Pianists with hands of small to average size have long been restricted to playing music that fits their hands, regardless of what repertoire they might actually want to play. This situation has changed. Hailun’s model HU1P upright piano now offers a choice of ergonomic keyboard sizes at affordable prices.
With W. Hoffmann, the German piano maker C. Bechstein enters the mid-level market, which for decades has been dominated by Asian manufacturers. Can a brand such as W. Hoffmann compete against them, and produce a product that is distinctive enough to stand on its own?
High-end German manufacturer Seiler is relatively new to the concert-grand market, having had a 9′ grand in production for only about 15 years. At present, the production is overseen by Julius Feurich, who was the last in his family to produce the famous Feurich piano in Germany.
Schimmel’s model line distributed in North America comprises four categories: Konzert (K) and Classic (C), made in Germany; Wilhelm Schimmel (W), assembled in Poland; and Fridolin Schimmel (F), made in China by Pearl River, Schimmel’s new owner. Here we review a Wilhelm Schimmel grand and a Classic series upright.
In 2014, Petrof released the first model of its new Ant. Petrof line, named in tribute to the company’s founder, Antonín Petrof. According to Petrof, these pianos are the results of years of development and testing, and represent the top of their line, combining contemporary technological innovation with traditional craftsmanship.