The Definitive Piano Buying Guide
including Falcone, Geo. Steck, Hobart M. Cable, Schumann
Pianos made by: Nanjing Moutrie Piano Company, Ltd., Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
From 2001 to 2012, the Falcone, Geo. Steck, and Hobart M. Cable brands were manufactured by the Korean-based company Sejung at its factory in Qingdao, China. In 2012, this factory was acquired by Parsons Music, and manufacture of these brand names was terminated. Beginning in the summer of 2013, these brands are being made for the North American market by Nanjing Moutrie Piano Company, in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. Nanjing Moutrie's Schumann brand is also being imported here.
Nanjing Moutrie was established in 1991, and sells the Moutrie and Schumann brands, among others, internationally. The company uses modern CNC machinery to manufacture more than 10,000 pianos per year. The eight vertical sizes and four grand sizes available in the U.S. market use laminated Tibetan spruce soundboards, German strings and pinblocks, agraffes, bubinga inner rims on the grands, and slow-close fallboards, among other modern and advanced features.
Pianos made by: Beijing Hsinghai Piano Group, Ltd., Beijing, China
Wyman Piano Company was created by experienced former Baldwin executives with more than 60 years of combined piano industry experience. Although a relatively new company, Wyman distribution has grown to include the U.K., Germany, and Japan, as well as the U.S.
The regular Wyman line consists of six vertical piano sizes and four grand models in a variety of cabinet styles and finishes. All are based on German scale designs and are manufactured in China by the Beijing Hsinghai Piano Group (see Beijing Hsinghai) at that company's new 1.2-million-square-foot factory.
Wyman offers the model CD2 player-piano system by Pianoforce, a new entrant in the field of player-piano systems (see Pianoforce in the article on electronic player-piano systems). The optional CD system features a unique stamped rail designed specifically for these pianos that, according to the company, allows a much lower profile than other player systems that use universal rails to fit any piano. These are installed at the Beijing factory.
Wyman says that its executives make frequent trips to the factory in Beijing to monitor manufacturing and inspect finished instruments.
Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor, transferable to future owners within the warranty period. Lifetime warranty on the soundboard.
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