This a 12 year old Concert Grand Steinway, bought at the opening of the new Kilden Theatre in Kristiansand, Norway. Kristiansand is a small town in the South of Norway, 2 direct flights in and out from London a week. The government here put money into the Kilden to provide art to the region, they value it’s importance. There is a resident Symphony Orchestra and this piano is often played during their concerts.
Day to day, the Piano rests quietly in a large cupboard next to the concert hall stage, until it gets wheeled out in front of the audience and shines. It’s the newer of the two main Grand Pianos they have here, a louder, clearer piano, used to stand out in front of the orchestra, though, is harder to play than the older one.
The night before recording I was lucky enough to see an excellent young Pianist playing with the Orchestra. They give younger soloists a chance to play public performances with the band, and it’s a very inspirational watch. Being able to record this beautiful piano on that stage was awesome!
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A very soft grand
If you are looking for a soft and sweet grand piano, with good dynamics, this might be agood choice for you. Unfortunately the samples are a little noisy especially on higher velocities, and that noise builds up relatively quickly if you use the sustain pedal. There is a knob to reduce the trigger samples though, which is always nice to have, and there is also a dry switch in case you want to just have the triggers as a separate instrument in order to treat them differently in the mix.
Dramatic sounding piano
I love the overall quality of the sound, though it could do with a touch more top end frequencies. Also slightly unsure what the Dry On/Off switch is for as it just seems to switch the piano sound off and leave only the release trigger noises. Could be a usable noise I suppose...