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I would feel comfortable sitting down at any piano that doesn't have a sign saying not to. Assuming they don't have music playing that you would be in competition with, and assuming that you're good and aren't going to play the same thing over and over, I would keep the following principle in mind: It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission. - Rear ...


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Every piano I've ever seen has had a 'not for public use' (or equivalent) sign on it. If you find one that doesn't it's still polite to ask, but they're probably content with people playing it if they don't say otherwise. Or they just installed it this morning and haven't seen the problem yet ... If you can play the piano decently I really doubt anyone will ...


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As said in the comments, ASK. Pianos are expensive instruments, having every punter sit down and bang at them isn't good for them as you no doubt know. I know the one in the lobby of the local hospital here is definitely NOT meant for visitors and patients to use, is reserved for organised performances (which happen several times a week). Of course it has ...


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For daily greeting, it's great to wave hands and smile to others. Also, you can shake hands if it's the first time to meet people in Taiwan. We don't bow to others, even if you're in temple. However, try being yourself in Taiwan. It's great to feel as you're at home. :)


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Unless it's explicitly forbidden by a sign, I wouldn't see a good reason not to play. If you want to make sure, you can always ask. I've seen this kind of public pianos in hotels and in hospitals, and staff were always fine with people playing, at leats at daytime. My main rationale for assuming that the piano may be used (which hasn't been mentioned in any ...


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In the Netherlands, NS, the national rail company, has been putting pianos in some of their busiest stations lately. They are always accompanied by a "Graag spelen mij" sign. I think it roughly translates to: please play me. On many occasions I have seen travellers sit down and play. And almost every time I notice a crowd gathering around the piano to ...



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