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#650883 - 05/16/07 11:53 PM Pratt-Reed versus German Renner Action: Which is better?
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Loc: Manila Philippines
I am purchasing a 7.5 feet grand piano, the dealer told me that he will give me a Pratt-Reed action because it's the best piano action in the world. Is this correct? I thought the best is the German Renner action. Anyone can tell me about the Pratt-Reed Action, please.

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#650884 - 05/17/07 04:21 PM Re: Pratt-Reed versus German Renner Action: Which is better?
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Your dealer is not being honest with you, or he has a very limited experience with piano actions. (I am being kind here.) Is there a different dealer you can go to?
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#650885 - 05/17/07 04:52 PM Re: Pratt-Reed versus German Renner Action: Which is better?
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What brand of piano is it?

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#650886 - 05/17/07 05:43 PM Re: Pratt-Reed versus German Renner Action: Which is better?
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I bet ya I know & you do also Cy....

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#650887 - 05/17/07 07:02 PM Re: Pratt-Reed versus German Renner Action: Which is better?
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Jurgen, thanks for your reply. I can't go to any other dealer because I have a good deal on this purchase and I live in a remote location where there is no piano dealer here in town.

I can request for a Full German Renner Action if I want to so please tell me which action to get among these two the Pratt-Reed or Full German Renner. I thought the full German Renner would be the better one. Am I right?

#650888 - 05/17/07 07:28 PM Re: Pratt-Reed versus German Renner Action: Which is better?
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There was a time when the answer would have been Renner, no question, but things change in the industry so fast these days. I am not familiar with Pratt-Read since they were bought by Samick (I think that is who owns the name now), but it is possible that they have improved in quality.
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#650889 - 05/17/07 11:51 PM Re: Pratt-Reed versus German Renner Action: Which is better?
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Do the current Pratt-Reed actions have anything to do with the former company? There really isn't a Pratt-Reed company anymore, unless I'm missing something here. Yes, things have been changing fast enough that it's hard to keep up.
Roy Peters, RPT
Cincinnati, Ohio


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