The IBACH Tradition
of Quality and Sound
Only the Best
Building the IBACH Sound
An Ibach piano is the result of more than
200 years of experience in perfecting pianos. The following sections
demonstrate several elements in their construction,which are the foundation
of the splendid sound of IBACH instruments. Few people appreciate
the fact that the string tension is equal to the weight of a fully loaded
train car: approximately 33,000 to 44,000 pounds. In Ibach pianos,
this incredible force is supported by a special cast iron plate
and a frame constructed of solid wood, referredto as the the "braced back".
The IBACH Frame
Whether upright or grand piano, IBACH uses
the same constructive principles to support the enormous stress,
and guarantees a long life of the instrument. IBACH makes certain the braced
back is built to counteract of the natural tendencies of wood and
trings to alter their position due to the tremendous tension, the changes
of climate and temperature, and the mechanical wear and tear of
playing. The IBACH back ensures the sound of Ibach pianos will retain
its resonance over a long period of time. The details of construction
demand a scientific expertise and the practical experience of pinao
making that can only come from 200 years of pioneering the art of piano building. It requires a philosophy: When it comes to quality, IBACH takes no short cuts.
The Ibach Sound Board
The bass and treble bridges transmit the vibrations
of the strings to the sound board and are made from laminated wood
segments shaped by seical high-precision tools.This lamination process
preserves the stability of the bridges and assures an extremely
clear and accurate sound transmission to the sound board -the essential prerequisite
for tonal brilliance. In turn, the sound board amplifies the vibrations
and radiates the sound throughout the various frequency ranges.
The material used for the sound baord, its preparation and above all, the
special IBACH method that braces the sound board to produce its
concave shape, are fundamental to its sound and tone quality.The
IBACH sound board is a prime example of what six generations of piano building means at the House of IBACH: a technology unique to both upright and grand pianos.
The IBACH String Design
The string design complements the sound board construction. The strings are attached to the pinblock and kept in place by the special iron cast frame. The pin block is constructed
of intricately layered beechwood to guarantee that an exemplary tuning will retain its pitch for a long period of time. The height of the bridge, the distance between hammers and strings, the length, diameter and coil of the strings, are all scientifically calculated and adjusted
until each piano has the characteristic IBACHsound quality. Building
pianos is a science in itself. At the House of IBACH it is even more - it
is the art combining experience and technical know how.
The IBACH Action
The relationship between the keys and the
action makes up the touch of the instrument. One fully realizes
the potential of the IBACH touch when playing anIBACH, characterized by
the firm control over each note permitting the sound to be full
of subtlety and expression. The correlation correlation between the"down-weight"
(the pressure one needs to press a key down) and the "up-weight" (the
energy that returns the key to its original position) is a critical relationship.
The down-weight determines the subjective feeling of touch and the
possible dynamic level of the piano, the up-weight determines the potential
speed a key can repeat.
Experience and Craft, Science
Now As Ever - Our Most Important
Determine Our Quality
What Makes a Good Sound in a Piano? In the
words of an expert, its shape and length of the sound wave,
the intensity of the sound, and the quality of the inharmonicpartials and
various noises, that are significant to the scientist and the technician.
For IBACH piano building is an obligation in the chain of generations
of piano builders. Only a product of the highest quality can sustain the
reputation of a piano dynasty through the circumstance of history.
IBACH pianos continue a tradition in thesyntheses of sound and design.
Bringing an IBACH to Pitch and
Every aspect of construction creates an incrdible
amount of tension, and the piano body, with a tension of 20 tons,
is no exception. IBACH allows its pianos to adjust and settle into
its final shape. In the meantime, the strung back is being tuned serval
timesuntil it stabilizes. Only then will we finish the instrument and assemble
the body. After assembly, the pianos are fine-tuned and "voiced",
where the felt on the hammerheads is pricked so it is hard on the outside
and sofert at the tip. The filing and the coiving of the hammer
determines the noble brilliance of each note.
How Does a Music Lover Recognize
the Special IBACH Sound?
The "special" IBACH sound becomes clear when
you play the instrument the character of its tone, the dynamics
and the sound modulation from the bass to themiddle and the upper registers:
- The bass of an IBACH is firm and transparent, even in the lowest ranges.
- The middle section of an IBACH radiates a rich warmth; the tones are lively, and retain this quality, even played loud.
- The IBACH treble is marked by a pearl-like singing-tone, never loosing it brilliance or becoming shrill.
If you analyze these sounds on different instruments,
shifting from the softest pianissimo to the grandest fortissimo,
you will easily notice the difference. Hear and feel the exceptional
dynamic ranges and experience the wonderful colors of an IBACH piano.
Realize Your Dream Piano With
Superior design is a longstanding IBACH tradition. Determine for yourself which instrument is the most beautiful. IBACH offers a wide variety of pianos to choosefrom. The style of your home furnishings can determine which model best suits your personal taste - IBACH
also offers a number of different cabinet desings, along with a choice
of veneers and polishes. Let your dealer explain the surprising range of possibilities to you with the help of our product catalog and color charts.