Computer + Piano = Compiano

A portable computer, it ain't. But this computer in a piano case-mod by eBay seller compianos, originally built for Elton John, is fantastic!

What you see pictured is a beautiful 1904 Chickering Upright Grand Piano, refinished to its original splendor. To make it a set, a matching refurbished antique Piano Stool is also included. Wrapped in magnificent mahogany, the piano’s warm tones and unique features draws one to it. It boasts superior craftsmanship, as evident in its intricate carved details, beautifully curved keyboard cover and exquisite legs. It has a charming history, as many antique pianos do. But this one also has a secret.

The secret this piano holds is that it is not a piano at all. There is a semi-hidden panel, and when slid down, it is held in place. To raise the panel, simply press it and it will rise automatically. Words cannot describe what it is like to watch the panel rise on its own, as if by an invisible hand.

Here's a short clip of the computer/piano:

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Links: eBay auction - via Elite Choice, thanks KC Gunn!

If you haven't seen it before, check out Neatorama's Ultimate Case Mod page.

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If it were to be unctional at both, it would be exemplary at neither. I mean, this best is beautiful because it uses the piano's body aesthetic. I think it'd jst be kind of tacky to have it actually be usable in both capacities, like an old synthesizer with glowing orange display, or fruity loops.

I wish there was more artistry, like this, in the mass market. Look how well iMacs cleaned up, at least partly because they were more pleasing to the eye than most PCs.
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I agree to the curious person, I'd even *rather* have a computer/functioning piano. I even have an idea as to how to build it, but one would have to use an epiano to fit in a "proper piano's" case...
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