Henry F. Miller
236 West Portal Avenue #568
San Francisco, California 94127
Henry F. Miller was the name of an old American piano maker, established in 1863 near Boston, which eventually became part of the Aeolian Corporation, and was discontinued in 1985. The name is now owned by the Sherman Clay chain of piano stores and is used on a mid-priced line of pianos carried by these and other major piano retailers around the country. Current Henry F. Miller pianos are made by Pearl River in China. The product line consists of five vertical models from 44" to 52" and four grand models from 4' 10" to 6' 2".
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 47" and 48" verticals and 4' 6" and 5' grands; the Professional series, a 50" vertical and 5' 9" and 6' 2" grands. 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 on our main site).
Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor, transferable to future owners within the warranty period.
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