Monthly Archives September 2019

Is it a bird, is it a plane…?

Is it a bird, is it a plane – no, it’s a lightweight grand piano! Chris and Tim have spent most of their careers underwriting the structural integrity of safety critical components, providing consultancy services to the likes of Airbus and Rolls-Royce. You might think that there is little or no connection between aircraft wings or aero-engine fan blades and grand pianos – but that is where you would be wrong. Structural engineers must constantly ask the same two questions: Is the structure strong enough? Is the structure stiff enough? And when the challenge of weight reduction is additionally posed,
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The Standing Grand – The future piano team seeks crowd funding

The Standing Grand will be light and compact enough to bring the fullness of a grand piano’s sound into modern spaces. With this crowd-fund money, the Future Piano team is aiming to significantly reduce the total piano weight by building a hybrid demonstrator, using a combination of traditional (metal and wood) and advanced materials (composites) for the optimum sound, cost and weight ratio. If we build this next piano, we’ll be a significant step closer to making acoustic grand pianos much more accessible. Help make our plans a reality and revolutionise pianos for the future! Please click here to visit
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