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A fine Gaveux Paris console piano from 1960. The last of their good years. An 85-note keyboard model. This is Paris in January 1964. Lennon and McCartney had a piano moved to ther hotel room to write songs for the upcoming film.
Similar to this model.
The tired look of boredom on thier faces speaks volumes…..fame has it’s price
Interesting, Henry… why 85 keys? I wonder…
Usually pre-war uprights, studio, and console pianos have 85 keys. (The Beatles’ C. Bechstein Model 10 housed in Apple Studios had 85 keys because it was from the turn of the century. Olympic Sound Studios had two uprights with 85 keys, a Model 10 and a John Broadwood & Sons).
Some post-war console pianos continued with this trend since being low budget instruments, Pleyel and Gaveaux making some models with this feature.
Did sheet music suddenly become more dynamic?
Or, was the 88-key layout done to accommodate Casio’s pre-programmed synthetic rhythm tracks like Marimba, Calypso, Mambo, Jazz, Porn, Rock, Latin, Reggae, R&B(…and MORE!). What? No Skiffle???
Isn’t 88 keys the end of m
Whatever it was, the lads weren’t amused…85 is alive!
Cute picture, thanks for sharing it. : )
Silly Kwai – 85 keys means it’s a “portable” model!
Ah, what I could do with those 3 keys!
You can tuna piano but you can’t tune a fish…
(just fix the damn thing and leave my personal life out of it)
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