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I returned to the piano keyboard in December 2006 after a hiatus of 25 years. Since then I have collected a lot of material about pianos and piano playing in my on-going self-education about the instrument. This blog consolidates everything in one place.

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  1. Thank you for all the information you posted on your blog, it is very helpful. I too have been away from the Piano for about 26 years and recently bought an electronic keyboard. Your Omega is impressive looking. I recently visited the Sauter factory this past month . At the visit, I learned that Sauter sells Omega (standard) and Omega Plus (started in 2011, with titantium, hinges nickel plated). Though I could not find it on their website, I was told that Omega Plus has more features like the Concert Grand Sauter makes. The Omega Plus is a lot more money (more than $11,000 Cdn). I am consider buying an Omega but am confused as to which model to buy. I know you have had your Omega for several years now. Can I get your opinion on the Omega Plus? Do you continue to be satisfied with your Omega? I appreciate your help. Best regards.

    • Hi,

      Thanks for your kind words about the blog!

      About whether or not the Omega Plus is worth the extra money, I honestly can’t say, because I have never played on one! I suspect my Omega was probably the first to get some of the Concert Grand trim — things like nickel plated hinges and pedals, and the Sauter logo on the front right of the case (along with the Sauter name).

      I can only guess at the effects of using a titanium harp. I suspect it increases the piano’s sustain, and perhaps reduces the loudness of higher order overtones when the piano is played very loud. The signature Sauter sound should still be there, though maybe not as ‘fat’ at loud volume levels. I base this on what I heard of the Concert Grand when I was at the Sauter booth at Musikmesse 2008 in Frankfurt.

      As for my own Omega, yes I continue to be very satisfied with it. The action is very fast yet controllable, and the tone is complex yet clear. Of course proper regulation of the action and voicing of the hammers are essential.

  2. I am glad to hear you continue to be satisfied with your Omega. Buying this Omega is a huge purchase for me and there are many features to consider and ponder on. Thanks for the quick response!

    • It was a huge purchase for me too! My heart was pounding when I handed the 50% deposit over to Alvin to secure the order. After having read all the posts on Pianoworld about never buying a piano that I haven’t personally tested, there I was placing an order for a piano that didn’t even exist yet!! You can be sure that I lost quite a bit of sleep over the decision.

  3. I totally hear you! Next to my car and my house, this piano buy is the biggest purchase in my life. I know it doesn’t make financial sense but I many not see retirement therefore I am dipping into my retirement fund and taking out a loan to make it happen.

    Your wait for the piano shipment must have been nerve wracking as well. So many things can go wrong, like a forklift piercing the shipment .

    Norbert (in B.C.) has been trying to convince me to get a Delta, but looking at the posts on Pianoworld, I think some of those individuals who initially purchased the Delta -now want the Omega. So I better just go straight to the Omega. Incidentally, in addition to nickel plated hinges & pedals, did you get titanium pins, duplex scale parts, solid ebony bridge cap, ebony sharps and tharan keytops?

    If you were able to go back in time, was there anything you would have added or make additional changes to your Omega?

  4. I also took out a loan to buy the Omega! :))

    The wait was agonizing. At least I got to see the piano being built in the Sauter factory when I visited in March 2008. But the wait was worth it.

    No titanium pins for me. Nickel plating on the harp, not the usual brass. Nickel plated wheels for the casters. No to solid ebony bridge caps (mine is maple ply with ebony as the top layer). Yes to ebony sharps. Yes to Tharan key tops — it is standard issue on the high end Kluge keys used by the likes of Sauter, Steinway etc. High end Abel hammers. Roslau strings. Everything except the nickel plated harp are the standard specs.

    Would I change anything? No. It is beautiful the way it looks and sounds. The Bubinga wood veneer on the fallboard, cheek blocks, underside of lid, inner rim of case, trim below the case and on the piano stool is absolutely gorgeous. An inspired suggestion by Alvin.

    I was and still am totally blown away by how much Ulrich (and the Sauter factory) did to build my Omega. It left me totally gob-smacked. Every piano they build is a labour of love. If you speak at length with Ulrich you get the sense that he is not prepared to sacrifice quality for money or volume.

  5. Wow! Thanks for the specifics on your piano. I hope you won’t mind if we copy yours!
    I too was impressed by Ulrich’s dedication.

  6. Let me get this straight, the nickel plated wheels for the casters and hinges were standard specs, is this correct? Can I ask what was the additional cost for the nickel plating on the harp? You can message me privately at my email please. Thanks!

    • Sorry, I was wrong. The harp was painted silver rather than the usual gold/brass colour. Not nickel-plated.

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