Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.
The piano is a classical musical instrument. Now him trying to replace digital variations with a wider an arsenal of sounds. However, many musicians make their choice only in favor of real acoustic pianos. In this regard, we decided talk about which companies are now producing the best tools of this kind. It will be about elite manufacturers, and about the creators of relatively inexpensive pianos.
- Selection recommendations
- Rating of the best manufacturers of pianos
- Top manufacturers of high-end pianos
- Steinway & sons
- C. Bechstein
- Mason & hamlin
- Steingraeber & sohne
- Pleyel et cie
- Grotrian stenweg
- Top mid-tier manufacturers
- W. Hoffmann
- Wm. Knabe & co
- August foerster
- Top consumer-grade piano manufacturers
It seems to many that the creation of a piano should not cause no problem. Allegedly enough to get a manufacturer wood and metal, and even better – cast iron. But actually there a lot of nuances. Assembling an acoustic piano is only half the battle. If we stop at this step, we get a low-grade an instrument that cannot be obtained from sound quality. To make the piano sing, sweat by investing in thousands of little things. That’s why good acoustic pianos cost hundreds of thousands of rubles, and even millions.
Perhaps the easiest way to choose a piano is to focus on the price. When you decide on the cost, pay attention to following parameters:
- Tool design – it should be as high as possible more perfect, because the life and visual impressions;
- Sound – acoustics should please you;
- Manufacturing technology – all sorts of notches and other problems should be excluded;
- Game quality – keys must have good sensitivity, how to pay attention to subtlety nuanced sound.
Unfortunately, you can evaluate the piano only at the moment when you are right in front of him. Dry characteristics indicated on site is unlikely to tell you something. That’s why we decided to talk about manufacturers of acoustic grand pianos. It will somehow allow understand which tool you should buy. Note in advance that often the best quality pianos are produced by small companies, using manual labor. But they produce no more than a hundred tools per year, so their cost is prohibitive. AND this is not to say that finding their products on free sale possible only in very rare cases – usually such companies produce a piano for specific orders. That’s why it’s so much easier. to get something from multibillion-dollar corporations – they release thousands of tools a year, and therefore the price tag doesn’t bite them so much.
Finally, we note that you must not forget to look at the size the piano. It will be unpleasant if the tool simply does not fit in space reserved for him. In terms of dimensions, pianos are divided into following types:
- A large concert grand piano – usually the length of its body varies from 270 to 308 cm;
- Small Concert Grand Piano – The length of the body of this instrument reduced to 220-250 cm;
- Salon (universal) piano – its body has a length of 200 up to 220 cm;
- Room piano – designed for rooms up to 100 square meters. m, the length of its body varies from 175 to 195 cm;
- Small cabinet grand piano – suitable for a room no larger than 50 sq. m, the length of the housing of such a tool is 160-170 cm;
- Miniature piano – can find a place in the children’s room, in the attic and in other similar rooms (case length – from 132 up to 155 cm).
Now it’s time to go on to describe the manufacturers of acoustic grand pianos. Oddly enough, they exist quite a lot quantity!
Rating of the best manufacturers of pianos
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||rating|
|Top manufacturers of high-end pianos||1||Steinway & sons||5.0|
|3||Mason & hamlin||4.8|
|6||Steingraeber & sohne||4.5|
|7||Pleyel et cie||4.4|
|Top mid-tier manufacturers||1||Yamaha||5.0|
|5||Wm. Knabe & co||4.6|
|Top consumer-grade piano manufacturers||1||Petrof||5.0|
Top manufacturers of high-end pianos
Steinway & sons
This brand has been on the market for more than 150 years. Despite name, the American company has not no relation to the German Steinweg family. Now this The company is owned by Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. Alas now there is some confusion with its products. The fact is that the company produces and pianos premium and consumer models. At the same time, it’s extremely difficult for many novice musicians to understand which tool they are offered.
So let’s get it right! Now Steinway & Sons has production outlets in New York, Hamburg, Japan and China. IN Asian countries gather mid-tier hybrid tools (Boston series) and consumer pianos (Essex series). Sound of these tools will be far from ideal. The company does not hide it – on such pianos it is indicated that Steinway is only responsible for the design tools.
