Seven Cees Piano

Old family "Mignon" upright piano, with clunky wooden charm

The story

This old family upright piano dates to the late 1800s, claims to be made in Germany, and bears the name “Mignon”. From what I can gather about the model, it was more likely a manufactured clone of a German-made piano, made in Sydney by The Beale Piano Manufacturing Company. The Mignon was a popular domestic sing-along piano in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A professional piano tuner recently declared the piano now beyond tuning, so I thought I’d sample the dear old thing for nostalgia’s sake, repairing the tuning as much as possible along the way. I skipped the keys that were really nasty, but did manage to get a library with seven C notes. The Kontakt sample instrument allows you to play the piano straight, with controls to tweak the overall tone and mic saturation. Beyond that, you can bathe the whole thing in reverb, and tape-like echo, dial in some creaks from its cast-iron bowels, and deliberately de-tune the keys. You can also adjust the attack for an eerie pad effect, or add some “auto-tinkle” to the keys for fun.


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  • The underwater swarming piano!

    This might be the most unique sounding piano instrument I've encountered so far, ever. It's definitely not your living-room upright, and nothing close to your concert grand. It's a deliberately imperfect, deep sounding piano with a very weird type of sound to it that you can't really explain by simple words.

    On top of that, there are a bunch of extra features and effects to make it even more quirky and unique, like the auto-tinkles which I found lovely. And all that on an incredibely well made instrument, packed in a very small size. Cheers!

    Alex Raptakis17 January 2022
  • Lovely sound, especially processed

    Turning up the saturation and tone, this gives such a lovely grungy sound without being too off-the-wall. Rather fallen in love with the sound to be honest.

    QorbeQ24 January 2022