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CRISTOFORI

Including Paul A. Schmitt

Jordan Kitt’s Music
11726 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20852
301-770-9081
(Chris Syllaba)
[email protected]    

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

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
V450 45 Polished Ebony 4,699 4,699
V450 45 Polished Mahogany 4,899 4,899
V465 46.5 Polished Ebony 4,999 4,999
V465 46.5 Polished Mahogany 5,199 5,199
V480LS 48 Polished Ebony 5,999 5,756
V480LS 48 Polished Mahogany 6,299 5,978
Cristofori Grands
G410L 4 10 Polished Ebony 9,990 9,786
G410L 4 10 Polished Mahogany 10,290 10,194
G53L 5 3 Satin Ebony 11,290 10,650
G53L 5 3 Polished Ebony 10,990 10,242
G53L 5 3 Polished Mahogany/Snow White 11,290 10,650
G57L 5 7 Satin Ebony 12,790 12,232
G57L 5 7 Polished Ebony 12,490 11,838
G57L 5 7 Polished Mahogany 12,790 12,232
G62L 6 2 Satin Ebony 15,290 14,730
G62L 6 2 Polished Ebony 14,990 14,334

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