Piano as Sculpture: Fazioli M. Luminal Looks as Good as It Sounds

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Piano design has changed little in the past two centuries, but now Philippe Gendre has a new take on the concert grand in his design called M. Liminal, made by Fazioli pianos. Its asymmetrical shape looks positively aerodynamic, and it's a blend of the old and the new with its wood on top and stainless steel base.

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Wow! Take a look at the video and more pics, after the jump.


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This has got to be the most gorgeous piano in existence.

Product Page [Fazioli, via Yanko Design]

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DISCUSSION

Looks as good as it sounds? From what I can tell, it sounds like crap. Extremely dry, almost no depth to the tone at all. Then again, it's just a recording. And it looks like crap. No self-respecting pianist would touch it. If you want to see beautiful pianos, check out the older fortepianos and harpsichords such that they have in the Metropolitan Museum. Give me intricate Baroque carvings over a Baldwin and Lamborghini's lovechild any day.

Just because something is re-invented doesn't mean it's better, or even good.

And that guy has some weird technique going on. Then again, I'm Russian trained, and we tend to think anyone who doesn't play our way is just kinda crazy... :-P