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Traditional Piano

by armiel Posted 3rd Nov 2011 at 4:44 PM - Updated 4th Nov 2011 at 1:47 PM by armiel
198 Comments / replies (Who?) - 4 Feedback Posts, 20 Thanks Posts
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.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Fixed the slots - everyone who got the file before I posted this note please redownload! I'm sorry for this inconvenience!4.11.2011


Don't have room for a concert piano? Dislike those electric ones? Here is a nice traditional piano for you!

I was making a western saloon, when I realized that I don't have a right style piano to put there. So I asked some people if they had seen anyone make an upright piano, that would also be playable. Jaguwar found me a few, but they had flaws I did not like, so I decided to make one myself - it's not that hard after all

Or is it? After lee extracted me the TS2 meshes, I looked at the files and thought: "OMG, why did I wanna do this?!" But I'm a stubborn finn, so I stripped off all the parts I did not need/wanna use and then regrouped the whole thing for mapping. TS2 mapping does not really work for TS3 >.<

After some time and cursing I had myself a nice uvmap, which I then just fiddled with a little to make things nice. The harder part really was to fix all the little extra bits Blender added to the multiplier. A little too much black here, little too much gray there, etc. And making the mask...

But I made it, and am very happy with the results. Then I decided i wanted the piano to sit nicely against the wall (the electric piano doesn't). Moving the butt-slot was not as easy as I would have imagined! Morph gave me advices, but i just could not make TSRW, S3PE and Atavera's Rig editor work together and do what I want, so Morph was a nice guy and fixed the butt-slot for me

I thought I was done, but no. Lee and HP made me make deco slots. I objected a little after the butt-slot fiasco, but gave in and added 3 decorative slots. Then I only needed someone to test for me, and that was my lovely friend Kayla.

Of course it was not as straight forward, but I don't feel that it's necessary for me to tell you about every single fix/test

The result of this work is a very nice traditional piano, that I hope many of you will enjoy!

Object info:
  • Category location - Buy/Hobbies and skill/Creative
  • Price - 2500§
  • Polycount - Highlod: 4174/3034, Mediumlod: 4126/2980
  • 3 channels - cushion, body, horizontal bits and deco
  • 3 slots for decorative objects
  • This piano is not live-dragable by default ie. you can't drag it to your sims inventory/backpack. If you want to enable dragging it in live mode, download the mod I made for it.

Edited to add:
Some people seemed to want the ability to use the piano from the sims inventory, so I have added a mod for it in this same upload. The mod overrides the OBJD resource of my piano, and makes the piano live dragging enabled.

So, you want the piano to be used from the inventory?
- Download my mod, armiel_a_Traditional Piano_Inventorymod, and place it in same folder/subfolder that you place the piano in. Otherwise it won't work.

Additional Credits:
Lee, HP, Whitey, Morph, Kayla, Jag, #create

Milkshape 3D, Blender, TSRW, S3PE, Rig editor, UVmapper, Lithunwrap, Photoshop, Paint.Net

Thanks for all the people who commented and helped, and thanks for all the creators of the wonderful programs that make making objects possible!

And finally, thanks for TS2 for the original piano.

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

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Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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armiel_a_Traditional Piano_Inventorymod.rar

Size: 1.0 KB · Downloads: 24,412 · 3rd Nov 2011
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armiel_Traditional Piano.rar

