Review: The New Feurich Pianos
FEURICH (NINGBO) PIANOS are a new range of models resulting from the merger of Wendl & Lung, of Vienna, Austria, and Feurich, a very-small-production German company. These less-expensive instruments (three grand and three upright sizes are currently offered), formerly marketed under the Wendl & Lung brand, are built at the Hailun factory in Ningbo, China, and supplement the traditional series of Feurich pianos, which continue to be produced exclusively in Gunzenhausen, Germany.
Although the sizes and place of manufacture of the new Feurich (Ningbo) pianos match specific Hailun-branded models, their parts specifications and acoustic design elements are unique. Also of note is a European approach to prep work that is unusual for a lower-priced piano: Prior to being shipped to dealers, assembled instruments are sent to an authorized distribution center for extensive prep that includes tuning, regulation, and, particularly, voicing.
From a distance, the 48" Feurich F 122 looked like a typical tall upright finished in polished ebony — until I slid back the bench and opened the fallboard: the hinges, pedals, and nameplate were all finished in chrome. The effect was special, and elegant to my eye, though the U.S. distributor noted that these parts can also be ordered in traditional brass finish. The tone quality was warm and pleasant through the bass and tenor, while the treble range was intimate — this instrument was voiced not to overpower a smaller room. The bass/tenor transition (a problem area for many pianos) was satisfactory, whereas the lowest few bass notes lacked the sonic authority of larger and/or more expensive uprights. I felt that the projection and sustain of the treble register of this particular instrument were in need of refinement. The F 122’s action was light, easy to play, and fairly deep under my fingers — characteristics matched by the instrument’s pedal mechanism.