Wessell, Nickel & Gross Piano Actions
Mason & Hamlin is proud to offer Wessell, Nickel and Gross actions in all of its pianos.
Wessell, Nickel and Gross is at the forefront of piano action technology, bringing innovation, modern materials, and a breath of fresh air to an industry that has been stale for over 100 years.
Wood was hi-tech…100 years ago. Wood expands, contracts, distorts, and is highly inconsistent. This means more maintenance and tuning to compensate for these changes.
To avoid the shortfalls of wood, WNG uses a composite material in its actions. This material is a combination of a Nylon base resin and long fibers to create a material that both remarkably strong and rigid–an ideal material to make piano actions out of.
“I rebuilt two pianos simultaneously. One with wooden parts, and the other with WNG composite parts. The difference is enormous. The one rebuilt with WNG turned out with a much lighter action and the piano gained in power and sustain.”Gaetan Perrin
Epoxy Carbon Fiber Shanks
RichaThe video on the right was filmed using a high-speed camera and shows what happens when a wooden shank and a WNG Carbon Tube Shank are played.
A WNG Carbon Tube Shank’s strength is as strong as the strongest wooden shank, but doesn’t have the variability in quality that wood does. You can be sure that every WNG Carbon Tube Shank is as strong as the one next to it, and that any piano action equipped with WNG’s Carbon Tube Shanks will see a notable increase in power, consistency, and longevity.
“…The over cautious and half informed inevitably hastened to warn us that the stiffer carbon fiber shanks would degrade the “feel” and performance of the action. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whiplash in wooden shanks results in lack of precision of the strike point in traditional actions; with that comes the well known sound ceiling and loss of quality of sound energy…The extra stiffness of carbon fiber almost eliminates this syndrome and brings with it enhanced feed back to the artists of the hammer string interaction especially with quiet playing…”Richard Dain
For more information and testimonials on Wessell, Nickel and Gross action parts, please visit www.wessellnickelandgross.com