After a two and a half year development process, the first Steingraeber Transducer Grand Piano will be unveiled in Frankfurt. During the test phase, the first orders already came in from Tehran. That’s because, with a click of the computer mouse, this grand can be freely tuned – and this includes non-Western temperaments. It goes without saying that all historical temperaments are available. This promising innovation is therefore a logical addition to Steingraeber’s other ones, the Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail. These two innovations were presented to a large audience at the 2016 Music Trade Fair. As a result, the Duisburg Konzertsaal of the Folkwang University of Music in Essen has acquired a grand piano with these features. To an increasing extent, pianists work out their unique interpretations with the help of recording options that Steingraeber makes available to them in a great variety of ways. Customizable piano sounds are an important part of this exciting zeitgeist.
Needless to say, we’ve also outfitted our Transducer Grand Piano with every electronic option in existence, whether for the authentic reproduction of quarter tone music from the 1920s, for use in pop music, as a booster for open air performances, or even for contemporary experimental electronic music as composer HP Platz has shown in performances of his work, Branenwelten, on the Steingraeber grand piano with IRCAM, at the Vienna University of Music for the preliminary stages of the now completed project at the VdM Kongress in Stuttgart, and at Mondomusica in Cremona.
Steingraeber & Söhne has entrusted the sound engineers from the experimental studio of the broadcaster “SWR” in Freiburg with the installation of the final version. From October 2017 to February 2018, the sound engineers and physicists at the experimental studio of the SWR in Freiburg have worked on the new Steingraeber grand piano, in order to equip it with additional transducers – there are now 5 such grands – and to optimize it with audio crossovers. Sounds are chosen from Pianoteq’s (company Modartt) new physical modelling, which came from a Steingraeber E-272 Concert Grand.