A few days ago Iñaki Coello from Valladolid, Spain, contacted me asking for permission to use some of the pictures that I took during my visit to the Sauter factory in March 2008, for an article about piano construction. Iñaki’s blog is here: http://coellopiano.blogia.com/. It is in Spanish though, but the online Spanish-to-English translators do a good enough job (Babelfish is the worst). I point out Iñaki’s blog because it is a good read, and he is a piano technician. He has apprenticed at August Förster, Steinway & Sons Hamburg, and Sauter. He has also spent time at Yamaha’s factories in Japan.
Iñaki said that he was recently at the Sauter factory in Spaichingen to take a look at two Omega’s that the Ponferrada Conservatory has bought (along with a Hamburg S&S D, and some 20 uprights and grands from Yamaha.