The voice of artistic expression
Tone is the voice of a piano as defined by its clarity, dynamic range, resonance and pitch. Far from isolated, each of these elements of tone affects and reacts to the others in dynamic musical relationships.
Nearly every part of an instrument's construction influences its tone. In fine pianos a great deal of attention is given to tonal factors like size and shape, and to the more subtle factors as well, such as the soundboard design, choices of hammer felt and the density and direction of wood grain.
Each Young Chang piano has been given this attention, resulting in a family of instruments with the exceptional ability to project the ultimate expression of any artist.
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Wood, of course, is the most vital material used in a piano's construction. The decisions made regarding the wood's species and age are crucial in bringing to life a piano's character and tone.
The soundboard, the most significant part of the piano, must be made from wood that is lightweight enough to transmit the slightest vibrations with great sensitivity, yet strong enough to withstand the down-bearing of the strings. At Young Chang, we craft our soundboards from Solid Sitka Spruce found only in the coastal forests from Northern California to Alaska.
Because strength is critical in the construction of the soundboard, quarter-sawn(also known as edge-grain)lumber is essential. This process essentially involves cutting radial slices from the center of a log outward and yields wood with consistent grain and density that is resistant to warping in changing climates.
INTRICATELY SOUND FOUNDATION
The rim is the structural foundation of the grand piano. Because of its fundamental importance, we create ours from varying numbers of crossbanded wood laminations in special pneumatic presses designed for each model according to its size and dimensions. The rim is actually comprised of an inner and an outer section. The inner rim supports the soundboard, iron plate and strings while enhancing the transmission of sound energy. The outer rim, or case, helps sound reverberate back into the instrument and is the beautiful furniture cabinet we admire.
Quarter sawing produces consistent boards with parallel growth rings.