Steinways may be the most well-known pianos in the world.  But Faziolis are probably the most exclusive.  They’re family-owned.  They’re entirely individually hand-crafted, by request, in a tiny village northeast of Venice.  They make both classic beauties and modern jewels.  And they turn out less than 150 pianos a year.  (Steinway makes around 4000 a year, from their New York and Hamburg workshops.  And they can only claim to be “almost entirely” crafted by hand.)  I have never had the honour to play a Fazioli, but the minute I read about them in T.E. Carhart’s wonderful The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, I had a new addition to my “Things To Do Before I Die” list.  Check out a Fazioli in action, courtesy of Jon Schmidt and a very cool arrangement of Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”.

– Jean AAR

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I live in Seattle, Washington and work as a legal assistant. I remember learning to read (comic strips) at a young age and nowadays try to read about 5-6 books a week. I love to travel, especially to Europe, and enjoy exploring smaller towns off the tourist track though London is my favorite city in the world.