The Titanic Movie shows a box piano in the First Class Dinning Room and I believe there was a piano (as seen in Ghosts of the Abyss) in the First class Reception Room. I heard in a book there were 5 grand pianos on board.
Matt is correct, there were five pianos onboard the Titanic.
There was one located in the First Class Reception Room and another also located in the First Class Lounge. Combine this with the one in the First Class Dining Saloon, Second Class Dining Saloon, and the Third Class General Room and you have your five pianos.
Also, no there were no pianos located in any of the suites. The piano in the movie was on a submerged set, as was said before, and was supposed to be in the Reception Room. On Cameron's 2001 dive, the piano was never found, although a large mound with a curved piece on top could indicate that it is still there, although when you are there you tend to see things and let your mind get carried away.
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There was no piano in the 1st class Lounge on Titanic or Olympic. Actually Olympic did get a piano in her lounge, but that was in the late 20's, during her 1928 refit.
The pianos were located in:
* Boat deck, 1st class Grand Staircase foyer
* D deck, 1st class Reception Room (grand piano)
* D deck, 1st class Dining Saloon
* C deck, 2nd class foyer (outside Lounge)
* D deck, 2nd class Dining Room
* C deck, 3rd class General Room.
Olympic originally also had a piano in her a la Carte Restaurant as well, but that was eventually decided to be unnecessary and it was soon removed.
Thanks, Daniel, for confirming what I thought was true--that there was a piano located in the Boat Deck 1st Class Grand Staircase foyer. Wasn't it supposed to be on the port side? In Cameron's movie I tried to spot it, and thought I caught a glimpse of it, but wasn't sure.
I'm surprised that the piano locations are a surprise! I don't think that the word "piano" is indicated on the deck plans in the port side grand staircase foyer, but that object seen on plans in the fore port corner of boat deck, is not a couch with a table, but a piano.
Here's a plan of the 2nd class C deck accommodation. The red cross indicates where the piano stood. While it is not indicated on this early plan (May 1911) a 1911 photo of this area shows the piano there.
I think the foyers were quite a good place to have the pianos where the band played together with the sound spreading throughout the various decks.
The first time the band played every day was in the 2nd class C deck companion from 10 - 11am, after which time they played before lunch in the 1st class Boat Deck area from 11am - 12pm. That was the only time during the day that the band played in the Boat Deck foyer. The other times it alternated between the 1st class Reception Room, and the C deck foyer again.
Hello everyone!!! Just another question: if one of the passengers in any class would like to stand up and play something in the piano or order a tune to be played during dinner or afterwards, would that be possible? I seriously doubt it, though!!! Thanks anyway!
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Not sure whether this would be of much assistance, but one of Welch's images of Olympic's Boat Deck Grand Staircase area held at the UFTM shows the very far right hand edge of the upright piano located on the Boat Deck, to the left of Honour and Glory.
What's the source for there being 5 pianos? Is it based on the number on the other ships?
I only ask because (through a helpful translator and the German Titanic Society!) I've found that Steinway apparently provided the Titanic with 5 grands and 3 uprights, and wanted to know what anyone else knows about it and whether it sounds reasonable. The source is apparently someone who works for Steinway & Sons Hamburg.