Pianos do not get better with time. Unlike a Cello, violin, or other instruments which can last in theory for hundreds of years; pianos have a lifespan of 50-60 years.
While the pinblock and action age only by usage, the curvature of the soundboard, which is necessary for tonal projection is a linear degradation and constant loss overtime.
No matter if the piano is played eight hours a day or eight hours a year the 40,000 – 50,000 pounds of tension, which is applied when the strings are tighten to pitch slowly robs the piano’s ability to produce full dB production. In other words, pianos get quieter with age.
Facts to understand:
The Chinese number 1.4 billion and music participation is in the 50th percentile.
In the United States music participation is in the teens and there are only 350 million of us.
For this reason, the largest cello producers, violin producers, drum manufacturers and yes pianos builders come from China.
Before you dismiss these instruments it worth mentioning, the vast majority of what Yamaha manufacturers and sell globally are no longer built in Japan. The bulk of their pianos come from China, Indonesia, Taiwan, etc.
Additionally, a significant if not dominant percentage of what Steinway sells globally they do not manufacturer! Pearl River manufactures the Essex for Steinway and Kawai manufactures the Boston for Steinway.
That is right! Kawai and Pearl River are the official builders for much of what Steinway sells globally!
Thought experiment: Would Pearl River, which derive 100% of their revenue from producing pianos, agree to manufacture a superior piano for a competitor?
Of course not!
In my opinion, it is absolutely absurd to spend thousands more on a legacy brand which is producing the bulk of their product in China, Taiwan, Indonesia, etc.
When we look at all of these facts analytically, it is easy to see why a new 2021 Pearl River piano is the smart choice.
Make Steinways choice your choice, choose Pearl River!
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