New Dimension of Pianobuilding
- The Klavins-Piano Model 450i -
Integrated Upright Concert Grand Piano
In October 2013, constructing of the Model 450i has commenced. This instrument is based on the Klavins Model 370, by acoustic and
technological design, though it is 450 cm tall (~15 feet), and some significant improvements have been
implemented in regard to sound quality.
Model 450i ("i" stands for "integrated") is a
building-integrated version, which means the piano is mounted at a
solid wall of the building, fixed between two vertical steal beams.
Picture of the Model 370 at its present location in Tübingen
Special Features of the Model 450i
The acoustic system (soundboard and string scale) is significantly enhanced compared to a 9' concert grand piano.
soundboard size is enhanced to about 250 % of a concert grand (active
The sound dynamics are enhanced at least 45%
The power and clarityof
sound over all registers is significantly enhanced, especially at the
treble section, unmatched by any existing acoustic piano.
- Significantly enhanced sustain of all notes
- A keyboard of 102 notes, from C2 to f5
- The lowest string (C2) has a length of 3901 mm - 153.6 ''
- Action and keyboard of ideal dimensions, designed for maximum performance
The construction of this piano is scheduled to be finished by April 30, 2014.
advantage - fixing the piano at a solid wall serves to solidify the
outer support rim of the piano, ensuring that no distortion or warping,
or undesired vibrations of the steel rim of the piano can occur, since
only the soundboard should react on / amplify the string vibrations.
On completing the construction, It is
intended to sample the Model 450i, to produce a VSTi that features its unique sound characteristics.