As for the American and German pianos, they too quite different from each other. So much so that they use a different game mechanism in design! In Russia The easiest way to purchase a tool is from Hamburg. He may have different sizes, it will depend on this its cost and magnificence of sound. For example, cabinet piano Steinway & Sons O 180 (the name of the model indicates the length of its body) will cost you “total” of 6 million rubles. Well, the flagship Steinway & Sons D 274 is a large concert grand piano – they ask for about 165 thousand euros! There is no doubt that approximately 40% of the cost is marketing component, overpayment for “air”. Although it is impossible not to recognize that the manufacturer has worked hard. This is evidenced though would the case in the manufacture of which were used 17 layers of solid maple tree. Of course, the creation of the body was carried out exclusively manually.
The company’s assortment also includes designer models. For example, there is a tool made in the style of the era of the Great Gatsby. It has a shiny lacquer finish with a delicate shade of beige or white flowers. Additionally, the piano received a finish that mimics pearl mother of pearl. The cost of a 180-centimeter model varies from 2.7 to 4 million rubles.
The founding of C. Bechstein also happened more than 150 years ago. If a more specifically, it happened in Berlin in 1853. Now approximately 170 people work for the benefit of the company (or twice as many, if we take into account subsidiaries). But once upon a time the piano manufacturer consisted only of Karl Bechstein and several employees. In five years, he sold a little less than two hundred pianos. One from the first owners of a concert instrument became a famous pianist Hans von Bülow.
C. Bechstein’s pianos quickly became popular due to their durability materials used. These tools held well mechanical stress, which could not be said about their competitors. No wonder Bechstein soon began to export its products to the UK and Russia. Gradually in the factory began to produce about 500 tools annually. Well, by the end 19th century Bechstein opened three additional factories. Things were going so successful that in 1901 the founder of the company built in London own concert hall. Later similar sites were erected in Paris and St. Petersburg.
Now C. Bechstein is a joint stock company. Company annually produces more than 4 thousand tools, and its turnover is equal to two to three tens of millions of euros. Top pianos gather in Saxon Seifhennersdorf. Interestingly, this factory is open to group excursions. Also a subsidiary of C. Bechstein owns a factory located in the Czech city of Hradec Kralove. For some time, the company produced pianos under the trademarks Euterpe and Wilh, assembling in Indonesia and China, but in 2009 year their production was discontinued.
At one time, the choice in favor of C. Bechstein products was made Beethoven, Bach, Boris Bloch, Paul Koon, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Elton John. It is not surprising that many musicians still play on pianos of this particular company. As for the cost of such instruments, then it is close to maximum. For example, for C.Bechstein A 228 (by model name you can understand how long is this monster) asking over 4 million rubles.
Mason & hamlin
Creating premium pianos is only available to companies with great story. Like Mason & Hamlin. Her foundation happened in 1854. It happened in the American city of Boston. At first pores the company was engaged in the creation of melodeons. But enough quickly the company switched to design and production harmonium. The products were so successful that Mason & Hamlin had to produce up to two hundred tools a week, and the company’s staff has grown to five hundred people.
Subsequently, the American company began to produce piano and pianos. The instruments of Mason & Hamlin were played by Sergey Rachmaninov, recorded in 1924, “Second Concert for Piano and Orchestra.” However, great success did not last long. In the mid-20th century, the company began to pursue serious problems. She even had to stop piano production in the USA. Subsequently, Mason & Hamlin passed from hand to hand, and therefore the design changed regularly her musical instruments. Now an enterprise owned by Burgett. Inc. For some time now, the company resumed US Tool Production – Haverhill Factory (Massachusetts).
Alas, outside the North American continent Mason & Pianos Hamlin not manufactured. This means that buying them in Russia almost impossible. In the states for new products of this companies are asking for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Interesting that on everything the famous eBay you can easily find the pianos Mason & Hamlin, released in the 1920s, and even in very good condition – many musicians prefer to buy them.
