We create custom high quality music instruments of any kind - be it acoustic, electric, or digital - on demand. Also, we modify your existing instrument to your needs whilst respecting its identity. For better performance, ergonomics, or both we produce standardized but custom made (grand) piano interfaces consisting of keyboard and action.
What we stand for
We stand for a future of artistic musicians. We believe in aesthetics and science as well as in meaningful communication. We want to take a relevant position in the upcoming transformation of the music scene, consolidating on understanding, joy, health, cooperation, and musical expression.
A sculpture in time - In dialogue with your audience
We believe that music is a sculpture in time in which the musician removes all fragments that do not fit into the expression of his meaning - as a sculptor does in stone. Yet, haven't we all experienced music as the most direct form of art? Penetrating directly to the soul it doesn't need words as symbols. Ideally, live music is a dialogue between artist and audience, as well as between the conscious and the unconscious. In its optimal form this dialogue assists its participants to discover what is relevant in life.
The perfect instrument, the perfect match - In dialogue with your instrument
Each of our instruments is rich of character, yet transparent in contact and approach, offering a wide array of nuances to play with. This balance of character and transparency causes our instruments to be easy to move, but hard to master, which makes it joyfully interesting to play. In dialogue with the instrument, a broad range of possibilities opens up, and together you create music out of sound.
Play, and we will listen - In dialogue with the maker
From concept to production we connect different fields of the sciences and the humanities. With access to modern and diverse professional production facilities we make choices solely based on knowledge and understanding, not shying away from advanced fighter jet technology. Implementing the most advanced research and production technologies to date is exactly what the great piano builders from the 1880's till the 1920's did. We believe in their approach and follow the tradition they set.
The modular piano
Make your piano modular. Start with the interface, which consists of a keyboard and an action. We offer easily switchable piano interfaces in different qualities, sizes, and layouts for different instruments and for different needs. We offer the keyboard in any size in a traditional piano layout, and we also offer Janko layout or improved Janko layout. All interfaces/keyboards are custom made to fit your instrument and you. We can build one for you on basis of the following series:
3 Series The 3 Series is our solution to the ever increasing demand for affordable custom tailored keyboards while maintaining an acceptable performance level. In this product we combine the use of traditional materials with computer aided modern day technology. Where needed composites are used to ensure an even performance level on all 88 keys. This is a real game changer for smaller inbuilt keyboard fans.
use of wood as core material;
automatized keyboard design by our in-house software;
automatized computer controlled manufacturing.
use of composites together with custom geometry ensure evenness in performance level on all 88 keys;
computer aided analysis methods determine the geometry in relation to composite reinforcement structures;
proper ergonomics allow for a playing experience that makes both physical and musical sense.
Included in price: key-frame, keys, wooden key-tops
Not included in price: action, hammers, regulation
Model 6: a race car at your fingertips
Model 6 unleashes the hidden tiger within your already beloved instrument and puts its leash at your fingertips. She makes your instrument light, precise, energetic and fast. She is the pinnacle of engineering. She is built with micron level tolerances and is fully constructed out of space grade composites and alloys that all fit their purpose. Model 6 is our final answer to everyone who wants a non-compromised ultimate performance replacement keyboard inside their existing instrument. The far-reaching automatization of design and manufacturing brings such performance closer to affordability than anyone could have imagined. And on top of that, the stability of the system removes the need for frequent maintenance due to wear or weather changes. Therefore, for the first time in history, it becomes plausible to actually keep your instrument in concert condition at all times.
integrated self-bearing aluminum alloy frame for optimal energy efficiency and stability
monocoque advanced composite key structure with optimized fiber direction design
the advanced super stiff micron level manufactured bearing system keeps the exact same amount of pressure on each moving part, regardless of acceleration or angle. This ensures super smooth, highly predictable motion, even in the smallest keyboard designs
available in a wide range of sizes and keyboard layouts, including Janko-based layouts
All regulation is quick and easy and has a long-lasting effect
All regulation can be done simply with just a screwdriver
Due to the stability of the frame and the keys, the regulation is resilient enough to withstand transport and huge fluctuations in temperature and humidity
No maintenance on the keys or frame in a lifetime of heavy professional use
You get a 67 page design report for every key. That is almost 6000 pages of funky looking colourful drawings, showing your keys under different stress situations. You can show it to all your friends while enjoying a drink.
Included in the price: materials, labour, regulation.
Not included in price: transport.
Pre-orders closed until series production starts. To be announced.
Sense your expressivity
Any great instrument retains its own identity, while allowing for expressing yours. A portable digital piano keyboard, Respons forms the link between you, the player, and your musical instrument. Whilst ergonomically designed to your personal needs, Respons makes your instrument respond to you, sensing every nuance in your touch on micro-second level. With its unparalleled real-time continuous sensing, it provides you with reins over the instrument enabling you to reach peak performance together, expressing the best of both your identities.
