With more than half a century committed to perfecting the design and production of fine pianos, Pearl River has become the best-selling piano in the world. By combining the art of European craftsmanship with quality components and the latest technological advances in instrument production, the pianos that bear our brand are not only critically acclaimed but also offer unprecedented value. Our goal has been and will continue to be, to exceed our customer’s expectations by building the best pianos in the world.
Established in 1956 in Guangzhou, China, Pearl River Piano Group has become the largest piano manufacturer in the world, with a production of over 150,000 pianos annually and more than 4,000 employees. Pearl River is committed to building the world’s best pianos on every level. When you shop for a piano, consider how much every Pearl River piano has to offer. While many pianos are now made in facilities foreign to their headquarters, Pearl River has for our entire history controlled every step of the manufacturing process, from the selection of woods, to the crafting of actions, soundboards, wet sand-cast plates, and every other integral part of the piano. This control ensures a consistently high quality piano true to the exact scale-design.
When you choose Pearl River Pianos for your next instrument purchase, you’re selecting the #1-selling piano brand in the world! Unlike some piano brands who outsource tasks during manufacturing, Pearl River handles every step in-house, from sourcing materials to the final assembly and quality check. The result is the quintessential live piano sound that’s ideal for both entertaining guests and for growing an appreciation of the arts with young, beginner musicians.
Although Pearl River puts out thousands of pianos annually, the company keeps all of its manufacturing in one place – something other piano producers don’t do. The major areas of the decision-making and construction process move forward cohesively in one place. Some of these steps include wood selection and the crafting of soundboards, wet sand-cast plates, actions, and other piano components.
Through this detail-oriented process, Pearl River can maintain the highest level of quality in keeping with the original design.
Pearl River uses the highest quality materials to produce the best-selling pianos in the world. Some of these materials include:
Pearl River uses only the best woods for each application in every piano we make. Our Grand Piano inner rims are made from Beech (outer rims are made from Maple), a dense hardwood that allows for our lower tension scale design. Lower tension scale design results in a warmer, richer tone with longer sustain, and is used in the world’s finest pianos. Our bridges and pin-blocks are crafted from Maple and Beech, and our tapered soundboards are created from close grained, high quality northern Spruce (100%). The use of high quality woods is critical when making high quality musical instruments.
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Pearl River takes pride in using state-of-the-art kilns to dry our woods. However, there is much more to “seasoning” woods than that. Both before and after the kiln drying, woods are expertly cured to specific moisture contents, which reduces the natural tendency for wood to swell and contract with humidity fluctuation. With over 8,000 moving parts, a piano’s woods must be “seasoned” to ensure reliability wherever the piano ends up living!
WET SAND CAST PLATES
The plate is a foundation of a piano, its strength supports the incredible tension placed on the instrument by the strings. Pearl River uses “pig iron” from high-quality foundries which is poured in wet sand molds. We use this method for every piano we make. Wet sand cast plates provide more mass for strength, and do not produce undesirable harmonic feedback. Wet sand cast plates are used in the world’s finest pianos.
VERTICALLY LAMINATED BEECH BRIDGES
A piano’s bridge is vital to the tone of a good piano. The bridge transfers sound from the strings to the soundboard, and it is crowned to match the crown of the soundboard. The convex crown of the soundboard is what produces tone, so the integrity of the bridge will affect the longevity of a piano’s tone. Our bridges are vertically laminated layers of beech, and are capped with solid beech wood. Vertically laminated bridges provide superior strength and durability.
Quality felt is important when making quality pianos. Pearl River hammers are made with high quality felt from the most respected German manufacturer Wurzen™, resulting in superior tone and durability.
The soundboard of a piano is its voice. The careful selection of wood and the design of each piano’s soundboard are crucial in creating a piano’s tone. Pearl River’s 100% close-grained spruce soundboards are tapered, allowing improved flexibility. The freedom of movement from our tapered soundboards provides for greater dynamic range and improved sustain.
Reference: Pearl River- The World's Best Selling Piano