Sadly, I don't enjoy playing my August Förster (170 cm) grand piano. Tones sound harsh and music blasts into my face instead of being 'in front of me'. I feel like I can insufficiently distance myself from the music, making it harder to control the instrument. I find myself compensating by playing softer and constantly holding down the left pedal.
I was able to improve the situation by placing a thick carpet under the piano (the floor is hardwood) and, most of all, by moving the piano further from the corner. But it's still not nearly enough.
The main difficulty is that all possible solutions are practically and/or financially costly. Moreover, I have no idea which one(s) will work. Several options:
- Hire a company to do acoustic treatment
- Replace my grand piano with an upright piano
- Rotate the piano 180 degrees
To give you an idea of the current layout, I've created a sketch of the living room. The rectangle above the piano is a cupboard. The narrow strip on the bottom is the window (i.e. an area that should remain relatively open). Best case, the roughly 2.5 x 2.5 m bottom-right square is all the space I have available.