My New Sauter Delta

Posted by: allthumbs

My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 02:49 AM

Greetings,

I recently ordered a Sauter Delta (185cm) from Heritage Pianos in Surrey, BC back at the end of June. The dealer, Norbert Marten and a dear friend of mine gave me a great deal on a pre-order basis, but no piano would be available until sometime in October.

Recently, I asked Norbert if he would ask Mr. Sauter to sign my piano. Not only did Mr. Sauter agree to sign my piano, but even agreed to take some pictures of himself doing so. I am pretty impressed that he was so accommodating!

I can’t imagine too many piano makers doing something like that. I would imagine they would be overwhelmed with requests.

Below are the pictures of Mr. Ulrich Sauter signing the plate of my piano that is still under construction at the factory in Spaichingen, Germany.

Funny story…. I sent these pictures to my friend Oren in Israel, as he knew I was waiting patiently for the delivery date. His response, which cracked me up was ‘Now you have ultrasound pictures of your new baby!’ or something to that effect.

Cheers,

allthumbs





Posted by: Robert 45

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 03:16 AM

Dear allthumbs,

What a wonderful way to personalize your gorgeous new Sauter Delta piano!
I hope that you have an appropriately fantastic single malt to celebrate its arrival in October.

Warmest congratulations!

Robert.
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 03:43 AM

Originally Posted By: Robert 45
Dear allthumbs,

What a wonderful way to personalize your gorgeous new Sauter Delta piano!
I hope that you have an appropriately fantastic single malt to celebrate its arrival in October.

Warmest congratulations!

Robert.


Thank you very much Robert. I am thinking of maybe having a wee dram of Lagavulin or perhaps a Macallan.
Posted by: joe80

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 05:21 AM

or perhaps a Laphroaig Quarter Cask, or if you really want to feel like you've had your brain removed after one dram, there's a caol il that's touching on 60 percent..
Posted by: MyOldBluethner

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 05:45 AM

If it's half as good as the Sauter Omega 220cm I saw in Amersfoort earlier this summer then you've got a great piano.
Posted by: ando

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 07:30 AM

Fantastic! I've never seen a Sauter in Australia, but have heard only nice things about them. Have you got just a signature, or is there a personal message in that signing?
Posted by: Wzkit1

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 11:48 AM

Congratulations from one Delta owner to another! Do record it once you have it delivered...I'm just wondering how different other Deltas would sound from mine
Posted by: wouter79

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 03:10 PM

Congratulations!

When do you get it?
Posted by: master88er

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 03:55 PM

Originally Posted By: allthumbs
Originally Posted By: Robert 45
Dear allthumbs,

What a wonderful way to personalize your gorgeous new Sauter Delta piano!
I hope that you have an appropriately fantastic single malt to celebrate its arrival in October.

Warmest congratulations!

Robert.


Thank you very much Robert. I am thinking of maybe having a wee dram of Lagavulin or perhaps a Macallan.


Congratulations, and whichever Scotch you decide on, you should invite Uli (Sauter). He would be HAPPY to toast you and your new piano!
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 05:20 PM

Originally Posted By: joe80
or perhaps a Laphroaig Quarter Cask, or if you really want to feel like you've had your brain removed after one dram, there's a caol il that's touching on 60 percent..


Good idea on the Laphroaig. I’ve had the 10year and the Quarter Cask. Both excellent Islays. As for the Caol Ila, I’ve never tried it, but I think it’s about time to do so. Another one for my list.
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 05:25 PM

Originally Posted By: MyOldBluethner
If it's half as good as the Sauter Omega 220cm I saw in Amersfoort earlier this summer then you've got a great piano.


Norbert had an Omega that had been used as furniture for several years was and in on consignment. He offered me a fantastic deal on that piano, which by the way got me very enthusiastic on the Sauter line. Unfortunately the timing wasn’t there and he eventually sold the piano to a local music teaching for a screaming deal. I hated to see that one slip away.

I have played on one other Sauter Delta that Norbert has and it is also fantastic, but it’s also sold and is still at his shop waiting to be delivered.

