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PRAMBERGER

See also Samick.

Samick Music Corp. (SMC)
1329 Gateway Drive
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
615-206-0077
[email protected]
www.smcmusic.com

Pianos made by: Samick Musical Instrument Mfg. Co. Ltd., Bogor, West Java, Indonesia

The Pramberger name was used by Young Chang for its premium-level pianos under license from the late piano engineer Joseph Pramberger, who at one time was head of manufacturing at Steinway & Sons. When Pramberger died, in 2003, his estate terminated its relationship with Young Chang and signed up with Samick. However, since Young Chang still holds the rights to its piano designs, Samick has designed new pianos to go with the name.

The J.P. Pramberger Platinum piano is a higher-end instrument, formerly made in Korea, and now made in Indonesia under Korean supervision using the CNC equipment acquired by Samick during its partnership with Bechstein. It is then shipped to the U.S. for inspection, tuning, regulating, and voicing before being shipped to dealers. Several American technicians who had known and worked with Joe Pramberger went to Korea at Samick’s request to design this piano. Benefiting by work previously done by Bechstein engineers at the Samick factory, they began with a modified Bechstein scale, then added several features found on current or older Steinways, such as an all-maple (or beech) rim, an asymmetrically tapered white spruce soundboard, vertically laminated and tunneled maple and mahogany bridges with maple cap, duplex scaling, a Renner/Pramberger action, and Renner or Abel hammers. One of the technicians told me that the group feels its design is an advancement of Pramberger’s work that he would have approved of.

The Pramberger Signature (formerly known as J. Pramberger) is a more modestly priced instrument from Indonesia whose design is based on the former Korean-built Young Chang version. This line uses Samick’s Pratt-Reed Premium action, Renner or Abel hammers, and a Bolduc (Canadian) solid spruce soundboard. The institutional verticals in this line have all-wood cabinet construction and agraffes in the bass section, and the decorator versions include Renner hammers and a slow-close fallboard.

The Pramberger Legacy, the newest addition to the Pramberger line, has a veneer-laminated “surface tension” soundboard, and provides a reasonably priced option for the budget-minded consumer. These models were formerly sold under the Remington label. (The Remington brand is no longer a regular part of the Pramberger lineup, but is available to dealers on special order.)

[Note: Samick’s Pratt-Reed Premium action should not be confused with the Pratt-Read action used in many American-made pianos in the mid to late 20th century and eventually acquired by Baldwin. Samick says its Pratt-Reed action, designed by its research and development team and based on the German Renner action, is made in Korea.]

See Samick for more information.

Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor, transferable to future owners within the warranty period.

Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Pramberger Legacy Series Verticals
LV-110 43 Continental Polished Ebony 9,642 6,510
LV-43F 43 French Provincial Satin Cherry 10,417 6,953
LV-43T 43 Satin Mahogany/Walnut 10,417 6,953
LV-115 45 Satin Ebony 11,316 7,466
LV-115 45 Polished Ebony 10,417 6,953
LV-115 45 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 11,578 7,616
LV-118 46.5 Satin Ebony 12,215 7,980
LV-118 46.5 Polished Ebony 11,316 7,466
Pramberger Signature Series Verticals
PV-118F/R/T 46.5 Decorator Satin Cherry/Mahogany/Walnut 12,865 8,351
PV-118S 46.5 Satin Ebony 13,252 8,573
PV-118S 46.5 Polished Ebony 12,478 8,130
PV-121 47.5 Satin Ebony 15,051 9,601
PV-121 47.5 Polished Ebony 14,151 9,086
PV-132 52 Satin Ebony 16,725 10,557
PV-132 52 Polished Ebony 15,825 10,043
Pramberger, J.P. Platinum Series Verticals
JP-132 52 Satin Ebony 20,972 12,984
JP-132 52 Polished Ebony 19,298 12,027
Pramberger Legacy Series Grands
LG-149 4 9 Satin Ebony 22,708 13,976
LG-149 4 9 Polished Ebony 20,997 12,998
LG-149 4 9 Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White 23,570 14,469
LG-157 5 2 Satin Ebony 25,731 15,703
LG-157 5 2 Polished Ebony 23,932 14,675
LG-157 5 2 Polished Ebony w/Bubinga or Pommele Accents 29,978 18,130
LG-157 5 2 Polished Fire Red 32,164 19,379
LG-175 5 9 Satin Ebony 31,652 19,087
LG-175 5 9 Polished Ebony 29,591 17,909
Pramberger Signature Series Grands
PS-157 5 2 Satin Ebony 31,777 19,158
PS-157 5 2 Polished Ebony 29,978 18,130
PS-157 5 2 Polished Ebony w/Bubinga or Pommele Accents 35,124 21,071
PS-175 5 9 Satin Ebony 34,350 20,629
PS-175 5 9 Polished Ebony 32,551 19,601
PS-185 6 1 Satin Ebony 35,637 21,364
PS-185 6 1 Polished Ebony 33,838 20,336
PS-208 6 10 Satin Ebony 47,528 28,159
PS-208 6 10 Polished Ebony 42,844 25,482
Pramberger, J.P. Platinum Series Grands
JP-179L 5 10 Satin Ebony 55,061 32,463
JP-179L 5 10 Polished Ebony 53,524 31,585
JP-179LF 5 10 French Provincial Satin Ebony 64,329 37,759
JP-179LF 5 10 French Provincial Lacquer Semigloss Cherry 64,329 37,759
JP-208B 6 10 Satin Ebony 69,863 40,922
JP-208B 6 10 Polished Ebony 68,451 40,115
JP-228C 7 6 Satin Ebony 76,033 44,447
JP-228C 7 6 Polished Ebony 75,259 44,005
JP-280E 9 2 Polished Ebony 224,643 129,367

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