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Offline tosca1

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"Down Under" is on top in piano innovation
« on: January 14, 2003, 05:16:32 AM »
Since the end of the the 19th century the fundamental design and structure of the acoustic piano has not changed and this notion was a challenge to the Australian piano maker Wayne Stuart who believes that if the piano is to survive it must evolve.

After years of working  with well-known, conventional piano makers he has created the Stuart and Sons piano which challenges some of the traditional precepts of piano building.  His beautifully hand crafted instruments which feature Australian timbers have 4 pedals and more notes than the usual piano.  There is also a different system of bridges and hitch pins to enhance vertical vibration of the strings and  the sustain of the note.  

I have not heard or played this intriguing piano, but in this part of the world it has received accolades.
If you are interested, you can find out more about it at:

Has anyone played one? The company started making pianos in three different  models in the mid 1990s and I imagine that there are not many around.

Offline SteveK

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Re: "Down Under" is on top in piano innovation
«Reply #1 on: January 14, 2003, 07:59:29 PM »
Hi Robert!
I would love to try one of those pianos! I have never heard of them! It's great to see a new company making acoustic pianos! Hopefully one day I'll get to try one! :)
"And you probably thought I'd play badly?" - Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Offline rich_galassini

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Re: "Down Under" is on top in piano innovation
«Reply #2 on: January 30, 2003, 03:48:32 PM »

The Stuart & Sons is a great piano. I only know of them by reputation, but everything I have heard is wonderful. The problem is that he makes very few pianos and up until recently only made them to order.

Is this still true tosca?
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Philadelphia, Pa.
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