Piano Brands Currently in Production?

Posted by: Piano World

Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/29/11 12:26 PM

I am trying to compile a complete list of acoustic piano brands currently in production. I'm constantly surprised by how many people think there are only a handful of brands still being made.

I'm primarily interested in actual brands, not stencil names stuck on someone elses piano. Sticking with acoustic pianos for this list.

I've started with the list below, taken from the Fall 2011 edition of The Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer

If you know of any brands I missed, please let me know.
Thanks for your help.


Altenburg
Astin-Weight
Baldwin
Bechstein, C.
Bluthner
Bohemia
Bosendorfer
Boston
Brodmann
Cable-Nelson
Cristofori
Cunningham
Edelweiss
Essex
Estonia
Everett
Fandrich & Sons
Fazioli
Forster, August
Grotrian
Haessler
Hailun
Hallet, Davis & Co.
Hardman, Peck & Co.
Heintzman & Co.
Hoffmann, W.
Irmler
Kawai
Kawai, Shigeru
Kimball
Kingsburg
Knabe, WM.
Kohler & Cambell
Mason & Hamlin
May Berlin
Miller, Henry F.
Palatino
Pearl River
Perzina, Gebr.
Petrof
Pramberger
Ritmuller
Samick
Sauter
Schimmel
Schulze Pollmann
Seiler
Sejung
Sohmer (Persis International)
Steinberg, Wilh.
Steingraeber & Sohne
Steinway & Sons
Steinway (Hamburg) Grands
Story & Clark
Suzuki
Taylor London
Vogel
Walter, Charles R.
Weber
Wyman
Yamaha
Young Chang
Posted by: bessel

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/29/11 01:41 PM

Ravenscroft?
Posted by: Pianolance

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/29/11 03:13 PM

Stewart and Sons, is Wienbach still being made? Also, you have Taylor London, is that different from Taylor? Great list Frank.
Posted by: mahermusic

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/29/11 04:44 PM

Astin-Weight shut down a few years ago, if I'm not mistaken. (There was a few threads about it on here when it happened...)
Posted by: Dara

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/29/11 04:50 PM

Kayserburg.
Posted by: Arctic_Mama

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/29/11 06:58 PM

I was wondering about Astin-Weight, too, as it is documented in this most recent Piano Buyer but I cannot find a website or contact info anywhere that is reliable, and past threads seem to have debated whether they still exist or not.

Any definitive answer?
Posted by: BerndAB

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/29/11 07:08 PM

Borgato, Italy?

http://www.borgato.it/doppioborgato.htm
Posted by: Thrill Science

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/29/11 07:43 PM

Aren't a lot of these made in the same factories? When does it become a "Stencil"? For example "Suzuki" pianos, according to Larry Fine, are Chinese despite the Japanese name

Quote:
Pianos made by: Artfield Piano Co., Qingpu, Shanghai, China



http://en.artfieldpiano.com.cn/newEbiz1/...f7e395b2fb1b1d3

This company is associated with a range of brands, according to their website, like "Hermann" and "Krakauer"

And wouldn't "Boston" be a stencil brand of a Kawai sold by a Steinway dealer, and "Essex" of a Pearl River (that also makes Ritmuller and pianos under the "Pearl River" brand.

Baldwin is in a similar situation now.

It would be interesting to see how many different Factories there are making pianos; the list would probably only be half as long, if not one third....
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/29/11 08:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Thrill Science
Aren't a lot of these made in the same factories? When does it become a "Stencil"? For example "Suzuki" pianos, according to Larry Fine, are Chinese despite the Japanese name

Quote:
Pianos made by: Artfield Piano Co., Qingpu, Shanghai, China



http://en.artfieldpiano.com.cn/newEbiz1/...f7e395b2fb1b1d3

This company is associated with a range of brands, according to their website, like "Hermann" and "Krakauer"

And wouldn't "Boston" be a stencil brand of a Kawai sold by a Steinway dealer, and "Essex" of a Pearl River (that also makes Ritmuller and pianos under the "Pearl River" brand.

Baldwin is in a similar situation now.

It would be interesting to see how many different Factories there are making pianos; the list would probably only be half as long, if not one third....


Good point, although an area that gets muddy pretty quickly.

I consider stencil pianos to be pianos where the exact same models are sold under different names. This was common when I was selling pianos in the 60's and 70's, we even had "Curtis" pianos when I was working for Curtis Music Stores.

I think of stencils as different from pianos made by a manufacturer to specifications provided by the customer, and by that I don't mean the name plate or the color.

I'm sure this could be an entire separate discussion, and probably has been discussed on the forums more than once.
Posted by: Pianolance

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/29/11 11:13 PM

I can't remember the name, but I don't think it's on your list. Who is the technician who is making an upright strings as long as a concert grand, and you have to stand on a stool to tune it? Can't remember the name but it's a cool concept.
Posted by: Supply

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/29/11 11:34 PM

Paulello?
Overs (Australia) could be considered in the same "mini-brand" category as Ravenscroft.

