We have designed Phoenix pianos to be the most efficient pianos of all, in terms of converting finger energy into sound energy. They are designed to tolerate arduous climate conditions and to be highly resistant to the degradation of age that ultimately terminates the useful life of all pianos. A traditionally built piano will typically have a premium performance life of from 5 to 40 years before the soundboard collapses under string tension load. Then scrapping or a major re-build become the only options. Phoenix pianos because they are not subjected to string tension loading on the soundboard will not suffer sound board collapse, for an indefinite period. Likewise critical parts of our pianos are made of carbon fibre that is unaffected by humidity, temperature or extreme damp. We have substituted felt by humidity resistant plastics where swelling of felt by high humidity can cause deterioration of the operation of the action. Our carbon fibre soundboards are unaffected by dry conditions that shrink and split wooden soundboards. We build pianos using the best premium materials for purpose irrespective of cost.
The materials we use are selected for longevity of premium performance life for the piano. An old traditional piano is not able to produce fine music except after a complete rebuild, whereas old violins such as a Stradivarius improve with age. We are confident that Phoenix pianos like a Stradivarius will last for centuries and still make fine music. We have developed a computer analysis method that allows us to match the natural frequencies of the soundboard system to the note being played and to give a visual display of the vibration patterns (vibrational cells) in the soundboard.
We pay special attention to designing the sound board to resonate optimally by choice of bridge dimensions and rigidity of soundboard mounting , and the selection of –or in some cases complete absence of- soundboard ribbing. A completely new library of computer programmes has been developed for these studies which have made it possible for us to assess the sound of a piano before it is built but above all to take pianos forward into the new millennium with the power of modern science.