Walter Difference: Upright Pianos

CRAFTSMANSHIP

Crafting pianos

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.

UNIQUE DESIGN FEATURES

HEAVY BACKPOSTS

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.

GRAND-SHAPED SOUNDBOARD

Heavy Backposts

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.

SMOOTH SCALING

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

Crafting Walter Pianos

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 our 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.

LONG 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.

ELEGANT CABINETS

Elegant Piano Finishes

Walter pianos are noted for their elegant, hand-rubbed, lacquer finishes available in both high sheen, semi and satin.

  1. Cabinets are made of five-ply lumbercore stock with face veneers of the highest quality walnut, cherry, white oak, and ribbon-stripe mahogany. Flakeboard (or chipboard) is never used in Walter pianos.
  2. Solid matching hardwood mouldings of solid walnut, cherry, etc., contribute to the beauty of the cabinet. The Boston Fall is the elite of the folding-type key covers, reliable and more stylish as well as safer for little fingers.
  3. The Boston Fall is the elite of the folding-type key covers, reliable and more stylish as well as safer for little fingers.
  4. More strength, greater durability, and enhanced styling are provided by full-length legs which extend from the floor to the top of the arm and are glued and dowelled to the arm face. Screw-on legs are never used on Walter console pianos.
  5. The grand-size duet bench is a standard feature on all Walter pianos providing considerably more storage and seating for two persons (35" x 14").

All decorative hardware on the Walter piano is solid brass.