My main website has a page dedicated to pianos. It’s mostly about the making of Steinway grand pianos, and it includes a gorgeous silent movie made in 1929 to complement the more recent video. I was about to write that I’m quite passionate about grand pianos, but that’s probably not the right adjective. It’s probably truer to say that I’m fascinated by them, and adoring, and a little intimidated.
This page is not about the Steinway – be they made in Queens, New York, or in Hamburg, Germany. Or the Bosendorfer, or Yamaha or Kawai.
It’s about the Australian grand piano made in Newcastle, NSW, by Stuart & Sons.
Unlike the Steinway and so on, made from exotic foreign timber, the Stuart pianos are made from Australian woods, and uses good old Huon Pine. But think 2,000 years old.
The normal concert grand piano piano has 88 keys. The Stuart has 102 keys. The normal concert grand piano is a 19th century design. The Stuart is 21st century.
Unfortunately there is a restriction that prevents me from embedding the following two wonderful videos for Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto (in 2 parts) played on a Stuart piano. Please check the two parts out. They are worth your time. The sound recording and video are superb. The piano is sublime.
Part 1 is at:
and part 2 is at:
The restriction, I assume, is because the ABC wants you and me to buy the DVD, and that’s what I’ll do when I come across it. See here.
But at least I can embed this superb video of Fiona Joy Hawkins playing a Stuart & Sons grand piano.
By the way, if you fancy a Stuart grand piano instead of a $50,000 – $100,000 Steinway, you can have one for up to $300,000 delivered.
Arguably, these Aussie pianos, which use 21st century technology and knowledge, are amongst finest in the world.