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PETROF

Piano Royale Prague LLC
P.O. Box 1130
Richland, Washington 99352
509-946-8078
877-946-8078
www.petrof.com

Pianos made by: Petrof, spol. s.r.o., Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

The Petrof piano factory was founded in 1864 by Antonin Petrof in Hradec Králové, an old, historic town 100 kilometers east of Prague, in the present Czech Republic. Five generations of the Petrof family owned and managed the business, during which time the company kept pace with technical developments and earned prizes for its pianos at international exhibitions. The Czechs have long been known for their vibrant musical-instrument industry, which also includes makers of brass, woodwind, and stringed instruments.

In 1947, when all businesses in the Czech Republic were nationalized by the state, the Petrof family was forced out of the business. In 1965 Petrof, along with other piano manufacturers, was forced to join Musicexport, the state-controlled import-export company for musical instruments. Since the fall of the Soviet Union and the liberation of Eastern Europe, the various factories that were part of Musicexport have been spun off as private businesses, including Petrof, which is once again owned and controlled by the Petrof family. Currently Petrof manufactures 5,000 vertical pianos and 900 grands annually.

Petrof recently introduced a series of six new grand piano models, named (in size order) Bora, Breeze, Storm, Pasat, Monsoon, and Mistral, from 5' 2" to 9' 2" in length. Most component parts are produced by Petrof or other Czech factories, including the hardware, plates, and cabinetry. Soundboards are of solid Bohemian spruce, grand rims are of laminated beech and birch, pinblocks are of compressed beech, plates are cast in wet sand, and hammers are from Renner or Abel. These pianos also boast several interesting features: The soundboard is custom-tapered and asymmetrically crowned for optimal resonance; the treble bridge is capped with genuine ebony for better transmission of treble tone; front and rear duplexes are tuned for tonal color; pianos are single-strung for tuning stability; an adjustable bolt has been added from the plate to the wooden cross block for additional tuning stability; and a decorative veneer has been added to the inner rim. The earlier series of Petrof grands with model numbers containing roman numerals will coexist with the new models as long as supplies last.

Actions in Petrof pianos are standard Detoa on the smaller verticals, Renner on the larger grands and larger verticals, and either Renner parts on a Petrof action frame or Petrof Original Actions made by Detoa on mid-size instruments.

Petrof has also invented and patented a version of its new grand action that uses tiny opposing magnets on the wippens and wippen rail. These magnets allow for the removal of the usual lead counterweights in the keys and, according to the company, significantly alter the action’s dynamic properties. The new action also furthers the European Union’s stated environmental goal of phasing out the use of lead in pianos. The action is adjusted in the factory for a standard touchweight and is serviced in exactly the same way as a standard action. The Magnetic Accelerated Action, as it is known, is a special-order option on the grands. Petrof also offers as an option the Magnetic Balanced Action, which allows the player to quickly and easily change the touchweight in the range of ±4–5 grams simply by turning a knob.

Petrofs are known for their warm, rich, singing tone, full of color. The pianos are solidly built and workmanship is good. After careful preparation, the pianos can sound and feel quite beautiful and hold their own against other European brands. Wages in the Czech Republic have risen in recent years, and with it the price of Petrof pianos, but the company has placed a greater emphasis on quality control and enhanced features in the new models in order to meet the higher expectations that come with higher prices.

Note: For years, Weinbach pianos were made by the Petrof company and were virtually identical to Petrof brand pianos. The Weinbach name is no longer being used in North America.

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

Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Most models are also available in finishes other than those shown here. Grands, in mahogany or walnut, add $2,600 (SMP); in white or color, add $1,880 (SMP). Warning: Accuracy of SMP uncertain; see here.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Petrof Verticals
P 118 C1 46.3 Chippendale Polished Ebony   32,430
P 118 D1 46.3 Demi-Chippendale Polished Ebony   32,430
P 118 G2 46.3 Polished Ebony   25,690
P 118 M1 46.3 Polished Ebony   28,550
P 118 P1 46.3 Polished Ebony   28,550
P 118 R1 46.3 Rococo Satin White w/Gold Trim   34,248
P 118 S1 46.3 Continental Polished Ebony/White   25,090
P 122 N1 47.8 Polished Ebony   31,118
P 125 F1 49.3 Polished Ebony   32,012
P 125 G1 49.3 Polished Ebony   34,778
P 125 M1 49.3 Polished Ebony   33,498
P 127 NEXT 49.5 Satin Ebony with Chrome Legs   44,998
P 127 NEXT 49.5 Satin Wood Tones with Chrome Legs   46,000
P 131 M1 51 Polished Ebony   44,168
P 135 K1 53 Polished Ebony   52,564
Petrof, Ant. Verticals
136 53.5 Polished Ebony   38,632
Petrof Grands
P 159 5 2 Bora Polished Ebony   87,058
P 159 5 2 Bora Demi-Chippendale Polished Ebony   95,020
P 173 5 6 Breeze Polished Ebony   91,748
P 173 5 6 Breeze Chippendale Polished Ebony   110,258
P 173 5 6 Breeze Demi-Chippendale Polished Ebony   108,068
P 173 5 6 Breeze Klasik Polished Ebony   100,666
P 173 5 6 Breeze Rococo Satin White w/Gold Trim   110,568
P 194 6 3 Storm Polished Ebony   96,310
P 194 6 3 Storm Styl Polished Ebony   104,812
P 210 6 10 Pasat Polished Ebony   137,640
P 237 7 9 Monsoon Polished Ebony   218,216
P 284 9 2 Mistral Polished Ebony   290,812
Petrof, Ant. Grands
225 7 4 Polished Ebony   187,278
275 9 0 Polished Ebony   252,328

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