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This compilation of articles is comprised of interviews and facts about how pianos are made. The interviews go direct to the source of piano manufacturers and parts makers. There are articles also written that help describe how pianos function. It is our intention at Piano Price Point to bring about education and deliver an accurate representation of the truth in the piano business.

Interview with Udo Steingraeber

You don’t need to look at the artist page of Steingraeber Piano for too long before you start to realize that their pianos are highly sought after and prized by world renown pianists. It begs the question, what are they experiencing that compels them to perform on their pianos? What goes into a...
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Public Domain Sheet Music If there were one word that I would use to describe myself it’s tactile. When I’m not in the garage working on a project, quite often I’m in the kitchen and if I’m not in the kitchen, I’m doing something related to the piano. I suppose that it’s due to the fact that I... Continue Reading Bösendorfer Secession Grand Piano Definition: Secession - se·ces·sion /səˈseSHən/- to withdraw formally from an alliance, federation, or association, as from a political union, a religious organization, etc.


This definition of Secession piqued my curiosity as I had recently viewed the Bösendorfer piano with the same name. It’s based on this very famous building in Vienna, Austria. Why Secession? What...
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NAMM 2020 Trade Show ~ Pianos in Review I suspect in the year 2020, we’re going to be hearing a lot of the phrase “Hindsight is 20/20”. Looking back on the last decade, a lot has changed in the world of piano manufacturing since I started attending the NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants). While many could argue that pianos don’t... Continue Reading What is a House Brand Piano? If I would ask you to name 20 brands of pianos, how would you answer? Could you name 5 or possibly 10? Maybe you can easily name 20. Historically there are approximately twelve thousand brands of pianos! It is entirely possible to encounter brands that you’ve never heard of before. I’ve been in the... Continue Reading Inside the Steinway Vault Have you heard of the Steinway Vault? Deep in the basement of the factory in New York City, the Vault houses just a handful of precious pianos worth between $200,000 and $2,500,000! But you won’t be seeing these on the next public tour. The Vault is only accessible by biometric fingerprint to 4 people... Continue Reading Are Hybrid Pianos the Next New Thing? I hear a lot of talk about hybrid pianos being the next new thing and yet I believe there’s some confusion as to what a hybrid piano actually is and whether or not it can be used as a piano alternative in serious education. When we see hybrid cars driving about, from what we’ve... Continue Reading Pearl River New Factory Grand Opening Pearl River Piano Group has grown to be the largest piano manufacturer in the world, producing more than 400 pianos per day with an annual production of 140,000 pianos. “Where do all of these pianos go?”, one might ask. Pearl River Piano dominates the Chinese piano market with an estimated 40% of the local... Continue Reading Researching Pianos ~ The Rim Close to where I live is a sea wall made of large concrete blocks that extends out into the ocean. It serves to protect boats coming and going into the harbor. At times, the waves crash up against the sea wall and at other times, the waves bounce gently and you can see the... Continue Reading A Few Words with Paolo Fazioli “What do the Italians offer to the world?”
I was recently in the home of an Italian dentist. We were walking through his modest but tastefully designed home, predominantly decorated in white. I followed him down a hallway as he continued.
“The Italians, we don’t have massive manpower. We don’t have natural resources. What do the...
