THE CONCERT GRAND PIANOS
Whatever you do, don't insult these magnificent instruments by calling them "baby" grands! Most people inexplicably think that any horizontal piano is a baby grand -- but how can any species exist if it is composed entirely of babies? Where there are babies, there must obviously be grown-ups too -- and there are; besides the concert grands, there are parlor grands, studio grands, salon grands, and semi-concert grands, depending on the length. Baby grands are those models that are only 5 feet long or less, front-to-back. They are seldom meant to be serious, professional instruments (you can get longer stings even in some upright pianos), often being referred to by musicians as "piano-shaped objects", or "noisy furniture", and have the reputation of being bought mainly for decoration by society dowagers, to be parked in the bay windows of their elegant living rooms, which of course quickly destroys whatever musical ability the instrument ever had by exposing it to daily variations in sunlight and temperature. In spite of all this, there are a few baby grands (the most expensive ones of course) that are nice pianos. Most budget brands nowadays though are made in China or Indonesia.
Model 275 "Super Mondial"
Length: 280 cmWeight: 490 kgUnfortunately, the famous French piano company Pleyel, in business for over 200 years,
ceased all production in 2013.
Pleyels were the favorite pianos of the greatest of all piano composers, Frédéric Chopin.
- Columbus Dispatch 07/13/08 "I just had to write you an email to tell you that I am completely, totally, head-over-heels in love with my Estonia studio grand piano. In 25 years of playing the piano, I have never had an experience even remotely similar to the Estonia. I have never heard a piano sound so clear, touched keys that literally form to my fingertips, had such an ability to control the high and low registers, or be able to play so soft and so loud and yet have the notes sound so very different. I am truly a better, more proficient and happier piano player with my Estonia. Growing up with a Kawai, I always assumed that I would purchase the same, or at the very least, a Yamaha. But as soon as I sat down at the 5 foot, 6 inch Estonia, I knew that this was my piano, my instrument. As a composer, one issue with all of the other piano's on which I created music was that my shoulders would be sore after an hour or so of playing. After playing my Estonia for 7 straight hours with absolutely no pain, it is clear that the Estonia experience is unique in so many, countless ways.
The Estonia Piano, Hot And In Demand
is partially made in China and then shipped to Austria,
and all tuning, voicing, and regulation work is performed.
Each and every Estonia has a full Renner action, from the concert grand to the smallest 5'6 piano.
The full Renner action includes the rail, repetitions, flanges, shanks, damper undelever mechanism, damper heads, and of course the assembly. Estonia is also using the top of the line Renner Blue hammers. These are the same hammers used on Hamburg Steinway and Mason & Hamlin pianos (the density is a bit different as to the manufacturers specs, but quality and price are the same).
All full Renner actions use the SAME quality of moving parts, and there is no significant price difference between them although geometry may be different as to the manufacturer's specs.
Almost all High-end European manufacturers use full Renner actions in their pianos...at least in their concert grand pianos and largest models.
The Renner action has proven itself and it's long-term reliability in high performance pianos.
This is not cheap piano wire, but an expensive part with thousands of moving parts.
In the music room is a 7 and a half semi concert grand and an antique upright grand.
The strings are held over the bridge (the thin long wood on top of the sound board) are usually made from several strips of beech or maple which are laminated on top of each other. The top of the bridge is capped with a thicker, solid strip of maple. The bridges are glued directly to the top of the soundboard, and the bottom edge of each bridge is designed to precisely fit the crown of the soundboard. Metal bridge pins are driven into the top of the bridge, and they serve to evenly space and align the strings as they pass over the bridge. There are over 220 strings on the grand piano - at two bridge pins per string, there are over 440 bridge pins driven into the bridges. Notches cut into the top of the bridge make its front end slightly higher than the path of the strings. This ensures a tight connection and optimal transmission of sound vibrations between the strings and the soundboard. The bridges define the exact speaking length of the strings on the far end of the piano
-- in September 2013.