Almost 5000 upright and 1500 grand pianos are produced in our facilities every year, a number which by some “standards” (mainly of other piano manufacturers) might be considered as small. Yet, as Greek philosopher Aristotle noted over 300 years BC, “Οὐκ ἐν τῷ πολλῷ τὸ εὖ, ἀλλ᾿ ἐν τῷ εὖ τὸ πολύ” which practically translates into “it’s not about the quantity, but the quality”!
The importance surely does not lie in the quantity of the products but lies in the quality of each of them, and each of our pianos is a meticulously hand-crafted instrument which needs an average of 1 year to complete, follows the exact same traditional German techniques as laid down by Julius and Albert Perzina and carries the vast technical knowledge of generations!
Sound, more than price or brand, is ultimately what separates a good instrument from a great one.
Every beam of light is made up of several colours, all combining together to create an image. Sound works in much the same way as each of the notes we hear on a piano is made up of several harmonics. Even the slightest imbalance between them, will produce an unpleasant sound. The Perzina piano is one of the few instruments specifically engineered, thanks to its reverse-crown soundboard, to deliver a truly breath-taking sound; fully balanced, clear and pure but never “tinny ” (harsh) or “muddy ” (thick). Whether a piano professional or a novice, all can appreciate the superior sound of the Perzina!
Much like a beam of light, sound can be crystal clear or blurred and distorted. And as with light, sound is nothing more than waves of energy travelling through a medium. On a piano, sound energy must travel through a wooden bridge and soundboard before it reaches the ear. Any compromise in the quality, curing or construction will “bend” or “blur” the sound. On each and every one of the Perzina pianos, sound travels through the most evenly constructed and manufactured spruce available - Austrian White, found only in a handful of the world’s most elite brands and a hallmark of the Perzina sound for more than a century.
A good sustain of sound (the length of time a note will ring on for) is perhaps one of the most difficult elements to achieve. The physics and geometry required to create a high sustain co-efficient goes well beyond craftsmanship or materials. Sustain is dependent on design and ingenuity. Perzina’s super-stretch scale design together with the famed floating soundboard, two of the most innovative design achievements, are responsible for Perzina’s superior sustain.
Building a high class instrument requires the best of materials, and Perzina gathers the world’s finest; whether wood, felt, metal or lacquers, to ensure that the renowned Perzina piano will be the instrument that will offer its owner years and years of musical pleasure without ever failing to deliver its unsurpassed sound and touch qualities!
The Perzina soundboard is made of Austrian “Picea Excelsa” white spruce. It’s light and flexible, yet strong and durable. The Perzina piano is uniquely engineered with a reverse-crown and a floating soundboard (models GP112, GP122, GP129 and GP133) to deliver a truly breath-taking sound: fully balanced, clear, pure and strong with a deep and resonant bass. Perzina pianos probably have the only soundboard which cannot lose its pressured crown, giving it ageless tonal durability.
To transfer the music from the pianist to the piano, we need a responsive touch and action; elements that will ensure the perfect connection between the artist’s mind and body and the instrument. Perzina uses non-slippery and non-reflecting keys which are individually calibrated, balanced and regulated in weight and depth. The action is designed to the highest demands and manufactured by Perzina with the finest of material to ensure its responsive touch and superior playability.
Perzina uses German premium Abel and/or Renner hammers which are of the highest quality available and are used by all famous German piano manufacturers. The hammers are individually and manually voiced by our master German piano technicians. The strings are produced in Germany by Röslau and made with the highest quality pre-stressed steel and copper. The moment the hammers touch the strings a fully balanced spectrum of sound and emotion unveils itself.
The Perzina rim is made of several layers of veneers. These veneers come from around the world and specifically from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the USA, New Zealand and Canada. The pin block - where the tuning pins are inserted and hold the strings - is made by Delignit, Germany. Its many layers are glued diagonally onto each other to maintain its strength and safeguard its durability. The bridge - which transfers the energy of sound from the strings to the soundboard - is made of solid spruce with hardened top layer plies. Because of its hard texture and light weight, it transports the clear and pure sound directly to the soundboard which is made of the same wood.
Each and every Perzina piano carries the highest class of German Röslau strings and uses chromed nickel reverse torque German tuning pins. Perzina uses original classic vacuum and/or sand-casted iron frames of the highest standard; all finished in a beautiful rose-gold or carat colour. Every sand-casted iron frame is thoroughly inspected with regard to strength and hardness in order to support the extreme tension of the strings. Every frame - just like the cabinets - is given the traditional standing (maturity) time before being put into production in order to obtain the highest possible durability of the material. All Perzina grand pianos are equipped with the Duplex Aliquot Scale System, allowing the timbre to sound brighter and more harmonically accurate.
Gebrüder Perzina has incorporated the best methods with the finest material and has worked closely - ever since its founding in 1871 - with many top-class German master technicians, elevating its pianos’ quality to the highest level possible. Innovative developments on many technical aspects have been made over the past 140 years and our current production is the ultimate example of this non-stop quest for perfection.
Further to our standard piano models, Perzina - being a manufacturer of hand-crafted masterpieces - is able to offer a variety of other finishes, many different wood veneers and a number of unique cabinet designs or fashions.