The Felted Baldwin

An Untuned, Tortured, Forgotten piano gets a new life in sample form...

The story

Untuned, Tortured, Forgotten, for over two decades this piano laid dormant in my basement. With it’s age, it has gained a warmth that would make any winter night feel cozy. I wanted my first sample instrument to be important to me, so I chose the piano i grew up with. Id have to say its about 40 years old. Last week I decided to give felting a go with an old dog blanket, I think it make the sound much less harsh then before.


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  • Character Piano

    This piano has a very characteristic and untuned piano. I've found it difficult to play due maybe to a different sample start between samples. The instrument has a lot of small issues but on the other side, there's to consider that it can be part of the charm so, "fixing" those imperfections could be a disservice to the character of the piano. Maybe a more detailed recording and adding a non-felted one would have enhanced the lack of tuning, providing the user the ability to blend the two signals and customize the sound.

    Julian Doe12 October 2021