There are a number of one-off and experimental pianos out there - the Klavins is one, and the more recent 8 foot something upright built in Wahington state ((whose name also escapes me at the moment). There was also a teen who built a 10+ foot concert grand in Australia, and the 12 foot Rubinstein of course. Del Fandrich has a grand on the go. No doubt there are others, however I would not consider any of these a "Brand" in the sense of the OP.
Posted by: MrMagic

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/29/11 11:36 PM

What about Klavins?

http://www.klavins-pianos.com/index_en.htm
Posted by: Thrill Science

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/29/11 11:45 PM

Originally Posted By: Pianolance
I can't remember the name, but I don't think it's on your list. Who is the technician who is making an upright strings as long as a concert grand, and you have to stand on a stool to tune it? Can't remember the name but it's a cool concept.


http://www.mammothpiano.com/VCG.html

There's someone else who make one with even longer strings, you climb up to a "loft" to play it. It'll come to me later....
Posted by: Glenn NK

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/30/11 12:21 AM

Heintzman and Company has absolutely no connection with the original Heintzman brand, although the current brand likes to claim the history of the original brand.

I can't find the link, but I have read a notice of a court order in Canada that ruled that the name Heintzman could no longer be used (of course this would only apply in Canada). The last real Heintzman pianos were made in 1986.

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0003689

The current pianos with the Heintzman name are made in China, and it may be that it is an entirely Chinese company but I don't know for sure. In any event it would seem that the present company is trading on the original name, effectively pretending they have a history that goes back to 1866.

While in school, I played on a number of Heintzmans which were excellent pianos (not the Gerhard Heintzman though is it was not in the same class - Gerhard was Heintzman's nephew).

While in university, I played a six foot Heintzman grand extensively (three to four hours every Friday night for five years). It had a beautiful singing tone but the touch was quite heavy.

Glenn
Posted by: BerndAB

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 09/30/11 06:39 AM

Feurich pianos in southern Germany

Gebr. Schulz, Wiesbaden, Germany. Former partner of C.F. Th. Steinweg Nachf., Grotrian, Helfferich, Schulz, Brunswick which is now Grotrian-Steinweg. Acc. to their website they produce a small range of grands (157cm, 178cm) and three types of uprights. Website: http://www.piano-schulz.de/BuyNew.aspx

Pianova, Fenner pianos with upright and grand manufacturing in Grossefehn, northern Germany west of Bremen. Their website tells of the „smallest grand production in Germany“. http://www.pianova.com/

George Steck pianos, manufactured in Jingdao, China. No stencil pianos but a separate brand of Sejung.

Eric Maene in Belgium, Paul McNulty in Czech republic,
Hammerklaviere replica manufacturers?


Posted by: jackherlihyusa

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 10/01/11 01:37 AM

1. John Broadwood and Sons (1728), from Kent, UK, (Beethoven's Piano and others)
2. Pleyel (1807) of Paris, Chopin's Piano, are still being produced today
Posted by: Rotom

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 10/01/11 07:24 AM

Feurich is one.
Posted by: Rotom

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 10/01/11 07:35 AM

Beale, Wertheim.
Posted by: Rotom

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 10/01/11 07:37 AM

Rönisch (sorry, they keep popping up!)

EDIT: Rosler, by Petrof.
Posted by: breretonpianos

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 10/01/11 03:30 PM

You have missed out BROADWOOD pianos the oldest piano maker in the world and still going strong . check out their website for more info .
Posted by: breretonpianos

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 10/01/11 03:36 PM

Challen are also still being made but alas not in England check out their website too .
Posted by: master88er

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 10/03/11 02:44 PM

Hi Frank:

Kayserburg is the "crown Jewel" at the top of the Pearl River heap. Some models are finished at Steingraeber. These were completely designed (from the ground up) by Lothar Thomma and came on the market in 2010, mostly being sold to the domestic market in China.
Posted by: Thrill Science

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 10/03/11 05:26 PM

Originally Posted By: master88er
Hi Frank:

Kayserburg is the "crown Jewel" at the top of the Pearl River heap. Some models are finished at Steingraeber.


Russell:

Who makes that modern looking upright with the "butterfly" top that's featured on the Kassman homepage! It would look great in my office! :-)
Posted by: master88er

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 10/03/11 07:39 PM

That is a Sauter piano with cabinetry designed by Peter Maly. I happen to have TWO in stock - and we deliver to offices grin
Posted by: BerndAB

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 10/04/11 01:25 PM

Thürmer, in Bochum/Germany.
Posted by: Rotom

Re: Piano Brands Currently in Production? - 10/04/11 02:38 PM

Stuart and Sons, in Newcastle, AUS.

[pianolance, I think you spelt it wrong (unless you were talking about a "Stewart and sons" confused ) grin