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What is Piano Price Point?

Glen BarkmanPiano Price Point is an information-only website aimed at helping you, the consumer make educated decisions about pianos. We don’t sell pianos. In fact, we don’t even give opinions about pianos as we believe that your taste regarding musical instruments is subjective. Piano Price Point gathers information direct from manufacturers ~ pictures, specifications, MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price), components, dimensions & finishes. We then organized the pianos by price into 10 upright chapters and 14 grand chapters. Since MSR prices are usually somewhat inflated, feel free to browse higher than your budget knowing that the pianos will often be less expensive in stores.

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In addition to our piano chapters, check out our Find-A-Tuner section to find a local piano technician. We also have a monthly Piano Blog where you can read exciting articles and compelling interviews about the latest news in piano manufacturing. We hope you enjoy reading through the pages of Piano Price Point.
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Glen Barkman

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Grand American Piano

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Upright Piano Index

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1+++++Upright Pianos Priced Below $4,999

2+++++Upright Pianos Priced Between $5,000 - $5,499

3+++++Upright Pianos Priced Between $5,500 - $5,999

4+++++Upright Pianos Priced Between $6,000 - $6,999

5+++++Upright Pianos Priced Between $7,000 - $8,999

6+++++Upright Pianos Priced Between $9,000 - $11,999

7+++++Upright Pianos Priced Between $12,000 - $14,999

8+++++Upright Pianos Priced Between $15,000 - $19,999

9+++++Upright Pianos Priced Between $20,000 - $29,999

10+++++Upright Pianos Priced Between $30,000 - & Up

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Grand Piano Index

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1+++++Grand Pianos Priced Below $10,999

2+++++Grand Pianos Priced Between $11,000 - $12,999

3+++++Grand Pianos Priced Between $13,000 - $14,999

4+++++Grand Pianos Priced Between $15,000 - $16,999

5+++++Grand Pianos Priced Between $17,000 - $20,999

6+++++Grand Pianos Priced Between $21,000 - $25,999

7+++++Grand Pianos Priced Between $26,000 - $34,999

8+++++Grand Pianos Priced Between $35,000 - $44,999

9+++++Grand Pianos Priced Between $45,000 - $54,999

10+++++Grand Pianos Priced Between $55,000 - $64,999

11+++++Grand Pianos Priced Between $65,000 - $79,999

12+++++Grand Pianos Priced Between $80,000 - $99,999

13+++++Grand Pianos Priced Between $100,000 - $139,999

14+++++Grand Pianos Priced Between $140,000 & Up

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Console Piano
Studio Piano
Professional Upright Piano
Professional Large Upright
Baby Grand Piano
Medium Grand Piano
Large Grand Piano
Extra Large Grand Piano
Semi Concert Grand Piano
Concert Grand Piano

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Welcome to the Piano Price Point Blog. For those unfamiliar with the term "blog", it is the shortened version of "web-log". Blogs are usually a series of informally written articles. The purpose of this blog is to outline news and events from piano companies. Pianos are constantly being redesigned and changed. The intent of this blog is to give the "reader's digest" version summarizing the highlights of new releases and information of new designs. In addition, I quite often stumble upon facts about pianos that I find interesting in piano design. The table of contents will direct you to the appropriate article. Simply click on the article title to be redirected. I hope you enjoy and if you have any suggestions, please don't hesitate to add send a quick email on our contact page.

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How Pianos Work
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How Pianos Work

Every piano page in Piano Price Point has a button marked More Information which details sales features. This chapter is designed to help broaden your knowledge and understanding of what manufacturers are selling as benefits of their pianos. For the purpose of organization, the piano components have been divided into 6 major sections. There are many overlaps in relation to sound and function but for simplicity sake, they are as follows:

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PianoPricePoint.com has used reasonable efforts in collecting, preparing and providing quality information and material, but does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, adequacy or currency of the information contained in or linked to these Web Sites. Users of information from these Web Sites or links do so at their own risk. Any reference made by PianoPricePoint.com to any specific commercial product, process, or service (or provider of such product, process or service) other than of PianoPricePoint.com by trade name, trademark, hyperlink, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by PianoPricePoint.com. Content on PianoPricePoint.com may be provided by third parties and users. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers or other information expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, users or others, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and do not necessarily state or reflect those of PianoPricePoint.com. To the extent that this website contains links to outside services and resources, PianoPricePoint.com does not control the availability and content of those outside services and resources. Any concerns regarding any such service or resource, or any link thereto, should be directed to the particular service or resource.

