Ritmuller Piano Born in Germany

It’s hard to imagine just a few years ago a piano that can stand up to the most discriminating pianist for it’s musicality tone and action and yet at the same time be priced slightly above the average entry level pianos from China and Indonesia.  But, The Ritmüller line of grand and upright pianos is that piano line.  At half the price of the comparable Japanese branded pianos, Ritmüller can stand shoulder to shoulder in quality with the best of Yamaha and Kawai and possesing a sweeter more longer lasting European tone. Made and sold directly by the same factory making the Essex Piano for Steinway&Son. Yet the Ritmüller is rated higher in the “pianobuyer.com” while costing less without Steinway’s additional mark up over the factory’s costs.*

Ritmuller Piano History

What makes the Ritmüller so good are their incredible designs by one of Europe’s highest regarded piano designers, Lother Thoma.  Mr. Thoma is world renowned for his designs and has been responsible for or has been part of the team on most of the highest rated and most expensive pianos from Europe.  Never before in the history of pianos has the designer of so many of the most expensive exclusive piano brands designed something affordable.  In the past people who purchased a piano at the Ritmüller price point had to settle for an instrument of inferior musicality that might have a famous name on the front but not sound anything like the piano that make that famous name famous. 

Ritmüller Est Göttingen 1795,  Germany

Take for example the Yamaha GB1 and the Kawai GL-10.  Both pianos come from famous manufacturers known for making high quality products.  Unfortunately so many corners have been cut on  these instruments they’re extremely lacking in musicality.  Thud like dead sounding bass sections. Upper ranges with hardly any sustain and sustaining tones which usually die out in a few seconds.  These qualities are less present in Yamaha and Kawai’s more expensive instruments although they still have some of these same issues we’ve spoken about although to a lesser extent.

Larry Fine

The new Ritmüller 2020 RSH series needed a classic European-sized upright piano to fill in the ranks. This piano features a significantly extended bass-string length and larger soundboard area offering a much wider range-of-expression.

Perfect for any music lover or student, the new 2020 RSH series redefines the musical standard for upright pianos.


The Ritmüller RS160 are the handbuilt series  with features and performance that astound most people who play them.  These are German pianos in every  detail of their sound and musicality at a price that is   still thousands less than competing pianos from Japan because of Japanese labor.  Stephen Mohler  the renowned German piano designer and technician lives near the factory and is there in the factory full time personally overseeing  seeing all Ritmuller piano production. 


"Chinese pianos are are already pretty close to catching up with Yamaha" says Larry Fine, publisher of infulential 《Piano Book 》and Piano Buyer Website. 

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Compare the Ritmüller 170 Model to the Yamaha  GC2, tthe Kawai GL30, and you will find a piano that has longer sustaining tone along with deeper bass.  Ascetically and unlike the Yamaha GC2 and Kawai GL30 the Ritmüller has a beveled lid, a spade leg, and premium hardware like the more expensive 2 models from Yamaha and Kawai.  These comparisons are the same up and down the Ritmüller line. 


We’ve had prestigious pianists and venues choose the Ritmüller 212 7f model over pianos that were three times the price at competitors and in our own showroom. 

When you shop for a piano does the better known brand have European scale designs? 

  • Do they have not only solid, close-grained premium Northern Spruce tapered soundboards but soundboards with extremely close grain?
  • Do they have Premium German Renner™ hammers, regarded by most piano builders as the finest available found on almost every high end European piano?
  • Does the piano have real ebony wood sharps?
  • Do  they have Hornbeam wood hammers and North American Maple action parts?
  • Do they have a vertically laminated hardwood bridge with a solid hardwood cap for durability?

All of these quality materials are unique to Ritmüller only.

Ritmüller RSH121Walnut Piano

In fact the Ritmüller RSH121T was singled out in the “Pianobuyer.com” as their favorite piano in the category and when you hear it you’ll understand why. Ritmüller’s RSH121 combines affordability with musicality.  It play circles around pianos such as the Yamaha B3 or Kawai K300 from the standpoint of depth of tone and musicality. It again challenges the higher level Yamaha and Kawai pianos but at a substantially lower cost.

Ritmüller UHX132Z Piano

The Ritmüller UHX132Z is one of the most refined and advanced  pianos on the market. Many people have remarked that this piano is reminiscent of the $70,000 Bechstein 52″ which coincidentally was also designed by Lothar Thoma. 

Priced significantly less that the Yamaha U3, YUS3 or YUS5 it has a level of sustain that neither can match which also goes for a comparison to the Kawai K500 and K800. It is a strong competitor to the Yamaha SU7 at a fraction of the price. 

Please contact us on 9550 9825  to check the stock availablity for the above limited edition.

Reference: Ritmüller | Est. Göttingen 1795 Germany