Original Piano Maker(s)

Andreas Georg Ritmüller and Gotlieb Wilhelm Ritmüller

Date Established


Original Location(s)

Göttingen, Germany

Benefits & Features

  • Re-engineered by master piano designer, Lothar Thomma, to infuse the precision of old German craftsmanship
  • Combining old-world, European tradition with modern state-of-the-art manufacturing
  • Louis Renner premium hammer felt from Germany
  • Vertically laminated maple bridges with solid maple caps
  • Röslau strings & ebony wood sharps
  • Action made from select hornbeam and maple wood
  • High grade, solid spruce soundboards

Notable Dates

  • 1884-1885 — Ritmüller awarded various medals and diplomas in Germany and London.
  • 1891 — Bernhard Schröder took over the company

Current Owner(s)

Pearl River Piano Group. Since 2006, designed by Lothar Thomma. Manufactured in Guangzhou, China.
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Page Sources

Carrodus, John Tiplady, et al.  The Strad. Volume 5.  London: Lavendar Publications, 1895: pg. 367.  Google Books.  Web.  20 Nov. 2015.
domokun.  "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Piano Solo) – Disney’s Cinderella."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 6 July 2014.  Web.  20 Nov. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.
Additional References:
  • Ritmüller Images © Guangzhou Pearl River Piano Group Co., Ltd., By Permission.
  • Pauer, Earnest.  A Dictionary of Pianists and Composers for the Pianoforte: With an Appendix of Manufacturers of the Instrument.  London & New York: Novello, Ewre and Co., 1895.  Google Books.  Web.  20 Nov. 2015.
  • Dolge, Alfred.  Pianos and Their Makers: A Comprehensive History of the Development of the Piano from the Monochord to the Concert Grand Player Piano, Volume 1.  Covina: Covina Publishing Company, 1911.  Google Books.  Web. 15 Sept. 2015.