Members of the PTA & I.M.I.T., MIA and Trading Standards Approved. C&G qualified and N&S Diploma. PTD(Precision Touch Design) Technician.
Here's another clip which details some of the internals of the piano.
I have been in correspondence with him a little and he has lots of questions about stringing patterns which I intend to post here shortly.
Adrian Mann - 2008 General Scholarship Recipient
To construct the world’s largest piano
“My doubts about getting anywhere were pretty high, but now to be chosen out of 1100 people, that’s a huge honour.”
"When I think of failing I think of what Thomas Edison once said “I have not failed I have merely found 10,000 ways it doesn’t work!”
Despite having no formal training, Adrian is single-handedly building the world’s largest piano. Inspired by his Great Great Grandfather Alexander Barrie Mann (maternal cousin of Sir James Matthew Barrie, author of Peter Pan) who came to New Zealand in 1882 from Tannadice, Angus, Scotland, Adrian will build the piano in his memory.
Adrian is more than half way through the construction, which will produce a piano with a length of 18 feet, nine inches. The design is based on a stringing system that will push the boundary of conservative piano construction. Tests conducted by Adrian, based on elementary physics, have proven that a string length of this scale is possible. The result will be a very unique tone and a piano that will be one of a kind.
Adrian has received great interest from around the world - even as far as Germany. His local community has supported him by donating tools, timber, books and even money in order to help Adrian finish his project. Adrian hopes to have his piano displayed in the local community where it can be seen as a testament of inspiration to other New Zealanders to go on and do great things no matter what obstacles or challenges they may face along the way.
The piano is now finished and has exceeded all expectations.