You think that 150 years of existence is a huge period for grand piano manufacturer? No matter how. Some brands are present in the market of such tools even longer. For example, Austrian Bosendorfer company was founded in 1828. Early years led by her Ignaz Bözendorfer stood.
In just a couple of years, the company managed to make a name for itself. In 1830 she became the official supplier of musical instruments to the court Emperor of Austria. Well, in 1859 Ignaz was replaced at his post son, whose name was Ludwig. Tom managed to not only expand production, but also build your own concert hall. Here, in Many famous musicians performed at one time.
Of course, now this is no longer a family business. Bosendorfer is limited liability company, which is absorbed Yamaha concern. At the time of purchase, the company was valued at 15.7 million. Euro, then it totaled 180 workers. Interesting that the japanese practically do not interfere with the management of Bosendorfer, without affecting manufacturing process.
Pianos under this brand are recognized as one of the best in the world. Now the company produces not only standard tools, but also models with 92 and even 97 keys that extend the lower case. The problem with such grand pianos is that there is now extremely a small number of works using these keys. All of them, to In a word, they are black so that the artist does not confuse them with counter-octave keys.
The cost of instruments of an Austrian company varies in depending on many parameters, including size. Most the largest is the 290-centimeter Bosendorfer Imperial. Purchase this unusual piano will cost 250 thousand dollars! Not surprisingly, it is called the Rolls-Royce Among the Pianos.
Fortunately, the Bosendorfer range is more affordable. tools belonging to the consumer class. All of them are part of the Conservatory series. As the name of the line, in mainly such pianos are intended for musical training institutions.
Another company whose products regularly occupy higher places in the ratings of the best pianos. And this is despite the fact that she was founded in not so distant 1981!
Unlike many other companies, Fazioli does not make much bet on cheap consumer pianos. Italians They collect exclusively elite models. And they’re not at all afraid the fact that the account of instruments issued annually goes to miserable hundreds.
The founder of the company is Paolo Fasioli. In 1971 he received a diploma in class at the Rossini Conservatory “Piano”. He then received a master’s degree in musical compositions by doing this at the Academy of St. Cecilia. In a word, this man understands music! Well, to establish a business for he decided to produce pianos after looking at his older brothers then engaged in the creation of office furniture from Exotic wood.
Despite modest production, annual revenue the company reaches 10 million euros. Therefore it is not surprising that in 2004 Fazioli Concert Hall was opened in the year. Present in it numerous acoustic devices test new instruments as well as record concerts.
Fazioli products can be seen at many musicians. In particular, Alfred used these pianos. Pretzel, Ananda Sucarlan, Marcus Schirmer, Angela Hewitt and many others.
Now in the assortment of the company there are six models grand pianos. The biggest tool is the Fazioli F308, the length which is 3.08 m. This makes it the largest grand piano of available in the market. The structure of this model includes even the fourth a pedal that brings hammers closer to strings, which reduces sound volume without changing the tone.
Steingraeber & sohne
Many great pianists come from Germany. No wonder that on the territory of this country there is a very large number piano manufacturers. For example, one of the most famous companies this kind is Steingraeber & Sohne. Its name allows understand that the founders are Steingreber and his sons.
The foundation of the enterprise happened in 1852. Company takes quite a small territory in Bavaria, in the city of Bayreuth. Music connoisseurs will immediately say that it was here that at one time lived and performed the great Wagner.
The size of the factory does not allow any huge number of musical instruments. But the company does not seek hit someone with numbers. Instead, the company is trying create elite-level pianos. They are all true Germanic, and even the ardent will not be able to find fault with their sound a professional who has tried more than a dozen pianos in the case. To achieve the magnificent beauty of sound is possible only due to individual handmade with each tool. As a result any Steingraeber & Sohne grand piano can boast warm and expressive sound. No wonder the products of this German companies regularly receive awards at all kinds of international music shows.
