Stuart & Sons

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Stuart & Sons
Company typePrivate company
IndustryMusical instruments
FounderWayne Stuart
Area served
ProductsGrand pianos
Stuart & Sons 2.9-metre (9.5 ft) 102-note piano

Stuart & Sons is an Australian manufacturer of handcrafted grand pianos. The company is based in Tumut in New South Wales.[1]


Wayne Stuart founded the company in 1990 as Stuart & Sons Terra Australia Pvt Limited. The company later evolved and formed a partnership with Albert Music.

The company used to be based in Newcastle[2] but in 2015, it relocated to a town at the base of the Snowy Mountains.[3]


Stuart & Sons uses Australian timbers for construction.[4]

The Dutch-Australian pianist and teacher Gerard Willems used a Stuart & Sons piano when recording the complete piano sonata cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven during 1999 and 2000.[5]

Stuart & Sons created a grand piano with 14 more keys than are found on a standard piano, for a total of 102 keys (C2 to F8) or eight and one half octaves.[6][7] A model with 20 extra keys (108 keys in total, 9 octaves, C0 to B8, approximately 16.3 Hz to 7902.1 Hz) was built in 2018.[8][9]

Piano locations[edit]

Stuart pianos are used at many locations throughout Australia, including:

See also[edit]

Other Australian piano manufacturers


Other notable pianos of comparable size


  1. ^ "Contact us". Stuart and Sons. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Contact us". Stuart and Sons. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Stuart & Sons Contact Us". Archived from the original on 30 May 2023. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  4. ^ "Stuart & Sons Grand Pianos". STUART & SONS. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  5. ^ "Ludwig van Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas Gerard Willems, Piano Stuart & Sons Piano". Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2009.
  6. ^ Grant, Neva. "Musical Innovation: A Grander Grand Piano". NPR Music. NPR. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  7. ^ Meacham, Steve (20 October 2010). "Notes from heaven: piano on a grand scale". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  8. ^ King, Rosie (14 September 2018). "World's first 108-key concert grand piano built by Australia's only piano maker". ABC. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b "WHY 108 Keys..." STUART & SONS. Retrieved 16 April 2024.
  10. ^ "Pianos | Pianos Stephen Paulello". Retrieved 16 April 2024.

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