I’ve been researching pianos for quite a few years in anticipation of getting the piano of my dreams at some point. I’ve played Steinway, Schimmel, Petrov, Yamaha C and S series, Knabe, Grotrian, Kawai RX and Fazioli. All very nice pianos, but for me, Sauter is the one.
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 05:29 PM

Originally Posted By: ando
Fantastic! I've never seen a Sauter in Australia, but have heard only nice things about them. Have you got just a signature, or is there a personal message in that signing?


I don’t know, from the photo it looks like there is more than just a signature. I’ll have to wait to see what’s there.

I've heard your Australia's Stuart & Sons pianos. If they sound anything like the demo CD I've heard, they are just heavenly. I've heard though they are extremely expensive. Fazioli range.
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 05:32 PM

Originally Posted By: Wzkit1
Congratulations from one Delta owner to another! Do record it once you have it delivered...I'm just wondering how different other Deltas would sound from mine


Thanks Wzkit1,

I plan to do just that once I get used to the instrument. I have a digital 10-track recorder, but I’ll need to get a couple of mics suitable for recording a piano.
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 05:34 PM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
Congratulations!

When do you get it?


Thanks wouter79,

Hopefully sometime near the end of October. The wait is beginning to kill me, especially after having seen these pics.
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 05:39 PM

Originally Posted By: master88er
Originally Posted By: allthumbs
Originally Posted By: Robert 45
Dear allthumbs,

What a wonderful way to personalize your gorgeous new Sauter Delta piano!
I hope that you have an appropriately fantastic single malt to celebrate its arrival in October.

Warmest congratulations!

Robert.


Thank you very much Robert. I am thinking of maybe having a wee dram of Lagavulin or perhaps a Macallan.


Congratulations, and whichever Scotch you decide on, you should invite Uli (Sauter). He would be HAPPY to toast you and your new piano!


Thanks Russell, Mr. Sauter would be most welcome anytime he’s in BC.
Posted by: CJM

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 07:00 PM

Originally Posted By: allthumbs
I've heard your Australia's Stuart & Sons pianos. If they sound anything like the demo CD I've heard, they are just heavenly. I've heard though they are extremely expensive. Fazioli range.

Stuart & Sons pianos take, on the average, 12 months to construct, so your wait would have much longer :-) As a result, being handcrafted from start to finish, they are on the expensive side but you do get what you pay for. Their sound is quite extraordinary.

I have recorded high end pianos with many different microphones, but there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the best are Earthworks. Once again, not cheap, but if you want the best ...

All you need to do now is download some decent music from www.pianophilia.com and you'll be on your way :-)

Regards
Chris
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 11:22 PM

Originally Posted By: CJM
Originally Posted By: allthumbs
I've heard your Australia's Stuart & Sons pianos. If they sound anything like the demo CD I've heard, they are just heavenly. I've heard though they are extremely expensive. Fazioli range.

Stuart & Sons pianos take, on the average, 12 months to construct, so your wait would have much longer :-) As a result, being handcrafted from start to finish, they are on the expensive side but you do get what you pay for. Their sound is quite extraordinary.


I'm not sure how long it takes Sauter to build a piano, but I think the one the will be heading my way was already in progress before I ordered it. The fit and finish on these instruments is impeccable.

Originally Posted By: CJM
[quote=allthumbs]
I have recorded high end pianos with many different microphones, but there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the best are Earthworks. Once again, not cheap, but if you want the best ....


That is good to know. I'll check those mics out. I remember years ago trying to record with a Sennheiser mic with horrendous results.

Originally Posted By: CJM
[quote=allthumbs]

All you need to do now is download some decent music from www.pianophilia.com and you'll be on your way :-)

Regards
Chris


Actually, I have been a member and sometimes contributor at pianophilia for a number of years, although I haven't been there lately.

I also collect and scan music in pdf format and over the years I have amassed about 30,000 pieces of music by 3,000 different composers. I also have
about another 4,000 pieces I've collected but haven't categorized yet.

I am always willing to share any music that I may have.


