How Old Is Too Old?

Nothing beats a new piano and Piano Price Point is dedicated to delivering the news about the makers of new pianos. But sometimes they are simply unaffordable, inaccessible or possibly even discontinued and so it necessitates buying used. But that begs the question, how old is too old? At what point do pianos no longer… Read More

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… Read More

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 really… Read More

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 piano… Read More

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 seen… Read More

Seiler ED132 Upright Piano

Seiler ED132 Upright Piano Piano Name: Seiler Website: Seiler Model: ED132 Made in: Germany Parent Company: Samick Musical Instrument Mfg Company Location: Korea Height: 52″ History: Eduard Seiler established Seiler Pianos in 1849. By 1923, Anton Seiler-Dütz expands the company to be the largest piano manufacturer in East Germany. After WWII, the company was eventually… Read More

Seiler ED126 Upright Piano

Seiler ED126 Upright Piano Piano Name: Seiler Website: Seiler Model: ED126 Made in: Germany Parent Company: Samick Musical Instrument Mfg Company Location: Korea Height: 49″ History: Eduard Seiler established Seiler Pianos in 1849. By 1923, Anton Seiler-Dütz expands the company to be the largest piano manufacturer in East Germany. After WWII, the company was eventually… Read More

Schimmel K175 Grand Piano

Schimmel K175 Grand Piano Piano Name: Schimmel Website: Schimmel Model: K175 Made in: Germany Parent Company: Pearl River majority shareholder in Schimmel alliance Company Location: China Length: 5′ 8″ History: In 1882, Wilhelm Schimmel learned piano making at the Vogel & Sohn factory in Leipzig, Germany. Now 4th generation Hannes Schimmel-Vogel directs the family business… Read More

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 transducer,… Read More

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. Before we discuss wire, however, we need to understand the concept of standing waves and how they relate to making music. … Read More