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Renner piano action Researching Pianos ~ The Action “I shall build an Arpicembalo!” stated Cristofori excitedly. The year was 1698 and his new invention literally translated means “harp-harpsichord”. It would be a new instrument that would sound like a harp and have keys like a harpsichord. Harpsichords have plucked strings but this new invention would have mallets that strike the strings. It... Continue Reading Sauter soundboard Researching Pianos - The Soundboard When doing research on pianos, what role does the soundboard play? After a key is struck on the piano, the hammer is activated to strike against the strings. The vibration of the strings, in turn transfers the vibration through the bridge to the soundboard. It’s the job of the soundboard to act as a... Continue Reading Bösendorfer Vienna Concert Pianos They say that French cuisine and baked goods are inseparable from the ingredients grown there, that the quality of the food is due in part to the local culture from farm to table. In music, there is something similar in Austria known as the Viennese sound. It is a unique sound that is also... Continue Reading Researching Pianos - The Bridge A piano bridge is a thin section made of wood that runs perpendicular to the strings. Pianos generally have 2 bridges; the short bridge for the lower bass section and the long bridge for the tenor and treble sections. The sizes vary from maker to maker but they run the width of the piano... Continue Reading Researching Pianos - Piano Strings The decisions made regarding string gauge is part of the blueprint for a piano called the piano scale (not to be confused with the 7 notes on the keyboard also called the piano scale). The blueprint mathematically is calculated as a starting point to determine what gauge of wire will best suit the piano.... Continue Reading Researching Pianos - Hammer Felt Matters I’ve heard this statement many times before: “I’m just doing my research on what piano to buy”. But what does this actually mean? What do people research when they say that they’re examining a piano? Isn’t a piano just a piano? They’re shiny, they have 88 keys with 3 pedals, right? While that is... Continue Reading Optimizing Piano Acoustics At Home ...The soundboard actually acts as a transducer changing vibration into audible signal. Ideally, to hear the piano you would want to have full exposure to the soundboard to hear all of the tones and overtones. When people ask what the difference is between a grand and an upright, that’s a major difference... Continue Reading NAMM 2018 Piano Review This year in sunny Anaheim, California, the NAMM show once again had a fantastic display of incredible pianos. From inexpensive to opulent, there are pianos for everyone to see and enjoy. Present this year (in alphabetical order of brand): Baldwin, Bluthner, Bösendorfer, Brodmann, Emerson, Fazioli, Geyer, Grotrian, Hailun, Hallet Davis, Hardman, Irmler, Kawai, Kayserburg,... Continue Reading Yamaha SX Grand Pianos with ARE Yamaha works at a molecular level implementing ARE, Acoustic Resonance Enhancement in their new SX line of pianos. Yamaha quietly introduced something this year at the NAMM show that caught my eye. It’s not a new process. In fact, it’s been going on since the 8th century with the Vikings in their ship building.... Continue Reading The Sostenuto Pedal In 1874, William Steinway wrote in his diary (pictured above) that the sostenuto pedal was splendid. But there has never been said any words in the piano industry that are more divisive than “But does it have a middle pedal?” Why are these words divisive? Because the middle pedal on the piano is the... Continue Reading What's a Piano Cloud? QRS Music This month I had the wonderful opportunity of flying to Pennsylvania to shadow Mark Baughmann from QRS who teaches the class on PNOmation installation. PNOmation in a nutshell allows you to have a piano that plays by itself and is controlled wirelessly from any smart device (iPad, tablet, android, iPhone, computer, etc). You can... Continue Reading Who Is Grotrian? It was said of Grotrian “There is no effort to produce them in great numbers, but rather to create in every one, as it passes through the factory, an instrument fit for the inspiration of great artists who have long accorded to its makers the highest place.” Of their experience, “It is said that... Continue Reading Why Upgrade to a Professional Level Piano? The teacher has said, "your son/daughter is advancing and you need to consider upgrading your piano to something better". This begs the question, "Why do we need to upgrade? And what's inferior about my existing piano that makes it inadequate?" These are both valid questions. Continue Reading The Una Corda Pedal - The Soft Pedal Cristofori, credited with the invention of the earliest pianos in the 1700’s also installed the “una corda” pedal into his pianos. Being Italian, the phrase “una corda” can be translated “one string”. How does “one string” translate into a pedal we also know as the soft pedal? Continue Reading Player Pianos in the 21st Century A Voice from the Past
“Step right up… See the amazing piano that plays by itself!” I can just hear the man at a trade show in the 1920’s. “Just push the pedals and this paper roll will play songs like Swanee and The Entertainer and Bicycle Built for Two.”

