PEARL RIVER

Including Ritmüller and Kayserburg

GW Distribution, LLC
P.O. Box 329
Mahwah, New Jersey 07430
845-429-3712
www.pearlriverusa.com
www.ritmullerusa.com
www.kayserburgusa.com
[email protected]

Pianos made by: Guangzhou Pearl River Piano Group Co., Ltd., 38, Xiang Shan Avenue, Yong Ning Road, Zengcheng, Guangzhou, China

Established in 1956, Pearl River Piano Group has become the largest piano manufacturer in the world, with a production of over 120,000 pianos annually by more than 2,000 workers. The company builds pianos under the Pearl River, Ritmüller, and Kayserburg names, as well as under a few other names for OEM contracts with distributors such as Cristofori (with Jordan Kitt’s Music), and Essex (with Steinway). (See separate listings under those names.)

Pearl River is the best-selling piano brand in China, and is exported to more than 120 countries. After a successful IPO in 2012, the formerly government-owned company began construction of a new, state-of-the-art, 3.5 million sq. ft. factory, to which it will complete a transition in 2018. The factory combines traditional craftsmanship with advanced CNC digital machinery, and complies with European high-level technology and process standards. Pearl River has been operating a European company headquarters in Germany since 1995.

In recent years, Pearl River has revised and streamlined its lineup of models with the assistance of European and American piano-design consultants. Many new models have been introduced, while older models have been reviewed and modified. Currently, Pearl River verticals begin with the 43″ console model EU110 leg-and-toe continental (new in 2016) and the EU111 series in several traditional American furniture styles.

They continue with a series of studio models, including the 45″ model UP115M5 in a traditional institutional style (legs with toe blocks), and the 45″ model UP115E in a school-friendly institutional style with special casters and a full-length music desk. Finally, there are the upright models, including the 46½” model EU118 (new in 2015), and the relatively new 48″ model EU122 and 51½” model EU131 concert upright.

Pearl River grands come in six sizes, from 4′ 11″ to 9′, including the new GP150SP with silver plate and hardware, and have been redesigned over the last several years to include features such as vertically laminated beech bridges with solid beech caps, lighter touch weights, German hammer felt, beech rims, and new scale designs.

Pearl River also makes pianos under the Ritmüller name, a brand that originated in Germany in 1795. A European master piano designer was engaged in 2007 to design, from the ground up, a line of higher-end pianos that would be distinct from the Pearl River line. The new Ritmüller line was introduced to North America in 2009.

Ritmüller pianos come in two distinct price categories: Premium and Performance. The Premium models feature solid spruce soundboards, Renner hammers, hornbeam wood actions, beech rims, and real ebony sharps, among other higher-quality features.

Piano Buyer’s reviewers have auditioned several of the new grand models and have been very impressed. See reviews in the Fall 2009 issue of the grand models GH-160, 170, and 188; in the Fall 2010 issue of the GH-148R; and in the Fall 2011 issue of the GH-188R. In addition, the 48″ model UH-121R vertical and the 4′ 10″ model GH-148R grand have been chosen as “Staff Picks.”

The Performance models, introduced in 2014, feature unique scales, offset backposts, ebony sharps, high-quality hammers with German felt, and a veneered and tapered all-spruce soundboard. In 2018 and 2019, Ritmüller introduced “SP” grand models, conventional grand pianos with silver plate and hardware.

(The lower-cost Classic series has been discontinued, and its models have been integrated into the Performance series.)

In 2013, Pearl River brought to North America the upper-level Kayserburg Artists series. These instruments are handmade by a team of Pearl River’s most experienced craftsmen, personally managed by European piano experts, in what can be described only as a small “German” piano workshop inside a large Chinese piano factory.

The Kayserburg Artists craftsmen have all completed a rigorous training that includes studying the world’s finest pianos and working side by side with visiting European craftsmen. The Kayserburg Artists pianos contain such high-end features as soundboards of tight-grained, solid European spruce, Renner hammers, Laoureux (French) damper felt, German Röslau strings, vertically laminated beech bridges with wood cores and solid beech caps, German natural keytops, and genuine ebony sharps.

Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor, to original purchaser.

Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Pearl River Verticals
EU 110 43 Polished Ebony 4,695 4,500
EU 110 Silent 43 Polished Ebony w/Silent System 7,995 6,900
EU 111PA 43 French Provincial Satin Cherry 5,995 5,300
EU 111PB 43 Mediterranean Satin Walnut 5,995 5,300
EU 111PC 43 Italian Provincial Satin Mahogany 5,995 5,300
UP 109D 43 Continental Polished Ebony 4,495 4,269
UP 109D 43 Continental Polished Mahogany 4,795 4,487
UP 115E 45 Satin Ebony/Mahogany (School) 5,995 5,300
UP 115M5 45 Polished Ebony 4,995 4,700
UP 115M5 45 Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White 5,395 4,900
EU 118S 46.5 Polished Ebony w/Silver Hardware 5,595 5,190
EU 118S 46.5 Polished Mahogany/Walnut w/Silver Hardware 5,795 5,390
EU 122 48 Polished Ebony 6,695 5,790
EU 122 48 Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White 6,895 5,990
EU 122 48 Satin Cherry 6,895 5,990
EU 122S 48 Polished Ebony w/Silver Hardware 6,895 5,990
EU 122 Silent 48 Polished Ebony w/Silent System 9,195 8,190
PE 121 48 Two-Tone Polished Ebony w/Sapele Mahogany Accents 7,495 6,451
EU 131 52 Polished Ebony 7,695 6,390
Kayserburg Verticals
KA-121B 48 Polished Ebony 15,995 12,990
KA-121B 48 Polished Dark Walnut 16,995 13,790
KA-126B 50 Polished Ebony 18,495 14,590
KA-126B 50 Polished Cherry 19,995 15,390
KA-132B 52 Polished Ebony 20,995 16,190
KA-132C 52 Polished Ebony w/Sostenuto 21,495 16,990
Ritmller Performance Verticals
UP 110R2 43 Polished Ebony 5,395 4,597
UP 110R2 43 Polished Mahogany 5,695 4,797
UP 110RB 43 French Provincial Satin Cherry 6,995 5,390
UP 110RB1 43 Italian Provincial Satin Walnut 6,995 5,390
UP 120RE 47.3 Satin Mahogany 8,195 6,190
UP 121RB 47.6 Polished Ebony 7,195 5,990
UP 121RB 47.6 Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White 7,695 6,190
Ritmller Premium Verticals
UH 121R 48 Chippendale Polished Ebony 10,095 8,100
UH 121R 48 Chippendale Polished Sapele Mahogany 10,495 8,390
UH 121RA 48 Polished Ebony 9,995 7,990
UH 121RA Silent 48 Polished Ebony w/Silent System 13,495 10,390
UH 132R 52 Polished Ebony 12,195 9,190
Pearl River Grands
GP 150 4 11 Hand-rubbed Satin Ebony 12,495 9,790
GP 150 4 11 Polished Ebony 11,995 9,390
GP 150 4 11 Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White 12,495 9,790
GP 150 4 11 Polished Sapele Mahogany/Artisan Walnut 12,995 10,190
GP 150SP 4 11 Polished Ebony w/Silver Plate/Hardware 12,495 9,790
GP 160SP 5 3 Polished Ebony w/Silver Plate/Hardware 13,995 10,652
GP 160 5 3 Hand-rubbed Satin Ebony 13,995 10,590
GP 160SP 5 3 Polished White w/Silver Plate/Hardware 14,495 10,997
GP 160 5 3 Polished Ebony 13,495 10,190
GP 160SP 5 3 Polished Red w/Silver Plate/Hardware 15,995 12,031
GP 160 5 3 Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White 13,995 10,590
GP 160 5 3 Polished Sapele Mahogany/Artisan Walnut 13,995 10,990
GP 170 5 7 Hand-rubbed Satin Ebony 16,495 12,190
GP 170 5 7 Polished Ebony 15,995 11,790
GP 170 5 7 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 16,495 12,190
GP 170 5 7 Polished Sapele Mahogany/Artisan Walnut 16,995 12,590
GP 188A 6 2 Polished Ebony 18,995 14,390
GP 212 7 0 Polished Ebony 30,995 23,990
GP 275 9 0 Polished Ebony 79,995 60,990
Kayserburg Grands
KA-180 5 11 Polished Ebony 59,995 52,990
Ritmller Performance Grands
R8 4 11 Polished Ebony 14,195 10,190
R8 SP 4 11 Polished Ebony w/Silver Plate/Hardware 14,495 10,790
R8 4 11 Polished Mahogany/White 14,495 10,790
R9 SP 5 3 Polished White w/Silver Plate/Hardware 16,995 12,330
R9 5 3 Polished Ebony 15,695 10,990
R9 5 3 Polished Mahogany/White 16,195 11,590
Ritmller Premium Grands
GH 148R 4 10 Polished Ebony 16,495 11,990
GH 148R 4 10 Polished Sapele Mahogany 16,995 12,790
GH 160R 5 3 Hand-rubbed Satin Ebony 19,495 14,790
GH 160R 5 3 Polished Ebony 18,995 13,990
GH 160R 5 3 Polished Sapele Mahogany 19,495 14,790
GH 160RA 5 3 Polished Ebony (round leg) 19,495 14,790
GH 170R 5 7 Polished Ebony 21,495 16,390
GH 188R 6 2 Polished Ebony 26,495 19,990
GH 212R 7 0 Polished Ebony 32,995 26,990
GH 275R 9 0 Polished Ebony 84,995 66,990

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