Blüthner USA LLC
5660 W. Grand River
Lansing, Michigan 48906
In Canada, contact Bluethner Piano Canada Inc.
Pianos made by: Irmler Piano GmbH, Leipzig, Germany, and other factories (see text)
Irmler is a sister company of Blüthner, and Irmler pianos are distributed through the Blüthner dealer network. The brand has recently been reintroduced to the market in two series: Studio and Professional.
The Studio series is largely made in a factory in China owned by Irmler. The pianos are then shipped to the Blüthner factory in Germany, where Abel hammers are installed and the pianos are inspected and adjusted as needed, prior to shipping to dealers. The pianos have Delignit pinblocks and veneer-laminated spruce soundboards. The grand rims are of Chinese oak and the grand actions are made with Renner parts. The Studio-series verticals include a number of models with interesting, modern cabinet designs.
The Professional series, also known as Irmler Europe, is assembled in Germany using strung backs (structural and acoustical elements) from Samick in Indonesia and cabinets from Poland (suppliers are subject to change). The pianos have Delignit pinblocks and solid spruce soundboards. Grands have rims of maple and beech, action parts by Renner (U.S. distribution only), and duplex scaling. Vertical actions are by Detoa.
The Irmler Studio series is also available from some dealers under the Schiller brand name, with a slightly modified cabinet; prices are comparable to those for Irmler.
Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor, to original purchaser.
including Tetsch & May
J.F. Pianofortemanufaktur, GmbH
An der Stemme 6
91710 Gunzenhausen, Germany
+49 09831 886960
+49 09831 88696-20 (fax)
JF is the new brand name for pianos made by Julius Feurich, in Gunzenhausen, Germany.
In 2011, the Feurich company, which has been making pianos in Germany since 1851, was acquired by Wendl & Lung, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, which distributed a line of pianos under that name made to their specifications by Hailun in China. The Wendl & Lung pianos were rebranded as Feurich, and distributed along with Feurich pianos made under license by Julius Feurich in Gunzenhausen. In 2012, Julius Feurich terminated his licensing agreement with Wendl & Lung, choosing instead to manufacture pianos independently under the JF brand. (For more information about the history and current status of the Feurich brand name, see elsewhere in this publication under Feurich.)
The new JF pianos, both grands and verticals, are hand-built, entirely in Gunzenhausen, Germany, to the same scale designs as the Feurich pianos formerly made there, and by the same workers. The outer rim of the grands is made of abachi veneers, the inner rim of beech veneers, and all other cabinet parts are of solid wood. The plate is made by the wet-sand-cast method. The soundboard is of solid Bavarian mountain spruce, the bridges of solid or vertically laminated beech with maple cap. Keys are of spruce and made in Germany, and the action is from either Detoa or Wessell, Nickel & Gross (Renner action optional).
As part of his reorganization, Julius Feurich has taken on as partner master piano builder Hans-Ulrich Tetsch, whose family business, Tetsch & May, was established in 1867. To serve customers looking for a less-expensive instrument, the two will offer Tetsch & May pianos in cooperation with Shanghai Artfield Piano Co., Ltd., in China. These pianos will contain many materials from Germany, such as German solid spruce soundboards, German strings, and Delignit pinblocks. The Tetsch & May instruments will come in two categories: the TM line, made entirely in Shanghai; and the TM-G line, assembled in Gunzenhausen, with the strung back from Shanghai.
Warranty: 5 years, parts and labor, to original purchaser.