What distinguishes J. Strauss & Son pianos, more than all else, is summed in our dedication to a single belief::

"Make the finest pianos available with the finest materials available at  an affordable price in order to provide the best value in a piano today."

Narrow, evenly spaced growth rings are an essential requirement for the best sound transmission. Only wood of the finest quality is good enough to make a J. Strauss & Son piano. For the soundboard and ribs, we use spruce from northern Canada and Alaska. In this region, the trees grow slowly at altitudes of over 1,000m, where air humidity is relatively low. These excellent climatic conditions are the foundation of high-quality wood for the production of musical instruments. After the wood has been expertly harvested, it is carefully seasoned under climate-controlled conditions in the drying room. This process ensures an optimal degree of moisture in the wood to ensure the highest quality in the subsequent manufacturing process. The soundboards are then completely manufactured in Washington State.

The highly elegant soundboard stands out among all the aesthetically pleasing components of J. Strauss & Son instruments. The ribs of the soundboard are of varying length, thickness and width, and the soundboard is shaped with exactly the right degree of curvature to bear the pressure of the strings. After the ribs and bridges have been attached, the soundboard is stored again in the drying room to let the residual moisture escape. Only after this final drying stage is the precious soundboard finally installed.

Iron Frame
The iron frames for J. Strauss & Son pianos are produced by sand casting. Sand casting provides a very dense plate, which will provide no interference or overtones in the desired sound. This process contrasts the quicker vacuum process that creates a frame or plate with added rigidity that will interfere with the pure tone of a well-constructed instrument.

The rims on all J. Strauss & Son pianos are made of alternating Hard Rock Maple and Birch. These are hardwoods that will aid in the full hearty tone of the piano. Hardwoods allow for a higher crown soundboard and less tension on the stings for a fuller more robust tone.

The wrest-plank, or pinblock, holds the wrest pins (tuning pins). Its underside fits the contours of the frame exactly, and the wrest pins are driven into the upper portion. This method of construction allows the optimum fit of the wrestpins, ensuring excellent tunability and tuning stability. The wrest-plank is made of the finest North American hard rock maple and is manufactured in Wisconsin.

The strings used on all J. Strauss & Son pianos are Roslau strings. Made in Germany, these strings have been reputed to be one of the best strings in the world.

Action and Keyboard
The action and hammerheads are made to our own, strict specifications. Every set of hammerheads, made by Medecau, is tested for its quality and acoustic properties and matched to a specific piano model size. The strike-points of the hammers are set individually for each instrument before the hammers are glued and filed. Every hammer is T clamped to keep the shape of the hammer longer. The keyboards are also produced exactly to our specifications. The keys are made of specially selected spruce and are individually balanced and lead weighted. The action is assembled onto the key-frame with the necessary individual adjustments being made for each grand piano. The key-frame must fit precisely to the key-bed so as to reduce the noise from the keyboard to a minimum when playing the piano.

Each damper rail is individually divided in sections that correspond to the position of the string sections in each piano. The damper rail is bored and bushed with felt, and the damper-felts are glued to the damper heads. They use grooved-shaped felts for single, wedge-shaped for bi-chords and split-wedge or flat-shaped dampers for tri-chords. The damper heads are mounted individually - an extremely delicate task that requires years of experience. Finally, the damper mechanism, pedals and action are precisely adjusted and regulated for smooth coordinated function.

To ensure perfect and uniform touch, the piano action must be precisely regulated. Each hammer, each key and each lever is positioned and regulated according to the position of the strings. The basic elements of a well-balanced action regulation are: the set-off of the hammer, the key dip, the checking of the hammer, the lifting of the damper when the hammer has traveled half its blow distance, and the strength of the repetition springs. The correct touch-weight of the action is attained by adjusting the weight of each key individually.

After precise regulation of the action and perfect tuning of strings and unisons, the instrument can be solidly voiced. Voicing is the fine regulation of the piano's sound through manipulation of the felt on the hammerheads. Since all three strings of a unison have to be hit simultaneously, the hammers are first aligned to the strings by careful shaping of the hammer felt with a hammerhead file. Needling the felt with a toning hammer at carefully selected locations on the hammerhead affects the sound and the dynamic development of the fundamental and partial tones of each individual note. The hardness and elasticity of the felt in different parts of the hammerhead has to be influenced by the needling and filing procedure in a way that will produce the desired tone characteristics. The use of a hammer iron or other steaming device may also be employed to attain the desired sound.

All J. Strauss & Son pianos are offered with either a black high-gloss finish or a choice of one of many exquisite real wood veneers. The veneer sheets are always carefully matched and joined, and any additional surface treatment, from sanding to staining, is carried out with equally meticulous care. All finishing is performed on fine Italian finishing machines for the best end result possible.

All J. Strauss & Son pianos come with a limited lifetime warranty on the pin block and harp; 12 years on parts; and 10 years on labor; a testament to the quality and durability of these fine instruments.

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