BOSTON AUDIO SOCIETY
July 2012 Meeting
Date: Sunday July 22, 2012 6PM
Place: Brandeis University's Slosberg music
Center, Recital Hall, Waltham, MA
Featured Guest: David Stanwood, Inventor of
the Precision TouchDesign engineered to enhance piano 'feel'
Topic: Workshop on the theory and practice
of measuring & creating the touch of pianos
What do Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Richard Goode, and
Garrick Ohlsson have in common? David Stanwood and the love of a great piano!
Stanwood has created possibly the most significant innovations
in high-end performance pianos in well over a century, Precision Touch Design
and Stanwood Adjustable Leverage Action. These two inventions liberate the
pianist from the vagaries of uncertain response across the keyboard and
from pianos that are uncomfortably heavy or light so that the player's essential
focus on technique, interpretation, and tone production can proceed without
accident or inhibition.
Not unlike the challenge we face with loudspeakers and
microphones as related to the dynamics of music, the problem in piano technology
is that static measurements do not relate to dynamic linearity - the applied
and resultant dynamic forces that effect tonal quality - something you are
invited to experience firsthand.
"David Stanwood has worked his magic, by a process
which is mysterious to me but concretely explicit in the sound of the instrument."
Mr. Stanwood will give a technical presentation and
live demonstration of his inventions with a Steinway D Concert Grand at
the recital hall in the Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University. In
addition, he will bring a working model of the adjustable action. The recital
hall is just inside the building entrance on the left.
Mr. Stanwood is internationally acclaimed for his advances
in piano technology, having recently lectured in Amsterdam, venues in Germany
and at prestigious piano conservatories in the US. Stanwood received the
North Bennet St. School Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Precision Touch
Design aka "Stanwood Action" and Stanwood Adjustable Leverage
Action aka "SALA" are registered trademarks.