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Medieval/Renaissance-Style Piano

by Esmeralda Posted 29th Apr 2016 at 6:18 PM - Updated 3rd May 2016 at 8:25 PM by Esmeralda : Minor LOD3 fix
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
(Minor update May 3 2016: Fixed a small issue on the lowest LOD mesh which would have affected players playing on Low graphics, giving a texture flaw on one corner of the back of the lid when zoomed out. This was due to an unnoticed glitch introduced when reducing the poly count for that mesh. If you previously downloaded this and you're on Low graphics and/or have seen the flaw, please re-download, with my apologies!)

This is a funky little colourful piano made in the style of Medieval/Renaissance keyboard instruments (virginals). Less anachronistic for medieval sims than having to play a default grand piano, and also nice for modern-day antique collectors, folksy hippies, or fantasy characters. It's found in the Activities section in Buy Mode where the other pianos are found, and costs 800 simoelons.

It comes in four retextures as below, with background paintings taken from classic artwork ranging from the 1300s to the 1600s.





Can be used for medieval or Renaissance characters such as the below musical knight playing the particularly colourful Medieval Tapestry retexture in red tones. He plays knightly and sometimes daily too.



Also can be useful for nature-loving fae folk, especially the idyllic nature scene retexture:



Thanks for looking, hope you'll find this little piano useful.


INSTALLATION:
Unzip the zip file and move the .package file to your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods folder.

Horse sim is by me (TS3 mesh conversion) but not uploaded anywhere (not ready for prime time!).
Paintings used on the pianos are by Lorenzetti (1338), Anonymous tapestry (c1430), Grauwels (c1580), and ter Borch (c1655).

Polygon Counts:
686 polys.

Additional Credits:
Piano meshed by me in Milkshape and Blender. Table and seat are modified base game items.

Packaged with Sims 4 Studio, outdoor shadow imported with TSRW.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 4
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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:
1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
 
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#26 Old 25th May 2016 at 5:24 PM
These looks so pretty! Can't wait to let my sims play these :D Thanks for making and sharing!
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#27 Old 29th May 2016 at 6:22 PM
Thank you it's beautiful!!
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#28 Old 18th Jun 2016 at 7:03 PM
lovely work!
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#29 Old 20th Jun 2016 at 9:20 PM
Good job! :)
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#30 Old 4th Aug 2016 at 9:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Esmeralda
Thanks, everyone! Hope you'll find this funky little colourful curio enjoyable.

See pic of real-life reference examples I provided in the row of pics at the top of the Description page. They have the key colours I used and have embedded paintings, including one of the paintings I used for my own piano.

ETA: A Google of many similar examples here if interested: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=%...iw=1248&bih=569


Actually, those aren't piano's, but virginals, which are smaller versions of harpsichords; much like upright pianos are to a full sized piano. But of course there is only the piano skill in the sims now so having them functioning as a piano and being able to have a semi-functional virginal in your game is super awesome!

The main difference between harpsichords and pianos is that harpsichords pluck the string while pianos hit it, so harpsichords and virginals sound more like harps or guitars than actual pianos.
Test Subject
#31 Old 4th Aug 2016 at 9:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Modder12
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm fairly certain early pianos' key colors were reversed (white being the color of today's black keys and black being the color of today's white keys). I also do not suppose they usually had embedded paintings.


That's because these aren't pianos (though they function as that in the game), but virginals which are smaller versions of harpsichords. Virginals are to harpsichords as upright pianos are to full sized pianos. Harpsichords have that reversal of piano key color in comparison to actual modern pianos, but virginals most often have the same pattern as piano keys.
The main difference between harpsichords and pianos is that harpsichords pluck the string while pianos hit it, so harpsichords and virginals sound more like harps or guitars than actual pianos.
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#32 Old 4th Aug 2016 at 9:12 PM Last edited by Esmeralda : 6th Aug 2016 at 10:36 PM. Reason: typo noticed
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Originally Posted by BandM
Actually, those aren't piano's, but virginals, which are smaller versions of harpsichords; much like upright pianos are to a full sized piano. But of course there is only the piano skill in the sims now so having them functioning as a piano and being able to have a semi-functional virginal in your game is super awesome!

The main difference between harpsichords and pianos is that harpsichords pluck the string while pianos hit it, so harpsichords and virginals sound more like harps or guitars than actual pianos.

Yes, I'm aware of that (I am a musical instrument history buff), that's why in my description I said "This is a funky little colourful piano made in the style of Medieval/Renaissance keyboard instruments (virginals)." Glad you like it anyway, thanks!
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#33 Old 26th Aug 2016 at 10:20 PM
AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME TO THE MAX!! Thanks!
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#34 Old 19th Jun 2017 at 9:50 PM
This is gorgeous!
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#35 Old 13th Feb 2018 at 12:24 PM
Beautiful!! Tyvm :)
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#36 Old 13th Mar 2018 at 10:20 PM
I am totally flashed!
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#37 Old 13th May 2018 at 9:10 PM
I finally got around to putting this in my latest Household's home. Shame on me for not doing that AND thanking you sooner! (Better late then never, I guess. )
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#38 Old 13th Oct 2018 at 8:29 PM
These are beautiful! Thank you so much for making them. :)
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#39 Old 2nd Oct 2020 at 3:58 AM
Lovely
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