THE PIANODISC® IS THE CADILLAC OF AFTERMARKET PLAYER UNITS. With it’s whisper quiet action, and it’s full function control box with both floppy disc and CD capability, it can make most any piano play as if a live performer were in your living room. And because you can turn its’ volume down to almost nothing, you can enjoy your piano’s music over dinner without having to shout. Rechel Piano Company is a factory certified installer and service center for PianoDisc®, and we would be pleased to bring new life to your piano with a PianoDisc® player unit. Please call or e-mail us for a quote on installing a PianoDisc® in your piano, or to answer any questions not listed below.




CAN A PIANODISC® UNIT BE INSTALLED IN MY PIANO?
In virtually every case, yes. Rechel Piano Company has installed PianoDisc® units in many models of grands, uprights, consoles, and even spinet pianos. We have even installed one in a square grand piano. The main consideration that impacts the quality of the playback is the quality of the piano prior to the installation. 

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WILL MY PIANO NEED TO BE MOVED?
Because of the complexity of the installation, it is necessary to have the piano in our shops to assure a quality installation. This provides the tools and materials to perform the best possible installation. Upon request, we can provide references for skilled piano movers.

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DOES THE PIANODISC® AFFECT HOW THE PIANO PLAYS BY HAND?
Not in the least. Because the solenoids are not connected to the keys, but merely push up on the back of them, there is no difference in the touch or sound of the piano before or after the installation.

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HOW DOES THE PIANODISC® PLAY THE KEYS?
The control box reads the information required for play back from either the floppy disc or the CD. The control box transmits this information to the piano’s CPU, which in turn signals the solenoid to move. The solenoid, located at the rear of the key, pushes up on the key, creating the same action as when you push down on the front of the key, resulting in the playing of the piano. The piano’s computer can operate the key solenoid with 128 different degrees of intensity, which allows a very life like reproduction of the original artist. 

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WHERE CAN I FIND SOFTWARE FOR MY PIANODISC® TO PLAY?
The PianoDisc® will play the software from both PianoDisc® and Yamaha Disklavier®. Locally, you can find both at the Henderson Music Company (859-431-2111, or www.hendersonmusic.com).
The PianoDisc® software can also be ordered online at www.pianodisc.com. Disklavier software can be ordered at www.yamahamusicsoft.com.

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WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS REGARDING PIANODISC® UNITS?
PianoDisc® offers 2 different models: the 228CDX and the pianoCD. The models vary only in the control box. The 228CDX plays both CDs and floppy disks and provides the most extensive variety of options regarding playback and the widest variety of software to play. It also permits you to download midi files from the Internet and play them on your piano. In contrast, the PianoCD plays only CDs and has somewhat fewer options regarding playback. However, both units use the whisper quiet “Silent Drive®” solenoids and drivers, providing superb playback at any volume. 

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CAN I DOWNLOAD MUSIC FROM THE INTERNET TO PLAY MY PIANODISC?
Yes. We recommend you comply with current laws. A huge amount of free music is available on the Internet in the form of MIDI files. These files can be downloaded onto a floppy disc and played like a purchased disc. Some files will require being changed from a “type 0” to a “type 1”, which is the format PianoDisc® utilizes. You can download a MIDI file converter to do this at http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/paullanc/music/music.html

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