Chernobieff Custom Handmade Pianos and Harpsichords
My company makes custom handcrafted pianos and harpsichords.
Each instrument is a one-of-a kind hand crafted instrument made to a high concert performance level. They combine state of the art engineering(mechanics) and detailed artwork(cabinet).
Features of Chernobieff Instruments
- 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.
- Controllable Tension/Compression Sandwich system for a full singing tone
- Welded Steel Plates
- Extensive Concert level prepping on every piano.
Harpsichords are historical replicas.
- Ruckers single manual
- Delin single manual
- Hemlisch Double
- Hitchcock Spinets
Interior Designers and Architects:
I offer, one- on- one personal consultations to design pianos to fit the needs of luxurious homes, hotels and any architectural projects. A massed produced piano is often just a shiny black box hidden in the corner of the room. But a piano can be designed in such a way as to actually add opulence to a space.
I look forward to working with fellow designers and create some fabulous projects together.
My Piano Journey
When I first learned how to play the piano back in 1972, I didn’t realize at the time that I started on a life long journey with the piano.
I first learned on cheap spinets and consoles. Then I progressed to a fascination with large uprights, some of which sounded so beautiful that they would put most grands to shame. Then came my first grand piano experience while I was in High School. A gifted student sat down and played Paderewski’s Minuet in G on a 7′ semi-concert grand that was in the classroom. How impressive it was hearing that first grand piano, to an upright afficianado! However, over the years after playing on thousands of pianos, I realized that I could only call a handful of them fantastic. Only a handful!
So now 43 years later, my journey has taken me to the point of building the Chernobieff piano. No mass production, just making them one by one with my own two hands, and making them the best way they can be made – with soul.
How Chernobieff Pianos are Different
I believe that the piano still has not reached it’s full potential in design, because of two principles that no maker to date has taken full advantage of.
“Sound travels quicker through an elastic material(wood) when it is under stress and strain.”
“Opposite forces attract each other and similar forces repel each other.”
When I built my first piano (the Chernobieff 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 with control.
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.
Products and Services
New Custom C. Chernobieff Pianos for Sale
Pre-owned instruments for sale
Complete Piano and Harpsichord Restoration Services
Historical Piano makers bios & Chernobieff Instructional E-books