The Gimp

The Gimp


A John Broadwood upright from an age long past.

Originally made in Glasgow, we acquired it in Edinburgh.  Unloved, ill treated, and damaged beyond all repair, we did what any good musicians would do… and locked it up in a dusty old garage!

Once we felt it was ready, we released it from it’s cage and transported it to Castlesound Studios.  Here we pampered it with a glorious array of mics (U67’s, DPA 4006’s and an R88) and recorded a final, glorious swan song in sample form to forever immortalize a piano that was doomed from the moment we set our eyes upon it.

This is: The Gimp.


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THE RESURRECTION-Perfection from Imperfection!

5.0 rating
July 23, 2021

An evocative beauty that intantly conjures up hinded gems from a time long past. What immediately drew me to this instrument was the climax of the “Pianocide” episode-the real piano drop. As the instrument is pulverized into oblivion it is accompanied by it’s sampled self. For me, that episode and this instrument has been the key that has unlocked the world of sampling and this tremendous community. Thank You Christian for this gift. I am forever grateful. I hope you enjoy my demo.

Marco Marrone

Sometimes You Just Need a Beat Up Piano Sound

5.0 rating
October 27, 2020

Sounds like the kind of pianos I grew up with in a school system that apparently didn’t account for the fact that pianos have to be tuned and maintained. Nostalgia doesn’t discriminate.
Using this on a project I’m trying to give an early Daniel Johnston sound to and its perfect for this application.


(SFZ is on the way) A really interesting Timbre that cannot be faked

5.0 rating
September 28, 2020

This is one of those sounds that has to be sampled. I’ve tried to fake this kind of beaten down piano sound using samples of a well maintained piano. Hard to do. A perfect piano for certain situations. I’m working on the SFZ version right now. Out soon.



A doomed John Broadwood upright piano recorded in Castlesound Studios.

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