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This art case 7' Steinway Studio Grand piano cabinet was built in 1984 in George Denninger's studio. It is finished in a hand rubbed dark chocolate brown lacquer.

Some of the functional modifications include:
  • When the lid is closed, openings on the side of the body permit the cabinet to breathe, eliminating the muffled sound of a closed piano. This also eliminates the need for the short lid support.
  • The music stand, when laid flat, is a smooth working surface for the entire width of the keyboard.
    The lid has an easy lift handle.
  • The lid support locks into place; it cannot slip.
  • The lyre has been eliminated. The pedals are supported by a beam that is part of the legs.
  • The wedges that hold the keyed legs are bolted into place so they cannot accidentally fall out.

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For me, each particular piano has its own unique character, determined by its make, mass, proportions, and tonal quality, action, and even its history. The original cabinet of this piano was classic and decorative. Even the iron plate has a simple decorative motif. The decoration was derived from prevailing architectural styles, which emphasized patterns from nature (leaves, plants, etc.). This ornamental embellishment was typically applied (tacked on) to the surface of the instrument.

The outward form (curves, surface, color) that seemed to me to be related to the instrument's fundamental function has been retained, while the decoration, which I found divergent, has been stripped. The functional and aesthetic modifications I have made in this cabinet are all directly related to maintaining a consistency between the piano's function, the sounds it creates, and its visual presentation. The clean lines of the abstract language of music are reflected in the subtly proportioned lines and curves of the piano body, as it exists now. (636) 256-6555