Charles Walter had already enjoyed a notable career in piano building and design for other firms when he decided that he could do things better. Charles had a mission - to offer the public more piano for the money than most of the instruments on the market.
Charles is a degreed physicist and never set out to build a huge number of instruments. In fact, he currently limits his vertical production to fewer than 1,000 pianos each year. However, the detail and workmanship on these instruments has received praise from pianists, technicians, and even from his competitors.
Joined by family members with design and engineering background, Charles has been fully involved in every aspect of his piano’s production, from procurement of materials, to assembly, preparation, and final finishing. Careful attention was given to full bass performance through the use of long strings and a large solid spruce soundboard. Extensive work in scale design has provided smooth sound continuity across the keyboard, a singing treble, and a smooth precise tuning.
The piano has become so well recognized for its design superiority that Mr. Walter has become a frequently requested speaker on the topic of piano design and construction at piano technician seminars and state conventions throughout the United States.
Among modern pianos, the Charles R. Walter is unique for its superb blend of that which is the most advanced in modern technology and that which is the finest in old world craftsmanship.
Joseph Schiavo, Director of Program Development, Music, Rutgers Camden:
"Here at Rutgers, we chose Charles Walter studio pianos from Cunningham for our practice rooms. They have performed beautifully!"