Ben Folds' Kimball Upright Tack Piano Auction

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Offline ClareQuilty

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Re: Ben Folds' Kimball Upright Tack Piano Auction
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2009, 12:02:31 PM »
it seems like ben to do this.
Ben wants to be Austin Powers you mean??  Seriously, the more I look at this bobblehead the more I want to put it in a velvet suit, puffy shirt and winkle pickers...

I want to do that all of the time! It's the glasses...
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Re: Ben Folds' Kimball Upright Tack Piano Auction
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2009, 09:09:25 AM »
If I'm not mistaken, the tack piano on the album was a grand, not upright. Not to say he didn't still use this one on some of his gigs... but all the ones I saw he had 2 grands on stage

Interview at http://www.theshrubbery.com/0599/ben.html

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The Shrub: What kind of piano is your "other" piano? How do you get that sound, like on 'Mess'?

Ben Folds: That tack piano at my back in concert.

The Shrub: Tack piano...I just didn't know what it was called. What's the difference?

Ben Folds: It's the baby grand that I toured with forever. Retired it to a tack piano. Put thumbtacks in the hammers. It makes the piano sound brassier and brighter.

The Shrub: Oh, so that's why it looks like shit? that's the one that you beat up on all those years?

Ben Folds: Yup. It sounds amazing though.

The Shrub: Where did you hear of doing that, or did you make it up?

Ben Folds: People have always done that to old upright pianos. I just decided to try it on a grand. It sounds more harpsichord-ish on a grand.
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Offline Aaron

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Re: Ben Folds' Kimball Upright Tack Piano Auction
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2009, 10:15:46 AM »
Yeah, I remember reading that a while ago. I believe that the upright was used in touring because of the picture of it on the auction site but I doubt that it's the one from the album. Though it would be awesome and generous, I don't think that Ben would sell his first touring piano (at least, I wouldn't if I were him). What kind of piano was his first touring piano, anyway?
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Re: Ben Folds' Kimball Upright Tack Piano Auction
« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2009, 07:50:14 PM »
12 hours to go and it's still a snip at $3.5K!
It's easy to be easy and free when it doesn't mean anything...

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mel (1:10:14 AM): love ben folds or burn!

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Offline Andy

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Re: Ben Folds' Kimball Upright Tack Piano Auction
« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2009, 11:52:11 PM »
I saw this piano on stage at the Royal Albert Hall.

The piano-mashing outro to Philosophy was bashed out alternating between this and the grand as Ben span round.

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Re: Ben Folds' Kimball Upright Tack Piano Auction
« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2009, 05:39:21 PM »
So, which one of you bought it?
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Re: Ben Folds' Kimball Upright Tack Piano Auction
« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2009, 04:06:46 AM »
I didn't, though I just wanted to say that every time I come to this thread I read:

I want to do that all of the time! It's the glasses...

And my brain takes it out of context. Totally throws me off-topic.

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