This invention in the late 1800’s...
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Why Upgrade from a Digital Piano? Just 2 years ago you bought this brand new 88 key weighted digital piano and now you’re being told that it will not suffice. They both have the same amount of keys and it has the same touch as a piano. Why do we need to upgrade? Continue Reading Visiting Pearl River Factory On this latest trip to China, I managed to catch a glimpse into the transformation of Pearl River Piano. Already the largest piano company in the world manufacturing more than 130,000 pianos annually, Pearl River Piano has its sights set on even greater advancement.

One hundred thirty thousand pianos annually equates into about 400 pianos...
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Pearl River and Schimmel Alliance Recently I sat down with June Wang from Pearl River Piano Group and corresponded with Rob Slayman from Schimmel Piano to discuss their strategic alliance as I was curious how it had affected both companies. It was announced at NAMM 2016 that Pearl River had purchased a controlling interest in the Schimmel company.

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Musical and Mechanical Basics of the Sustain Pedal Arthur Rubenstein describes the sustain pedal as “the soul of the piano”. We’re going to delve into a bit more of the mechanical side of the damper pedal in hopes that awareness will clarify what happens when it is being incorporated into piano playing. Continue Reading Piano Sizes ~ What Should I Buy? What is it that is so different? That’s a bit of a loaded question because piano composition is the attention to a 1000 details Continue Reading

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There are 4 common sizes of upright pianos and 6 categories of grand sizes available. For a detailed description of each size, click on the desired size of piano. Upright pianos are qualified by height and grand pianos are measured by length. Assuming that most pianos have 88 standard-sized keys, piano width is similar. Depth of upright pianos range from 21″ to 27″ (52cm-67cm).

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I’ve heard this statement many times before: “I’m just doing my research on what piano to buy”. But what does this actually mean? What do people research when they say that they’re examining a piano? Isn’t a piano just a piano? This series of 5 articles gives a foundation of components in piano manufacturing. Find out the subtle differences that vary from one maker to another.

Hammers Believe it or not, piano hammers are really varied. They might look the same from one piano to another but really they’re not. Here are some of the variables that make piano hammers so different: the felt quality, the wooden moulding, the manufacturing process, shaping and voicing. And the subtleties in each of those categories are so vast, we could speak about them for days. Continue Reading Strings Isn’t wire just wire? Piano wire is made up of drawn steel with carbon content of more than 0.80% which means it has high tensile strength to deal with the demands of piano tension (often 18 tons or greater). It also is ideal in that it is easily bendable and can be worked around tuning pins without breaking. If you look at the plain wire strings on a piano, they may look the same but they are actually graduated in size. The top strings are quite thin and they become thick near the middle. Continue Reading Piano Rims The rim is the outer wooden frame surrounding the soundboard. Generally, it is thought of as a rigid, reflective surface to bounce the sound waves back again into the soundboard. If you were to liken this to a drum, the skin would be the piano soundboard, freely oscillating and held firm at the perimeter by the drum rim and shell. But much of the character and the body of the tone come from the rim and the skin under compression. So too in piano manufacturing, the rim of the piano plays an important role in tonal character of the piano. Continue Reading Soundboards When doing research on pianos, what role does the soundboard play? After a key is struck on the piano, the hammer is activated to strike against the strings. The vibration of the strings, in turn transfers the vibration through the bridge to the soundboard. It’s the job of the soundboard to act as a transducer, transforming the vibrations of the strings into audible waves of sound. Continue Reading Bridges The soundboard magnifies the tone of the piano strings. The part responsible for this is called the bridge because it acts as a bridge between the strings (sound source) and the soundboard (amplifier). The bridge is one of the central pieces in piano manufacturing. Continue reading Renner piano action Actions To understand the differences in piano actions, we first need to look at the makeup of the components. Piano actions consist primarily of wood. Hornbeam and maple are used extensively for these parts. Steel is used for brackets while aluminum is often used for common rails connecting all of the parts for each of the 88 notes. Jointed parts are also made from nickel or chrome brass pins inserted into the wood and rotate quietly on cloth bushings. Continue Reading