"The piano is so sensitive that it'll do whatever a pianist wants it to do, including play the wrong notes quite well," he joked.
The Bechstein piano is worth about $250,000 and will give the U of S a great deal of bragging rights, added Jolly.
"I think our students need to know, feel, experience and hear what the very best is so they know where to set their sights for performance levels," he said. "The instrument will respond to them and they will respond to the instrument."
Photos of Roger Jolly and the C. Bechstien D280 are available in the U of S Flickr gallery: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCjpWeV
Photo, L to R: Dean Peter Stoicheff, Roger Jolly, Marie Jolly and President Ilene Busch-Vishniac.