Size: 232.4 KB · Downloads: 70,441 · 3rd Nov 2011
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Test Subject
#176 Old 7th Sep 2015 at 6:46 AM
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#177 Old 12th Sep 2015 at 9:32 PM
I had the creasy idea of doing an old town. I've found a violin, a ministrel but a simple traditionnal piano was really missing. The big one is really to big an look to...chic...! An the electronic on,....seriously in 1900 it's where not avalable.
So a big thank you...!
I am still looking for a priest outfit, and an old round wooden washing machine or maybe a fonctionnal well. Am also looking for a way to kill chicken's and cow's to harvest meet, you know, just like on a real old farm.
Test Subject
#178 Old 20th Sep 2015 at 10:23 PM
looks great thank you
Test Subject
#179 Old 24th Apr 2016 at 9:08 PM
Thank you Lisen thank you thank you THANK YOU I don't know why this wasn't in the base game anyway, I mean c'mon, who has great concert grands in their houses? Okay, I know ONE GUY who does, but he is a concert pianist, so okay then. Thank you!
Test Subject
#180 Old 20th May 2016 at 4:12 AM
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#181 Old 10th Jun 2016 at 9:24 PM
THANK YOU! I always hated the look of the electric keyboard, and the grand piano is just too big
Test Subject
#182 Old 10th Jun 2016 at 9:24 PM
THANK YOU! I always hated the look of the electric keyboard, and the grand piano is just too big
Test Subject
#183 Old 2nd Sep 2016 at 3:23 AM
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#184 Old 23rd Sep 2016 at 1:41 PM
Bugged me to no end that they didn't think to include a regular classic piano. Thanks so much!!
Lab Assistant
#185 Old 7th Dec 2016 at 2:04 PM
I would love some pokletted recolors!
Test Subject
#186 Old 18th Mar 2017 at 12:16 PM
Bravo et Merci!
Test Subject
#187 Old 5th Aug 2017 at 9:36 PM
Been looking for this! Thanks so much!
Test Subject
#188 Old 23rd Nov 2017 at 4:17 PM
Looked everywhere for this!!! Thank you xxx
Field Researcher
#189 Old 16th Sep 2018 at 2:21 AM
Looks superb, thanks for creating it!
Test Subject
#190 Old 4th Jan 2019 at 11:44 PM
Perfect, thank you
Lab Assistant
#191 Old 22nd Jan 2019 at 4:42 PM
Sims 3 Dashboard says the inventory mod conflicts with the piano itself.
Lab Assistant
#192 Old 8th Jul 2019 at 8:29 PM
Lovely mod. Thank you so much
Test Subject
#193 Old 15th Aug 2019 at 8:13 PM Last edited by BallyTheDog : 15th Aug 2019 at 8:28 PM.
I always wondered why Maxis didn't add an upright piano to The Sims 3. This object definitely fills that void, but there are a few issues I would like to bring up...

There is no recolor channel for the music stand. It is always white, which clashes horribly with the brown wood. Is it possible to add another recolor channel?

The name and description are uninspired. You should copy and paste both of these from TS2's Chimeway & Daughters Saloon Piano.

The non-portable version still says "+portable" in the Buy Mode catalog. There is also no "+piano" tag.

A small boost to the Environment score would be appreciated. Not as much as the grand piano, but low to moderate.
Test Subject
#194 Old 5th Nov 2019 at 7:21 PM
Awesome piano, thank you for making this mod, I love it! However a fun thing happened when I used the piano in my game, I placed it in a rather tight location (because I don't have much space left in my family's house) and when one of my sims started to play the piano the other sims pathed through the body of the piano instead of walking around the seat where there (at least vissually appeared to be) far more space for them to walk. I have tweaked the pathing of my sims ever so slightly so maybe this doesn't happen with purely vanilla pathing but it was rather fun nontheless how they choose to go through the piano instead of around the seat where the sim was sitting.
Test Subject
#195 Old 5th Jun 2020 at 8:54 PM
oh my god thank you so much i was looking for this FOREVER
Test Subject
#196 Old 16th Oct 2020 at 3:48 PM
Thank you for saving up the space of my sims' living rooms.
Test Subject
#197 Old 12th Dec 2020 at 5:51 PM
Thanks for making this! I don't know why Maxis never made an upright piano. This is very useful when you have a small space, want to create an old fashion house, or just want it for other reasons. My only complaint is that the music notes stand should be the same channel as the body of the piano so it can match properly.
Test Subject
#198 Old 15th Dec 2020 at 6:23 PM
Thank you! Love this!
Lab Assistant
#199 Old 25th Mar 2021 at 8:48 PM
the best Piano in The Sims 3! thank you
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