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I have been researching various ways to reduce the sound travel from a grand piano. When we go out into the hall, we can sometimes hear fairly loud parties in the only wall-sharing apartment, which is inaudible in ours. We plan to put floor to ceiling bookcases on that wall, which will be stuffed with books. We plan to put a carpet under the piano itself. But might I ask what products others have used and the relative level of success when it comes to floor/ceiling transmission? Thanks!
You are headed in the right direction. I would also suggest sitting the 3 legs(casters) on rubber sound isolation blocks, of the same type that commercial HVAC units rest on.This will significantly reduce the transmission of sound/vibration into the floor,which your neighbors downstairs should appreciate.
You probably don't want to go the route of hiring a company such as Acoustilogs to investigate how noise travels in your particular apartment building since they are quite expensive. If the piano is anywhere near a vent through which noise travels in your building such as a bathroom vent, you may want to shut the door to that room before playing the piano. As a courtesy, don't play the piano before 10:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. which would be very considerate since some people don't sleep traditional hours. We had a neighbor who used to play the piano at 7:00 a.m. before she left for work and the piano was right near a wall which adjoined our bedroom.
I have my apartment sized baby grand (only about 5' in depth) , with its 3 legs sitting on an octagonal area rug.
Further insulation is provided by my larger dog's bed, directly under the curve of the piano, & my smaller dog's bed, which fits perfectly under the bench (only the pedal assembly separates their little bedroom suite).
Never got any complaints - but, truthfully - I dust it more than I play it.
If anything, it functions as a most beautiful indoor dog house!