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CUNNINGHAM

Cunningham Piano Company
198 Allendale Road
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
800-394-1117
215-991-0850
www.cunninghampiano.com

Pianos made by: Ningbo Hailun Musical Instruments Co. Ltd., Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China; with Cunningham Piano Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cunningham Piano Company began manufacturing pianos in 1891 and, in its time, was the largest piano maker in Philadelphia. The original Cunningham factory ceased production in December 1943. The company was reopened in December 1945 as a piano rebuilder and retailer. Today, Cunningham specializes in the restoration of high-quality American and European pianos, and produces the new Matchless Cunningham.

Designed by Frank Emerson, the Matchless Cunningham is based on the original Cunningham scale designs. “Matchless” is used in reference to an offer made by Patrick Cunningham over a century ago: that he would pay $10,000 to anyone who could build a better piano. Because no one ever took him up on his offer, Cunningham labeled his piano the Matchless. Today, Matchless also refers to a unique combination of high-quality parts and a successful American scale design, assembled in China at the world-class Hailun factory, and with quality control overseen by Cunningham in Philadelphia. The line consists of grands from 5′ to 9′ and a 48″ vertical.

Cunningham grands have maple rims (arguably necessary for best sound), custom-designed German Abel Hammers, German music wire, agraffes, duplex scaling, and slow-close mechanisms on both the fallboard and lid. Cunningham regularly sends technical staff to the Ningbo Hailun factory to oversee production, and each piano undergoes a thorough final preparation by Cunningham in Philadelphia.

The special-order Heritage Series (prices on request) incorporates art cases that reflect late Victorian styling. Handcrafted cabinet parts are made and installed in Cunningham’s Philadelphia facility, making each instrument unique. Customers have the option of customizing certain aspects of the cabinetry based on their personal preferences.

Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor.

Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Cunningham Verticals
Studio Upright 48 Satin Ebony 9,890 9,890
Studio Upright 48 Polished Ebony 9,290 9,290
Studio Upright 48 Satin Mahogany 10,290 10,290
Studio Upright 48 Polished Mahogany 9,690 9,690
Cunningham Grands
Baby Grand 5 0 Satin Ebony 22,490 22,490
Baby Grand 5 0 Polished Ebony 21,290 21,290
Baby Grand 5 0 Satin Mahogany 23,190 23,190
Baby Grand 5 0 Polished Mahogany 21,990 21,990
Studio Grand 5 4 Satin Ebony 25,090 25,090
Studio Grand 5 4 Polished Ebony 23,890 23,890
Studio Grand 5 4 Satin Mahogany 25,790 25,790
Studio Grand 5 4 Polished Mahogany 24,590 24,590
Parlour Grand 5 10 Satin Ebony 30,490 30,490
Parlour Grand 5 10 Polished Ebony 29,290 29,290
Parlour Grand 5 10 Satin Mahogany 31,190 31,190
Parlour Grand 5 10 Polished Mahogany 29,990 29,990
Chamber Grand 7 0 Satin Ebony 46,290 46,290
Chamber Grand 7 0 Polished Ebony 44,790 44,790
Concert Grand 9 0 Satin Ebony 70,990 70,990
Concert Grand 9 0 Polished Ebony 68,990 68,990

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