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Piano lids are VERY shiny …

Station Blog2019-11-28By: Classical Staff

December 5, 2019

… so did you know that when a grand piano is used during a concerto performance, a black fitted sheet is placed over the lid?

It is not detectable from the audience’s vantage point, so they’d never know. Why is it there? Top-level grand pianos are very shiny, and when the lid is propped open, the glare is quite strong – it’s as shiny as a mirror, and reflects the overhead stage lights right into the eyes of the orchestra members behind the piano. You can get an idea of how reflective the piano surface is by looking at the keyboard in the photo – it’s completely reflected in the fall board (the part that closes over the keys).

The fitted sheet is an ingenious idea!

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