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February 9, 2016updated 11 Feb 2016 1:30pm

Edelweiss: The self-playing piano that plays along to music from your iPod

By Codelia Mantsebo

Meet Edelweiss, a visionary all-in-one entertainment system which brings 21st-century technology to a traditional instrument. Edelweiss looks, sounds and plays exactly like a traditional piano, yet uniquely plays songs in full audio via an accompanying iPod.

Incorporated with the latest playback technology and a high fidelity speaker, Edelweiss plays the entire track and vocals, just as the original artist recorded it, from classical solo piano to jazz, country, pop and rock.

Edelweiss is the only self-playing, traditional piano built exclusively to offer live music on demand with full backing accompaniment — users can swipe the app and watch the keys spring to life without the actual pianist present. Each Edelweiss piano comes with an iPod built into a hidden drawer, pre-programmed with 400 songs, and an array of genres with thousands more songs available to download.

A bank of precision electronic solenoids invisibly built into the piano accurately play the selected music as originally recorded. With over 1000 variations in tone, timbre and nuance, playback from an Edelweiss piano is indistinguishable from a virtuoso piano concert performance. The playback captures the finest details from each artist’s recording from Elton John to Mozart.

Ross Norman, Director at Edelweiss says “Whether you play the piano, or not, we hope to bring the joy of live music back to living rooms everywhere. Edelweiss literally brings the concert to you—whether relaxing at home with friends, or enjoying afternoon tea in the lobby of an elegant hotel. And for those who don’t play… once they hear the soulfulness of live piano played with such outstanding technical ability – they might just be inspired to learn. That’s our hope, anyway.”

Available in black or white lacquer, with a handsome high gloss finish, the Edelweiss range includes three upright pianos and three grand pianos—from baby to concert grand—to suit all tastes and all room sizes. Plus, for the person who wants a piano to perfectly match their surroundings, a bespoke design service allows for a huge range of styles, colours and finishes.
Edelweiss is an all-in-one entertainment system from Cambridge, England. Using German parts and Chinese assembly, each piano is carefully hand-finished using long-established techniques. Master craftsmen voice, tune, regulate and polish each piano.

Priced from £9,000 to £24,000, Edelweiss pianos are designed by a family who has been crafting traditional pianos for over four decades.

Image Credit: Edelweiss

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