New look piano

I have spent a lot of time this year improving the amplification methods I use with the piano and also making it look better. It’s gone from black to a deep red with some nice hand painted lining by a local sign writer, Sue. You can find out more about her work here www.riverbanksignsdesigns.com . All in all I think it’s looking pretty good :-)


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Transporting my piano

At gigs I get a lot of people asking about how I move the piano around. Well it all packs down into one unit and then rolls neatly into the back of a modified van with wheelchair access. The lowered floor ensures enough headroom to fit the piano in and ready made ramp to get it in there.

Hey presto, as simple as that (though it does take bit of pushing).

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Building a road to bring you a piano

Having a garage is essential for my work as it’s where I keep the piano and do all the engineering side of the business. This summer my family and I moved house and the new property thankfully has a bigger garage (I was beginning to run out of space with the previous one). However the downside is that access to it went from this lovely smooth bit of concrete (with generous assisting slope to help roll the piano in and out of the van)

Previous garage access

to this muddy track!

New garage access

New garage access

So in order to ensure easy, reliable (and not least clean!) access to the new garage, allowing me to come and go with the piano quickly and efficiently, I’ve decided to build a road (yes a road!) and demonstrate to you just how far I’ll go to bring you real piano. Here’s the progress so far, three weeks in.

Hammer manRoad build 1

Expected completion date is around June 2018, after which I’ll be tendering for some M4 widening work.

Visit the Facebook page for regular updates and occasional ones here.

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Mobile Piano mk2 up and running

Mobile Piano mk2

My mk2 mobile piano has been in action for a few months now and is working a treat. It’s a bigger, bolder upright than the first mobile piano, with a fuller, more majestic sound. I have developed various features from the first, including moving from a 2 to 4 wheel setup, improving the amplification/mic set up and adding brakes. As with the mk1 version, it’s rolls easily in and out of my van and fits through a standard 28″ width door and so it’s easily transportable and gets into most venues and places, indoors or out. To see and find out more visit the Facebook page

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Developing mobile piano no.2

My first mobile piano has done me proud, but the time to upgrade the instrument has come. So watch this space for the mark 2 version, coming soon!

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