Words from the Author ~ History
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Here’s a challenge: name a dozen piano brands. Over the years when I’ve randomly asked customers that question, they’re stumped after about five. The Pierce Piano Atlas, an excellent resource for tracking serial numbers and dates lists 12,000 names of pianos! The world of piano manufacturing was different 150 years ago. Without television or radio, the piano was the center of home entertainment. Subsequently, there were hundreds of local piano manufacturers around the world.
Upon closer examination, however it’s apparent that there were not 12,000 piano manufacturers but rather upwards of 1,000 piano makers “stencilling” names of 12,000 pianos. Stencilling began as consolidation where one company would purchase another and then instead of marketing just one company, they would market two names of pianos. Bigger fish ate up smaller fish for the purposes of efficiency and market share. It made sense then to build different names and brands of pianos under one roof utilizing the same resources, infrastructure and expertise. Names, either fabricated or real became the trademark for credibility.
During the 20th century these piano companies weathered two world wars, the great depression, the industrial age and finally the advent of computerization. Instead of hundreds of piano companies we are left with approximately 60 well known brands.
Words from the Author ~ 20th Century
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Manufacturing has now entered a state of dualism where there are giant companies manufacturing tens of thousands of pianos annually and conversely hand crafted boutique makers are producing a few hundred of highly priced instruments. With computer assisted design (CAD) and globalization of knowledge and expertise, companies have responded by making pianos and piano parts in all corners of the world. The most notable trend is manufacturing with cost effective labor. Many companies have altered and/or abandoned their own manufacturing plants in favor of building in countries such as Indonesia or China where cheaper labor equates into more competitive and affordable prices. Still others are holding fast the traditional ways of piano making but the trade-off is that these pianos are higher priced comparatively.
Piano Price Point is the compilation of years of analysis, tracking which of these pianos are current. The objective is to analyze and compare all of the models of pianos in the world. With over 700 models each piano page in Piano Price Point contains pictures, specifications, prices and features as advertised by the manufacturer. It’s like having all of the brochures of all the pianos available at a glance. These approximately 60 names produce an estimated 90% of the world’s pianos.
My goal is to educate you, the consumer with possibilities, enabling you to make educated decisions. The specifications are accurate. It is my hope that you enjoy this pictorial reference guide. Scroll down and look carefully at the features and make informed purchasing decisions. I give this without prejudice, opinion or bias. Enjoy!
~ Glen Barkman
Words from the Author ~ Criteria
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Careful consideration was made when determining the insertion of each piano company into this book. Piano Price Point has analyzed only new pianos. Vintage or obsolete companies that are no longer in business have not been included. Pianos represented have intentional design, musical acceptance, sales and support infrastructure. The following are general criteria to be included in the pages of Piano Price Point:

They must be in business today. This book is not about the pianos of yesteryear but modern manufacturing of new instruments.

They must have global presence. The company must have a website and contact information.


They must provide a set MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price list of all models).As a side note: please be aware that the prices listed are the BASE for each model in USD$. The base model usually comes in black. Rather than having an entire book of black pianos, the picture corresponding to any model is one chosen for both beauty and to create variety. By pressing the page down button on any page you will find the full list of finishes available.


Technical data and pictures must be made available for every model included.

Words from the Author ~ Prices
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Just a word regarding prices: The MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) of any piano is usually higher than you will find in stores. Why? For two reasons: One is that it presents an inflated value of the instrument. Psychologically consumers then feel they are getting a great deal on a piano when it goes "on sale". Two, it's the safest publishable global price that can be printed without stepping on toes. What do I mean by that? Let's say you have a widget company that makes products in Japan. Companies that ship to North America also need to factor in shipping and warehousing into their pricing. As well, retail space in New York or Paris for owning a piano store will be much different than a small shop in a rural town. Subsequently, the piano makers set a "safe" price on their pianos - a price that is cushioned to offset costs.
While I don't begrudge retailers what they need to operate, this MSRP cushion has more to do with the former idea of presenting products with a high price to inflate inherent value. What does this all mean? Halfway through designing this book I realized that people will be shopping within a budget for a piano only to discover that prices are much lower in retail stores ~ usually 20-40% lower than MSRP. While there are some companies that give accurate reflections of price, most play it safe and present inflated values. When using this guide, therefore, shop higher than your budget, knowing that the prices in stores are lower. In this book, I would have preferred to use more realistic prices found in stores but the only benchmarks were price lists given me by the manufacturers. Although prices may vary from city to city, country to country, the piano information is nonetheless factual.
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