December 12, 1997
Mr. David C. Stanwood has fitted both grand pianos in the concert hall of our school (Grotrian-Steinweg 277 c1996, Steinway B c1978) with his Stanwood Precision Touch Design system.
The result is excellent and it was quite evident that the touch was greatly improved across the whole keyboard, as well as the repetition which is now possible at a much faster rate.
At the same time, the pianist has more control which allows for a much finer gradiation of dynamics. That the tone also gains by these measures in beauty and in finish was confirmed by all pianists who had previously played the instruments.
On December 10, 1997 Mr. Stanwood held an extremely instructive lecture, for concert pianists who had come from all over Switzerland, about his work on the mechanics of the grand piano and about his research in the fields of wool and felt and he illustrated his talk with striking graphics which he made from the exact measurements taken of our instruments.
The pianists and the representatives of the Swiss Conservatory and Music College tested the instruments after the talk and were all, without exception, very impressed.
We are very grateful to Mr. Stanwood and can only hope that Stanwood Precision Touch Design will become an international standard as soon as possible.
Paul Haug – Director
Musikschule & Conservatorium Schaffhausen
8200 Schaffhausen CH
Telephone: 052 625 3403
Fax: 052 625 3430