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#2000917 - 12/17/12 10:50 PM Re-post my earlier question on Pleyel
2latewise Offline
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Registered: 11/02/12
Posts: 7
I am DESPERATE for advice.
A local dealer (Alberta Canada)has offered me a Pleyel P131 upright. I believe this to be a discontinued model; the stencil indicates Paris origin. It is unused but has been crated in a warehouse for some time. The price seems fair as far as I can tell and what little info I can find says this is a good or even very good piano. It has Renner action, full sostenuto, an agreeable, mellow voice. Some aspects of the cabinet are unconventional, such as the use of heavy laminated panels instead of posts for a rear framework but it is very solid and well made, obvious good workmanship shows everywhere. I am comparing sound and action to a Bechstein Academy "A" which is expensive, 45% more and a Petrof 131, which I don't like quite as well but tend to trust as well known, 25% more money; a Petrof 125 compares straight across for price but seems much less of an instrument. I can't afford the Bechstein and would be hard pressed to reach the Petrof price; I include these to inform on impressions of the Pleyel and price info if you know the market in Canada.
It would be helpful indeed if your thoughts are based on experience with Pleyel or solid technical information.
currently playing a Gerhard Heintzman 126

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#2000951 - 12/18/12 12:06 AM Re: Re-post my earlier question on Pleyel [Re: 2latewise]
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I am writing not because I have any real information for you, but I have played on an older Pleyel small grand in the showroom at Klavierhaus in New York City. For all I know, it is still there. You might try calling or e-mailing them to see if they have an opinion on that upright model.


#2000972 - 12/18/12 12:59 AM Re: Re-post my earlier question on Pleyel [Re: 2latewise]
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I have seen one that belongs to a local symphony musician. It seems like a good piano. If you like it, and the price is good, I would not deter you from buying it.
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#2001016 - 12/18/12 06:01 AM Re: Re-post my earlier question on Pleyel [Re: 2latewise]
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I remember a forum member about half a year ago bought a Pleyel grand and was very satisfied with it. As you say, he noticed high attention to detail and solid work.

There was a discussion of Pleyel going bankrupt. Not sure what is true of it.

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#2001023 - 12/18/12 06:39 AM Re: Re-post my earlier question on Pleyel [Re: 2latewise]
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While this may not be helpful, I played what I think was a new Pleyel upright at Cunningham Piano Company some years ago. I thought it was a lovely piano, with a very European tone (in other words, more like a Schimmel than an American piano). While I am sure it is not there any more, it is possible that Rich Galassini will have information about the brand.

I have some dim recollection that the Pleyel company has changed hands a couple of times in relatively recent history. I am sure you can learn more about this on line (or from one of the experts on this forum).

Edited by Rank Piano Amateur (12/18/12 06:39 AM)

#2001119 - 12/18/12 11:17 AM Re: Re-post my earlier question on Pleyel [Re: 2latewise]
VGrantano Offline
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Registered: 11/21/04
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Loc: New Jersey
I was the National Sales Mgr., until my retirement,
of the company that brought in and distributed the Pleyel into the U.S.
Pleyel is out of business completly. Finalized a few weeks ago.
In my opinion, in my 40 some years in the piano industry, the Pleyel 131 is the best upright I have seen.
I can't speak to the price, I no longer keep up with that. But it is a fine piano.


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