Pianos and Harpsichords

 

See our sister site Grand Piano Tracks for bespoke piano recordings - see below for other Pianos and Harpsichords

 A selection of improvised and freestyle piano parts recorded for various projects, with some jazz/latin/prog trio recordings near the end.Also including two pieces from Steve's recent album 'Rejuvenations' with the piano sound played through a harpsichord's body as a reverb effect, and some tape hiss and crackle from Vintage Keys Studio's Studer B67 tape recorder and a 1954 Clavioline Valve amp! 

HOHNER Clavinet 'L' Model (circa 1968) 

HOHNER CLAVINET L

This is the very rare Model L made in 1968, and was used by Don Shinn on the Dada album (with Elkie Brooks) in 1970.   It fell into severe disrepair over the years, and was almost forgotten about until we rediscovered it lurking at the back of a cupboard and sent it to Row Antiques for a full restoration! See this article on Row Antiques' website. Now fully working and ready for action!

Weltmeister Claviset 200 Electric Piano (circa 1965, Germany)

Weltmeister Claviset

A fabulous German electric piano from the 1960s, (also sold in a slightly hyped up, sparkly state in the UK as a 'Pianotron'), powered by two 4.5v batteries. It has 'tines' like a Fender Rhodes, but these are plucked by small rubber plectra rather than struck. It has a variety of filters which gives a warm celeste style sound, or  right through to the very extreme 'Music Box' tab which  delivers a brash ice cream van sound! The funky music stand is a repro we made with some wire (see the Weltmeister TO 200/5 which has an original.) We also made a sustain pedal for this out of an old Yamaha digital piano pedal and a bicycle brake cable, but eventually found a beautiful set of original pedals (mechanical sustain and a volume control). Photo is here.

 

JOHN REYNOLDS CATCH SINGLE MANUAL HARPSICHORD (1942) - 2 SETS OF STRINGS PER NOTE WITH PEDAL SELECTORS (Leather or Quill plectra with Lute stop) 

HARPSICHORD

A lovely single manual harpsichord built in 1942 by John Reynolds Catch.   The recordings were done with a couple of nice Condenser mics fairly close to the strings. You can hear the natural resonance of the instrument.  Steve is the player in this excerpt, and the first piece is a work in progress track from his 'Prufrock' project, and the second and third are more fiddly (and pretty difficult!) excerpts from pieces by Scarlatti which attempt to show the different sounds the instrument can produce.  We have also used this instrument as an echo chamber in the past as it's got a beautiful reverb sound - you can just about hear the natural reverb in the recording below.

ROGERS UPRIGHT PIANO (c.1965)  with Mandolin rail (tack piano sound), Mute rail and Paper effect rail.

Custom Piano Recording

OTHER INSTRUMENTS IN THE FORM OF VST INSTRUMENTS OR SOUND LIBRARIES AVAILABLE FOR USE IN BESPOKE RECORDINGS:

Baldwin Electric Harpsichord

Yamaha Upright Piano (2000s)

Fender Rhodes MK II

Wurlitzer 200

Ondes Martenot

Handbells

Hammond Novachord

Hammond Solovox

Mellotron and Chamberlin Libraries

Theremin

Steinway B Grand Piano

Various other pianos, Harpsichords etc.

Various Orchestral Instruments

...and don't forget, any recording we do using MIDI controlled instruments will be sent along with the MIDIFILE we create (no extra charge), so you can change the sounds to your heart's content!