Stuart & Sons
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Stuart & Sons is an Australian manufacturer of handcrafted grand pianos established in 1990 as Stuart & Sons Terra Australis Pty Limited. The founder is Wayne Stuart. The company later evolved and formed a partnership with Albert Music. Stuart & Sons primarily use Australian timbers for construction. The company is based in Newcastle in New South Wales.
Stuart & Sons has created a grand piano with 14 more keys than are found on a standard piano, for a total of 102 keys or eight and one half octaves. A model with 20 extra keys for a total of 108 or nine octaves was built in 2018.
Stuart pianos are used at many prominent locations throughout Australia including:
- Sydney Conservatorium of Music
- Government House, Sydney
- Admiralty House, Sydney
- Powerhouse Museum Sydney
- Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, Hobart
- Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust
- Clancy Auditorium Central Queensland University
- Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Mackay, Queensland
Other Australian piano manufacturers
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