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Offline tinctoria88

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book on piano construction design?
« on: August 04, 2016, 02:06:46 AM »
Does anyone know of a book describing the construction design of various maker's pianos that's current & available?  Or should I visit various piano maker's websites & hope to find their description of how they build their instruments?  Thanks for any observations.

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Re: book on piano construction design?
«Reply #1 on: August 04, 2016, 07:47:57 PM »
Hi tinctoria88,

You can visit a local dealer near you, and they will probably have a pamphlet available of the piano brands that they have. However, if you want information about all of the pianos, yes, it would be best to check out the website of every company.

Steinway & Sons
Kawai
Mason & Hamlin

Yamaha
Bösendorfer

Bechstein
Fazioli

^ those are the main piano brands enjoyed by pianists :)

Natsu

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Re: book on piano construction design?
«Reply #2 on: August 05, 2016, 07:36:09 PM »
most books you will find in the general marketplace will provide details of piano construction that are generally shared or in common with most of instrument makers, and much less about what makes each company's products unique.  the information will focus on the 'what' (kinds of materials) and the 'how' (methods, techniques of building) but not why some makers choose specific ways to make their instruments different.  much of the stuff that makes the tier one instruments characteristically distinct is proprietary.  companies in the great people's republic or s.korea went to considerable expense in some cases to buy the designs and proprietary info from failing or struggling german/central european piano makers.

the best explication of what makes and how the tier one piano builders build their limited production pianos will come from experienced technicians and dealers who've worked with many pianos intensively including visiting the factories and taking training courses for servicing specific makes.  for example, a certified steinway tech had some interesting things to share on the differences between the NY factory and the Hamburg one (the company for example would not even sponsor a visit from the chief technical supervisor from hamburg to go to NY until fairly recent times in this millennium).  the technician who brought our vintage piano 'up to snuff' shared some interesting details on its design that reflected how it shared characteristics more usually found in german designs, though it was made in Boston.  some owners of first tier pianos have gone on factory tours and most seem to have enjoyed the experience, if the marketing of the dealers who sold them pianos can be believed. of course a buyer of a new high end piano who chooses specifications to order will get treated quite well if (s)he wants to go to the factory and look at it before it's shipped.

the gent from livingpiano.com, Robert Estrin, seems very generous with his knowledge.  he's played and worked with all of the tier one pianos for years and probably knows many details he doesn't put on his videos.  a resource like him is probably more informative than a book that has been published for the general reading audience.

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Re: book on piano construction design?
«Reply #3 on: August 06, 2016, 04:45:51 AM »
since you own a Grotrian Steinweg, there is a pretty good factory tour just under 30 min. long posted on youtube.  its title, 'Tach Auch ! zu Besuch in der Pianofortefabrik Grotrian-Steinweg in Braunschweig', but knowledge of German is required to understand the narration and interviews--builders and technicians in different departments tell their part of the story -- or translation software on your computer.

Robert Estrin referred to in my earlier reply also plays a couple of very nice grotrian/grotrian steinweg grands on youtube videos, one of them is a 189 cm. grand very similar to yours, but about thirty years younger.