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The Definitive Piano Buying Guide for

Buying New, Used, and Restored Acoustic Pianos and Digital Pianos

Spring 2017 Edition

Acoustic Piano: Brand & Company Profiles

PALATINO

The Music Link
P.O. Box 57100
Hayward, California 94545
888-552-5465
[email protected]
www.palatinousa.com

Palatino prices

Pianos made by: AXL Musical Instrument Co., Ltd. Corp., Shanghai, China

Although Palatino may be a relatively new name to the piano world, it is not a newcomer to the music business. For almost 20 years, parent company AXL has been manufacturing a full range of musical instruments under its own name and under a variety of other, recognizable brand names. The company has a highly automated factory, employing CNC routers from Japan and Germany, and importing high-quality materials and components for its pianos from around the world.

Palatino makes about 7,000 pianos annually in two categories: Classic and Professional. The Classic series includes the 48" Torino upright (PUP-123T) and 5' Milano grand (PGD-50); the Professional series, the 50" Capri upright (PUP-126), the 5' 9" Roma grand (PGD-59), and the 6' 2" Firenze grand (PGD-62). Features common to all Palatino pianos include a solid spruce soundboard, high-quality Japanese hammers, hard rock-maple bridges and pinblock, German Röslau strings, wet-sand–cast plate, Renner-style action, slow-close fallboard, solid brass hardware, and adjustable artist bench. In addition, Professional-series pianos have soundboards of solid, higher-grade, Canadian white spruce, and German Abel hammers.

Based on personal observation and dealer reports, Palatino pianos appear to have good quality control and are prepared well at the factory before being shipped to dealers. Our own reviewer tested a couple of the grand models and found them to be very musical and a pleasure to play (see review in the Fall 2009 issue).

Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor. Benches and slow-close fallboard mechanisms are warranted for one year.

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