What Are the Best Piano Brands?

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So What Are the Best Piano Brands?

The country of origin is often the best indicator of the quality of pianos. Since piano production began in Germany and the United States, these represent the very best piano brands.

The United States only has 3 manufacturers left although there used to be hundreds of piano companies building in America. Today we have only:

Steinway

is Steinway the best piano brand

 

 

Steinway makes about 2500 pianos a year

 

 

 

Mason & Hamlin

is mason and hamlin one of the best piano brands

 

 

Mason & Hamlin builds only 250 pianos per year

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Walter

Charles Walter, one of the top piano brands in the united states

 

 

Charles Walter is a relative newcomer which builds only about 65 pianos each year.

 

 

 

 

 

The best European pianos come primarily from Germany:

Bechstein

Bechstein is one of the best piano brands in the world

Bluthner

Bluthner pianos are one of the best brands

Bosendorfer (from Austria)

Bosendorfer is one of the best piano brands in Europe, they are based in Austria

Fazioli (from Italy)

Fazioli from Italy is one of the best piano brands in the world

The Eastern European pianos are not as refined but offer excellent value:

Petrof/Weinbach

(The same company produces both pianos.)
petrof and weinbach are among the best piano brands

Estonia

estonia is one of the best piano brands in europe

Japan makes the best Asian production pianos. There are 2 companies which are the largest and second largest manufacturers of pianos in the world:

Yamaha

Yamaha is one of the best asian production brand pianos

Kawai

kawai is one of the best piano brands in Asia

Both companies have factories throughout Asia (not just in Japan) and the best pianos they build are made in Japan. They offer everything from budget instruments to hand-made pianos rivaling the best German and American pianos.

Korea has been making pianos for quite some time. While not as refined as the Japanese pianos, they continually improve. There are 2 Korean piano manufactures both of which have factories in other countries:

Samick

samick is a great piano brand, is it one of the best?

Young Chang

young chang is one of the best asian piano brands

Samick sells pianos under many different brand names including Kohler and Campbell, Knabe, Sohmer, Pramberger, Remington and many more. These are referred to as “stencil pianos” since the original manufacturer is either out of business or it is a made up name. Young Chang sells pianos under the Weber name.

Best Piano Brands YouTube Video

Best Piano Brands

81 Comments to What Are the Best Piano Brands?

  • ariella garofalo-bergier says:

    Hi Robert,
    We really enjoyed your youtube discussion regarding the best pianos around today (not to mention the truly beautiful musical performance you threw in!). Our daughter is a musically talented twelve year old who has taken piano lessons for the last year (violin prior to that) and we are in the process of buying her a piano. We live in NYC and space is a consideration - so we are looking at uprights and consoles mostly - we have sort of narrowed it down to a new Charles R. Walter or a used Steinway, 1967 model (both are offered for sale at Beethoven Pianos on west 58th street). I really like the Walter model, which is about the same price as the used Steinway and notice that you mentioned it favorably. I also like the idea of purchasing from a small American manufacturer and love the idea of Mr. Walter’s personal oversight of each piece. I was told that the “action” is now being made in China - do you consider that a deficit in manufacture? Overall, would you recommend their console for a young student to “grow on”. Your thoughts are very much appreciated and we look forward to new youtube postings as well! Best, Ariella, Alex and LIbby Bergier - NYC

  • Brian says:

    Hi Robert,
    Could you share your opinion about Grotrian grand pianos? What about the Shigeru Kawais? Thank you.
    Brian

  • Rita Aro says:

    Hello I would really like to have your opinion of shumann Piano is it a good brand your help will be grateful

  • Bob says:

    Hi we are looking to buy a piano, found a Mason Risch Henry Herbert #121298 the guy is seling for $500. he said it’s 50 years old can you confirm if they were made by Henry H then…

  • Davood says:

    I am looking to buy a new piano for my son,they are curre tly 2 pianos I am looking for,they are the YAMAHA YDP-162 and KORG LP-350 wich of these would be the better buy in your opinion

    Many thanks for your time

    • Bob Estrin says:

      Both Yamaha and Korg (as well as Roland and others) offer keyboards with similar feature sets. Like playing traditional acoustic pianos, I suggest you play them yourself to see which one you prefer the sound and user experience. Sometimes differences in technical capabilities can be crucial. Most keyboards contain far more features than you are likely to use. But there may be some that are particularly important to you that one instrument has which is lacking in the other.

      Another crucial feature is the user interface. Sometimes basic functions like fine tuning are hidden under layers of menus. This may not be something you may ever need, although it could be essential for your particular work. So, try to spend some time with both keyboards to assess their feel, sound and overall user friendliness in making your decision.

  • Minerva says:

    What about a Ludwig & Sons? Is that a good brand. I know they are no longer in business and haven’t been since around WWII. I have one that is in fairly good condition, but am thinking of maybe buying a newer piano that is not as big or heavy.

  • ziad melhem says:

    Does anyone have a new G.Hoffmann upright or at least have any information who is manufacturing it now and weather it is a good piano to buy ?

    Thanks

  • Henner harders says:

    What do you make of a 1946 Petrof model IV grand piano in good condition?
    Any comparison to zeitter + Winkelmann 1920 or Seiler even earlier?

  • Arlene Zawko says:

    I just obtained an Apollo grand piano and I’m wondering about its value. I love the look and sound of it so far. The serial number is 30264. I know it’s extremely old…there’s a tuning note penciled under it that is dated March 11, 1926!! I would like to know a more exact age based on the serial number. Thanks for any help you can give me.

  • js says:

    hi is the ”weinberg” piano made in china?

    regards.

  • Paul says:

    Is a Remington baby grand By Pramberger any good?

  • Tess says:

    Hello! Would be interesting to know what you think of Baldwin Grand pianos? Thank you in advance

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