Francis Bacon Baby Grand Piano





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This piano belongs to the daycare center that my son attends. I know that it is from some time before 1934 because that’s when the Francis Bacon company went out of business. Based on the gaudy styling, I would guess that it's likely from the mid-to-late 1920s.

In the 19th century, the complex that houses the daycare center was a seminary, and the piano lives in a small, partially-used cottage on the edge of the grounds that was originally built for the rector of that school. I had to make an appointment to get access, and in February 2019, I finally got in with mics and my trusty Zoom H4n. As luck would have it, it snowed in Philadelphia the day of my appointment, trucks went by constantly and the sound of their tires in the snowy streets was so loud I had to discard half of my takes.

The piano was sampled with the soft (una corda) pedal down.