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#1240334 - 07/30/09 12:54 PM Stanwood Adjustable Leverage Action
CC2 and Chopin lover Offline
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Just got back from spending five days with David Stanwood in his workshop installing a prototype of his latest, and most exciting, (I think), innovation into the action of my Steinway M. It is an adjustable leverage device that actually changes the touch and response of the piano ON THE FLY, by way of two dials mounted on the front of the keyframe. Many of you will probably have seen it demonstrated at the Grand Rapids PTG Convention. Being a prototype, we ran into numerous perplexing problems that had to be overcome before moving forward. This is when David is at his best. The man comes up with homemade jigs, tools and solutions that would blow your mind!!! All instantaneous and all terrific. Needless to say, we got it done and it is quite incredible the effect it has had on my piano. Of course before I could try it in the piano, I had to level the keys, bed the frame and perform a complete regulation....but the wait was worth it!! Now, when you play, you have complete and utter control of making the piano respond exactly as you want it to. Because it basically creates a sliding balance rail, the effect is not just on the down and upweights, but in the dynamic playing experience. By turning the dials, it's like you have a whole new instrument to play on without ever leaving your bench!! This innovation has application for all performance instruments, as well as any home instrument whose owner wants to experience something unique and wonderful each time they sit down to play. This past five days have been very enlightening. Bravo David!!!
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#1240361 - 07/30/09 01:31 PM Re: Stanwood Adjustable Leverage Action [Re: CC2 and Chopin lover]
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It could also help the ordinary piano owner who has no tech experience better understand what all those adjustments their tech does really do. Sounds like a cool idea! thumb
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