This piano is as rare as the proverbial rocking horse poo, the Luthéal was invented by the Belgian George Cloetens in 1919, it added additional stops of nail and felt to the standard piano sound. Creating sounds of bell-like clarity, or soft warm Rhodes type tones.
Back in the day, Maurice Ravel was so inspired by the sound, he wrote some pieces for it - including “Tzigane”.
Right now, there’s only one original Luthéal in existance and thats in the Musical Instruments Museum in Brussells.
Too my ears, it sounds like a semi-damped dulcimer but more resonance - certainly a unique sound.
Real Samples, in conjunction with MIM have meticulously sampled it @192kHz/24bit and now the library is available in HAlion3, Kontakt4 and EXS24, Structure and GigaStudio3.
There are several resolutions available, 44.1/48kHz, 88/96kHz and 192kHz.
Prices start at $269.95
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