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ZB200

ZB200 is a new piano concept that reassesses the shape of traditional pianos by incorporating important technical innovations suited to create an instrument for a high level of artistic performance.

Design

Enzo Berti
Italy

The piano is a musical instrument that was introduced in Florence for the first time in 1688 and has since been subjected to little modification across centuries. It has been unchanged for the most part; keeping its shape and its internal workings, and later models has maintained remarkable loyalty to the original instrument. Therefore, the challenge of the project ZB200 is to rethink the concept of the piano from both perspectives of sound and shape, without disrespecting the iconic and traditional nature of the instrument.

When Zanta Pianoforti commissioned Enzo Berti to design the ZB200, the designer suggested a formal reassessment of the instrument in order to eliminate any irrelevance in the traditional form of pianos. As such, the formalities of traditional piano covers and keyboards were reexamined and counter-proposed by a perfectly curved tail that is contrasted by a perfectly straight edge that cuts tangentially across the body of the piano to eliminate the conventional inward-curving ‘bentside’.

A second innovation was made from an engineering and structural point of view. Because the traditional inward-curving ‘bentside’ of the piano has been transformed into a bold, straight edge, the surface of the tail is consequently widened, resulting in a remarkable increase in the power of the soundboard and a more amplified sound as compared to other pianos on the market.

The internal cast iron frame has been modified according to this new shape in order to guarantee the necessary mechanical resistance. The main structure of the ZB200 is sourced from a single wooden ‘block’, therefore, the support that makes up the skeleton of the instrument does not interrupt the cast iron conductor as it normally does in traditional models. 

The keyboard keeps its classical characteristics but it has been carefully studied and modified in order to achieve, on a baby grand piano of this scale, the dynamics of the grand piano. The result is a keyboard that is completely new and high performing even for the most difficult performances. Aesthetically, the piano lid and the keyboard, which were originally two independent elements, are now wrapped in a homogenous cover to give the piano a seamless, continuous and harmonious look.

The final product is a unique and modern composition that is entirely constructed in Italy. This instrument has been built with the best materials that exist on the market, with precious wood complemented by a handcrafted production.

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