March 14, 2007
Wow! That was my first reaction after the Stanwood Precision
Touch Design was installed. Suddenly I was able to play passages
that had always eluded me, or demanding pieces like the Chopin etudes
that previously I could only stumble through. In the past I
assumed the problem was with me. What a revelation to discover
that I had much greater potential as an amateur pianist than I ever
imagined – as long as the piano was performing at its top capability.
David Stanwood selects his technicians carefully and trains them
well. My technician wanted to understand completely what I was
looking for in a piano action, and exactly how I played the instrument
(did I stroke the keys, or push down more heavily). Everybody’s
style of playing is somewhat different, and one of the great benefits
of the Precision Touch Design is that it corresponds to your style of
playing. My technician also recommended an enhancement to the
Precision Touch Design – adding magnets to the action to improve
responsiveness and tonal control.
I was nervous at first about installing the Precision Touch
Design. My instrument is an older model Fazioli F228, which is
already an exquisite piano. The Precision Touch Design
improvements, however, were immediately discernible and very
substantial. They made playing a superb piano even more
enjoyable. Frankly, I wish I had done this a lot earlier. I
wasted years blaming myself and my technique, when all along it was the
instrument that needed improvement.
I’ll leave you with just one example. Beethoven’s last movement
of his Waldstein sonata has some famous octave glissando
passages. I always played these glissandi with two hands, like
the editors’ notes suggest “for the modern piano.”
Everybody knows the modern grand piano’s action is too heavy when
compared to Beethoven’s instrument. A few months after installing
the Precision Touch Design I was playing through the Waldstein sonata
and nearly fell off the piano stool when I discovered I could play
these octave glissandi as written, with just the right hand.
Somehow David Stanwood has discovered a way to transform the modern
grand piano into an instrument capable of performing with all the
lightness of an early 19th century instrument, without sacrificing any
of the depth of tone.
Now that’s genius!
-Garrett Glass, Chicago Illinois
Client of PTD installer David Graham