As expected, the company produces not only large concert pianos, but also their more compact versions. Cost Steingraeber & Sohne products range from 60 thousand euros to 153 thousand euros. Piano finishes can be either black or white (such option will be a little more expensive). Also in the assortment of the company there are tools with anti-vandal coating.
It remains to add that Steingraeber & Sohne is still family business. Now the production is controlled by Udo Steingreber – representative of the seventh generation of the piano dynasty.
Pleyel et cie
Some piano manufacturers can boast that their instruments were used by the greatest musicians. For example, such the company is Pleyel et Cie. The pianos of this French enterprises used by Frederic Chopin himself! He composed on them music, and played during his performance in Paris.
The company was founded by Ignas Playel in 1807. Later him began to help his son, becoming a business partner. It is Pleyel et Cie became the first company to introduce the piano, making familiar the piano is much more compact, since the strings now had vertical position. Such tools were very successful in therefore, the company began to produce approximately 1,000 pianos per year. Their creation then involved 250 workers.
It should be noted that Pleyel et Cie has performed more than once a variety of experiments, introducing new types of seemingly familiar tools. And some of them were recognized as successful. For example, it was the French who became the first to use the piano metal carcass.
At the end of the 20th century, Pleyel et Cie absorbed two other French piano companies. Thus, she got rid of competitors. However, this did not help her. Soon the enterprise was bought out by the family, who also bought the Salle Pleyel concert hall. It was planned that this would revive the name Pleyel. Right here in the south France, a new factory was built, which began to produce Superior and very beautiful pianos. However, in 2008, the factory was closed, and production was moved back to Paris. Here tools were produced in the development of which took part famous designers. Materials for their production are often brought from other countries – for example, red spruce got to Paris from Italy. Alas, at the end of 2013 production instruments under the Pleyel brand have been discontinued. But it does not mean, that they cannot be found in stores – there is no doubt that they will be sold for a long time, because the cost of grand pianos can not be called humane.
Classical music lovers can see those very live tools used by Chopin. They are still stored in several museums. In particular, one of them is located in the museum. Frederic Chopin in Warsaw.
Another German company engaged in the production of pianos already a century and a half. It was founded by Julius Blutner back in 1853. The factory was built in Grosslezn – a suburb of Leipzig. At first pores she was in a rented room, and the assembly of the piano involved three people. The first copy was sold approximately one year later. Well, since 1855, sales began to grow seriously, in As a result, the number of employees increased to 14 people.
By 1863, the five hundredth instrument was assembled. The popularity grew including through participation in world exhibitions. And if the products of the above companies were in demand among well-known musicians, then bought Bluthner pianos and for chapters states. Julius Blutner was the supplier of the Queen’s Court Victoria, Turkish Sultan Abdul Hamid II, German Emperor William II and Russian Emperor Nicholas II. So special The status of the enterprise allowed to build a second plant in 1870, at which was already attended by steam engines. Well, after only two the third factory was opened, which hired 170 workers.
Bluthner has introduced a number of its own inventions. For example, she created an aliquot system with additional resonant strings.
Now Bluthner products are actively sold in almost all countries of the world. Of course, the pianos of this company were used to recording a huge number of musical compositions. Including them often used to record soundtracks for popular films. These pianos are so famous that they regularly appear in frame. For example, it was Bluthner’s creation that was destroyed in one of the scenes of Iron Man.
The assortment of the German company consists not only of elite instruments worth millions of rubles. You You can easily buy a relatively inexpensive model at a price of 600-700 thousand rubles. However, it will be a hybrid grand piano whose components were created not only in Germany, but also in Asian countries – China, Indonesia and Japan. As usual, Bluthner herself is involved. only to the design of such tools. No wonder they usually sold under the trademarks of Haessler and Irmler. About the first, to In a word, we’ll talk separately.
Another manufacturer of premium pianos and pianos. Company was founded by Georg Friedrich Karl Grotrian in 1835. Before of this a German entrepreneur was selling musical instruments in a small store located in Moscow. Products were made Petersburg factory. Seeing her success, Frederick decided to go home to found their own company. He started do piano right in his house in Essen, on the outskirts of the Harz Mountains. This choice was made due to the proximity of the forest, consisting of beech and fir trees.
