A Map of the Market for New Pianos (continued)

CONSUMER-GRADE PIANOS
Samick/Young ChangYamaha/KawaiOther Companies
Upper Level

Verticals:
$4,500–$10,000

Grands
5' to 7':
$12,000–$35,000
Boston verticals (Indonesia)
Kawai (GE) grands
Kawai verticals (Indonesia)
Yamaha (GC) grands
Yamaha verticals (Indonesia)
Baldwin grands
Brodmann (PE)
Cunningham
Feurich (China)
Hailun
Irmler (Studio)
Perzina grands
Ritmüller (Premium)

Verticals:
$5,000–$8,000

Grands
5' to 7':
$10,000–$21,000

Mid-Range

Verticals:
$4,000–$6,500

Grands
5' to 7':
$9,000–$22,000

Wm. Knabe (Academy)
Pramberger (Signature)
Johannes Seiler
Weber
Young Chang
Kawai (GM) grands
Yamaha (GB) grands
Baldwin verticals
Essex
Heintzman
Kingsburg verticals
Palatino
Ritmüller (Performance)
Story & Clark (Signature)
Wm. Knabe (Baltimore)
Pramberger (Legacy)
Samick
Cable-Nelson (Yamaha)Brodmann (CE)
Cline
Cristofori/Lyrica
Everett
Hallet, Davis & Co. (HD)
Kingsburg grands
Hardman, Peck
Pearl River
Story & Clark (Heritage)
Entry Level

Verticals:
$3,700–$6,200

Grands
5' to 7':
$9,000–$20,000

To better understand this chart,
please read the
accompanying commentary.
Altenburg
Falcone
Geo. Steck
Hallet, Davis & Co. (H/HS)
Hobart M. Cable
Schumann
Taylor London
Wyman

Note: Unless otherwise stated, brand names refer to both grand and vertical models.

The key to proper use of this chart, then, is not to follow it religiously, but to understand that, given its nature, it should be used only as a learning tool. In addition, use common sense when comparing one brand with another. Compare verticals with other verticals of similar size, and grands with similarly sized grands, or models whose selling prices fall within the same range. Don’t get hung up on small differences between one subgroup and the next — the distinctions can be quite subtle. Furthermore, the preparation of the piano by the dealer can be at least as important to the quality of the product you receive as some of the distinctions listed in the chart. Note that, for the sake of simplicity, there may be quality differences within a single product line that are not indicated here; and a few brands have been omitted due solely to lack of sufficient information about them.Within each group or subgroup, the brands are listed in alphabetical order. No judgment of these brands’ relative quality should be inferred from this order.

Prices shown for each group represent, in round numbers, a typical range of Suggested Maximum Prices (SMP) of new pianos in the least expensive styles and finishes (significant discounts from these prices are likely — see page 205 for explanation).

The Definitive Piano Buying Guide for

Buying New, Used, and Restored Acoustic Pianos and Digital Pianos

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