Several technical innovations are proprietary to Wendl & Lung pianos. Denis de la Rochefordiere has invented a fourth pedal, called the Harmonic Pedal, that is essentially the inverse of a sostenuto—instead of holding up the dampers of notes pressed prior to depressing the pedal, it holds up all but those notes. The effect, known as "remanence harmony," is to allow the overtones of the depressed notes to sing out in a sustained fashion. This pedal will come with all Wendl & Lung grands starting sometime in 2010. Also coming soon is a double-repetition action for an upright, enabling the upright to play like a grand.
The Wendl & Lung brand is widely distributed in Europe and quite popular there. Distribution in the U.S. is in its early stages.
Warranty: The 10-year parts and labor warranty is transferable once during the first two years of ownership for verticals, or the first three years for grands. The transferability is more liberal if the owner upgrades to a Sauter piano (see warranty terms). Although Sauter and Wendl & Lung are separate companies, this cooperation is possible because the U.S. distributor for both brands is the same.
Pianos made by: Beijing Hsinghai Piano Group, Ltd., Beijing, China
Wyman Piano Company was created by experienced former Baldwin executives with more than 60 years of combined piano industry experience. Although a relatively new company, Wyman distribution has grown to include the U.K., Germany, and Japan, as well as the U.S.
The regular Wyman line consists of six vertical piano sizes and four grand models in a variety of cabinet styles and finishes. All are based on German scale designs and are manufactured in China by the Beijing Hsinghai Piano Group (see Beijing Hsinghai) at that company's new 1.2-million-square-foot factory. A new, limited-production premium line of Wyman Pianoforte models, made in a small production facility in the Beijing area, features deluxe cabinets and some upgraded technical features.
Wyman offers the model CD2 player-piano system by Pianoforce, a new entrant in the field of player-piano systems (see Pianoforce in the article on electronic player-piano systems). The optional CD system features a unique stamped rail designed specifically for these pianos that, according to the company, allows a much lower profile than other player systems that use universal rails to fit any piano. These are installed at the Beijing factory.
Wyman says that its executives make frequent trips to the factory in Beijing to monitor manufacturing and inspect finished instruments.
Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor, transferable to future owners within the warranty period. Lifetime warranty on the soundboard.
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