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I am unsure if it can be answered but what is the difference between the piano sounding types. For instance: mellow, soft, upright, jazz, bright, studio, ambient, dark, compound, doubled, airy, hollow, pitched, detuned, old, broken, tapered, padded, dampered and etc.

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    The differences are described as best they can with those adjectives. It's as difficult to do as answer 'What does an orange taste like?' – Tim Feb 7 '17 at 18:40
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    That list of descriptions contains a number of different axes of variation. Also, some of them are technical, some are rather prosaic, and some could mean anything... does that list come from anywhere in particular? – topo Reinstate Monica Feb 7 '17 at 19:09
  • @Tim I might agree but I hope there should be at least a simple explanation. – SovereignSun Feb 7 '17 at 19:12
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    Explanation of what? Are you asking what is the difference between a piano that sounds mellow versus a piano that sounds bright? Well, one sounds bright and the other sounds mellow! If you're asking what makes a piano sound brighter, well that's a pretty complicated question, even for just one dimension of sound (brightness). If you want a run-down of all the factors that contribute to the sound of a piano, then that question is probably too broad. If you pick one part of the sound to ask about, that might be answerable. – Todd Wilcox Feb 7 '17 at 22:28
  • I am asking in the difference between the types of sounds of pianos. I would like to 100% know what sound means what. – SovereignSun Feb 8 '17 at 5:57
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Your list contains quite a lot of different types of adjectives. I'd pick your question as "what contributes to the characteristic of the sound of a piano", as describing each and every type of sound would be too broad.

Factors which contribute to the sound (tone) of a piano note include:

  • Hardness / softness of hammer (bright / mellow sound)
  • Length of string (upright / grand sound, time of loudness decay)
  • Resonance of the piano strings with high register strings or duplex sections of the strings (cold / warm sound)
  • How in-tune are the strings of each note (in-tune / 60s' night-bar sound)
  • Temperament used in tuning (baroque / classical / jazz / atonal sound)
  • Distance of microphone to piano (sound of hammer hitting the string is audible or not)
  • Quality of the strings (harmony / dissonance with other notes)
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    Can you explain what a "night-bar" is? – Todd Wilcox Feb 7 '17 at 23:07
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    @ToddWilcox the places where you go for a beer at night decades ago, like WWII or 60s. I don't have a better word for it, but you are welcome to propose (-: – kevin Feb 7 '17 at 23:11

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