Charles R Walter 1500 Upright Piano
Walter's professional 1500 studio pianos are ruggedly designed to meet the most rigid school specifications and long hours of student practice. The extra-thick butcher block keybed, solid hardwood (Walnut, Oak, Cherry, or Mahagony) legs and toeblocks, and ball bearing, double-wheeled casters make this piano ideal for situations where the piano must be moved frequently. At the same time, the clean lines of this design and recessed toe-block present a more stylish appearance.
- Choice of a Renner or Walter action
- Reinforced, mothproofed, Australian felted hammers
- Sitka or Bavarian spruce soundboard
- Sturdy 6 post back construction
- Fallboard lock
- 2" double rubber wheels (front and rear)
- Extra long hard top bench w/ compartment
- Made in the U.S.A.
Standing behind the Walter piano are men and women dedicated to producing the finest pianos money can buy. The custom-quality size of our company allows us to be sure that each employee is a carefully selected individual with background and abilities especially suited to the position required. Every new employee is trained under the careful supervision of a Walter family member. Walter piano craftsmen have the unique opportunity to be involved in a larger part of the production process than the average piano factory worker. The result is greater individual responsibility, and greater care and pride in the final product. Production automation is used only where it contributes to consistent quality. There is no substitute for many of the detailed, hand operations of piano construction
Walter Piano craftsmanship is guaranteed by a Twelve Year Full Warranty. Our warranty is transferable to subsequent owners and covers not only parts, but also labor, the most expensive part of any piano repair.
Five extra-heavy (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") solid Spruce backposts give rigid back construction upon which the rest of the piano can be built. Both our console and studio pianos have back structures which exceed school specifications for studio pianos.
Scientifically-designed acoustical reflectors are shaped and located to reflect sound waves back into the center of the board, and to avoid the detrimental interference due to corner reflection. The reflectors give the soundboard the more optimum grand piano shape, enhancing the treble, providing longer sustain, eliminating tubbiness in the bass, while helping provide clarity of tone.
Crowned Soundboard and Ribs
Selected solid quarter-sawn Bavarian or Sitka spruce with no less then eight annular growth rings per inch. Ribs, liners and bridges are all carefully shaped to insure a precise, permanently-crowned assembly. Feathered ribs are positioned in a special shaped pattern and are inset into notched liners for unified construction. A catalytic varnish helps seal against the effects of humidity changes.
The scale is the combination of string lengths, string diameters, and string tensions for the purpose of obtaining the best musical sound. It is largely determined mathematically and is observable in the finished piano by tone, note to note consistency of sound, the blending of chords, and ease of tuning. Scaling is especially important in notes just above and below where the strings change angle, often called "the break".
Tuners frequently comment on how easy the Walter piano is to tune and how it may be "supertuned" even across the break. Smooth scaling is a feature that clearly sets the Walter piano in a class by itself.
Full Size Studio Action
Our heavy duty, direct blow, studio size action gives a more sensitive, quick response to the touch. It features fine-grained buckskin on the wear points and long hammer shanks to increase the potential power of the hammer blow. This action is regulated, settled, and then carefully inspected and reregulated. Special materials are used to minimize changes in the regulation due to use.
In Walter's 14 point reinforced hammers we use only the highest quality Australian-wool felt. Hammers are individually voiced and tone-regulated for uniformity in sound throughout the piano.
Individually Lead-Weighted Keys
A standard weight is placed on the front of each key while key leads are positioned to obtain proper calibration. Every key is calibrated separately with weights placed differently both in position and number. Individually lead-weighted keys provide a consistent touch from note to note.
Placing weights in the same position on every key is like balancing all four wheels of a car based on the individual balance requirements of only one of the wheels. Few manufacturers invest the time and expense required to vary weights in both position and number for the purpose of obtaining the proper touch weight. Better built grand pianos all have individually lead-weighted keys.
Longer overall key length (one to three inches longer than most other pianos) provides better control, greater sensitivity, and minimizes the variation in touch weight between the front and back of the key. Grand size key covers enlarge the playing surface for those accustomed to performing on grand pianos.
- Charles R. Walter 1500
- Extra Long Hard Top Bench w/ Compartment
- Two (2) Tunings
- LP's Exclusive Trade up Program