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Would mounting a TV inside a piano damage the TV? Answered

We have an upright piano, and we don't have a good place to put our flatscreen. My thought is to put the flatscreen inside the piano. I have measured for clearance and it fits quite neatly. My only concern is if the vibrations from the piano will somehow damage the TV's electronics.

On the one hand, the TV has speakers and generates a dynamic range of sound and volume and does just fine. The TV can get louder than we ever play the piano.

On the other hand, the piano sounds are fuller and maybe vibrate more than the speakers in the TV do.

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The vertical board behind and under the keyboard has a latch that is opened so that the board pivots down and forward.  The TV would go inside the space behind this board. It would make the TV close to the ground, but it would be more convenient than the current location.

The space in the piano has a depth of about 6 inches. I would install a piece of 3/4 inch ply across the back to mount the TV to. It would be right in front and possibly touching  the sound board and the bass bridge. The TV is 4.5 inches deep at the deepest point.

I am sure that the construction is feasible and well within my abilities. I am unsure of any danger to the TV from such a setup. Any insights, references or suggestions are well appreciated. 

Thank you,
Michael Moore

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Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2009-10-30

id be more worried about the piano

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Molten Boron (author)2009-10-13

Your TV will be perfectly fine since you obviously are going to mount it correctly.
The piano will also be fine. The acoustics will only suffer enough for someone with an ear as sensitive as Mozart's to notice. IT WON'T CHANGE THE SOUND THAT MUCH, PEOPLE.
Trust me, I know...

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stuporglue (author)Molten Boron2009-10-13

The piano doesn't sound that great anyways, so ruining its sound is not a great concern.

I will attempt to mount the TV supports to the piano body, and not directly to the sounding board, which should minimize the damage to the piano's sound, and which might reduce the vibrations sent directly to the TV.

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Molten Boron (author)stuporglue2009-10-13

Don't forget to DOCUMENT IT WELL! Have someone take lots of pictures while you do that. And then post an Instructable!

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stuporglue (author)Molten Boron2009-10-13

Absolutely.

I'll post full instructions and photos here when I'm done.

Thanks!

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lemonie (author)Molten Boron2009-10-13

The comment was to stuporglue, but hi again!<br /><br />L<br />

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Padlock (author)2009-10-12

I would be more worried about ruining the structural integrity of the piano and it's sound!

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crapflinger (author)2009-10-12

i'd love to see what would happen if someone where watching the tv whilst playing the piano....i've got images of the crystals rippeling inside of the screen (like the glass of water on jurassic park)

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guyfrom7up (author)2009-10-11

I don't think vibrations should hurt the tv at all.  The only piece that could get damaged is the lcd it's self, but they're usually enclosed in metal and should be fairly safe.  Just make sure you mount the LCD by the metal part, and not the screen it's self (that's if you're taking apart the TV.

It shoulld be fine, the TV's electronics won't even notice the difference.

Originally i thought you were going to be putting an LCD screen where the sheet music goes and then have a mini computer inside the piano to display music, or maybe even a microcontroller, a VGA chip, and an sd card with some advance programming.

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stuporglue (author)guyfrom7up2009-10-11

I'll be using the mounting holes on the back of the TV, so i think that aspect should be safe.

Putting an LCD where the sheet music goes is a long term plan, but not part of this project.. I like classical music best, and download PDFs from the IMSLP site all the time.

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caitlinsdad (author)guyfrom7up2009-10-11

counterpoint:

Respect the piano, if it is a fine instrument, why would you want to cut a hole in it since the case is part of the way the piano sounds.  It might turn your Steinway into a busted up player piano sound. But if you got a clunker, it would be cool to mod it to have a flatpanel in it. 

I would get an lcd mount and just screw that to the outside of the piano.  The piano playing shouldn't really damage any of the solid-state electronics of the TV.  You might want to put a couple of rubber washers to make an isolation mount if you are really worried about internal vibrations.  The TV might even make the piano sound off with the sympathetic vibrations so hold up the TV to the piano to test if anything happens.  Good luck.

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stuporglue (author)caitlinsdad2009-10-11

If it were a fine instrument, I would definitely be looking for other options. :-)

The piano was a craigslist freebee. It sounds like a piano from a bar in an old black and white movie. I'm getting a tuning wrench for it, but it still won't be that terrific.

The rubber washers are a great idea, and I'll check on the sympathetic vibrations.

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