior unless you give them permission. . .

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#4 posted 07-07-2017 10:41 AM

What a great idea! It looks incredible! Nice work

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#5 posted 07-07-2017 10:57 AM

Thanks Gramps -

I agree, it is but if your doing the disassemble yourself, be prepared for 100’s of parts. I think I read somewhere that there are over 3000 parts to atypical piano. One surprising thingI learned while removing parts was that all the screws were slotted. No phillip heads anywhere. Guess they weren’t invented yet.

While doing a little research on thespian, I found several sites that have a lot of history on piano’s traceable through its serial number. I learned more about this piano and piano’s in general than I thought I’d ever learn.

-- No one can make you feel inferior unless you give them permission. . .

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#6 posted 07-07-2017 06:35 PM

Ha! A piano bar!
Whoda thunk it

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#7 posted 07-10-2017 04:18 AM

Very cool!

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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