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Old 02-15-2016, 01:07 PM   #1
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Adding a real piano to an Airstream

So I've been giving full-timing some thought, but there's one thing I can't live without and it's a real, acoustic piano. If I were to live in an Airstream, I'd have to take my piano with me (465 lbs).

1) What would it take to do this?
2) Which Airstream model would be the best for this?

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Old 02-15-2016, 01:11 PM   #2
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Based on that requirement, it doesn't sound like full-time Airstream living would be for you.
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:15 PM   #3
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it would need to have extra support welded beneath it and then the weight would be still be unstable for towing especially. Maybe someone like Colin could have a solution.
I suggest an electronic keyboard. They sound great and weigh nothing. You may have to sacrifice something for the lifestyle you desire.
A Yamaha grand weighs a lot less...for example.
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To answer the "what would it take" question

1) you'd need to remove something - a couch, one of the twins if you have a twin bed model, etc.

2) You'd also need 24x7 temperature and humidity control (Airstreams aren't intended as 4-season trailers and the swings in temp and humidity year round would destroy your piano without consistent conditioning).

3) you'd need some sort of shock absorption system to prevent the piano from being banged up in transport.

If you could sort those out, I think you'd want something larger than a 27 (which I have and can't envision even the old "Micro Piano" acoustic model fitting).

For the record - I have a Yamaha C7 grand (7' 6") at home - the sound and experience are amazing. Thinking of this in an aluminum tube is a non starter.

Yamaha also made the Electric Grand back in the 80s - this is an acoustic mini grand piano without the soundboard so it needs amplification and isn't quite as susceptible to temp/humidity fluctuations (though it would also be affected). They used to make a "silent" piano for the home on the same principle - you might want to check that out.

There are a wealth of "digital" pianos (including 88 weighted key models) that sound very nice (they will never be acoustic, but lower end models in the $500 range are fairly convincing and the Nord - at 10x that cost - are downright stunning). These aren't subject to the issues raised above and wired directly in to the sound system would be fairly convenient.

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I agree with earlier assessments about weight and wear and tear on an acoustic piano. As a working musician, I can attest to the daily pommeling that road vibration has on instruments. Your sound board and pinblock would not survive.

Go check out a nice 88 key touch sensitive, weighted keyboard and a good amp. They are really quite good and very durable. IMO yamaha makes the best of the bunch. check out the stage pianos here: http://usa.yamaha.com/products/music...nts/keyboards/

You can great a keyboard and a nice amp for under 2K.
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1) What would it take to do this?
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Possibly one of the larger motor home models produced before about 2005.
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Would a real piano even fit through the door?
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Would a real piano even fit through the door?
Maybe, if it was a slideout model, and the slide was removed for access.
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A lot of agreement on the Yamaha. I was thinking of an older grand. They are awesome
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Is there an aversion to digital pianos?
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First thing to worry about is weight distribution, second- how are you getting it inside? Maybe an alternative would be to install the piano on a flatbed pickup truck to haul the trailer with?
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No matter what RV you decide on, Please also consider, every time you stop and wish to play. You will need to do a full tuning first. This takes time and depending on your location and you are not doing it yourself, might be hard to find someone qualified and or able to get it done while you are parked. Getting a piano tempered is an art all in its self, but a trailer is not a controlled environment and going down the road, from what I've head, is the equivalent of a 3 on the Richter scale
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The dude that tuned the piano for Adel's performance last night is probably free to travel with you!
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