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Grand Piano
A minifig-scale piano that you'll love at first sight. Step-by-step instructions included!
About this creation

The piano is a passion of mine, and Legos are the icon of my childhood. Please welcome a tribute to both in the form of a minifig-scale piano.

This creation was, in fact, created as part of a much larger creation: a church. Nevertheless, I felt that it deserved its own MOC as many requests for building instructions have been sent my way.





Amazingly simple yet effective, the piano contains only 64 elements. This particular design is a cheapskate because it uses two non-Lego elements.



The design is simple, though improvement on the pedals could have been considered. Nevertheless, I am still proud of how it turned out.



Another improvement that could be instituted is making the legs shorter. They are far too long to suit a minifig.




Also, below you might notice that – like the real thing – the lid can fold down at will.



Below I have provided a view of the strings, which was actually the easiest part of the design.



The Original

Below you can compare the extreme development between my first piano and this one. Look at how much more developed my piano is compared to the original version!



Minifig-Scale

Finally comes the realization that this piano really is minifig-scale. Of course, it is physically inaccurate due to the fact that a minifig cannot use the pedals . . . but oh well.






What It Can Do

This is what my Grand Piano can do: be part of a big-time concert, or just a simple addition to a regular Sunday morning church service.



Thank you for your time investigating this cool contraption. I truly consider the piano to be the most beautiful musical instrument in the world, and that it simply cannot be left out of a Lego world at any cost!




Instructions

Starting with a request by Evan Campbell, I’ve developed some step-by-step photograph instructions so you can build your own piano. Enjoy!

PLEASE NOTE: Two non-Lego elements were used to build this piano (scotch tape and an undefined strip of plastic or metal). If you are able to develop a design only using Lego elements. I congragulate you! Also, the Lego elements used in these instructions are assorted colors so you can identify individual pieces more easily. You can build your own piano in any color scheme you want: black, white, or ivory. And why not try purple?

The 3 pictures below show all the pieces required to build one piano:




You may download following pictures (which are in order from top to bottom) and start building your own piano today. If you post your piano as a MOC, please include reference to where it came from!




































Enjoy!



Comments

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  November 11, 2011
dude!sell it to lego... miljon dollar idea!
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  October 15, 2010
Quoting Family Vuurzoon Hi Stephen, Whoow what a great piano! Incredible good details like the black keys and the inside looks. Just a question: why didn't you use one of the Lego joints instead of the scoth tape? A really excellent MOC!
Thank you for the comment, Vuurzoons! I actually tried using a variety of different hinges, and because this was done a number of years ago, I was unable to find the perfect hinge to my liking. If I had done the same thing now, I might have done a bit better job staying "true to Lego," but it's still a creation I'm proud of. I'm glad you like it; I'm impressed by all that you do as well!
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  October 14, 2010
Hi Stephen, Whoow what a great piano! Incredible good details like the black keys and the inside looks. Just a question: why didn't you use one of the Lego joints instead of the scoth tape? A really excellent MOC!
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  August 6, 2010
Quoting Emperor Ivan Far too big! Not as good as a Steinberg! Too many bricks! Be more efficient!
I will admit the piano legs are too long, but beyond that I don't see reason to suggest it's "far too big." As for the element efficiency dilemma, one must make a choice of element conservation for large-scale projects or go for extreme detail on a single object. Because I did not build an entire orchestra, I had no reason to conserve bricks :) For another example, check out Michael Jasper's pianos at http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/218027 . Thanks for the critiques, though . . . I admit I'll probably have to design a better version someday.
  August 5, 2010
Far too big! Not as good as a Steinberg! Too many bricks! Be more efficient!
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  March 27, 2010
Quoting L l where do you guys get the small pieces needed for the pianos??
If you don't already have a collection of elements built up over a period of years, you can always purchase them individually on www.bricklink.com. I'm glad you like the piano!
 I like it 
  March 27, 2010
where do you guys get the small pieces needed for the pianos??
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  November 29, 2009
Very cool! I love it. I've always wondered how to make a grand piano out've legos.....
  November 6, 2009
i just finished making it on LDD (with some modifications).
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  November 6, 2009
awesome and very well presented
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  July 9, 2009
lovely. very well executed
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  May 5, 2009
I love this! It's absolutely amazing! My dad has always wanted a Grand in real life, but we've never been able to afford one. I'm building him one for his birthday. It's turning out pretty good, but I don't have any of the 1x2 plates with 2 prongs, so I'm using 1X1 plates with a horizontal connector.
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  February 16, 2009
Simply Amazing!!! And thanx for the instructions, I am gonna try to make my own now!! (With my own details, of course...)
  January 5, 2009
I might have to use something like this for the LCP10 build. The only change that I would make.. is to find away to replace the tape that holds the top plate.. with a hinge brick. I think that would work a lot better. However, I happen to really like the design you ended up using.
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  November 17, 2008
You don't use tape... but I like the piano anyway!
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  June 17, 2008
Hi Stephen:), The amount of detail you put in this is simply amazing. I love it! I´ve seen a piano of somebody who just used stickers fo the black keyboard "buttons", or he might have painted it - I don´t know. Your version is so much better and creative! A question: When are you going to upload your new creations and pictures of your airport? Also, would you like to check out my new cargo aircraft, the "C-2 TriStar"? Thanks, and great job on the piano! Steffen
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  May 24, 2008
this piano is beautiful, my favourite instrument. about the large pictures, (in html) you need to replace the word 'THUMB' by 'DISPLAY' and then you can edit the height and width but make sure that when you make the picture higher you also edit the width? I have an example here, I don't know the height and width of your pictures so you should look yourself. img src="/user_images/12746/1211572599_DISPLAY.jpg" width="525" height="351" alt="" style="margin:10px;"align="left"
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  May 9, 2008
the best I have seen so far ( not that I have seen much!) I play the piano so I love it P.S. have you found a way to do violins? ~Scotty
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  April 25, 2008
Like the design. Do you alter the colors with Photoshop or something? The key design is very original. Again, wanta allie?
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  April 15, 2008
Grat detail and nice use of pieces. Want to allie with Republic Vaiano? if you want, respond with a review or via e-mail. Bruno
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  April 13, 2008
neat, thanks for the instructions I might have to build a music room to put it in. great job.
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  April 12, 2008
*holding up lighter* "Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata! Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata!"
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  April 12, 2008
Nice~ i like the overal design~
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  April 12, 2008
I thin is very creative and instructions are amazing! I think i start to do instructions. Nice job!
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  April 12, 2008
Sweet... I would build it, but I don't seem to be in a building mood this week. =(
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  April 12, 2008
beautiful, I made a piano too, it is in my best creation, if you want to see it you should check out my pirateship
 
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