YouTuber Swaps Out Piano Wires With Acoustic Guitar Strings
You know you're in for a wild ride when a video about pianos begins with the instructor taping the sustain pedal to the ground to lift the dampers.
As a typical 88 key piano has a quite wide range from A0 to C8 (respectively 27.5 Hz to 4186 Hz) its strings vary wildly in diameter as well.
Piano strings are among the most demanding wiring applications of steel given how much beating they take while they're stretched that much. And the best part is that they're expected to last years, even decades, facing hundreds of cycles of humidity and temperature changes with the changing seasons.
Comparing the tension on guitar strings to piano wires is like comparing the biting force of a human toddler to a Nile crocodile. Guitar strings typically withstand 200 pounds (90 kg) of tension whereas piano strings hold 18 tons.
So in the video, YouTuber Mattias Krantz, orders 40 something sets of acoustic guitar strings (spoiler: even that couldn't cover the whole range) and gets to work. The process involves some inconveniences and some minor injuries but he gets there. How does it sound? Well, we'll let you watch the video to find out for yourself.