The Rose Piano is a Waldstein upright that sat in a stairwell between the main Theatre and the Cafe at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance where I used to study. I always enjoyed that the piano was positioned there as it gave the performance students somewhere a little different to practice rather than one of the many practice rooms available and it was always nice to listen to someone practise while you ate lunch.
One of the more quieter evenings before the end of my last term I decided to stay late on campus and capture its sound. I brought it into the theatre next door, and managed to scavenge a Zoom H6 and a couple of Rode NT4s from the audio cupboard.
The Rose Theatre is a circular, two storey, 350 seat theatre in the round with a domed roof which I hoped would really make the piano sing, even though I was mainly using a Close Mic Technique. It is the main theatre on Campus and a lovely setting for any performance.
Being a piano that spent its life being carted around a university campus it has definitely seen better days, there are some visually bad scrapes and after years of having students play it ( or bash it in some cases) several of the keys and hammer mechanisms are uneven or in need of replacing.
To top it all off it is also in need of a good tune but I personally think it sounds rather lovely and characterful, and playing it definitely takes me back to my Uni Days.
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