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Tone and Responsive Touch

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There are many fine pianos being made and rebuilt today around the world. But, there are few that have the combination of qualities and durability that was more common in the late 19th and early 20th century. There are also very few contemporary makers who have succeeded in advancing the state-of-the-art of piano building, as regards both enhancing tone/touch qualities and durability.

A fine piano comes at considerable cost. Thus, it is paramount for true value that tone and touch quality endure well with use. Compared to the few select piano rebuilders who can sustain that claim today, there are no makers of new pianos that can claim to be state-of-the-art. With the model I have endeavored to define, endurance can better be assured by attention to both, musical qualities, and ergonometric factors. The latter include the ability to play fast and soft across the entire compass, and keyboard actions that allow key return speeds roughly equal to the maximum rate of repetition required in any musical context. The rebuilder can significantly improve touch responsiveness by reducing hammer weight in relation to the action leverage, and eliminating key weights.

Musical quality, or tone, refers to aural qualities of the musical notes, which are not always easy to explain. I prefer the term, Musically Intelligible Sound (MIS), which considers the similarity of such qualities to certain elements of linguistic theory. MIS can be significantly improved as well (see next pages).

Musically Intelligible Sound (MIS)

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