#Edelweiss: The remarkable piano that plays along to music from your iPod

#Edelweiss: The remarkable piano that plays along to music from your iPod

Thursday, February 11, 2016 — Edelweiss, is an all-in-one entertainment system from Cambridge, England. 

Fitted with the latest playback technology and a high fidelity speaker, an Edelweiss looks, sounds and plays exactly like a traditional piano, except—uniquely—it plays your favourite songs in full audio, via an accompanying iPod.

Swipe an app and the keys spring to life, with Elton John or Mozart, Norah Jones or Rachmaninov. Enjoy classical, jazz, ragtime, pop, rock, folk and much more, all accompanied with sonorous live piano. 

Your very own invisible virtuoso

With over 1000 variations in tone, timbre and nuance, playback from an Edelweiss piano is indistinguishable from a virtuoso piano concert performance.

Edelweiss is unique

Edelweiss is the only self-playing, traditional piano built specifically to provide live music on demand with full backing accompaniment. This means you hear the entire track and vocals, just as the original artist recorded it - but with live piano.

Designed by a family of piano makers

Priced from £9000 to £24,000, Edelweiss pianos are designed by a family who has been crafting traditional pianos for over four decades.  Their goal: beautiful but affordable pianos for music lovers everywhere.

Ross Norman, Director at Edelweiss says:

“Since my grandfather, a physicist, quit his job in 1975 to hand-build his own pianos—family life has revolved around the craft and the joy of live music. 

We still gather around the piano every weekend for a good old singalong. It’s a wonderful experience; and one we wanted to share when we designed Edelweiss.

Whether you play the piano, or not, we hope to bring the joy of live music back to living rooms everywhere.  An Edelweiss literally brings the concert to you—whether relaxing at home with friends, or enjoying afternoon tea in the lobby of an elegant hotel.

And for those who don’t play… once they hear the soulfulness of live piano played with such outstanding technical ability - they might just be inspired to learn. That’s our hope, anyway.”

A piano to fit any room

The Edelweiss range includes three upright pianos and three grand pianos—from baby to concert grand—to suit all tastes and all room sizes.  Available in black or white lacquer, with a handsome high gloss finish.

Plus, for the person who wants a piano to perfectly match their surroundings, a bespoke design service allows for a huge range of styles, colours and finishes.

#LoveLivePiano

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Notes to editors:

How does an Edelweiss piano sound? Edelweiss pianos have an unmistakable European tone and impressive dynamic range. This is thanks to the solid spruce German ‘Strunz’ soundboard—built using Spruce wood from the high elevation Alps—and world-class green ‘Abel’ hammers.

How does an Edelweiss piano work? A bank of precision electronic solenoids, invisibly built into the piano accurately plays the selected music as originally recorded. The system is almost invisible and does not affect the playability of the piano whatsoever. Each piano comes with its own iPod, built into a hidden drawer.

What does an Edelweiss piano play? Each Edelweiss piano comes with an iPod pre-programmed with 400 songs—from classical solo piano to jazz, country, pop and rock. Thousands more songs are available to download.

Where are Edelweiss pianos made? An Edelweiss starts and ends its journey in Cambridge, England. Using German parts and Chinese assembly, each piano is meticulously hand-finished using time-honoured techniques. Master craftsmen voice, tune, regulate and polish each piano, until the best possible dynamic response and finish is achieved.

www.edelweisspianos.com

Edelweiss: The piano that plays your favourite songs—by itself

We put an Edelweiss self-playing piano outside King's College, Cambridge and this is what happened.
We put an Edelweiss self-playing piano outside King's College, Cambridge and this is what happened.
We put an Edelweiss self-playing piano outside King's College, Cambridge and this is what happened.
Edelweiss self-playing G75 grand piano.
Edelweiss self-playing pianos are available in hundreds of colours.
An Edelweiss self-playing piano in close up.