Including Paul A. Schmitt

Jordan Kitt’s Music
11726 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20852
(Chris Syllaba)
[email protected]    

Schmitt Music
2400 Freeway Blvd.
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430
763-566-4560 x5086
(Tom Wennblom)

Pianos made by: Guangzhou Pearl River Piano Group Ltd., Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China

Originally issued under the name Opus II, the Cristofori and Paul A. Schmitt (formerly Lyrica) brands are a joint undertaking by Jordan Kitt’s Music, which owns and operates four piano dealerships in the D.C. and Atlanta markets; and Schmitt Music, which has more than a dozen locations throughout the Midwest and in Denver. About 15 years ago, wanting to improve their entry-level product offerings, the two companies combined forces to negotiate upgrades of product features and quality control directly with the factory. Today, although the brands are identical, Cristofori is sold only in Jordan Kitt’s stores, Paul A. Schmitt in Schmitt Music stores. Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731) was, of course, the inventor of the piano.

The Cristofori and Paul A. Schmitt lines are manufactured by China’s largest piano manufacturer, Guangzhou Pearl River Piano Group. The uprights come in numerous sizes, styles, and finishes, including a 43″ decorator console in a French cherry cabinet, 45″ and 46½” studios, and a 48″ upright. The 48″ professional upright, appropriate for home or institutional use, has front legs with toe blocks for strength, a large soundboard and long strings for bigger sound, and — new in 2012 — a slow-close fallboard. Grands come in lengths of 4′ 10″, 5′ 3″, 5′ 7″, and 6′ 2″. The 5′ 3″ and 5′ 7″ sizes are wide-tail designs, which gives these mid-sized grands a larger soundboard area and, thus, a bigger sound.

The Cristofori and Paul A. Schmitt pianos are differentiated from Pearl River’s own line of pianos by upgraded specifications such as the use of highest-quality German Röslau strings; all-spruce veneered soundboards of premium Siberian spruce; a different selection of cabinet styles; and a full, transferable warranty. U.S. technicians inspect every Cristofori and Paul A. Schmitt piano at the Pearl River factory prior to crating and shipping.

Warranty: 12 years, parts and labor, transferable to future owners within the warranty period.

Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Also sold under the Paul A. Schmitt label

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Cristofori Verticals
V430R 43 French Provincial Satin Cherry 4,999 4,999
V450 45 Polished Ebony 3,999 3,999
V450 45 Polished Mahogany 4,199 4,199
V465 46.5 Polished Ebony 4,499 4,220
V465 46.5 Polished Mahogany 4,699 4,442
V480LS 48 Polished Ebony 4,999 4,530
V480LS 48 Polished Mahogany 5,199 4,668
Cristofori Grands
G410L 4 10 Polished Ebony 8,990 8,750
G410L 4 10 Polished Mahogany 9,490 9,418
G53L 5 3 Satin and Polished Ebony 9,990 9,990
G53L 5 3 Polished Mahogany/Snow White 10,490 10,490
G57L 5 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 11,990 10,642
G57L 5 7 Polished Mahogany 12,490 11,406
G62L 6 2 Satin and Polished Ebony 13,990 11,902

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