Originally Posted by stustan
Great to hear from you again….we spoke a while ago! What a beautiful, comfortable, cozy, and intimate room you have! I am glad you are happy with your 1.7's.
May I make a suggestion? I have been in a number of recording studios that damped the strings of a piano when that piano was not being used in a session. The reason given was to prevent sypathetic ringing. I am a sound editor for television and movies and I also have an upright piano in my home editing room. My room is small and cozy too, although not as inviting as yours! I also damp my piano strings when playing back over my work monitors (my Music/Movie/Enjoyment room is separate).
I have seen many variations of the same theme concerning how to damp a piano. Usually, it is a sand filled "snake" that stretches the width of the strings and soundboard. It is placed upon or against the strings. The diameter is about 3 to 4 inches. The material can be anything but it is always flexible and soft. I have seen cloth with a plastic lining on the inside. I have seen pliable plastic, and I have seen small pillows neatly arranged. The "snake" is sealed at both ends. I suppose you don't want to have a leak and spill sand all about! At home I use small soft pillows that when gently placed do a great job of damping the stings/soundboard.
If I do not damp my piano it will "sing and hum" along gently when I playback over my studio monitors. The instant I hit stop on my Pro tools I hear my piano softly ringing behind me. My piano is 8 feet behind me from my work seat….giving you an idea how loud my particular piano "sings". If I am working and do not damp the piano during playback the sound of my work is "befuddled", lacking clarity and focus. Damping the piano brings a good measure of clarity and focus.
If you are interested try this experiment. Playback some music in your room at a moderate to loud volume. Put your ear near the piano and have someone pause the playback. If you hear the piano "singing and humming" then you should damp the piano when you are enjoying your Maggies. The benefits you will hear if you compare damped piano to undamped piano should be fairly obvious. Damping should yield greater clarity, focus, image body, and sound stage solidity. Your cozy room magnifies the effect of sympathetic ringing. You might just love the improvement!
Oh one last thing….If your piano is electronic and not acoustic (I can not tell from the photos) then …… never mind!
Oh and another last thing….you can remove the piano from the room! But don't scratch those beautiful floors!!!
And on another last note, pun intended, you guys made a great run in the World Cup! Congratulations! The result against Brazil was unfortunate.
Glad you are well…...
Stuart , is also nice to hear from you after a year , you are very kind as always , and i am very grateful with you and DonH50 cause you gave me the confidence to buy the Maggies and i am happier than ever. All those worries about having them in a small room like mine and the lack of resolution at low listening levels are gone. So thanks again for your advice.
About your suggestion, i had never considered about damping the piano (it is acoustic ) but i will follow your advice and hear what happens.
The imaging, depth and soundstage i have now are excellent but you know that in this hobby one always try to improve. That's why i have been considering to change electronics or treat the room , however i am not sure if i am going to have an improvement.
I don't even know if my room needs treatment although i have read that all rooms need it if one wants to have a great sound , and about electronics i dont know either if investing more will improve the sound i already have since i listen at low level volume.
So what do you think ? Out of the Piano treatment , you think that i should try something else or i should stay as i am now ?
I know is a difficult question since you don't know how my room sounds but any suggestion will be useful.
That Brazil match was a shame ! But they did a wonderful job !! We couldn't have been happier here although it would have been great if they could have gone further .