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FANDRICH & SONS
Fandrich & Sons Pianos
7411 Silvana Terrace Road
Stanwood, Washington 98292
Pianos made by: Bohemia, Heintzman & Co., Dongbei (see text)
In the late 1980s, Darrell Fandrich, an engineer, pianist, and piano technician, developed a vertical piano action designed to play like a grand, for which 10 patents have been issued. You can see an illustration of the Fandrich Vertical Action™, an explanation of how it works, and some history of its development in the third and fourth editions of The Piano Book and on the Fandrich & Sons website. Since 1994, Fandrich and his wife, Heather, have been installing Renner-made Fandrich actions in selected new pianos, selling them under the Fandrich & Sons label. They also sell some grands (with regular grand actions) under that name.
Over the years, the Fandrichs have installed their actions in over 200 instruments, including ones from Pearl River, Wilh. Steinberg, Klima, Feurich, and Bohemia. At present, the action is being installed in Bohemia models R126 (49.6") and R132 (52"), designed by Bohemia’s owner, Bechstein, and sold under the Fandrich & Sons label. The converted pianos are available directly from the Fandrichs.
Playing a piano outfitted with a Fandrich Vertical Action is a very interesting experience. The action easily outperforms that of most other vertical pianos on the market, and some grands as well. The Fandrichs have now had years of experience in refining and servicing the action, and reports suggest that customers are very satisfied with them.
Fandrich & Sons grand pianos are made in China by Dongbei, now owned by Gibson Guitar Corp. (see Dongbei), and remanufactured at the Fandrich & Sons facility in Stanwood, Washington. The company offers three sizes of grand piano: models 165 (5' 5"), 185 (6' 1"), and 215 (7' 1"), in three configurations: S, S-H, and HGS-H. The S model retains all the original factory components, including Delignit pinblock, solid spruce soundboard, Röslau music wire, and Abel hammers; the S-H models additionally feature Heller bass strings from Germany; and the HGS-H models feature Heller bass strings, Renner hammer shanks, and Ronsen hammers with Würzen Weickert felt. All models also feature redesigned pedal-lyre and trapwork systems, precision touchweighting using the Fandrichs’ proprietary method, and a very lengthy and extensive high-end preparation. All Fandrich & Sons pianos come with a Dampp-Chaser dehumidifier system and an adjustable bench.
The Fandrichs are passionate about their craft and choose the brands they work with carefully for musical potential. In addition to making standard modifications and refinements to remedy perceived shortcomings in the original Chinese-made instruments, the Fandrichs are inveterate tinkerers always searching for ways to make additional improvements, however subtle. As a result, many who play the pianos find them to be considerably more musical than their price and origin would suggest.
Warranty: 12 years, parts and labor, to original purchaser.
Note: Do not confuse the Fandrich & Sons pianos with the 48" Fandrich upright that was once manufactured with a Fandrich Vertical Action by Darrell Fandrich's brother, Delwin Fandrich. That piano has not been made since 1994.
Fazioli Pianoforti srl
Via Ronche 47
33077 Sacile (Pn), Italy
In 1978, musician and engineer Paolo Fazioli of Rome, Italy, began designing and building pianos, with the object of making the finest-quality instruments possible. Now even the most famous piano makers of Western Europe are recognizing his accomplishment, and artists throughout the world are using the instruments successfully on the concert stage and elsewhere.