One of the first instruments created was a square piano, destined for Friedrick Grotrian. Now it is in Braunschweig Museum. The musician liked the instrument, and therefore Grotrian Stenweg products are in demand. In the middle 19th century Steinweg decided to move to New York, the factory moved into the hands of the eldest son. My father continued to pursue his favorite business, Americanizing his name and founding a company Steinway & Sons, which we already talked about.
Grotrian Stenweg products were bought not only by musicians, but also all sorts of royal houses. It is not surprising that at the end of the XIX century company owners were awarded imperial and royal Order of Austria-Hungary. By 1913, enterprises worked for the good 550 people, producing approximately 1,600 musical instruments in year. Some problems with the company began only during the First World War II, when Kurt Grotrian was captured, and his father died. Willy Grotrian, the son of Kurt, had to lead the enterprise. However, in the next decade things got better – the company began producing 3,000 pianos a year. And then the Great depression, during which the number of instruments created decreased by six times.
As for the current state of affairs, the enterprise is still is a family affair. Currently owned by daughters Erwin Grotrian. Each year, the company produces 500 pianos per six sizes and 100 grand pianos in five sizes. About 20 grand pianos belong to the concert type – such monsters require their manufacturing approximately eight months. Interesting that many people claim that Grotrian Stenweg products have higher quality than Steinways New York products. Opt for German instruments made by Jean France, Julie Andrews, Paul Hindemith, John Lord, Ellie Ney and many others.
It should be noted that in the assortment of Grotrian Stenweg there are even double pianos designed for performance parties in a duet. At the same time, you can play solo on such an instrument, closing the lid of the second half of the piano.
Top mid-tier manufacturers
The Japanese company Yamaha is a full-fledged concern, familiar from several very popular products. For example, around the world Yamaha motorcycles are very well known for being very fast. Also, the Japanese know a lot about electronic sound, creating excellent synthesizers and digital pianos. And only a few know that Yamaha also produces acoustic grand pianos.
The history of the Japanese brand began in 1887. However, then the company was called Nippon Gakki Co. Ltd. Surprisingly at first pores the company created precisely the piano and harmonium. Exactly therefore, the company logo uses a trio of interwoven tuning forks.
Only after World War II did the enterprise begin to produce motorcycles. The leadership forced the company to take such a step. factories of military equipment designed to create metal products. Well, closer to the end of the XX century began to develop digital technology. Yamaha noticed this by starting to create synthesizers. And then digital pianos began to appear. No matter how cool, but such tools are much more compact and lighter than their own acoustic brothers, in connection with which they do not suggest exclusively stationary installation.
Now the Japanese are paying less attention to pianos. Their circulation is small, and therefore you can purchase a Yamaha acoustic piano only with certain difficulty. It can be noted that Japanese the manufacturer almost forgot about concert models. If the pianos and produced – almost all of them belong to the cabinet modifications with compact dimensions. Concerning workmanship and sound, then nothing bad about the product Yamaha cannot be said in this regard. This is not surprising, because as we already said, the Japanese know a lot about music!
As you know, some manufacturers of high-end grand pianos have one or two tool development subsidiaries cheaper. This can be said of Bechstein. She speaks Czech W.Hoffmann factory, which also produces pianos and pianos. At this her products can not be called budget. The fact is that for her creations still use selected materials of very high quality. Each part is made and installed manually. Here why the purchase of a piano W.Hoffmann will have to allocate at least 1.5 million rubles.
Now the company manufactures tools included in three rulers:
- Professional – the piano and pianos of the highest are included in it classrooms intended for concerts;
- Tradition – it includes less expensive, but still professional tools;
- Vision – This series includes a medium pianoforte level.
As you can see, W.Hoffmann entry-level tools do not releases. But then all the pianos of this company are able to boast excellent mechanics and excellent sound power. Would you like to receive an instrument with a balanced balance of registers and a noble timbre? Pay attention to W.Hoffmann products. By the way, you can buy it in Russia without much difficulty – these pianos are delivered to our country on an official basis, and even in a very a large number. Of course, in the assortment of the company there are not only large monsters, but also cabinet models.
