Eric Wolfley, Stanwood Precision TouchDesign Installer and concert piano technician for University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music of Music Wrote:
Just wanted to let you know… Fred Hersch was here at the Conservatory last Sunday for a solo concert and he selected the 1929 D (Stanwood/Wapin) over our new (1999) NY D.
He said the new piano was better than a lot of the Ds in the basement at Steinway but the feel and response didn’t match the Stanwood action.
I don’t know how much the quality of sound is due to high strikeweights with Hamburg hammers or the “Wapin” effect (the combination definitely works), but that is the sweetest sounding piano that still has more than enough power to kick ass I’ve had occasion to work on.
I sat in the last row, of the 280 seat Mary Emery Recital Hall and when he was playing pianissimo the sound still filled the ears like you were wearing headphones or were standing right next to the piano.
I received many compliments on the piano and heard a lot of people talking about it afterward.
Nothing makes you feel better than to be riding down an elevator (anonymously) and hear people discussing not just how wonderful the music was but also how the piano was the best they had ever heard!
Thanks for all your great work and the tools you are giving us to do our best work!