Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Melodigrand piano


QUESTION: I have a small Melodigrand piano that I bought around 1981.  It's the short-keyboard model.  There is apparently no cover for the keyboard like there is with full-size pianos, and that has always puzzled me.  Why was it built like that?  Thanks for any help.  :)

ANSWER: Hi Molly:

These pianos were commonly known as "apartment" or "bar" pianos.

They were coveted because of their small footprint.

The absence of the cover made it cheaper to make and even more compact with less moving parts.

I have a few clients with these little guys.

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QUESTION: Thanks for the verification.  I've always kind of thought maybe I was just missing something (a catch I just couldn't see)!  I understand the reason for it, but it's been hard on the keyboard.  It gets dusty, and the keys have yellowed slightly over the years.  I bought it for the reason it was made---size.  I was living in a townhouse with limited space.  Owning it and taking piano lessons was a childhood dream come true, though I haven't kept up with it over the years.  Thanks for your help.  :)

Hi Molly:

If the keys are Ivory. yellowing is a fact of life. Ivory has a "grain" to it...not homogeneous like plastic.

In fact, sunlight hitting ivory helps hold off the "yellow".

The is a product on the market called Cory Key Brite. It's inexpensive and may help.  

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