Retrofit Self-Play

An Edelweiss Piano is supplied as standard with our unique Self-Play system. Our pianos are designed to withstand both continual automated and performance with longevity and reliability.

The Virtuoso system itself can be fitted to any piano, regardless of make or model. What makes our Self-Play installation so unique is the ability to convert your piano into a concert ready instrument. Our retrofit service brings a superior musical experience to any piano design or make, regardless of age.

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Subject to an assessment and appraisal to confirm, we can most certainly fit your piano with Self-Play.

We will initially request some photographs and piano details to allow our team to assess and provide a guide of costs with all the optional extras available to you.

Our team of experts are able to fit self-play to a majority of pianos. Not only that, but our fitting system includes any works to improve your piano tone and manual play. The self-play will only replicate as well as the piano plays manually and therefore often we undertake some additional work on the piano to improve its performance capability. This is normally just regulation and voicing and checking up of the structure and set up unless the piano is very tired when small works or sometimes rebuilding is required.

Every note has its own little solenoid which is placed at the very back of the key. Rather than the player pushing the key down at the front this pushes the key up at the back. The hardware and software hidden in the piano tells the solenoid how to perform and it will play music beautifully with control and expression. The system has over 1100 graduations of loud to soft and can be refined to a very high standard of performance.

Our Self-Play system makes no difference at all to the manual playability of your piano. The solenoids that operate the keys push the keys up from the back, and are just sitting waiting to work without interfering with the playing at all. In fact, you can even play along with Self-Play at the same time! It’s a great tool for practising exam pieces, playing alongside the virtual pianist playing to improve and to perfect timing. Ask about our added extras such as Record and Playback.

Not in the slightest. The only physical change to a grand is a small hidden slot for the solenoids and for an upright a similar adjustment. There is no harm or damage to the piano itself, just music and fun!

Yes, this is one of the great features of our Self-Play system. There is a volume slide on the iPad for the individual song level and you can also set overall volume, and balance with the accompaniment with ease.

We always supply a dedicated iPod or iPad for control and music storage. We have found it is much simpler to keep a device with your piano rather than add to your phone but this is also possible.

Our Self-Play fits seamlessly in with your piano. No boxes or cables, just one 13A power cable that can be hidden down the leg or lyre.

No, the tone, action, integrity and value of the piano are only enhanced. It is good for a piano to be regularly played and with normal maintenance playing will keep it in better condition than if left dormant.

Integrity-wise, the true tonal characteristics, the individual touch and sound, what’s special and you love about the instrument will be preserved and enhanced by what we do.

To retrofit our Self-Play to the best standard it must come into our Cambridge workshop. It’s a big job, taking 2 to 4 weeks to complete. We organise collection and return and can even drop in a hire piano in the meantime.

It is very simple, with clear instructions and a very sympathetic, understanding, friendly and dedicated help line if you have any questions.

Yes, just like a piano, no different! Many of our customers opt for TotalCare – our own aftercare service for full and absolute peace of mind to acre for their treasured investment.

In addition to the standard system we can also offer a Record and Playback feature. This is particularly useful if you like to play and perform or are learning the piano. The feature allows you to play back performances or treasured memories.

Our SilentPlay feature can be fitted to virtually any piano too with very few exceptions. A mute rail switches off the acoustic piano and an optical midi rail hidden under the keys gives you a full electric piano experience.

Already have a player piano? Need a service or update?

Edelweiss can help.

Yes we certainly can, we have restored many traditional pianolas over the last 45 years. Whilst they cannot be expected to perform like an Edelweiss Piano they are exceptionally well-engineered and represent real genius for their vintage period. Please discuss the options with us accordingly.

Yes we can! The hardware for your system will need replacing too enable a more modern, digital compatibility.

If you have any further questions about our Self-Play system and retrofitting options please contact us.