Elmer is a dazzling new model from Cambridge (UK) based piano makers Edelweiss. The company likes to produce instruments that really stand out, and appropriately have taken the childrens’ picture book character Elmer the Elephant as their inspiration.
If you are unfamiliar with Elmer, he is a fun-loving elephant with a bright multi-coloured patchwork skin. And as a result, he stands out from the rest of the grey-skinned herd. An appropriate role-model for a multi-coloured piano in a world of monochrome instruments.
2019 is also the character’s 30th anniversary. Created by David McKee, Elmer books have sold over 7 million copies worldwide in 50 different languages.
Edelweiss Pianos’ 2019 Collection
Edelweiss pianos are made by 1066 Group Ltd. This family-run company was established in 1975 by John Roy Norman, a physicist who wanted to apply the meticulousness of science to restoring and building fine pianos.
The futuristic Edelweiss brand launched in 2008 as an affordable yet innovative brand with a unique style. In 2016 the company added a self-playing system complete with audio playback to their range.
Elmer is just one of five pianos that make up Edelweiss’ new 2019 Collection, which will be unveiled at the company’s new showspace on the third floor of Harrods in London.
The Collection comprises:
- The Klavier U46 (118cm) and U52 (132cm) uprights
- The Flügel G62 (157cm) baby grand
- The Flügel G66 (168cm) and G75 (190cm) boudoir grands
- The Sygnet G50 (127cm) — claimed to be the world’s smallest grand.
The Sygnet G50 is wider than it is long, and according to the manufacturers is the smallest grand piano in the world (with full-size keys). This chic design is known as a butterfly piano, and its compact size makes it popular where space is at a premium – small apartments, restaurants, on super yachts, etc.
All these pianos incorporate the aforementioned self-playing mechanism operated from a MIDI file. This triggers solenoids under each key, which “play” the piano. And this can be synchronized to an audio file, providing vocals and/or backing tracks. This plays through an onboard loudspeaker. More information on Edelweiss’ Self-Play System can be found here.
The new range of pianos is available in 10 new hues. These include the Pantone Colour of the Year (2019) “Living Coral”. Pantone Inc. is responsible for producing standard colour references. When a designer wants a product to be an exact colour he uses a Pantone reference number to ensure colour consistency.
Prince was granted a unique Pantone number for the famous purple colour he used widely.
More information on all the new instruments can be found on the Edelweiss Pianos website.
Prices and Availability
The new Elmer piano sells for £60,000 (approx. $77,500; €70,000)
The Sygnet G50 baby grand sells for £21,995 (approx. $28,500; €25,250).
Shipping charges and national taxes apply.
Edelweiss pianos are generally made to order, and delivery is approximately 8-12 weeks.
Edelweiss Elmer Specifications
|FINISH||Exclusive ‘Elmer’ Finish comprising the ten Edelweiss 2019 Collection colours, transparent components and two exotic veneers|
|CARCASE||Hand crafted from specially selected laminated hardwoods|
|SOUNDBOARD||Solid spruce German ‘Strunz’ soundboard|
|PINBLOCK||Laminated Red Beech ‘Dehonit’ pinblock|
|KEYS||Manufactured from selected straight-grain softwoods|
|ACTION||Traditional wood, European design|
|HAMMERS||German ‘Abel’ hammers|
|KEY COVERING||Acrylic synthetic covering|
|STRINGS||Hand-drawn copper, spun on Roslau wire|
|FRAME||Grey Cast Iron|
|SELF-PLAY||Core components from PianoDisc, USA|
|HARDWARE||'Chrome Silver’ metal hardware|
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