June 26, 2001
“Onward and upward… the GREAT David Stanwood… did some GREAT work at/for/on Pro Piano”
– Ricard de La Rosa of Pro Piano
Over the years Ricard de La Rosa has contracted with David Stanwood to refine and enhance the high quality of many new Hamburg Steinway Model D concert grands owned, leased, and sold by Pro Piano.
Ricard de La Rosa may be credited with nurturing this important path breaking research and work done by Stanwood, whose work is making important and historic improvements to pianos worldwide and raising the standard of piano making and piano playing world wide.
The most notable among these Pro Piano instruments improved by Stanwood was Steinway D Pro#0220 which was a favorite of Krystian Zimerman, the famous Polish Classical Pianist.
“Zimerman toured with it for one full season. (D0220…) and it recorded several (he recorded on it, too… winning a Grammy and Disque D’or, as well as the GRAMMOPHONE etc…. etc. the Ravel G Major with Boulez and Cleveland, etc.” – Ricard de La Rosa
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!
October 29, 2000
With great pleasure and admiration, may I report that the Mason and Hamlin piano which I have played on Martha’s Vineyard has demonstrated a remarkable range and beauty of tone.
Once again David Stanwood has worked his magic, by a process which is mysterious to me but concretely explicit in the sound of the instrument.
“Your treatment transformed my piano… It opens the Microdynamic possibilities.”
Keith Jarrett, November 1997
Keith Jarrett, the world famous pianist, noted for his improvisations, recently had the Hamburg Steinway C c1978 in his home studio upgraded with a custom designed high performance Stanwood Precision Touch Design.
Chris Solliday, the Licensed Stanwood Touch installer from Deleware Water Gap, PA, worked with David C. Stanwood on the installation of Stanwood Touch and performed the fine voicing and regulating of Keith’s piano.
Kimberlea Daggy, Music Director of WFDD Public Radio, Wake Forest University, NC.
Gave her written testimonial on the newly rebuilt Steinway D concert piano rebuilt by Foy Piano Corp, with Sound Board by John Hartman and Precision TouchDesign by Stanwood.
“Why I love your piano”
“I’ve just finished playing Chopin, Brahms and Debussy on your gorgeous piano. I really like the way the instrument responds to not only my touch, but my thought.
This action is so friendly – it seems to ask to be played.
The more I play, the more it wants to be played.
It responds to the loudest and firmest playing just as well as soft, intimate playing. I don’t have to do anything extra to have the piano sound the way I hear it in my mind.”