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Offline bourniplus

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My homemade electric piano
« on: March 28, 2017, 03:48:01 PM »
Hey guys,
I've been working on this project for a few weeks. At first I intended to make an electric clavichord, but in the meantime I got myself a real clavinet, so I decided to make a piano instead. It still has a long way to go before being gig-worthy, but anyhow, I just uploaded a little video, I thought I'd share this with the EP community.
Best regards,
Martin
https://youtu.be/CrXiU48pr8U
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Re: My homemade electric piano
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2017, 03:23:06 AM »
That is amazing, thanks for sharing.
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Re: My homemade electric piano
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2017, 04:05:15 AM »
Very cool and a nice variaty of sounds with the effects. Are you planning to apply tolex on the case?
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Re: My homemade electric piano
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2017, 04:12:58 AM »
The current case design reminds me of a Clavinet I.
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Re: My homemade electric piano
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2017, 05:33:46 AM »
Are you planning to apply tolex on the case?

I don't have any experience with tolex and read it's kind of expensive and not that easy to install properly, so I was thinking about a hardwood veneer to cover all the exterior sides of the plywood and the edges. But I'm open to suggestions!
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Re: My homemade electric piano
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2017, 06:58:23 AM »
Sounds beautiful!
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Re: My homemade electric piano
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2017, 08:39:35 AM »
It's really amazing. It sounds different than any other keyboard - you really may have something special here!
 What did you use for strings? Clavinet strings? Guitar strings? How many strings are there per note?

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Re: My homemade electric piano
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2017, 09:04:05 AM »
Thanks guys. The strings are regular electric guitar strings, 49 of them, one per note. The basic design is very close to the square pianos of the late 18th century. No escapement, no backcheck. I realise that with bare wood hammers, the attack is very snappy, a bit on the clavinet side. If I want to make it more rhodes-y / CP80-ish, I'd have to cover the hammers with felt or leather. Maybe for the next prototype :)
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Re: My homemade electric piano
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2017, 10:51:07 PM »
That thing looks cool.  Can you post more pictures or videos of the mechanics?   I'd love to see the action and the harp.
Awesome job.
Ray

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Re: My homemade electric piano
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2017, 09:05:44 AM »
Thanks Ray,
I've tried to attach pictures directly in the post but can't find how...
https://1drv.ms/i/s!Am7UqYdhEMpY0DdW-2g678tDc01_
https://1drv.ms/i/s!Am7UqYdhEMpY0Do8WIe20ZHQ7iA0
https://1drv.ms/i/s!Am7UqYdhEMpY0DmVslL42daf78n9
These are all the pictures I took. Someday I'll get a decent camera.
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Mark I - Mark V
Clavinet model C
My electric square piano prototype