The joy of playing a piano is timeless a pleasure that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. A piano will never go out of fashion, will never need to be need to be updated or "upgraded". In a world of change a piano will always be there.
At Cavendish Pianos they produce pianos in the traditional way. They do not use modern "wonder-plastics" to make their pianos, they are very happy with wood. Over time it has proved itself to be the best material. Some things cannot be improved upon.
CAVENDISH 'BOUDOIR GRAND'
The Cavendish Boudoir Performance edition grand piano offers a larger soundboard in comparison to other pianos of the same length, due to its innovative “wide tail” design. This wider construction of the case means that a 186 grand has the same soundboard area as a typical 196 grand piano, creating the power, complexity and character of sound, as well as the feel of playing a much larger piano.
British made using British made components without compromise.
CAVENDISH 'BABY GRAND'
As with all Cavendish pianos the keyword here is 'tradition'. The Cavendish Baby Grand uses all wooden parts (no carbon fibre or new wonder-materials here!) to produce the tone that has graced English parlours and drawing-rooms for over a century.
With hand-wound English copper strings, and an action lovingly built in Yorkshire, Cavendish grand pianos are a return to traditional British piano craftsmanship. "Each action (hammer and damper mechanism) requires over 100 hours of build-time to get the very best out of the materials" says Cavendish technician, Paul Mill. "There is no machine that can build an action better than doing the job by hand. It's a long process but the results speak for themselves - there's a difference between a piano that sounds "good" and one that truly sings!"
With a stunning ebony case, subtle, mellow tone and sensitive touch a Cavendish Baby Grand is the perfect instrument to grace any home.
CAVENDISH 'CONTEMPORARY' UPRIGHT
Sleek, modern contoured lines and a hand-finished ebony, high-gloss finish on the exterior. On the interior a piece of English piano-making history.
At 121cm high (or 4 feet in old money) this sets the traditional dimensions of an upright piano. The key length, soundboard area and string length are all optimum to produce the power, dynamic range and subtleties of a superb all-round piano. "The traditional English makers knew what they were doing" says Adam Cox at Cavendish "For many reasons this seems the 'natural' dimensions for a piano and gives us the opportunity to create the mellow warm tone we require"
Particular attention is paid to the exact weighting of keys. Like all the processes of Cavendish piano building this is done by hand in the Yorkshire Dales based factory. Unlike mass produced pianos where an average key weight is calculated and all pianos are built in the same way, at Cavendish each individual key of the Contemporary model is weighted for each individual piano giving the best playing experience. "Every piano is different" says Cox "and this ideal is at the heart of every piano we build - each piano truly is unique."
The Cavendish Contemporary is British built to the highest standards without compromise. Perhaps that's one reason why this model won the "Best Piano" category in the prestigious Music Industry Association's awards.
CAVENDISH 'CLASSIC' UPRIGHT
The Cavendish Classic is a British Thoroughbred. Traditionally crafted in The Yorkshire Dales giving a warm, mellow, quintessentially English tone with classic good looks.
The Classic is designed to be compact enough to fit any room but with no hint of compromise in build quality. Unlike other compact pianos which still have a look of the 1970s about them with a 'boxy' appearance, the Cavendish Classic retains the shape of a traditional piano. Tapering front legs support the keybed and an upright top-board (not sloped) ensure not only is it pleasing on the eye but maximizes the internal area for the sound to vibrate giving a fuller tone.
Indeed, despite its modest dimensions, this piano possesses an astonishing richness of tone. The treble is crystal clear without ever being harsh. The mid-range sings naturally and is classically English. The bass surprises by its warmth and fullness but, importantly, without drowning out the treble. The dynamic range of this instrument is large and its reserve of power is very impressive. It is the ideal instrument to see any student through their grades and beyond With superb musical qualities at an affordable price.
This is the antidote to the harsh tone which seems to characterize so many modern pianos. Lovingly hand-crafted this piano proudly continues the tradition of British pianos building.
The 'Chatsworth' is the jewel in the crown of the Cavendish range.
The case is cabinet-maker built in Yorkshire from solid walnut or English Oak. This is an entirely one-off process and each piano has its own individual character. The process of hand-selecting and hand-crafting wood is not suited to the modern, large assembly-line-based piano factory. For this reason we are able to offer a truly unique product.
The Cavendish Chatsworth is the only new piano available which is built entirely in the traditional way using traditional materials. The result is a piano of heirloom quality which can proudly continue the tradition of British piano building.