If you conduct a little research, it turns out that the largest number of piano makers came into being in mid XIX century. For example, the foundation of Ronisch occurred in 1845 year. This trademark was registered by Karl Roenisch, who lived in Dresden Despite the modest start-up capital, products The enterprise was a success. However, at first pianos did not circulate were somehow huge. Everything changed after 1867, when Karl came up with the idea of creating a solid cast-iron instrument base frames. Of course, this has a positive effect on reliability. transporting the piano.
Gradually, the products of the German company began to receive gold medals at exhibitions in Melbourne, Amsterdam, Chicago and Paris. Pianos began to be delivered to Saxon and some others. European yards. Well, in 1897, the sons of Roenisch decided to open factory in St. Petersburg. By then, the company had become produce up to 2000 tools per year.
Unfortunately, the factory located in Dresden was destroyed in the time of the bombing that occurred during the Second World War. But its owners were not at a loss, moving production in Leipzig. From now on, the factory created not only the piano, but also the furniture. At In this the quality of musical instruments has even grown! By 1960 the company managed to achieve the same pace of production. Well, in 1986 the factory has already released 21,000 instruments – a record number!
Now Ronisch does not produce pianos – in the assortment of the company there is only a piano. All of them are still produced by the same factory in Leipzig. To create such tools, apply high quality and fairly rare materials. In connection with this buying such a piano will be very expensive – usually a price tag starts from 950 thousand rubles. Ronisch range includes instruments whose case is made of Indian apple, cherry, mahogany and swiss pears. Not forgotten, of course, and polished models – they can be in black and white performance.
Sauter was founded by the young carpenter Johan Grimm. In the 1810s years, he studied the art of piano production in Vienna. Well, in 1819 he began to independently assemble the hammer pianoforte, having founded a small factory in Speichingen.
Subsequently, the work of Johan was continued by his nephew Karl Souter. It was he who turned a small workshop into a real manufactory. IN at that time there were 12 students in the factory. Soon the company became the largest piano manufacturer in Swabian Albah.
Unfortunately, Karl died too early. In this regard, the enterprise urgently led by Johan Souter and his mother. It should be noted that Johan regularly visited America, from where he brought many new of ideas. As a result, during his reign, various innovations that speed up the production process and improve quality sounding musical instruments. Also it was with him that transition from hammer pianofortes to large pianos.
In the future, the factory has expanded repeatedly. Instruments Sauter became famous throughout Germany, because they possessed pure sound and decent performance. And after World War II The war began the export of products to other countries. Now Sauter produces both the piano and grand pianos. The latter have different dimensions. The largest is the Sauter Concert 275, designed in 2000 year. As its name implies, this is a concert model, length which is 275 cm. Also in the assortment of this company. there is a small concert piano Sauter Omega 220. But the largest salons and cabinet pianos are in demand now, length which varies from 160 to 185 cm. All of them are made with the use of carefully selected trees, and they also have Elegant music stand controlled by one hand.
Wm. Knabe & co
The founder of this piano manufacturer is Valentine Wilhelm Ludwig Knabe, born in Kreuzburg in 1803. Initially, he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, having learned to be a pharmacist. However, instead, he had to become an apprentice cabinetmaker. Then he worked as a journeyman for a couple of years, and then three more years – the pianist. In 1831, Knabe moved with his family. his bride in the USA. The head of the family died while swimming, while Knabe got to Baltimore, although it was initially assumed that he will live in the city of German, where several years earlier he went brother. Knabe soon began working for the famous pianist Henry. Hartha. After that, he abandoned plans to become a farmer. Instead of this he began to sell and repair used pianos.
The date of foundation of a full-fledged factory can be considered 1839. It was then that partnerships were established with Henry Gael on piano production. Knaba managed to cross over a couple of years later to a larger workshop and open warehouses. In those years, everyone The piano sold for $ 180 to $ 400. And then Knabe began collecting square pianos, receiving a number of awards from Maryland Institute for the Development of Mechanical Arts.
