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PEARL RIVER

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 and best-selling piano manufacturer in the world, combining traditional craftsmanship with advanced CNC digital machinery to produce over 150,000 pianos annually by more than 4,000 workers. Pearl River recently transitioned to the world’s largest, new, state-of-the-art factory dedicated to building pianos, encompassing 1.2 million square feet. Pearl River is the best-selling piano brand in China and is exported to more than 112 countries. It also operates a European company headquarters in Braunschweig, Germany since 1995. The company builds pianos under the Pearl River, Ritmüller, and Kayserburg names, as well as under a few other names for OEM contracts.

In recent years, Pearl River has revised and streamlined its lineup of models with the assistance of European and American piano-design consultants. Currently, Pearl River acoustic pianos are offered in three series: Traditional verticals and grands, European verticals, and Prestige verticals. The European Series includes the newly introduced model EU118S 46″ vertical with silver hardware, and available in seven finishes, including polished ebony. It is equipped with German Röslau strings, a slow-close fallboard, and Pearl River hammers with imported German felt. The Traditional model UP115E 45″ vertical is in a school-friendly institutional style, with special casters and a full-length music desk. In the Prestige Series, the flagship model PH3 50″ vertical features the innovative PR 2.0 hammers, with premium red inner felt from Germany and rare hornbeam wood hammer cores, which produce the depth and resonance of a much larger instrument.

Pearl River grands come in four sizes, from 4′ 11″ to 6′ 2″, including the recent GP150SP and GP160SP models 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, more responsive touch weights, refined hammers with 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. The Ritmüller line includes the Classic, Superior, and Premium series of vertical and grand pianos. Among the many higher-quality components used in crafting Ritmüller pianos are solid tapered spruce soundboards, German Renner hammers and actions, Strunz solid soundboards, Dehonit pinblocks, Laukhuff keyboards, hornbeam wood actions, beech rims, and real ebony sharps.

Piano Buyer‘s reviewers have been consistently impressed by Ritmüller pianos, choosing the 48″ UH-121R vertical and the 4’ 11″ GH-148R grand as “Staff Picks.”

In 2013, Pearl River brought to North America the upper-level Kayserburg Artists brand. These instruments are handmade, in a separate “factory in a factory,” by a team of Pearl River’s most experienced craftsmen, closely supervised and trained by Swiss master piano designer Stephen Mohler. The Kayserburg Artists craftsmen complete a rigorous training that includes studying the world’s finest pianos and working side by side with visiting European specialists.

