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  • (Grand)Pianos, harpsichords, digital and pipe organs is all we do.
  • Our STEINWAYS and YAMAHAS are 50% less expensive than new ones.
  • We import PEARL RIVER PIANOS,best priced and most sold pianos in the world.
  • No quality compromises and no falsified pianos!
  • Best warranties in the country.
  • Knowledgeable staff.
  • Piano rental department.
  • In house moving, packing, delivery and technical staff.
  • Piano rebuilding center with use of genuine parts.
  • Asia's  best selection of pianos and grands. (+100 units)
  • Piano rebuilding center with use of genuine parts.
  • World wide delivery.
  • Best service anywhere.

So why go anywhere else!

 


What to do when buying a piano

The first thing we need to do is be careful.  In the Philippines there are many people selling pianos that are of inferiour quality with falsified serial numbers, brand names and pianos that look new but are not.

If you don't know about pianos, and that's most of you, a "good deal" is usually not that. A piano has 10,000 parts, no way it can sell for next to nothing unless it's junk. If you want so see some pics what a good grand looks like, click here.

EXAMPLES of NOT-SO-GOOD-DEALS; (recently on OLX)

Japan Piano, Yamaha Piano, P 15,000. You know it's a scam, a concert bench costs more, a Yamaha used piano cost at least 150,000 for a half decent one.

Bechstein Grand Piano, fully refinished, P 285,000. Bechsteins don't sell for that, it's impossible. Refinishing of a grand piano cost at least P 500,000 but more likely 1M, that's without the price of the old grand piano purchase in the first place .

Yamaha C3 almost new, P380,000. A new C3 cost 1.6M, so you can easily figure out that the person advertising this is a scammer that has falsified serial number and model.

No matter what piano you buy you will be making a significant investment. So it is a good idea to arm yourself with good information before making a purchase of this size. A good upright piano, new or used, will cost you at least PHP 150,000.00 and up, a good baby grand piano new or used starts at PHP 450,000 and up. Something else you can be surprised about: The reconditioning of an old grand piano is more expensive than buying a brand new one. 

Here's how to go about it the right way: There are really 5 main questions you need to answer for yourself after you you have established a budget.

  1. Acoustic or digital piano?
  2. Upright or grand piano?
  3. What size of piano?
  4. What brand name?
  5. New or used piano?

Acoustic or digital piano?

First: The initial cost of an acoustic piano is more than an electronic piano, however, after five years, your acoustic piano will be worth more money, and the value of an electronic piano will have depreciated to almost nothing.

 

Second: Children require the touch and sound of a real piano. Their brains are like sponges and they grow accustomed to whatever they are presented with. This means that they will begin to expect the lightly weighted artificial feel of an electronic piano, and when it comes time for examinations, they will have a very hard time adapting and might fail.

 

Upright or grand piano?

Upright piano advantages:

  • Takes up less space, lower cost, easier to move.

Upright piano disadvantages:

  • Musical expression is more difficult, action is not so advanced, repetition is slower, keys are shorter than on grand pianos (except the new Mason & Hamlin model 50), cabinet is less elegant.

Grand piano advantages:

  • Sounds better, more controlled musical expression, better and quicker action, longer keys, aesthetically pleasing, easier to position because it looks good from every angle.

Grand piano disadvantages:

  • Takes up more space, higher cost, harder to move.

What size of piano?

The answer is quite simple.  The longer the string, the better the sound. There are 4 choices for upright pianos, namely: 

Under 45 inches (console)                                                                 45 to 47 inches high (studio)

48 to 51 inches (professional upright)                                          52 inches (largest upright made)

 

 

 

 

 

Upright pianos:

  • In the professional piano world anything under 48" high is not considered a professional sounding piano.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand pianos:

  • Anything under 5'5" is not considered a good sounding grand piano. It seems the "break" for a good sound is a certain string length that cannot be had under 5'5".

When shopping for a grand piano it is good to know the sizes and the "insider" terms.

Size Name
from 4'7" to 5'5" BABY GRAND
from 5'5" to 5'8" MEDIUM GRAND
from 5'8" to 6'6" INSTITUTIONAL OR LARGE GRAND
from 6'6" to 7'6" SEMI CONCERT GRAND
from 7'6" to 9'4" CONCERT GRAND

What brand name shoudl I consider?

There is a lot of confusion out there regarding this subject. We can help only by giving you our own experiences and our suggestions (from best to worst)

  • American made pianos such as Mason & HamlinSteinway & Sons are no. 1 choice together with some German made pianos such as Bosendorfer and Bechstein NOTE: German companies have been bought by other companies and the quality is highly compromised by some of those companies, example: SEILER was a fantastic piano, now made in Indonesia with much less high quality workmanship but still marketed as German by retailers, you are paying for German but getting Indonesian, be careful.
  • Japanese made pianos MADE IN JAPAN such as Yamaha and Kawai are no. 2 choice. NOTE: Yamaha produces pianos in Malaysia and Indonesia and Kawai produces in China. Be careful what you buy.
  • Korean and Chinese made pianos such as Pearl River,  Young Chang NOTE, Pearl River is now producing pianos for Steinway. They also produced pianos for Yamaha for 12 years.
  • Samick as well as Yamaha Indonesia models are no. 4 choice.

New or used piano?

Most often a new piano of a good quality is priced at a level that makes most people uncomfortable. The reason is simple; does my child deserve such a huge investment? This is a very valid question and you as a customer must realize there is nothing wrong with a good used piano. The advantages are great, namely a used piano or used grand piano should be half the price of a new one, the wood on used pianos is already matured so the piano should be very consistant. If you purchase from a good  dealer like us you will find a used piano with a warranty equal to a new piano. Trouble is that most importers will get cheap used pianos and sell them for high quality ones.