Yep, I’m a frustrated musician. And like most music fans out there, I learned to admire the craft from a distance. Whether it’s playing a guitar or hammering the keys on a grand piano, I always admire people with the technical virtuoso to play any particular musical instrument. Being a LEGO fan by heart, consider my amazement when someone managed to use LEGO bricks to perfectly recreate one of the most versatile and classical musical instruments of all time. Submitted as a LEGO product idea by LEGO fan and musician Donny Chen (aka SleepyCow over at LEGO Ideas), this playable, custom LEGO piano is very well-built that it might make Mozart gasp in awe.
This custom-built LEGO Piano is patterned from the classic grand piano, and is made up of more than 2,700 LEGO pieces. To be sure, there are a lot of custom LEGO pianos out there submitted in the LEGO Ideas platform, but this one designed by SleepyCow is the most technically impressive by far. It closely follows the inner workings of a real grand piano, thanks to the technical know-how of its designer who happens to be a piano teacher and technician as well. It’s seldom that you see a talented individual at such multiple levels. Here’s what Donny Chen has to say about his custom LEGO Piano.
LEGO Product Idea – Playable LEGO Piano
The Concert Grand Piano, one of the most complex instruments of all time, is now in Lego form.
Built entirely from 2798 authentic LEGO bricks, it accurately captures the mechanical details of a real piano, featuring:
- Removable keyboard with 25 independent working keys, each key connects to its own hammer.
- Working damper and pedal function.
- 25 strings.
- Realistic piano lid which can be open either half stick of full stick.
- Realistic fall board with a soft close.
- Removable music stand.
- Height adjustable piano bench.
- Self-playing function enabled by adding PowerFunction, which allows keys to play at different tempos and rhythms.
- Realistic piano wheels.
Just a disclaimer though: this playable LEGO piano does not actually create music, but the technical scale and complexity involved in making the parts of this custom LEGO piano is enough to compensate for that, as you can see from the video below.
If you wish to give your support to Donny Chen’s LEGO Ideas product idea, then be sure to check out his page at LEGO Ideas and cast your vote. We wish Donny all the best and support towards the 10K mark.