Building the "Piano Cat"
After multiple test-fits of a full piano on the floor plan, we opted to “hinge” the baby grand piano shape and turn it upright onto one of the walls. We would place an electronic keyboard within the bottom section and create cat-platforms housed within the piano shell above. Inspired by the “waterfall” silhouette that cats make when standing still, I found poetry in how we might work the curve of a cat’s back into the shape of the piano shell. So we took to making a 2D silhouette of a cat as the backdrop of the entire piano.
For advice on what keyboard to use, we tapped our dear friend, a musician and TNR expert named Adam Myatt, known better in the cativerse as the Catman of West Oakland. Adam suggested a Casio PX-160…very functional but not too costly should it need to be replaced.
To complement the piano, we designed a series of kitty amplifiers to be located adjacent to the piano and close to the entry door, giving a place for cats to jump on and to hole up within. We tweaked the classic “Fender” logo to become the “Feline” brand of amp, and we had fun with the control dials. (“These go to 11”) Replaceable sisal-wrapped face panels would give the cats plenty of scratching area.