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Thread started 02/20/19 3:27am

SoftSkarlettLo
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Did Prince use a grand piano or classical piano in his songs/ performances?

Grand pianos and classical pianos are distinct from each other. I think Prince and the Revolution used the classical piano for the 1999 and Purple Rain albums.

What do you think?

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Reply #1 posted 02/20/19 8:52am

keyboardwizz

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A “classical piano” isn’t an actual instrument...
The piano that Prince used in the 1999/Purple Rain era was a Yamaha CP 80 electric grand...
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Reply #2 posted 02/20/19 11:46am

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Prince(r.i.p.) was SO estatic about his specially made Yamaha purple piano. That had arrived from a rush job from Yamaha Entertainment Group barely days before his trsnsitioning, Too bad he never got to take it on his last intimate only solo piano tour. Prince(r.i.p.) proudly showed it off just a week before his entering into his afterlife. Sadly his loyal follwing never experienced it live on tour. cry


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“When eye say, ‘eye own “Purple Rain,” eye sound like Kanye.” He paused.“Who eye consider a friend.”
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Reply #3 posted 02/20/19 9:47pm

PeteSilas

SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

Grand pianos and classical pianos are distinct from each other. I think Prince and the Revolution used the classical piano for the 1999 and Purple Rain albums.

What do you think?

i never remember seeing him play real pianos at all onstage, in fact, maybe the only one i can think of is the scene in UTCM. I think keyboards were used in performances, it's very costly and difficult transporting real pianos.

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Reply #4 posted 02/21/19 9:20am

poppys

PeteSilas said:

SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

Grand pianos and classical pianos are distinct from each other. I think Prince and the Revolution used the classical piano for the 1999 and Purple Rain albums.

What do you think?


i never remember seeing him play real pianos at all onstage, in fact, maybe the only one i can think of is the scene in UTCM. I think keyboards were used in performances, it's very costly and difficult transporting real pianos.


He did use one for a gig in Australia. There's a story here about moving it. And of course his final gigs.

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Reply #5 posted 02/21/19 1:22pm

PeteSilas

poppys said:

PeteSilas said:


i never remember seeing him play real pianos at all onstage, in fact, maybe the only one i can think of is the scene in UTCM. I think keyboards were used in performances, it's very costly and difficult transporting real pianos.


He did use one for a gig in Australia. There's a story here about moving it. And of course his final gigs.

the atlanta gigs sounded like a keyboard to me, could be wrong.

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Reply #6 posted 02/21/19 3:14pm

steakfinger

His Piano and Mic shows were keyboards in an empty piano shell. Some of the sounds had string pads mixed in. He used more than just a piano sounds on those shows.

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