At the end of the 1970s, Paolo Fazioliís expertise in traditional piano manufacturing, coupled with his engineering research, experience and creativity, finally brought about the establishment of a new business. The Fazioli Piano Factory was built within the Sacile furniture plant, about 40 miles north of Venice.
This choice of location fulfilled a number of organisational and production needs: materials were close to hand, as were research and analysis laboratories and, most importantly, specialist craftsmen.
In 1979 he started designing his first prototype for a baby grand piano. He was assisted by a small team consisting of Professor Pietro Righini, an expert in musical acoustics, and Professor Guglielmo Giordano, an eminent wood technologist, as well as Virgilio Fazioli and Lino Tiveron.
The prototype of the F183 model was completed in June 1980, followed at the end of the year by the prototypes of two other models, the F156 and the F278.
In January 1981, Fazioli Pianoforti srl was officially incorporated. The prototypes of models F183, F156 and F278 were presented to the press and trade professionals. Participants at the press conference included renowned musicologist Piero Rattalino, in addition to professors Giordano and Righini.
In February, the same pianos were first exhibited at the Frankfurt Musikmesse, where the presence of an Italian piano maker created something of a sensation.
In the latter half of the year, work began on the prototype of the F228 model.
In the meantime, pianist Nikita Magalof accepted an invitation to visit the Sacile factory and performed successfully in concert with a F278 concert grand piano.
The philosophy of Fazioli Pianoforti remains the same to this day: