Chernobieff Custom Handmade Pianos


Why Chernobieff Pianos are Different


I design and build pianos from scratch, and I am on a journey to build the best piano ever made. I wholeheartedly believe that the piano has still not reached it’s full potential, because of two principles that no maker to date has taken full advantage of.

Principle 1

“Sound travels quicker through an elastic material(wood) when it is under stress and strain.”

Principe 2

“Opposite forces attract each other and similar forces repel each other.”

When I built my first piano (the Mammoth VCG) I made an unexpected discovery. Because of its unique design, I was able to add or remove the internal stress and strain to the entire piano, by loosening a couple of screws.

When I loosened the screws, immediately the power, volume and sustain totally disappeared. When I would tighten the srews, immediately it all returned. I have shown this to others, and all were amazed at the obvious difference.

The modern piano has been built primarily on a system consististing of a rigid frame(negative charge) holding a soundboard under compression(positive charge). The basic idea of these systems being that the energy in the soundboard will be contained by the rigid frame. But energy doesn’t work this way. When the soundboard is charged with energy(+), the energy is attracted to the non-energy parts(-). Thus the energy is absorbed. Just like two magnets with opposing poles that absorb into each other.

My pianos are built as a  tension/compression sandwich, creating a “charged” system so that energy is not absorbed but repelled. A charged soundboard(+) attached to a charged system(+) repel each other, translating in energy that is efficient and focused. Just like two magnets with identical poles that repel each other.

The effects of an efficient working piano is extraordinary, more available power, longer sustain, and hammers that are easier to tone regulate. Also noticed was that the touch feels more effortless, since the singing tone is instantly “there” without having to fight the piano to get it.

My piano designs take full advantage of the “stress/strain” and “opposites attract” principles so that the energy from the strings is efficiently used to create a piano with a strong and sweet singing tone.


 Features of Custom Chernobieff Pianos

  • Lightwieght Hygroscopic Compression Soundboards 
  • Proprietary Designed Inner Rims that prevent unwanted sounboard stresses.
  • Computer Balanced Low Inertia Erard/Herz actions for a velvety touch.
  • Cold-Pressed Hammers for a luxurious American tone.
  • Tension/Compression Sandwich construction for a full singing tone
  • Welded Steel Plates


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Complete Piano and Harpsichord Restoration Services

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Chernobieff Grand Damper Resistance Book

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Removing Inner Rims

Currently working on the capabilty of being able to convert any grand piano to the Chernobieff tension/compression sandwich system. The first conversion is to take place this year after the completion of the making of the new inner rim jig that is required for the extensive process. This new jig allows for the insertion of my proprietary inner rim that is tailor designed for each piano. The new inner rim is inserted (in place of the old poorly designed inner rim) which allows for the removal of the unwanted dead zones that is inherent in all traditionally made pianos.