Liberate your artistry
For our product to flourish, we need to change the industry and the way musicians think about their instrument. We believe the proof is in the product, so our product has to be easily available, portable and modular, and at the same time of unprecedented quality compared to anything else in its class, while still being realistically affordable.
Reveal your personality
The best music is made with the best musicians playing on the best instruments - instruments that fit them like a tailor-made suit. And because every great musician has (and is) a unique personality, the instrument played by that musician should connect with that identity. This means that the choice for a specific instrument is inextricably linked to the identity of the musician that plays it, so we believe that this choice should always be yours, not ours.
Embrace the quality
We aim to achieve this by using a radically different approach: by relying on thorough research and modern, advanced and efficient production technology. This makes it possible to develop a product of the highest possible quality in its class, that is at the same time manufacturable on a large scale and therefore realistically affordable.
Pianistic output data
Respons takes all pianistic nuances into account when passing information towards the sound module.
High precision fully realistic ballistic simulation
The hammer is a projectile that is being launched towards the strings. Just like on a mechanical piano, you decide how and when.
Percussive power registration
The keys are hammers too, hitting the keybed. The vibration of the impact travels to the soundboard and is coloured and made audible. Just like on a mechanical piano, you decide how to work with this percussive instrument.
After creating a tone, the string contact with the damper is the only parameter that can still be tweaked during a tone. Just like on a mechanical piano, you have full control over the damper pressure when you release your key.
Flexible key design for custom ergonomics
Our keys are designed with performance and adaptability in mind. You can change the size or layout of your piano as often as you want to any variant that is at least ¾ of the regular width.
The action of a digital instrument has no mechanical purpose other than to provide rich, precise and understandable haptic feedback. It is only useful when what you feel is fully integrated to how you generate the sound. This means that the action must essentially provide you with two types of information.
First of all, the piano is an acceleration sensitive instrument. Therefore the action must provide you with a sense of acceleration.
Secondly, it must give you information about the key position while you are moving the key down. The inertia, or the mass of the hammer, tells you what you need to know about acceleration and about the launch and reentry of the hammer. The resistance grid of mechanical components touching each other in various ways gives you a sense of position. Those two parameters are the important components of the haptic feedback towards the pianist. Those two components are fully adjustable in our action to fit your level of expertise and your playing style.
Tendens, finally the highest quality portable
Connect Tendens to Respons and you have a fully fledged concert grand of the finest quality. Tendens is a product line of electro-acoustical transducers with built-in additive sound synthesis. In normal words: it is the equivalent of the harp and soundboard of your acoustic piano, but much more flexible. Connect an interface, such as Respons, and play.
Never accept any inferior instrument anymore. Take your own with you.
active dipole soundboard for transparent ultra-precise sound
additive synthesis to drive the soundboard on ultra-high resolution
unparalleled control of touch when used with Respons
divine tonal beauty comparing to only the best instruments from the heydays
stunning modern design with classicist hints, expressing independence, artistry and professionalism, while showing only the naked essence of the functioning parts of the instrument
foldable: finally not just the best of the best instrument, but the best of the best instrument everywhere
frame: there are two types of frames, one for vertical placement, one for horizontal placement of the soundboard
soundboard panels: you can add up to five panels in a frame in order to create a bigger or smaller instrument
heart: the heart is where the synthesis takes place
micro-panels: two micro soundboards for on your ears, the equivalent of headphones
Tendens Studie - one heart, two micro-panels
Enjoy on your own. This is Tendens with two micro-soundboards that fit on your ears. It is not compatible with regular headphones, but it is the finest sound quality you can get.
Tendens Salon - one heart, two or more panels.
Enjoy and study at home. The upright digital piano with unparalleled finesse.
Tendens Concert - one heart, two or more panels.
Play with finesse even in the largest concert halls. The majestic appearance breathes confidence that supports the massive acoustic output of this large, but foldable instrument.
€ 360 limited edition
Our favourite digital page turner, a beautiful piece of art in itself. It is fast and reliable and is the only page turner that doesn't make a sound. As always optimised for full human control. Hand-polished wood and beautiful light effect. Plug the device into any digital device - for example Windows, Android, iOS, OSX, DOS, Linux, BSD, Unix, Citrix - and it will work. We stopped production, but there are still a handful left. If you would need more than 50 Tornitores we can start up production again.
We can build any custom music instrument or modify your existing one. These are our favourite projects, so never hesitate to contact us if you have the slightest wish. We help you to discover the possibilities. If desired, we can start a trajectory realising your musical dream and build your new grand piano, violin, or other dream instrument, or maybe just modify your favourite analogue synthesizer?