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The sound of a grand piano in the space of an upright. Your piano can now go with you, anywhere, anytime.
The sound of a grand piano in the space of an upright. Your piano can now go with you, anywhere, anytime.
246 backers pledged £41,627 to help bring this project to life.
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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    Thank you on Twitter or Facebook

    Support our project and spread the news wider! We are extremely grateful for all sizes of donation, so here's our entry-level amount for those just dipping a toe in to piano re-building!

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    Exclusive album digital download

    Get an exclusive album of music made on Sarah's current piano, otherwise known as the #insideoutpiano, a re-worked 1900 Erard grand piano. Rescued from its way to the skip, we sawed off the keyboard and put it back on at 90 degrees, so Sarah can reach every part of every string. Sarah's music aims to be simple melodies shrouded in strange sounds, often with hypnotic beats to cradle the listener in the resonant cavern of the piano's insides.

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    Pledge £45 or more About US$ 57

    Webcast on Inventing

    Join Future Piano engineers Tim & Chris as they discuss the challenges involved when embarking into the Innovation journey. While the focus will be on the innovations embodied within the Standing Grand, they will also draw from their previous experience to illustrate the process using a wider landscape of innovations.

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 63

    Invitation to a one-off private concert

    This will be a special event held for purchasers of this reward only, featuring Sarah in concert on the new piano once it is built and ready for performance.

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    Try the new piano yourself

    Have an hour with the piano on your own to try it, find sounds, record it, experiment and generally get to know this brand new creation. We just ask you to respect the instrument and take care of it. It is likely to be in Brighton or Bristol for this.

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    Exclusive 2 hour one-to-one consultation

    Engage with the Future Piano engineers Tim & Chris to discuss and assess the potential of YOUR innovative idea. The objective here will be to give you a independent feasibility review of your initial idea or concept and hopefully get you started on this amazing journey!

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    Pledge £150 or more About US$ 189

    Engineers and Artists Day

    Engineers & artists day: come to meet the team and others interested in the meeting of disciplines in making the piano; present your own instrument inventions and meet expert builders, coders and musical inventors.

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    Pledge £250 or more About US$ 315

    Your name on a piano key

    Have your name printed on a key, receive a photo of your named key, be part of the Keyboard Map and see your name whenever the piano is exhibited.

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    Pledge £300 or more About US$ 378

    Webcast for student class

    Webcast with Q&A for a class of students: 2 hour session with the Future Piano team looking at the musical and engineering detail of the project, combining perspectives and the collaborative process, the research and funding journey and methods used in developing the new instrument.

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    Pledge £350 or more About US$ 441

    Educational workshops on inside piano

    Educational workshop or presentation for any age, with Sarah teaching 'inside piano' playing for groups up to 10 at a time. Sarah has experience teaching from 5 to 85 year olds, including 10 years' university music performance teaching

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    A day with Sarah and her piano

    A day with Sarah for pianists and composers: playing her existing 'Inside-Out Piano', learning techniques, repertoire and sharing compositional ideas (can be shared by up to 3 pianists but you will need to coordinate yourselves, thanks!). See, touch and hear this radically-shaped piano up close. From Nov 2019 onwards.

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    Name a future piece of music

    Name a future piece of music: Choose a title for Sarah to compose a personalised track under. Enter into the artistic process with Sarah by imagining the starting point for a whole new piece of 'inside piano' music.

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    Pledge £1,500 or more About US$ 1,889

    Exclusive day with Future Piano team

    Have a whole exclusive day with the piano and the Future Piano team in Bristol or Brighton. During the team you will be allowed to see and play the piano, ask questions, hear the sound up close, and talk to the whole Future Piano team about the journey of making the piano and next steps.

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About US$ 2,519

    Become a Future Piano Benefactor

    Become a benefactor with the reward of knowing that you have played a crucial part in our journey. This reward includes detailed bi-monthly updates on the project as we build the new piano and an invitation to an exclusive concert with the new piano in early 2021. Your name, if you wish, will be included in the official book of thanks created once the piano build is underway. We are enormously grateful in advance for you believing in this project to support us so generously.

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    Pledge £2,500 or more About US$ 3,148

    Bespoke performance on the new piano

    Have the new piano performed at your event. A company event, a party - whatever it is, Sarah will bring the piano to you and play a bespoke musical set. If you are at an educational establishment, you can add an educational workshop to this. Sarah is also happy to introduce the piano and answer questions. Price includes travel, within Scotland, England & Wales. Feb 2021 onwards.

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    Pledge £4,000 or more About US$ 5,037

    Super 4000: invitation to Klavins Pianos

    This reward is a 'Super Benefactor' donation. Added at this level is a special invitation to spend a day with David Klavins at the workshop of Klavins Pianos in Vaz, Hungary.

    This reward also includes detailed bi-monthly updates on the project as we build the new piano and an invitation to an exclusive concert with the new piano in early 2021. Your name, if you wish, will be included in the official book of thanks created once the piano build is underway.

    We are enormously grateful in advance for you believing in this project to support us so generously.

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    Pledge £8,000 About US$ 10,073

    Sponsor the piano with your logo

    Sponsor the piano and have your logo on it. Please contact us if you are considering this, prior to purchase. The piano will be built through a combination of engineering and piano building and this is an opportunity to put your stamp and backing in pride of place on the instrument, backing a really pioneering innovation. The piano is anticipated to be performed across the world. Design discussions will commence in March 2020, with the piano expected to be completed by November 2020.

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    Supra-Benefactor: make Future Piano real

    This reward is a 'Supra Benefactor' donation. Added at this level is a special invitation to spend a day with David Klavins at the workshop of Klavins Pianos in Vaz, Hungary. You will also be invited to an exclusive concert with the new piano in early 2021 and a social event with the Future Piano team.

    This reward also includes detailed bi-monthly updates on the project as we build the new piano and your name, if you wish, will be included in the official book of thanks created once the piano build is underway.

    We are enormously grateful in advance for you believing in this project to support us so generously, thank you.

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    Child's lesson with the Inside-Out Piano

    This is a 45-minute (max: younger children may benefit from nearer 35 minutes) 'discovery' lesson, where I show the amazing sounds of the Inside-Out Piano and teach children how to make them. We'll also make up a piece together. Parents to be present, please. No previous piano experience necessary! Probably best for children age 6+. For adult lessons, please sign up for the 1-2-1 session with Sarah listed as another reward. From November 2019 onwards: this lesson is on Sarah's current prototype in Brighton, UK.

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    1-2-1 piano lesson with Sarah

    Inside-Out Piano lesson: 1-2-1 session (90 minutes max) with Sarah and her existing piano. Learn extended techniques, repertoire or develop your own compositional ideas. ‘Normal’ grand piano also available and we can also look at existing/standard repertoire. From Nov 2019 onwards.

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