The Emperor & King

The Emperor & King


“The Emperor and King

C. Bechstein Upright – Hof-Lieferant Sr.Maj.des Kaisers u.Königs (supplier of the Emperor and King).

Our Bechstein dates back to the late 1800s, is in wonderful condition and has an incredibly warm tone. Having had the piano for around six months I decided to sample it for the PianoBook as it has given me a new creative pallet.

The mics have helped to capture a depth to the piano and consist of a pair of Sontronics Orpheus in a spaced close mic position as well as a Sontronics Apollo 2 stereo ribbon mic using the Gary ‘Barlow’ technique, positioned just above my head; thanks Christian and Gary! The signals go through a UA Apollo 8p interface without any processing applied.

The felt is attached to an old curtain rail using double sided tape. A small corner of felt is also tagged to each end of the rail to reduce any vibrations from the piano.

I would love to know if some of you can make use of it as I’m considering re-sampling with more velocity layers, with and without felt.”


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5.0 rating
June 26, 2021

I’ve used this a few times and really enjoy the qualities. It’s really ‘calm’.


Beautiful and soft

5.0 rating
November 8, 2020

This is one of the Pianobook instruments that I always come back to and has become a staple of my template.

Robert Schussler

Dark, Angelic Piano

4.0 rating
September 22, 2020

This piano is awesome. Please do a larger sampling of it. it is slightly dark, but the resonance when sustained has an almost vocal quality to it.

Josh Angle

Emperor and King Felt Piano

4.0 rating
September 18, 2020

I think this piano has a very nice soft, felt sound and its a pretty good quality. Defiantly recommend getting.

Joshua C.

sweet and gentel

5.0 rating
May 22, 2020

so sweet



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