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keith jarrett : upgrades his steinway c says invention transformed his piano


“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.

piano innovation; precision touch design completed for Paul Haug – Director Musikschule & Conservatorium Schaffhausen

paul haug8200 Schaffhausen
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.

Yours Sincerely,
Paul Haug – Director
Musikschule & Conservatorium Schaffhausen
Rosengasse 16
8200 Schaffhausen CH
Telephone: 052 625 3403
Fax: 052 625 3430