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Edelweiss, uniquely, and unlike any other piano maker, have focused exclusively on developing pianos for the home: instruments which harmonise, beautify, and refresh the space we move and live in every day.
Edelweiss Pianos

Edelweiss, uniquely, and unlike any other piano maker, have focused exclusively on developing pianos for the home: instruments which harmonise, beautify, and refresh the space we move and live in every day. Our mission? to change the way people think about the piano and its place in the home.

All our pianos are handbuilt in Britain, assembled from parts that are sourced both locally and from around the world. During the Covid Lockdown we became concerned about the length of our supply chain and considered how attractive it would be if we could source everything much closer to home. But this would be no easy challenge: the essential parts that we needed had not been manufactured in Britain for decades – what a century ago had been a booming British industry had basically disappeared, mostly to the eastern part of the globe, and the remains of the industry repurposed into other areas. 

So, was it even possible that we would be able to fulfil this vision?
We realised that if we were to succeed, we would need to start from the ground up, firstly designing each part, then creating the manufacturing process, and finally assembling it all together to create what would have to be a truly excellent piano. 

We considered ourselves to be in quite a fortunate position: in 1720 Bartolomeo Cristofori is credited with inventing the first ‘piano’, and here we were, just over 300 years later with all those centuries of experience and learning to gain from; if we could combine all this with the technological advancements of the 21st century we felt we should be able to create something very special.

Making Edelweiss Pianos

It seems that almost every so called ‘small’ grand piano is in fact a ‘short’ grand piano; in other words, the designers have taken an excellent large grand piano and scaled it down to make it smaller. The piano still has many of the features that are so effective in a large grand piano with higher tensions, stiffer and more rigid soundboard structures, heavier hammers etc but with everything shortened so that it produces less volume and a shallower tone.

We wanted to redesign the piano from the bottom up, believing that you will achieve a more beautiful sound by creating a lighter and more flexible soundboard structure with a slightly reduced string tension, opting for a piano that could ‘sing’ with a greater tonal purity than just opting for raw power and muscle. When building a piano for someone’s home we figured there is little point in prioritising volume and power without including the ability for the pianist to control both.

We also wanted the piano to be beautifully complimentary to every interior without having a large and intimidating impact on a room, we describe this as having a low spatial presence.

Edelweiss Pianos
The first step was to set the design brief: 
1.We wanted to create the Best Small Grand Piano in the World and when we said small, we meant seriously small, this instrument would be only 132cm/4’4” long. 
2.Although it was so small it had to be a piano that a pianist would love to play and that was beautiful to listen to.
3.It had to have a pure, rich tonal response that could match or outclass pianos that were significantly larger than it was.
4.As far as possible it had to be entirely sourced from within Britain.
5.We accepted that this could not be a piano for the masses competing at the lower end of the market, it would be too high quality for this.
Next, we employed a highly respected expert in the field of piano design: Del Fandrich from the USA. Together as a Team we worked through what turned out to be one of the hardest assignments of Del’s career, and having proceeded through the prototyping phases, we have achieved a result that the Team can be rightly proud of, having met all the criteria in the design brief and much more.
Making Edelweiss Pianos
1.The Soundboard Structure
The solid soundboard core is from Sitka spruce, harvested from forests high in the European Alps, it is only here, where the harsh environment and altitude makes for a short growing season, that tonewood with the fine growth ring structure essential for a pure sound can be found. This is then overlaid each side with a Sitka spruce veneer: this was carefully researched to establish the perfect grain angles to provide a sound as good or better than a merely solid board and be almost proof against splitting in more extreme climates.
2.The Soundboard Ribs
The ribs forming the soundboard crown are radiused to create an artificially forced crown as opposed to the more traditional moisture-created crown. This provides a much more consistent performance with enhanced tuning stability and longevity: a moisture-created crown is less stable and tends to move every time there is a humidity change, causing the piano to go out of tune: additionally, the crown is also prone to deterioration over several years.
3.Floating Soundboard Technology
The Soundboard benefits from Floating Technology in the bass regions which allows a greater flexibility in the board enabling the piano to project a much larger sound then would normally be achievable with its small size and create a richer, purer sound than the rigid versions.
4.Barless Welded Steel Frame – Patent Pending 
The traditional cast iron frame has been replaced by a welded steel frame enabling the utilisation of local craftsmen and technology – in the absence of the traditional casting foundries – the result being a very strong and stable frame. We also opted to make the design barless as this provides the maximum space for the mechanism parts facilitating the ease of maintenance.
5.Vertical Hitchpin Technology 
The string bearing set up utilises Vertical Hitchpin Technology to enable precision adjustment of the downward bridge pressure to optimise that delightful singing tone.
For this you really need to experience this piano for yourself.


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