In 2017 I was asked to travel to China with John Martin from Wertheim Pianos and Piano Designer, Delwyn Fandrich from Fandrich Piano Co. John and Delwyn were working on a prototype of a new style of upright piano which later became the Fandrich Series.
We visited John’s piano factory in Zhejiang and worked together to assemble the prototype. The factory workers, although highly skilled in piano assembly were visibly surprised and excited by the different systems and ideas Delwyn was introducing to the piano. Most days we had an interpreter to assist with the language barriers however on the days we didn’t, my skills in interpretive dance really came to the fore. 🙂
It was an incredible and highly valuable experience working with a technician who has some intriguing ideas about piano engineering and manufacturing.