Established in 1995, Hailun is the only family-operated piano factory in China. Piano technicians, Chen Hailun and his wife, run the 400,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art factory, aspiring to build the best piano made in Asia. Hailun hired an impressive group of experts from Japan, Europe, and the U.S. to reach the highest quality standard. They also utilize the highest skilled workers by paying the highest wages for piano builders in China.
Knabe pianos have a lot of history, originating in our backyard of Baltimore, MD. They are rated very highly in Larry fine’s New Piano Buyer’s Guide. Currently manufactured by Samick as a high-end piano, Samick has taken pains to build them using the specs of the Baltimore Knabe from back-in-the-day, only better. Their pianos feature lacquer finishes on the cabinetry, and Renner actions in their grand pianos.
Kohler & Campbell
A long established American company which was purchased by Samick Piano Company in 1996 and is now being manufactured under their direction and supervision. Samick has built a good, quality piano, far exceeding that of the original American company, combining great quality, performance, and workmanship with an affordable price.
The Perzina (Perzina Brothers) Piano Company, established in Germany in 1871, was a prominent piano maker until WWI. In the 1990’s the company was purchased by Music Brokers International B.V. in the Netherlands. When manufacturing pianos in Germany was no longer economically viable, they moved the operation to Yantai, China. Since 2003, they have been building Perzina grands and verticals at their own factory.
Perzina verticals have several unique and interesting features, including a “floating” soundboard. It is unattached to the back at certain points for improved vibration. It also has a reverse or “concave” sounding board crown. As a result, Perzina pianos have a superior sound.
Their premium series of verticals come with Renner or Abel deluxe hammers. The cabinets of these pianos are beautiful, with deep, rich veneers, and great craftsmanship.
Over 90% of their parts come from Europe, including Degen copper-wound bass strings, Roslau strings, Delignit pinblocks, Renner hammers, English felts, European veneers, and Austrian white spruce sounding boards.
All Perzina grands have solid Austrian white spruce sounding boards, duplex scaling, and Renner AA or Abel hammers. A Perzina action is standard, with Detoa and Renner actions also available.
The pianos are unpacked in the U.S. and inspected, polished, regulated, and voiced before being shipped to the dealers. Perzina is one of the “Piano Buyer’s” staff picks of pianos that are recommended to the consumers, rated as musical standouts and good values. Perzina pianos are listed under intermediate-grade pianos in the “Buyer’s Guide” along with several other manufacturers of high quality, but for much less in price. You simply receive a lot for your money. We currently use Perzina pianos in our piano lesson studios.