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F-Note Acoustic Efficiency of an Upright Piano over Seven Octaves

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dc.contributor.author Bang, Seok Jae
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-13T16:57:02Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-13T16:57:02Z
dc.date.issued 2009-05-13T16:57:02Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/7913
dc.description.abstract Pianos are machines. Their sound output is determined by acoustic efficiency which is a measure of acoustic energy produced per input mechanical work. The piano as an instrument is unique from other chordophones like violins and guitars as it uses hammers to cause string vibrations. Where work is done directly on the strings in a guitar, pianos utilize a two-step procedure in converting mechanical work into acoustic energy. First, mechanical energy is used to depress a piano key which lifts a hammer. Second, this hammer strikes the strings and acoustic energy is produced. Thus, pianos should be less efficient than strict chordophones. An index of acoustic efficiency as a function of frequency was generated using an F-note from each of the seven full octaves of a Yamaha upright piano (T118PE). Experimental results indicate an inversely proportional relationship between acoustic efficiency and key frequency. en
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dc.language.iso eng en
dc.relation.ispartof Science One Research Projects 2008-2009 en
dc.subject Acoustic Efficiency en
dc.subject Piano en
dc.title F-Note Acoustic Efficiency of an Upright Piano over Seven Octaves en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.text Report en
dc.description.affiliation Science, Faculty of en
dc.description.reviewstatus Unreviewed en
dc.description.scholarlevel Undergraduate en

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