Including Ritmüller and Kayserburg
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, producing over 150,000 pianos a year, with a global market share of over 30%. The company builds pianos under the Pearl River, Ritmüller, and Kayserburg names, as well as under a few other names for OEM contracts.
Pearl River is the best-selling piano brand in China. It exports to more than 120 countries, and has been operating a European company headquarters in Germany since 1995. After a successful IPO in 2012, the formerly government-owned company built a new, state-of-the-art, 12-million-square-foot factory that combines traditional craftsmanship with advanced CNC digital machinery, and complies with European high-level technology and process standards.
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 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, and the 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 recently introduced an exclusive version of the Prodigy player-piano system by PianoDisc that includes a Galaxy tablet with a pre-installed, easy-to-use app with 600 songs preloaded. Customers can optionally download the regular PianoDisc app to build their own music library.
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. The brand-new Premium UHX Series features an innovative new vertical piano action inclined at three degrees toward the player, allowing for a faster, more sensitive and controlled hammer blow, and improved dynamic range.
The Performance models feature unique scales, ebony sharps, high-quality hammers with German felt, and a veneered and tapered all-spruce soundboard. This year Ritmüller introduced the R8 SP, a 4′ 11″ conventional grand piano with silver plate and hardware.
Over the years, Piano Buyer’s reviewers have auditioned several Ritmüller 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.”
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.
|Pearl River Verticals|
|EU 110||43||Polished Ebony||5,050||4,790|
|EU 110 Silent||43||Polished Ebony w/Silent System||8,295||7,190|
|EU 111PA||43||French Provincial Satin Cherry||6,195||5,590|
|EU 111PB||43||Mediterranean Satin Walnut||6,195||5,590|
|EU 111PC||43||Italian Provincial Satin Mahogany||6,195||5,590|
|UP 109D||43||Continental Polished Ebony||4,895||4,700|
|UP 109D||43||Continental Polished Mahogany||5,095||4,900|
|UP 115E||45||Satin Ebony/Mahogany (School)||7,995||5,590|
|UP 115M5||45||Polished Ebony||5,195||4,990|
|UP 115M5||45||Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White||5,395||5,190|
|EU 118S||46.5||Polished Ebony w/Silver Hardware||5,695||5,390|
|EU 118S||46.5||Polished Mahogany/Walnut w/Silver Hardware||6,195||5,590|
|EU 122||48||Polished Ebony||6,995||5,990|
|EU 122||48||Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White||7,095||6,190|
|EU 122||48||Satin Cherry||7,095||6,190|
|EU 122S||48||Polished Ebony w/Silver Hardware||7,095||6,190|
|EU 122 Silent||48||Polished Ebony w/Silent System||9,395||8,390|
|PE 121||48||Two-Tone Polished Ebony w/Sapele Mahogany Accents||7,595||6,990|
|EU 131||52||Polished Ebony||7,995||6,700|
|Ritmuller Performance Verticals|
|UP 110R2||43||Polished Ebony||5,595||4,990|
|UP 110R2||43||Polished Mahogany||5,695||5,190|
|UP 110RB||43||French Provincial Satin Cherry||7,295||5,700|
|UP 110RB1||43||Italian Provincial Satin Walnut||7,295||5,700|
|UP 120RE||47.3||Satin Mahogany||8,495||6,500|
|UP 121RB||47.6||Polished Ebony||7,395||6,190|
|UP 121RB||47.6||Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White||7,895||6,390|
|Ritmuller Premium Verticals|
|UH 121R||48||Chippendale Polished Ebony||10,395||8,500|
|UH 121R||48||Chippendale Polished Sapele Mahogany||10,795||8,790|
|UH 121RA||48||Polished Ebony||10,295||8,390|
|UH 121RA Silent||48||Polished Ebony w/Silent System||13,795||10,790|
|UH 132R||52||Polished Ebony||12,595||9,790|
|Pearl River Grands|
|GP 150||4||11||Hand-rubbed Satin Ebony||12,995||9,962|
|GP 150||4||11||Polished Ebony||12,395||9,548|
|GP 150||4||11||Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White||12,995||9,962|
|GP 150||4||11||Polished Sapele Mahogany/Artisan Walnut||13,695||10,445|
|GP 150SP||4||11||Polished Ebony w/Silver Plate/Hardware||12,995||9,962|
|GP 160SP||5||3||Polished Ebony w/Silver Plate/Hardware||14,495||10,997|
|GP 160||5||3||Hand-rubbed Satin Ebony||14,495||10,997|
|GP 160SP||5||3||Polished White w/Silver Plate/Hardware||15,495||11,686|
|GP 160||5||3||Polished Ebony||13,995||10,652|
|GP 160SP||5||3||Polished Red w/Silver Plate/Hardware||16,495||12,376|
|GP 160||5||3||Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White||14,495||10,997|
|GP 160||5||3||Polished Sapele Mahogany/Artisan Walnut||15,195||11,479|
|GP 170||5||7||Hand-rubbed Satin Ebony||17,195||12,859|
|GP 170||5||7||Polished Ebony||16,495||12,376|
|GP 170||5||7||Polished Sapele Mahogany/Artisan Walnut||17,495||13,066|
|GP 188A||6||2||Polished Ebony||19,695||14,583|
|Ritmuller Performance Grands|
|R8 SP||4||11||Polished Ebony w/Silver Plate/Hardware||15,595||11,190|
|R9 SP||5||3||Polished White w/Silver Plate/Hardware||17,695||12,790|
|Ritmuller Premium Grands|
|GH 148R||4||10||Polished Ebony||17,395||12,590|
|GH 148R||4||10||Polished Sapele Mahogany||17,995||13,590|
|GH 160R||5||3||Hand-rubbed Satin Ebony||20,995||15,790|
|GH 160R||5||3||Polished Ebony||20,195||14,790|
|GH 160R||5||3||Polished Sapele Mahogany||20,995||15,790|
|GH 170R||5||7||Polished Ebony||22,195||17,390|
|GH 188R||6||2||Polished Ebony||27,195||20,990|
|GH 212R||7||0||Polished Ebony||76,000||51,667|
|GH 243||8||0||Polished Ebony||86,000||58,333|
|GH 275R||9||0||Polished Ebony||147,500||99,333|