Monthly Archives: June 2012

Restored Piano


This Piano was restored after a flood in a school.  The piano was renovated, repolished and returned to the school in time for their event. Another example of our piano repairs.


My own experience of Chinese pianos has been their inability to hold their tune and regulating.  Action parts and general construction are normally substandard.  These pianos are even delivered already showing signs of being substandard and many requiring immediate repair.  The Chinese Piano I was called to last week, even the casework timbers were not cut straight and nothing much lined up.  Failing notes and the inadequacy of the Piano to hold its tuning for an acceptable period of time is immediately apparent in most cases.  In my opinion Chinese pianos are a false investment and from day one seem to be nothing but disappointing.

My experience of Chinese pianos


Chinese Pearl River Pianos rated ‘Poor’!

The recommendation of The Piano Book Per the 4th edition, all categories (performance, confidence, and quality control) for Pearl River pianos rated “Poor”.

He does says that Pearl River pianos are one step ahead of the other Chinese brands (“Chinese pianos in general have been quite mediocre and often unacceptable”),


The Telegraph carried this story last year!

China has quickly become the world’s leading manufacturer of almost everything in recent years … including pianos. As the number of young people there wanting to learn the instrument increases so does the urgency to deliver new pianos to the cities’ showrooms for purchase. Anxieties have been voiced by piano tuners and technicians that the wood used in such instruments is insufficiently seasoned, making the soundboards in particular lacking in vibrancy and tonal colour.

One of the companies to start making pianos over the past two years is Fou Liu, more famous of course for toys and games than for musical instruments. Last month the workers there were astonished when one of their baby grands (the IV-I model) started to sprout a minuscule shrub out of the side of its frame.


Another BAD Chinese piano

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All the keys squeaked when new. The lid of the piano had a crack in the finish from one end to the other. The owner ended up selling it on for less than half the price he bought it. From £5200 to £1900. He said, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”


Chinese pianos fill many UK dealer showrooms!

I think it is really sad that we no longer make any Pianos in the UK.  The Chinese have flooded the Piano market and so many of these instruments in my opinion are substandard and some are selling at £5000 for an upright piano!  Bearing in mind you can purchase a Yamaha for around this kind of money it really is making a mockery of the Piano industry.  I’m sure many dealers are enjoying a good mark up on these instruments but from what I have seen of Chinese pianos I’m deeply disappointed and saddened that these pianos are flooding into the UK.  If you don’t have a spare few thousand for a Yamaha then invest in a good UK used piano.  Even if you have to spend some money on piano restoring it will be a far better investment than anything Chinese.

Piano dealers are also buying the ‘names’ of some of the old renowned piano manufactures like Danemann and Bentley and then importing pianos from China and selling them as Danemann’s, Bentley’s and alike.  Please note most of these piano manufactures have been out of business for decades, so if you suddenly see a ‘new one’ for sale it’s likely to be a Chinese piano!