The Art of Piano Voicing

When I was young I was slightly misguided in thinking that every piano brand had a signature sound. While there is truth in that statement, pianos can sound vastly different from model to model… Read More

Optimizing Piano Acoustics At Home

…The soundboard actually acts as a transducer changing vibration into audible signal. Ideally, to hear the piano you would want to have full exposure to the soundboard to hear all of the tones and overtones. When people ask what the difference is between a grand and an upright, that’s a major difference…… Read More

Ravenscroft 275 Concert Grand Piano

Piano Name: Ravenscroft Website: Ravenscroft Model: 275 Made in: Germany & USA Parent Company: Ravenscroft Company Location: USA Length: 9’0″ Impressions “The Ravenscroft 275, weighs in at 9′ long. The sound is almost palpable. Although it might simply be a product of voicing, I found the top end of this concert grand size more conservative than… Read More

Pearl River and Schimmel Alliance

Recently I sat down with June Wang from Pearl River Piano Group and corresponded with Rob Slayman from Schimmel Piano to discuss their strategic alliance as I was curious how it had affected both companies. It was announced at NAMM 2016 that Pearl River had purchased a controlling interest in the Schimmel company.

Why do piano companies purchase other piano companies? We hear of company mergers in the news all the time. What is the impetus – the driving force for one piano company to acquire another piano company? If we paint with large brush strokes, on one side there is massive demand to be fulfilled in China. Nearly 80% of the world’s piano purchases happen in China.… Read More

Piano Touch with David Stanwood

Today we have the privilege of speaking with David Stanwood, a piano technician who also happens to be a published author specializing in piano touch metrology. (Metrology being the science of measurement)… Read More

Sauter Piano Made in Germany

Sauter is one of the few companies that are truly 100% made in Germany. What does that mean? Traditionally, Germany has the highest grades of materials in the world. Sauter’s materials are locally sourced, their labour is local… Read More

Visiting Petrof Piano

I started the tour in the milling room where they cut wood into usable lengths and sizes. Adjacent to that is their cabinet making shop. It brings a smile to my face when I… Read More

Hailun Piano Factory ~ A First Glimpse

It’s simply overwhelming the stature and size of the Hailun Piano Company. They manufacture roughly 38,000 pianos per year. Now if you do the math, that’s just over 3,150 pianos per month in 4.2 MILLION square feet of factory space.… Read More

Schimmel Staying Competitive

The highest level of their pianos is called the Konzert series (in English where we obviously get the word Concert from). This new series includes a higher grade soundboard material (Bavarian high altitude AAA grade)… Read More

Bringing Your Piano Home

So you just purchased a piano. Now what? It’s kind of like bringing the baby home from the hospital; you need to give some thought as to the inclusion into your life. What about placement?… Read More