Steinway chose the world’s largest piano manufacturer (Pearl River) to build their Essex line of pianos, in the early 2000s. Only Kawai and Pearl River build pianos for Steinway.
New Pearl River pianos start at $5000. At 50% off new pricing this is an excellent choice for a beginner pianist. If you are considering a Yamaha B1 or Yamaha B2 piano in the Tampa, Clearwater or St. Pete area, this would be a fantastic, inexpensive alternative.