Very well, apparently.
I mentioned in my post about my visit to the Sauter factory in March that all grand pianos pass through three sound-proofed prep and voicing rooms in one corner of the factory floor. Once done each and every one of them must pass Master Kaufmann’s critical evaluation before they are certified fit for shipping to the dealers.
The dealer then performs the following actions before delivering the piano to the customer:
- Check/adjust plate bolts for tightening
- Check/adjust hammer travel
- Check/adjust hammer let-off
- Check/adjust keybed seating
In my case, the piano arrived at my home straight from its crate. So the above actions were performed in my home. The next check (at least for my piano) is in February 2009, six months from delivery.