The first phase in constructing a piano begins by forming the rim, which is made in two layers, internal and external.
The internal rim, which is lower, is made by stacking together 5mm thick lengths of solid maple, which is then bent around special moulds to form its characteristic shape.
Given the obvious difficulty in curving a material like wood this is a very delicate phase in the production process.
The same applies when forming the external rim, which is higher than the internal one, and glued around the latter.
At the Fazioli factory, rims are still shaped in the time honoured method which leaves the wood in the clamps for days in order to adapt to its new shape, this method allows the glue to dry naturally rather than artificially assisting the process.
In this way, the natural tendencies of the wood are respected and it creates a condition that will ensure the stability and longevity of the piano for years to come. The rims are then left to “rest” for a period of not less than 6 months before further assembly can commence.