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American Pianos

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

I was devastated to learn about the tornado in Joplin, Mo. this morning.  Very tragic news indeed and our hearts and prayers go out to the fine folks of Missouri this morning.

As promised I wanted to continue my discussion on the difference in pianos.  On the last blog we talked about China and the other Asian pianos.  While I did not go into depth on the post about these pianos I spoke directly to tone characteristics.  I wanted to explain a few thoughts.

Pianos coming from Asia are often somewhat brighter and more dynamic in sound presentation which is fine.  I find it akin to taking the stereo and pulling the bass out and turning the treble all the way up leaving the sound to be somewhat “thin” and not full bodied.  Many piano manufacturers have addressed this problem.  Pearl River for one has hired Lothar Tomar of Bechstein Pianos to redesign thier pianos and what has happened as a result is that the Pearl River pianos of today tend to have a more full bodied tone and more identifiable sound characteristic than before.  Brodmann for another has also accomplished this.  Delivering a brighter tone but with more depth and character than most of its counterparts.

As we move to the United States we have to take a step back and look at the tragic history of piano building and where we are today.  The Pierce Piano Atlas is filled with manufacturers from the U.S. who are no longer in business or are 100% built in China, Indonesia or Japan.  I find this tragic, not from the stand point that the Asian influence is inferior, but, from the aspect that the employees no longer have jobs and their knowledge has left our industry.

We only have three piano manufacturers left in the United States that are recognizable.  The first and most obvious, of course, is Steinway.  While Steinway and Sons continues to be built in New York, as always, they also produce two other piano lines.  Those lines are Boston from Japan and Essex from China.  While they say that they are built to their own specifications, this writer has some doubts to that claim.

Mason and Hamlin is another piano company that is a very celebrated piano among pianist.  Mason and Hamlin has a somewhat more bright and clearer tone than its counterparts and is a fine instrument.  There is some debate as to how much of the piano is actually built in the United States and how much comes from “world sources” they do continue to build very fine pianos right here in the U.S.

Lastly, I have to mention Charles Walter.  This is a very classy act.  although they are not as celbrated or as heralded as its two competitors, it is still a very nice piano.  Somewhat more mellow in tone and never really known for their grand pianos although they do have a couple in their offerings.

As you look at the line up it is very sad to see that in a country as large and as musically influential as the United States we are unable to support more than three piano companies.

I believe its time for a change and that we, as a music community, should put our heads together and find a way to compete internationally with other piano manufacturers.

I will continue this discussion on tone  character in US pianos soon.

Thanks again

Ric

posted by Ric Overton of www.PianoSD.com via www.MaxMorganDesign.com

I am so happy for Sorrento Valley Music

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Read this post for Sorrento Valley Music

One of the most prestigious names in the piano industry and one of the most sought after pianos on the planet have finally arrived. ESTONIA !!!!!!!

http://www.estoniapiano.com is the official website of Estonia pianos.  Estonia has been a world-wide brand that has caught much attention lately because of its sound and most of all the quality as compared to the price.

Dr. Laul,  President of Estonia Piano is also a fan of San Diego.  He has for many years vacationed here and is obviously quite jealous of our weather as compared to the weather in his corporate offices in New York.

Along with his father, Dr. Laul has really excelled in making Estonia a serious piano for serious musicians across the country.  This fact can be seen in the debates and comments by dealers who do carry Estonia and dealers who do not carry Estonia on the popular website www.PianoWorld.com .  Here you will find many owners and enthusiasts who have fallen in love with this great piano.

ESTONIA PIANOS

When I had the opportunity to take Estonia in San Diego, I knew that I had to take this chance. Estonia is very well priced and is among one of the finer pianos being made today.  They are manufactured in Estonia under tight scrutiny with much attention being paid to detail.

Dr. Laul insists on perfection because he is also a concert musician.  He was first a musician before getting involved with his Dad in the Piano business.
Because of Dr. Laul’s leadership he has made Estonia one of the leading pianos in the United States  as well as the rest of the world.
Having Estonia in San Diego at Sorrento Valley Music is very important because whether you are buying a piano in La Jolla, a piano for your church in Carlsbad or putting a piano in your home in San Diego,  Estonia and Sorrento Valley Music is a logical choice.
We look forward to seeing you.  Please visit our website for store hours and location and then drop by and see us.  We would love to meet you.  www.SVMUSA.com
Tonight I learned about this and I must say that I have long been of  Dr. Indrek Laul and his father with Estonia Pianos.  I am happy to see that Estonia has finally arrived in San Diego.  If you get a chance to see these great pianos stop by and take a look.  You will be impressed.
Congratulations to the folks at Sorrento Valley Music.  www.SVMUSA.com
Ric
posted by Ric Overton of www.PianoSD.com via www.MaxMorganDesign.com

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