Cheers,

allthumbs
Posted by: backto_study_piano

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 11:39 PM

The Grotrian dealer in Brisbane also has Stuart and Sons. He's got a 7'6" in stock. Lovely piano, but quite - well, different. I didn't spend much time on it, as I knew it was out of my price range. But to hear it being played by an accomplished pianist at the piano club, I'm sure it would be a delight to own. Very powerful.
Posted by: Norbert

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/23/12 11:56 PM

allthumbs:

We am just as excited about your piano as you are. Thank you very much for the trust you have placed in us and Sauter. For those who are interested Sauter is one of only very few German manufacturers still today headed by a member of the original founding family. Back in 1819 it is making Sauter world's oldest manufacturer still in operation today. It also one of very few German makers offering no sub-lines built elsewhere. Sauter insists building everything 100% in Germany with all parts and components made there as well. They have no ambition to compete in anything but the very best. It may be a small maker but they are selling all they make. That's why the wait. While I personally prefer the regular models like Delta and Omega, we're expecting an order anytime soon for one of their most exclusive models, the Peter Maly designed 7' semi-concert "Ambiente". Only one is being made per year, available also with 250 inlaid Saworsky Crystals. I've seen only one of these models myself before and while not my personal style, they are nothing short of stunning. Those interested to view a close up of this piano, pictures attached below.
Thank you very much!

http://www.sauter-pianos.de/english/gran...fullscreen=true

http://www.sauter-pianos.de/english/grand_pianos_maly_edition/ambiente.html
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/24/12 04:10 AM

Originally Posted By: backto_study_piano
The Grotrian dealer in Brisbane also has Stuart and Sons. He's got a 7'6" in stock. Lovely piano, but quite - well, different. I didn't spend much time on it, as I knew it was out of my price range. But to hear it being played by an accomplished pianist at the piano club, I'm sure it would be a delight to own. Very powerful.


Well, you do have a wonderful instrument yourself. The Grotrians that I have played were world-class. That is one of the pianos I would love to own, but unless you have lots of room and money, you eventually have to pick one...
Posted by: wouter79

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 09/25/12 04:28 AM

Originally Posted By: allthumbs
Originally Posted By: wouter79
Congratulations!

When do you get it?


Thanks wouter79,

Hopefully sometime near the end of October. The wait is beginning to kill me, especially after having seen these pics.


END of october... Wow that will be a frustrating wait, just looking at a few pics for more than a month :p . Looking forward to hear it!
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 10/11/12 01:28 PM

I just heard from Norbert and Mr. Sauter advised him that my piano is almost ready to be shipped, which should happen next Wednesday, October 17th. The serial number is 118 562.

Time to get out the cheque book! eek grin
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 04:15 AM

Greetings everyone,

Well, after some delays in finishing the piano and a delay in shipping, my new Sauter Delta grand piano (185cm or 6'1") arrived last Tuesday, October 30th from the factory in Spaichingen, Germany.

The crate it came in was too big to fit into the 5 ton truck that the movers had, so they had to take it out of the crate in the Customs warehouse!

The crate also had 4 accelerometers on it so that if the piano was ever tipped the incorrect way or dropped and jolted beyond a certain tolerance, the sensors would trip and cannot be tampered with. The piano would not have been accepted from Customs by the movers.

Here are a few pictures now that it is all set up. The tone is gorgeous and the action is smoooooth. The padded adjustable bench is calf leather from Burghardt Klavierbänke, a well-known piano bench manufacturing company in Europe. Sauter doesn't make piano benches apparently.

Complete with the ubiquitous metronome and bust of Beethoven.




The fit and finish on this piano is immaculate and the prep beyond anything that I could have hoped for.




The lid can be lifted to 3 levels. You can see the two shorter lid props imbedded into the long one.




This picture show the keyboard and string covers. The string cover is 100% wool Melton double thick fabric.














This is what the owner of Sauter pianos Mr Ulrich Sauter, graciously signed on the plate for me.



Norbert presenting me with the key.





Norbert supervised the move into the house and got the piano action ready to go. He and his lovely wife Lina, put the piano bench together for me as well. Afterwards, we all went to dinner and celebrated.

I owe alot to Norbert for making this all possible and I don't think I'll ever be able to repay him for his generosity and help in aiding me in fulfilling my dream.

