The 21st Century Piano

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The general design of the acoustic grand piano hasn’t changed much since its modernization in the 19th century. David Klavins, a master instrumentalist, has been re-imagining a piano that fits the aesthetic and sound of our century (past experiments include a 12-foot-tall upright piano). His latest is the Klavins UC (short for Una Chorda), smaller and remarkably lighter than typical pianos, weighing just under 100 kg, which will not only make it easier to move but tune as well.