Gradually, the size of the factory grew. In 1852, they worked for her Already at least 100 workers. A second factory was opened. But, to Unfortunately, two years later, both of them burned down. However it is not prevented Knaba from resuming production. And exactly at that moment The company was renamed Wm. Knabe & Co (previously in the name was the name of Henry Gael).
Despite the difficulties, the products of this company have won considerable popularity. For many years she was a family business. However, the brand is now owned by Samick Musical Instruments, Ltd. Assortment Wm. Knabe & Co Not Rich – Now Available vertical pianos in three sizes and grand pianos in four sizes. All of them are manufactured in a factory located in Gallatin (state Tennessee). To create pianos, high quality materials, and tool design – tested over the years. Concerning products sold under this brand name must not be call it somehow cheap. In terms of Russian currency, the purchase can easily cost 1.5 million rubles. And this is about cabinet model, the length of which does not exceed 174 cm. Alas, but in Such pianos are not for sale in Russia. Now the easiest way to purchase grand piano Wm. Knabe & Co., located in the USA, where this tool.
Perhaps now Samick Musical Instruments is the most a major manufacturer of musical instruments. And this despite that it was founded in the not so distant 1950! His the secret is that the South Koreans managed to redeem a ton of others smaller companies that were then experiencing financial problems. So, this concern is owned by Wm. Knabe & Co, Seiler, Silvertone and many other brands.
As already mentioned, Samick’s headquarters is located in South Korea. However, this does not mean that tool manufacturing. Perhaps the largest number of them manufactured by an Indonesian factory built in 1992. Also this company has a separate headquarters located in USA. It is she who carries out all North American operations. An acoustic factory has recently been built here. pianos, however they are all sold under the Knabe brand.
Mostly Samick produces guitars. They are developing American master Greg Bennett. At the same time, the assortment of the company is very large. It includes not only acoustic and electric guitars, but also many others – up to Hawaiian.
Of course, under the Samick brand, all kinds of pianos. Otherwise, this manufacturer would simply not would fall into our rating. South Korean pianos are low cost – you can buy such a tool for only 250-300 thousand. rubles. As for pianos, they are more difficult to manufacture, therefore, they are asked for at least 700 thousand rubles. Often them the body is made of solid spruce, and the stem holder is made of beech. The company pays the greatest attention to cabinet models. Usually the length of such tools does not exceed 185 cm. This is due to that concert pianos are produced by subsidiaries – Samick doesn’t going to compete with them, as there will be no meaning.
Another company specializing in the production of pianos upper and middle classes. However, now the largest enterprise focuses on premium tools. But you can find in selling pianos of past years, the purchase of which will not cost fabulous amount.
The founder of the company, as you might guess, is Friedrich August Förster. For some time he worked as a cabinetmaker, repairing violins and guitars. Then he decided to study at piano builder. And he succeeded – in 1854 he successfully passed the corresponding exam. However, its own workshop repair and the creation of tools, he was able to open only in 1859. Well, a full-fledged factory was founded three more years later. AND business has gone! Förster soon received a royal patent for piano production. Well, by 1874, the thousandth tool. So that you understand the pace of production at that time, already in In 1877, the 2000th piano was born!
For a long time the enterprise was exclusively family – rule was passed on from father to son. And only in 1972 The company was nationalized. A little later she became part German piano association Deutsche Piano – Union Leipzig. Fortunately, later companies again provided a name in which the surname of the founder appears. It can also be noted that it is in during this period, August Foerster products began shipping to USA.
In 1991, Wolfgang Förster was able to privatize the factory, returning the business to his family. Now he is proud that German company tools were used by Sergey Prokofiev, Erwin Schulhoff, Richard Strauss and other famous musicians. AND relatively recently August Foerster hit the movie “Pianist” – it was on her that the main character played. However, in this films are present and pianos of other manufacturers.
