The Hoffman

A piano that once belonged to the Swedish Broadcast corporation....

The story

This piano used to belong to the Swedish Broadcast corporation.
I bought it back in 2010 when they were relocating studios.
Over the years the piano has been used in endless productions, but right before I got it
The Malmo Opera house used it for choir practice.

In 2019 the family and I moved homes and I moved studios.
To make bookkeeping easier we hired different companies to move our stuff.
One for the family and one for the studio.
Little did we know.

Moving our personal belongings went great.
The studio, not so great.
To cut a long and teared eyed story short.
They managed to not only destroy some of the new property I’m renting but also a lot of my studio equipment including the piano.
Insurance did kick in and most of the stuff has beed fixed, but the piano is still not fully restored.
For the last ten years I’ve used it as my main compositional tool and It’s been featured in the tv-shows I’ve scored.
Now I wish I’d sampled it more carefully.

I’m not sure how to proceed with the restoration.
If I should throw the money at restoring it or if I should find a new piano.
Every time I lay my hands on it it feels like home but at the same time I feel sad that it’s broken.
I know it’s just wood and metal, but still.
Funny thing how an instrument can evoke feelings.

About the Kontakt instrument.
Most of the time I send the piano though a plate reverb, a Stocktronics rx4000.
Sometimes I run it through different effects to create a more ambient texture.
Included are IR samples and two effects layers you can access with the modwheel.
There’s also a sustain pedal script that bypasses the release samples when the pedal is engaged.
Enjoy!

Anders Wall

 

Reviews

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  • There's something magic about this one

    This is one of my all time favourite instruments from Pianobook, it's been a part of my template ever since I tried it out, and it was a really important part of my first game soundtrack. The subtle pad attached to the mod wheel is fantastic as well and really creates some great vibes. This is a really special one.

    hewwagner22 October 2021
  • Another warm and nice, simple piano

    Nice! Another simple, warm sounded piano library. Easy to play. People probably would imagine an old, upright piano at home, which gives a nice nostalgic texture to the sound.

    Asuka Amane17 October 2021
  • A lovely intimate, characterful piano

    I've used this piano on several projects this year. It has a really nice, intimate vibe and is full of character. I find it really playable, and the reverb, options to adjust the stereo field and effects layer are really useful too. Many thanks, Anders!

    mlbarkerdotme15 October 2021
  • Clumsy, but in a good way

    In this little piano instrument you will find both good and bad traits, just like in ourselves. There are moments this piano shines, but there are also those ones that it falls one step behind. It is up to you to give it some time and play with it again. And who knows, maybe you will fall in love with these imperfections.

    Alex Raptakis14 October 2021