Young Chang pianos have won gold and silver medals for excellence in Germany, Switzerland, Spain and The Netherlands. Each component of the Young Chang is fastidiously matched and adjusted to perfection. The incredibly clear and full bodied tone is a tribute to this unusual dedication to excellence, as is its touch and durability. Young Chang pianos are manufactured from North American Sitka spruce. Light weight but extremely strong, solid Sitka spruce is universally acknowledged as the ideal material for piano soundboards. This durable wood is also used for the keys and backposts. Solid maple pin blocks and action parts are another hallmark of the very best pianos. Young Chang is one of the world's largest piano manufacturers, producing high quality pianos with the finest materials. Today, they compete directly with Yamaha, Kawai and Baldwin. Young Chang also makes pianos for Steinway & Sons (the Essex model).