Kayserburg pianos are available in five series: Excellent, Heritage, Nuovo, Artists, and Master. They contain such high-end features as soundboards of tight-grained, solid European spruce; Renner hammers and actions; 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 Traditional Series Verticals
UP 109D 43 Continental Polished Ebony 4,895 4,895
UP 109D 43 Continental Polished Mahogany 5,095 5,095
UP 115E 45 Satin Ebony (School) 6,250 5,861
UP 115M5 45 Polished Ebony 5,195 5,195
UP 115M5 45 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 5,395 5,395
PE 121 48 Two-Tone Polished Ebony w/Sapele Mahogany Accents 7,595 6,729
Kayserburg Artists Series Verticals
KA1X 48 Polished Ebony 15,995 10,607
KA1UX 48 Satin Cherry 18,495 11,111
KA2X 48.5 Polished Ebony 16,995 10,824
KA3X 50 Polished Ebony 18,495 11,095
KA5X 51 Polished Ebony 20,995 11,367
KA6X 52 Polished Ebony 21,495 11,638
Ritmuller Classic Series Verticals
UP 110R2 43 Polished Ebony 5,595 5,441
UP 110R2 43 Polished Mahogany 5,695 5,695
UP 110RB 43 French Provincial Satin Cherry 7,295 6,080
UP 110RB1 43 Italian Provincial Satin Walnut 7,295 6,103
UP 120RE 47 Satin Mahogany 8,495 6,919
UP 121RB 48 Polished Ebony 7,395 6,349
UP 121RB 48 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 7,895 6,621
UP 121RB 48 Polished White 7,895 6,675
RN1-15 48 Polished Ebony 8,095 7,556
RN1-15 48 Polished Grained Mahogany 8,580 7,882
RN2-15 48.5 Polished Ebony 8,150 7,597
RN2-15 48.5 Polished Grained Mahogany 8,650 7,922
RN3 49.5 Polished Ebony 8,250 7,638
Ritmuller Premium Series Verticals
RSH 119 47 Polished Ebony 7,600 7,244
UHX 121 48 Polished Ebony 8,528 7,841
UHX 121 48 Polished Grained Mahogany 9,020 8,166
UHX 121C 48 Polished Ebony 9,307 8,356
UHX 121C 48 Polished Grained Mahogany 9,799 8,682
RSH 121 48 Polished Ebony 8,050 7,543
RSH 123 48.5 Polished Ebony 8,500 7,841
UHX 126 50 Polished Mahogany 10,148 8,912
UHX 132 52.5 Polished Ebony 11,070 9,522
Pearl River European Series Verticals
EU 110 43 Polished Ebony 5,050 5,050
EU 118S 46.5 Polished Ebony w/Silver Hardware 5,695 5,695
EU 118S 46.5 Polished Mahogany/Walnut w/Silver Hardware 6,195 6,160
EU 122 48 Polished Ebony 6,995 6,390
EU 122 48 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 7,095 6,661
EU 122S 48 Polished Ebony w/Silver Hardware 7,095 6,390
EU 131 52 Polished Ebony 7,995 6,661
Pearl River Prestige Series Verticals
PH1 47.5 Polished Ebony 8,050 7,393
PH2 48.5 Polished Ebony 8,150 7,434
PH3 50 Polished Ebony 8,250 7,516
Kayserburg Excellent Series Verticals
KX1 47.5 Polished Ebony 8,433 7,705
KX2 48 Polished Ebony 8,533 7,787
KX3 50 Polished Ebony 8,733 7,949
Kayserburg Nuovo Series Verticals
KN1 48 Polished Ebony 8,833 8,031
KN2 48.5 Polished Ebony 8,900 8,085
KN3 50 Polished Ebony 8,967 8,139
KN6 51 Polished Ebony 9,183 8,316
Kayserburg Master Series Verticals
KAM1 48 Polished Ebony 23,950 15,190
KAM2 48.5 Polished Ebony 24,450 15,462
KAM3 50 Polished Ebony 24,950 15,733
KAM5 52 Polished Ebony 25,450 16,004
Kayserburg Heritage Series Verticals
KHA1 46.5 Polished Ebony 8,660 7,891
KHB1 47 Polished Ebony 8,710 7,931
KHA2 48 Polished Ebony 8,760 7,972
KHB2 48 Polished Grained Mahogany 8,760 7,972
KHA3 48.5 Polished Ebony 8,810 8,013
KHC3 48.5 Polished White 8,810 8,013
KHB3 50 Polished Ebony 8,877 8,067
KHA5 50.5 Polished Ebony 8,943 8,121
KHB5 51 Polished Ebony 9,060 8,216
KHC6 51 Polished White 9,060 8,216
KHA6 52 Polished Ebony 9,227 8,352
Ritmuller Superior Series Verticals
RS 120 47 Polished Ebony 6,700 6,648
RS 125 49 Polished Ebony 7,600 7,231
RS 130 51 Polished Ebony 7,900 7,434
Pearl River Traditional Series Grands
GP 150 4 11 Hand-rubbed Satin Ebony 12,995 11,800
GP 150 4 11 Polished Ebony 12,395 11,312
GP 150 4 11 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 12,995 11,800
GP 150 4 11 Polished Grained Mahogany/Walnut 13,695 12,126
GP 150SP 4 11 Polished Ebony w/Silver Plate/Hardware 12,995 11,448
GP 160 5 3 Hand-rubbed Satin Ebony 14,495 12,072
GP 160 5 3 Polished Ebony 13,995 11,584
GP 160 5 3 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 14,495 12,072
GP 160 5 3 Polished Grained Mahogany/Walnut 15,195 12,397
GP 160SP 5 3 Polished Ebony w/Silver Plate/Hardware 14,495 11,719
GP 160SP 5 3 Polished White w/Silver Plate/Hardware 15,495 12,262
GP 160SP 5 3 Polished Red w/Silver Plate/Hardware 16,495 12,397
GP 170 5 7 Hand-rubbed Satin Ebony 17,195 13,970
GP 170 5 7 Polished Ebony 16,495 13,482
GP 170 5 7 Polished Grained Mahogany/Walnut 17,495 14,296
GP 188A 6 2 Polished Ebony 19,695 16,465
Kayserburg Artists Series Grands
KA151 5 0 Polished Ebony 38,995 35,558
KA160 5 3 Polished Ebony 47,995 36,371
KA180 5 9 Polished Ebony 59,995 37,727
KA212 7 0 Polished Ebony 76,000 43,422
KA243 8 0 Polished Ebony 86,000 48,846
KA275 9 0 Polished Ebony 147,500 82,204
Ritmuller Classic Series Grands
R8 4 11 Polished Ebony 14,695 12,124
R8 4 11 Polished Mahogany 15,595 12,612
R8 4 11 Polished White 15,595 12,666
R8 SP 4 11 Polished Ebony w/Silver Plate/Hardware 15,595 12,259
R9 5 3 Polished Ebony 16,195 12,962
R9 5 3 Polished Mahogany 16,695 13,450
R9 5 3 Polished White 16,695 13,505
R9 SP 5 3 Polished White w/Silver Plate/Hardware 17,695 13,640
Ritmuller Premium Series Grands
GH 160R 5 3 Hand-Rubbed Satin Ebony 20,995 15,665
GH 160R 5 3 Polished Ebony 20,195 14,607
GH 160R 5 3 Polished Grained Mahogany 20,995 15,665
GH 170R 5 7 Polished Ebony 22,195 17,740
GH 212R 7 0 Polished Ebony 76,000 43,422
RSG 243 8 0 Polished Ebony 86,000 48,846
GH 275R 9 0 Polished Ebony 147,500 82,204
Kayserburg Heritage Series Grands
GH148 4 10 Polished Ebony 16,200 11,963
GH148 4 10 Polished Grained Mahogany 17,550 12,777
GH160 5 3 Polished Ebony 17,100 12,506
GH160 5 3 Polished Grained Mahogany 18,450 13,319
GH160YJ 5 3 Crystal Transparent Plexiglass with Silver Plate/Hardware 83,333 56,440
GH170 5 8 Polished Ebony 20,250 14,404
GH170 5 8 Polished Grained Mahogany 21,600 15,218
GH188A 6 2 Polished Ebony 25,200 17,387
Ritmuller Superior Series Grands
RS 150 5 0 Polished Ebony 15,050 12,180
RS 160 5 3 Polished Ebony 16,300 12,994

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