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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 8,348 5,765
LV-43F 43 French Provincial Satin Cherry 9,019 6,197
LV-43T 43 Satin Mahogany/Walnut 9,019 6,197
LV-115 45 Satin Ebony 9,797 6,607
LV-115 45 Polished Ebony 9,019 6,197
LV-115 45 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 10,024 6,710
LV-118 46.5 Satin Ebony 10,576 7,040
LV-118 46.5 Polished Ebony 9,797 6,607
Pramberger Signature Series Verticals
PV-118F/R/T 46.5 Decorator Satin Cherry/Mahogany/Walnut 11,138 7,348
PV-118S 46.5 Satin Ebony 11,474 7,574
PV-118S 46.5 Polished Ebony 10,803 7,143
PV-121 47.5 Satin Ebony 13,031 8,416
PV-121 47.5 Polished Ebony 12,252 7,984
PV-132 52 Satin Ebony 14,480 9,259
PV-132 52 Polished Ebony 13,702 8,826
Pramberger, J.P. Platinum Series Verticals
JP-132 52 Satin Ebony 18,157 11,374
JP-132 52 Polished Ebony 16,708 10,532
Pramberger Legacy Series Grands
LG-149 4 9 Satin Ebony 19,661 12,218
LG-149 4 9 Polished Ebony 18,179 11,374
LG-149 4 9 Polished Mahogany/Walnut 20,407 12,628
LG-157 5 2 Satin Ebony 22,278 13,698
LG-157 5 2 Polished Ebony 20,720 12,854
LG-157 5 2 Polished Ebony w/Bubinga or Pommele Accents 25,955 15,814
LG-157 5 2 Polished Fire Red 27,848 16,882
LG-175 5 9 Satin Ebony 27,404 16,677
LG-175 5 9 Polished Ebony 25,620 15,607
Pramberger Signature Series Grands
PS-157 5 2 Satin Ebony 27,512 16,677
PS-157 5 2 Polished Ebony 25,955 15,814
PS-157 5 2 Polished Ebony w/Bubinga or Pommele Accents 30,411 18,362
PS-175 5 9 Satin Ebony 29,740 17,929
PS-175 5 9 Polished Ebony 28,183 17,087
PS-185 6 1 Satin Ebony 30,854 18,567
PS-185 6 1 Polished Ebony 29,297 17,724
PS-208 6 10 Satin Ebony 41,150 23,232
PS-208 6 10 Polished Ebony 37,094 22,162
Pramberger, J.P. Platinum Series Grands
JP-179L 5 10 Satin Ebony 47,671 28,204
JP-179L 5 10 Polished Ebony 46,341 27,465
JP-179LF 5 10 French Provincial Satin Ebony 55,696 32,745
JP-179LF 5 10 French Provincial Lacquer Semigloss Cherry 55,696 32,745
JP-208B 6 10 Satin Ebony 60,487 35,498
JP-208B 6 10 Polished Ebony 59,265 34,759
JP-228C 7 6 Satin Ebony 65,829 38,582
JP-228C 7 6 Polished Ebony 65,159 38,149
JP-280E 9 2 Polished Ebony 194,496 111,918

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