Thanks Norbert.
Posted by: backto_study_piano

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 05:51 AM

Probably no point replying - he's too busy playing. But - congrats. And don't forget to change your footer!!
Posted by: bobinski

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 09:17 AM

Awesome Instrument....Cool Pics.....Congratulations! thumb
Posted by: Chopinlover49

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 11:01 AM

What a wonderful piano! I hope you enjoy it as much as I am enjoying my new one! The fit and finish looks world class!
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 01:00 PM


Originally Posted By: backto_study_piano
Probably no point replying - he's too busy playing. But - congrats. And don't forget to change your footer!!


Thanks for interrupting my playing, but I do need time to eat!

Footer has been modified…

Originally Posted By: bobinski
Awesome Instrument....Cool Pics.....Congratulations! thumb


Thanks, some of the pictures were taken by my friend who is serious about photography (MonoPod Photography).

Originally Posted By: Chopinlover49
What a wonderful piano! I hope you enjoy it as much as I am enjoying my new one! The fit and finish looks world class!


Thanks Chopinlover, I can’t believe this piano is sitting in my living room. The closer I look at this piano, the more I am impressed with the fit and finish. Impeccable.
Posted by: Wzkit1

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 02:25 PM

One word. Gorgeous!
Do you plan to record it anytime soon?
Posted by: Grandman

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 03:23 PM

Absolutely stunning!! Enjoy your new piano. wow
Posted by: Norbert

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 06:17 PM

allthumbs:

Thank you very much - a true honor!

We are humbled by the experience and privileged to be allowed sharing this special event with you.

While you'll have a piano for life, you'll have friends in us the same!

Enjoy!!

[and don't forget eating...]

Norbert wink
Posted by: PaintedPostDave

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 06:35 PM

Beautiful piano and beautiful story!
Posted by: PianoWorksATL

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 08:53 PM

Congrats! What a happy moment and lovely piano. Thank you for sharing.
Posted by: jdw

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 09:27 PM

Beautiful! thanks for the pictures! Congratulations!
Posted by: Plowboy

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 11:11 PM

There is a lot of beautiful music in that contraption. Congratulations.
Posted by: j&j

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 11:15 PM

Wow, gorgeous....and I'm sure it sounds magnificent. Congratulations. It must be a dream come true. I love the pictures...and to see a PW celebrity ensuring the delivery went well laugh

Congratulations again!
Posted by: RickG1

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/02/12 11:23 PM

Many, many years of enjoyment with such a beautiful instrument.
Posted by: ando

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/03/12 12:57 AM

Sometimes I just want to cry when I think of how far off owning such a piano I am. I'll probably never see it in my lifetime. (maybe the next wink ) I've started doing idiotic things like buying lotto tickets...

Very happy for you though. Enjoy!
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/03/12 02:28 PM

Thanks everyone for your warm comments. I feel truly blessed. grin
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/03/12 02:39 PM



Originally Posted By: ando
Sometimes I just want to cry when I think of how far off owning such a piano I am. I'll probably never see it in my lifetime. (maybe the next wink ) I've started doing idiotic things like buying lotto tickets...

Very happy for you though. Enjoy!


Dear ando

I feel your anguish. That's what I thought for years as I never thought I would be in a position to purchase a great instrument like this.

Don't give up on your dream, someday it could happen.

My wish would be that everyone who had a passion for music be able to obtain the instrument of their dreams.

All the best,

allthumbs
Posted by: musica71

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/03/12 02:57 PM

Really beautiful!! Enjoy!
Posted by: Norbert

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/03/12 04:23 PM

Sharing in an experience like this is certainly a welcome change from some of the other discussions sometimes taking place here.

IMHO this is what owning a piano is or at least "should" be all about.

It brings a special joy into our world often beset by tragedy, disappointment, loss or unnecessary fighting.

Including the discussion of what the absolute cheapest piano or deal could be somewhere around the block...

Thanks althumbs - let's share in your bliss!

Norbert smile
Posted by: wouter79

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/04/12 09:11 AM

allthumbs up!!

Looks great, all shiny and polished. I also prefer hi gloss over satin! (or didn't they have satin?)

