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PEARL RIVER — PIANO STATS

Original Piano Maker(s)

Since its inception, the Chinese Government owned the company. In c. 2012, Pearl River went public.

Date Established

1956

Original Location(s)

Guangzhou, China

Benefits & Features

  • "World's Best-Selling Piano Manufacturer, Sold In Over 100 Countries"
  • Grand piano rims made of walnut, permitting a lower tension scale design (for warm, rich tones and longer sustain)
  • 100% close-grained spruce soundboards, tapered to improve flexibility
  • "Seasoned" woods acclimatized to ensure reliability, reducing swelling & contracting
  • Wet sand cast plates on all models, providing incredible strength to support string tension
  • Cut-thread tuning pins for greater precision in tuning
  • Vertically laminated maple bridges & multi-ply rock maple pin-blocks

Notable Dates

  • 1980s — Pearl River obtains import/export rights.
  • 1992 — Tong Zhi Cheng (born c. 1942) appointed Chairman of the Board; originally hired in 1958, he is one of the longest-term employees of Pearl River.
  • 1995 — Joint venture with Yamaha to produce low-end Yamaha uprights.
  • 1996 — Pearl River ends affiliation with Yamaha.
  • 1999 — Pearl River acquires Ritmüller.
  • 2000 — Pearl River begins manufacturing Ritmüller pianos.
  • 2005 — Joint venture with Steinway & Sons to create Essex pianos, manufactured in Guangzhou.
  • c. 2007 — Pearl River becomes the largest piano factory in the world.
  • 2009 — Through the work of designer Lothar Thomma, Ritmüller becomes reinvigorated as a high-end piano in North America, along with Kayserburg in other parts of the world.
  • c. 2012 — Built state-of-the-art, 1.2 million sq. ft. factory.
  • 2013 — The Kayserburg Artist Piano introduced; they are hand-made pianos designed under Stephen Mohler, a protégé of Lothar Thomma.
  • 2015 — MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Acoustic Piano Line of the Year.
  • 2016 — MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Acoustic Piano Line of the Year.
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Page Sources

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PearlRiverUSA.  "Giovanni Marradi Talks About Pearl River."  YouTube.  YouTube, 10 Sept. 2015.  Web.  20 Nov. 2015.
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PearlRiverUSA.  "Tara Shankar Playing Bach Aria and Variation 1 from Goldberg."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 25 May 2013.  Web.  20 Nov. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.
Additional References:
  • Pearl River Images: © Pearl River USA, By Permission.
  • Flannery, Russell.  "Piano Man."  Forbes.  Forbes.com LLC, 13 May 2002.  Web.  20 Nov. 2015.
  • Fine, Larry.  "Pearl River."  PianoBuyer.  Brookside Press LLC., Spring 2014.  Web.  20 Nov. 2015.
  • Ye, Sun.  "Piano Man Always in Tune."  USA.ChinaDaily.  China Daily Information Co., 9 Oct. 2013.  Web.  20 Nov. 2015.