Fazioli pianos were first developed in 1981 by Paolo Fazioli, a pianist and engineer who wanted to create a piano that was significantly better than anything in existence. Today, a growing number of professional pianists are convinced that Fazioli makes the finest pianos available in the world – including jazz legend Herbie Hancock, and the world's leading interpreter of Bach music Angela Hewitt.
Fazioli makes around 140 pianos a year and each one takes more than two years to make. Many of the parts are plated in 18K gold to prevent corrosion. Fazioli pianos feature many innovations – the sum of which has caused the pianos to be hailed as the absolute 'pinnacle' of the piano world. The heart of each Fazioli – the soundboard – is taken from the same trees in northern Italy's 'Val di Fiemme' forest where Antonio Stradivari once carved his wood for his famous violins. The F308 model is the world's largest piano in production at staggering length of 10 feet and 2 inches. All six sizes have the option of being ordered with a fourth pedal patented by Fazioli Pianoforti, which allows the pianist to soften the sound without changing the voice or timbre.