And yes, we'd love to hear it. Coming recital still is open!
Posted by: Wzkit1

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/04/12 11:38 AM

Recordings! Would really like to hear how similar or different it is to mine..
Posted by: Grotriman

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/04/12 01:35 PM

Jealous! I want one of these too...
Posted by: ando

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/04/12 03:01 PM

Originally Posted By: allthumbs


Originally Posted By: ando
Sometimes I just want to cry when I think of how far off owning such a piano I am. I'll probably never see it in my lifetime. (maybe the next wink ) I've started doing idiotic things like buying lotto tickets...

Very happy for you though. Enjoy!


Dear ando

I feel your anguish. That's what I thought for years as I never thought I would be in a position to purchase a great instrument like this.

Don't give up on your dream, someday it could happen.

My wish would be that everyone who had a passion for music be able to obtain the instrument of their dreams.

All the best,

allthumbs




Thank-you for the encouragement, Allthumbs. smile

Just gotta keep putting the positive energy out there and hope some of it comes back to me in the form of a lovely grand piano!
Posted by: mikeheel

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/04/12 03:32 PM

Great-looking instrument, and I bet it sounds as good as it looks; congratulations!
Posted by: DanS

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/04/12 04:39 PM

Congrats! Best of luck with it!
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/04/12 07:32 PM

Again, thanks everyone for your comments. I will record something as soon as I find and purchase the appropriate mics. Hopefully in the next month or so...
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/04/12 07:34 PM

Originally Posted By: ando
Originally Posted By: allthumbs


Originally Posted By: ando
Sometimes I just want to cry when I think of how far off owning such a piano I am. I'll probably never see it in my lifetime. (maybe the next wink ) I've started doing idiotic things like buying lotto tickets...

Very happy for you though. Enjoy!


Dear ando

I feel your anguish. That's what I thought for years as I never thought I would be in a position to purchase a great instrument like this.

Don't give up on your dream, someday it could happen.

My wish would be that everyone who had a passion for music be able to obtain the instrument of their dreams.

All the best,

allthumbs




Thank-you for the encouragement, Allthumbs. smile

Just gotta keep putting the positive energy out there and hope some of it comes back to me in the form of a lovely grand piano!



Now you're talking, think positive and amazing things can happen.
Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/04/12 07:40 PM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
allthumbs up!!

Looks great, all shiny and polished. I also prefer hi gloss over satin! (or didn't they have satin?)

And yes, we'd love to hear it. Coming recital still is open!



The Omega comes in satin walnut, the Delta in satin maple and walnut. The other models also have satin finishes, but none have satin black which was fine with me, as like you, I prefer the polished ebony.
Posted by: Norbert

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/04/12 09:24 PM

All Sauter models come in satin ebony including any other custom finish desired by customer.

In fact the satins are among the absolute finest I have seen in the industry.



Norbert


Posted by: allthumbs

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/04/12 11:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Norbert
All Sauter models come in satin ebony including any other custom finish desired by customer.

In fact the satins are among the absolute finest I have seen in the industry.

Norbert




I stand corrected Norbert. blush


Posted by: Norbert

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/05/12 01:16 AM

Nothing "to correct".
Except my own playing.....ha

Norbert wink
Posted by: backto_study_piano

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/05/12 01:56 AM

Originally Posted By: ando
Sometimes I just want to cry when I think of how far off owning such a piano I am. I'll probably never see it in my lifetime. (maybe the next wink ) I've started doing idiotic things like buying lotto tickets...

Very happy for you though. Enjoy!


Patience - even 6 years ago, I was thinking a Kawai K8 or Yamaha YUS5 would be the limit of my purchasing power. Keep dreaming.
Posted by: Norbert

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/07/12 01:25 PM

Hey allthumbs:

In case you're planning a party: this guy destroys them all.

Except a Sauter.....



grin
Posted by: Wzkit1

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/18/12 01:24 AM

What model of Sauter is he playing?
Posted by: Digitus

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/19/12 09:45 AM

An Omega. You can see the 'omega' symbol as the camera pans over the top of the music desk towards the end of the video.
Posted by: Norbert

Re: My New Sauter Delta - 11/19/12 01:48 PM

Yes, it was Omega.
Sure had lots of fun with the guy...

For those perhaps interested in a more classic version on same piano, truly one of the finest anywhere:



Norbert