The story

It is a long-standing tradition when learning to program; your first program is a simple little thing that displays to the screen, “Hello world!”

Two months ago, I didn’t know a single thing about sampling instruments. Thanks to many in the Pianobook community, I’ve slowly figured out what I needed and how to do it. I found some condenser mics, ordered an Audio Interface, got some mic stands, and found something even rarer: an hour of silence in our house (I’m the dad of two beautiful yet chaotic small kids).

This weekend I sampled and built this instrument and learned a TON. I am excited to try it with different instruments and sounds.

## About this Piano

This piano, a King Upright, was the source of the most significant on-going dispute with my lovely wife. Eight years ago, we both wanted a piano, and her grandmother had a friend who was moving and needed to sell her used upright. My wife texted me the price, and my mouth hit the floor: $7,000. There was no way I was paying that much for this type of piano. We might as well save up a little more and buy a fantastic Baby Grand!

This tense debate went on for weeks. My wife’s grandma kept calling and texting, asking, “when are you going to buy and pick up the piano?” Her friends were moving soon, and she already committed us to buy the piano. Finally, my wife said: “Look, I had the money in a savings account, so I went ahead and paid for it, and piano movers are bringing it to our house tomorrow.” It got her grandma off her back, and the dispute could end: a decision was made.

It was a pretty sore spot for our otherwise pretty awesome marriage. We never talked about it, and just moved on. The piano was good, pretty out of tune, but worked for helping teach the kids.

Just last year I made a joke about the “Seven Grand Fleecing” we got early in our marriage with that piano.

“Seven grand? Uh, no, it was seven HUNDRED dollars, sweetie.”


For seven years, we had never spoken the actual price of the piano. Whether her finger or my brain added the extra zero, it doesn’t really matter. Every discussion, debate, and argument only referenced the price abstractly, which literally was an order of magnitude difference.

We laugh now and are happy the sore spot is resolved.

## About the Sampled Instrument

I would love feedback on this instrument and any tips for future ones. I used Adobe Audition for noise reduction, and just used the default presets. It seems to have worked pretty well?

One snafu on the original vs noise reduced samples: I used the wave editor to do some fadeouts on the release triggers to reduce some clicks, but those are not applied to the originals.

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  • absolutely beutiful

    im a young musician (12) and i was sesrching for an old out of tune piano, and i found this! the playability is superb, and te sound is just the piano at my great aunts house. 10/10 best piano sample

    Russ23 August 2023
  • A very well sampled piano with an oldie character

    This is a fantastic little piano plays amazingly well, with pristine sampling, and a very nice old yet cheerful kind of character to it, you know, like those pub pianos or something. The only comment I have is that the panning doesn't seem to spread from left to right based on the register, but it's not a dealbreaker because of everything else.

    Alex Raptakis30 October 2021
  • 50% honky tonk piano and 50% upright

    This is just a really cool piano to layer with another one in for example lofi because of the slight detuning which adds a lot of character in my opinion. Ofcourse you can also use it for honky-tonk and others like blues, rock and roll, salsa and reggae, tango and swing.

    Snake24 May 2022
  • Very dynamic but honky

    This piano has an extremely old fashioned sound. It sounds like it came from an old saloon. The piano is really dynamic so thats a huge plus for me. It also has that old fashioned chorus type sound which is so characteristic of these old pianos. Objectively this is a really playable and unique sounding piano for pianobook. For my personal uses its really bright and honky which im not into at all. 99 times out of 100 i like smooth, emotional warm pianos so i dont think i would ever reach for one. Again though, objectively its a really good instrument.

    septemberwalk12 November 2021