Hungarian pianist and inventor Gergely Bogányi has created a new grand piano that looks more like a sports car than a musical instrument. The transformed piano takes one of the most iconic shapes in history and completely re-imagines it. The new design isn’t just for aesthetics, though. Bogányi sought to improve the sound quality of the piano and bring to life the “miraculous” sound he heard in his head.
The new piano does have some things in common with its predecessors. The mechanisms that create sound—the hammers, keys, strings, and soundboard—are still present, with minor tweaks and improvements. The exterior of this classic instrument has a high-gloss sheen, and that’s pretty much where the visual similarities end.
Back in the 18th century, piano designs fell in and out of favor as quickly as modern-day fashion trends, so changing up the shape of a piano isn’t exactly a new idea. This is undoubtedly the most radical overhaul to date, as Bogányi’s new piano has just two legs instead of the former three, giving the instrument a sideways “V” profile. Ditching the third leg opens up the sound, allowing the music to vibrate its way to the audience without obstruction.
In order to accomplish his lofty goal of re-imagining the grand piano, Bogányi assembled a team of designers and engineers (and piano craftsmen and music technicians) who all shared his passion for piano playing. It’s unclear how many people were on the team, but they worked together as a close-knit group for over 10 years, sharing bonds that spanned long past the final chord.
Via My Modern Met
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