Now the company is focused on premium tools, producing approximately 250 grand pianos a year. This is mainly cabinet models, but there is in its assortment a concert 275-centimeter piano. The deck of the top model is made of selected mountain spruce, and the frame – made of pure cast iron. Cost of a large concert grand piano August Foerster is 137 thousand euros. As for the small cabinet models, then it can be purchased for only 48 thousand euros. But need will think about delivery, since in Russia the tools under this brand almost not represented.
Top consumer-grade piano manufacturers
It might seem that grand pianos under the Petrof brand are made in Of Russia. However, it is not. This trademark is Czech. But this does not negate the fact that those propagating under it tools are very popular in our country. This is due to the fact that during the years of socialist realism, Czechoslovakia established a massive piano delivery to the Warsaw Pact countries. Admittedly that all those tools were a complete chimney sweep assembled in the shortest time. And this is not to mention that hardly them delivered with due care.
If you decide to purchase a Petrof piano, you will find that some sellers write the brand name in Cyrillic. Furthermore, they unexpectedly double the last letter. We just love to write given surname in French, where it really has a double “f”. So it turns out the very “Petroff”.
Now we live in a completely different era. If the Czechs continued to produce inferior pianos, they would hardly be bought. However, this does not mean that their products are at least somehow close to elite status. Experts believe that the sound of instruments Petrof is far from ideal. At the same time, the cost of such pianos is very great, in connection with which the purchase seems completely unprofitable. However many Russians are still hearing the Petrof brand, and therefore they do not pay any attention to such words.
In short, now the Czechs produce mid-quality pianos. Wherein they rarely do it from scratch. Most often they take their product 1970s or 1980s, greatly modernizing it, using for This is the new German components. Interestingly, when buying the most expensive models the customer can choose from a huge view finishes – he is offered up to 60 options.
Most people are scared by the cost of upgraded pianos Petrof. It starts with 750 thousand rubles. And the exquisite Petrof model Rococo in the style of Louis XV sell at all for 2.9 million rubles! And this it’s not even a concert, but a small cabinet grand piano whose length It is only 173 cm. That’s why many people prefer to buy. used tools, for some people they preserved in very good condition. But expect from them a masterpiece in appearance and sound is not worth it.
Perhaps this particular brand is the most little-known in our selection. But once it was not so at all. Musical Vogel tools are in high demand. However gradually The German brand has gone down in history. Fortunately, in 2003 Hanes Schimmel-Vogel decided to return her from nothingness. He led Schimmel Pianos, opening a branch of the factory, which took up creating grand pianos. They all comply with strict European quality standards, and their assembly is carried out exclusively manually.
For the production of pianos, German strings and hammers are used. Decks are most often created from alpine pine. Also housing the tool is covered with polyester varnish.
Still, Vogel pianos are not perfect. Not surprising, that they are mostly modest in size – usually such instruments purchased for music schools and small premises. It’s not easy to purchase them, as the factory doesn’t strives for any mass release. This is partly why there is no point in considering the products of this company in all details.
Above, we have already talked about Bluthner. Then we mentioned that she owns several daughters. In particular, in her available – Haessler, named after Rudolph Blutner-Hessler. She releases wonderful pianos having excellent german quality. However, tools are often not record big money. It should be noted that the assortment consists of not only from pianos, but also from the piano.
At the moment, the company offers only three models, differing in size. But you need to remember that finishes can be very different – everything is here customer discretion. Haessler’s largest piano has 210 cm long.
Perhaps this is one of those cases where there is no sense talk about the brand as much as possible. He has not yet a special story. Yes, and get distributed under it grand pianos in Russia – that’s another problem. Alas, they rarely get caught outside of Western Europe. By the way, one should not assume that such Tools are 100% made in Germany. In this case they were would be much more expensive competing with the parent brand.
This is a list of the best manufacturers of acoustic pianos. how You see, their number is very large. With this company, engaged in the creation of consumer musical instruments class, gradually fade. It is they that are most affected popularization of digital pianos. Like it or not, but buying an acoustic grand piano is a costly idea. And many people want instead, take a digital tool capable of offering significantly more features.
Attention! This rating is subjective, not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.