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Thanks for posting that, nrighton. Interesting to see the Fazioli family, who were/are furniture makers, use dovetail joints. And their beams are spruce like Bosendorfer. However their design principles seem to be radically different. Bosendorfer want the whole piano to vibrate and contribute to the sound. Fazioli say the soundboard should be driven only by the strings insofar as that is possible. Hence the construction of ther rim.


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The thing that intrigues me about Fazioli is how young their piano enterprise is. There are Chinese companies that started at roughly the same time, and Pearl River even as far back as the 1050's, and people will worry about the durability of a Chinese piano because they're "too new," but readily accept that Fazioli is top tier. (FWIW, I'm not saying that Fazioli isn't top tier, just that the big Chinese makers have been around as long).


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The 1050 models stand up to the test of time, if you can find one. People often worry about the longevity of mass produced products. Does anyone have any idea of the pre Covid share of the US market for new acoustic pianos in units?


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Oops. 1050 should be 1950 !

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Oops. 1050 should be 1950 !

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Wow 1050? I might switch to Pearl river! So much experience!!!

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At S&S many of the parts are made on CNC machines. That way they come out perfect every time. i don't know how long they have been doing this but it can't be all that long. Of course the rims cannot be made that way and every one of them is a little different although molded on the same frame. There is a a device that traces the interior of each rim for the trimming of the soundboard. That is another thing they y didn't have during the "golden age". I would guess that many of the other companies are doing the same.

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