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Why Are These Piano Keys Brown On The Sides?

Why Are These Piano Keys Brown On The Sides?

Padauk, a pleasant surprise!

While uncrating a special-ordered Polished Mahogany Mason & Hamlin Grand for a client, our eyes were drawn to the sharp keys that were not totally black in color as is customary. Mike Collins from the M&H piano factory located near Boston described the sharp key material as Padauk with no finish applied and topped w/ ebony.

Dave’s curiosity was peeked and wanting to know more about this awesome eye-catching wood. Here’s what he found starting with examples where this wood has been chosen to be used.

King Solomon chose stalwart padauk for the pillars of his temple. French Kings Louis XV and Louis XVI, 17th Century, had their royal woodworkers craft kingly cups and chalices out of Padauk. In the 18th Century, convicts sent to British penal colonies in the Andaman islands off Burma labored to supply the padauk sought by world craftsmen, including the famed Pullman Company of Chicago. They imported much of this exotically beautiful and durable “Andaman” padauk to panel railroad passenger cars in the 1850’s.

Most padauk trees look like elms, with large, spreading crowns reaching to a height of 120′. Averaging 7′ in girth, their trunks have smooth, yellow-tinted bark and often have no branches for the first 65’. The trees bear distinctive, round, inedible fruit banded by a flat wing that gives them a flying saucer-like appearance. With age and exposure to sunlight, it has a tendency to darken and turn to a deep maroon.

Padauk wood is as heavy, but stronger than oak which makes it a first-class furniture and cabinet wood, and is known for fine turnings, carvings, and used in various musical instruments. Because it has a high resistance to abrasion coupled with strength and beauty, the use of this wood in the application of the sharp keys is truly amazing.

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What is the difference between a Vertical Piano and a Grand Piano?

What is the difference between a Vertical Piano and a Grand Piano?

Visually & the placement of the Grand Piano and the Vertical Piano is different.

Vertical pianos are usually put up against a wall and a Grand Piano is not put against the wall but has a lid that opens up toward the room. So one of the differences is visual in that they look different and the functions are different as well. The actions are different, where a vertical will have more springs in the piano. A grand action will have gravity, as its friend to help a little bit more so the sensitivity of playing a grand piano will afford more control then a vertical. Also the dampening system of a grand piano is more efficient because if you think about how the dampers and where they are placed they are right above where the hammer strikes the string. In a vertical they can’t be because they are both on the same side so that the hammer hits a string that is above the damper, which dampens the string. So a Grand Piano will dampen more efficiently. A Grand Piano action will also repeat better because of the gravity and the mechanism called escapement. So those are some of the differences in a technical way of a Grand Piano versus a Vertical Piano.

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Interesting Piano Facts

Interesting Piano Facts

What is the difference between a Vertical Piano and a Grand Piano?

Visually & the placement of these pianos are different.

Vertical pianos are usually put up against a wall and a Grand Piano is not put against the wall but has a lid that opens up toward the room. So one of the differences is visual in that they look different and the functions are different as well. The actions are different, where a vertical will have more springs in the piano. A grand action will have gravity, as its friend to help a little bit more so the sensitivity of playing a grand piano will afford more control then a vertical. Also the dampening system of a grand piano is more efficient because if you think about how the dampers and where they are placed they are right above where the hammer strikes the string. In a vertical they can’t be because they are both on the same side so that the hammer hits a string that is above the damper, which dampens the string. So a Grand Piano will dampen more efficiently. A Grand Piano action will also repeat better because of the gravity and the mechanism called escapement. So those are some of the differences in a technical way of a Grand Piano versus a Vertical Piano.

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