Schwechten Grand

A Schwechten Grand Piano from the 1920's recorded using a pair of Behringer B2s and a Steinberg UR44...

The story

This Schwechten Grand (I believe it’s boudoir size), was made in Berlin circa 1921.

This piano has been in my family for at least 15 years and I have grown up listening to my parents teach piano with it on a daily basis at home in Oxfordshire.
It means a lot to me because, despite my piano skills not being that great, this piano was my gateway into songwriting and composing. Made in Berlin, it’s ivory keys and beautiful brass inlays feels as though it carries a bit of soul and craftsmanship from a time gone by. This piano fell into my parents hands when it was passed onto them for free (on the condition they never sell it!). My dad had been giving lessons to a child from this family and they passed the piano onto us because sadly they didn’t have the space for it.
If money was spare, this piano could do with a bit of renovation (and a tuning!) but it still holds plenty of character.
I am now situated in Leeds studying film music, and these basic samples feel special to me because it feels like I can take a piece of home back to my student digs.
This has been my first time sampling piano and with pianobook, I’ve found a new love of sampling and I wish to sample more instruments and re-sample this piano in the future. After having been a long time viewer of Christian’s channel and downloading samples from members of the pianobook community, I decided to have a go myself whilst I’ve been back for reading week. This is just the start! 🙂

“According to Christopher and Anne Aker on their website, Piano Grands (, Schwechten pianos are, “Extremely rare, no finer pianos have ever been made than those of the house of Schwechten. Based in Berlin, Schwechten pianos are prime examples of the top quality work that came out of some very small shops in Germany and Austria in the 19th century. The Schwechten line of pianos began with his elder brother Heinrich’s shop in 1839. Georg Schwechten established his shop in Berlin in 1853 and specialized in exquisite hand crafted pianos.”

This piano has just two layers, p and f with release triggers.
You may want to adjust the volume and velocity groups inside the exs24 editor.
I plan to make a Kontakt version as well.
It was recorded using a pair of Behringer B2s, a Steinberg UR44 and the pianobook MVP logic template.


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