Scam Pianos Philippines

Posted on February 9th, 2018

Scam Pianos Philippines.

Scam Pianos Philippines, there were some on display when I visited Greenbelt 3 last night, there was a piano booth at the entrance of Greenbelt 3 featuring grand and upright pianos and of course, as a piano enthusiast, I right away went to the booth.

I started to play a little on a baby grand Lyric and right away I found NO SOUND WHATSOEVER in the bass strings, completely dead strings. The salesman told me, oh yes, it needs some tuning! I asked them if it was a new grand piano, and they told me YES.  I told him that tuning will not solve that problem. Dead strings are dead strings, they need to be replaced. He then proceeded to ask me if I knew about pianos and admitted after I told him yes, that the strings were no good, but most people couldn’t hear it anyway! Then I gave them a business card.

The grand piano looked new, but I took a photo of the serial number (Samick made) and in my office I checked it and it turns out to be 1991, so 25 years old. They did a great job refurbishing the piano. But they are lying to me, so also to other customers I assume, about the age of the piano. The price was P650,0000 when I asked for it, which is a criminal price for a grand piano with all original parts and dead strings.

I don’t know why Philippines is not taking action against these practices, but I sure am mad on behalf of the people that buy these pianos believing the pianos are “new” or ” barely used” or whatever. I also see many pianos here in Manila, mainly Yamaha, with false serial numbers, even pianos that are not Yamaha with a Yamaha sticker on it.

Customer, please be aware of these things, ASK, ASK, ASK, don’t buy before you are convinced that what you are buying is REALLY what you are buying. I have all the proof to back up what I am stating here, come to www.pianos.ph and I will show you the pictures.

 

 


FEBRUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER

Posted on February 7th, 2018

FEBRUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER

Welcome to MANILA PIANOS INC.

February 2018 newsletter full of great news!  Our website is www.pianos.ph and we arePhilippine’s Piano Superstore located in Ronac Lifestyle Center, Paseo de Magallanes in Makati. Landline 02.801.3431 Local 401, Globe 0917.895.0011

YOU NEED TO KNOW: We have 2 huge concert grand pianos on display that are for sale;
1) A brand new Mason & Hamlin 9’4″ model CC (see picture) in our store, the largest production grand in the world and the unit is brand new and ready to try.
2) A slightly used Kawai 9′ model KG 8 in new shape that can be had for less than a 1/4 of the new price. Both of these grand pianos are suitable for any concert hall, church or large home. Come and check it out!
Good concert grands are a rear to find in the Philippines and if your institution needs one come and look before they are gone; both are settled for the climate here and will behave well so no problems in the future.
Announcement: August 3-13 there will be the first International Philippine Piano Masterclasses here in Manila. Students will come from all over the world, but Philippine piano students are invited. Maximum 24 participants. Send us an email for more details. 5 renowned teachers from all over the world will come to Manila to instruct. Sponsors are Manila Pianos, Belgium and Dutch Embassies, University of Santa Tomas and Makati Shangri-La.
Please share this newsletter and the Masterclass info with your musical friends by clicking one of the share buttons at the bottom.
Size matters in a piano! 

We are hearing it all the time; what size upright or grand piano should I buy? Well, there are so many different sizes that we decided to write a blog about it. Click here for details.
Did you know that a 52″ high upright sounds much better than the same brand comparable “baby” grand piano? It is because the bass strings of a full upright are longer than the bass strings of a “baby” grand.
If you want to see all different sizes of pianos and grands click here.
We have all sizes of pianos and grands in our showroom, come and see them, for more info call or text to 0917.895.0011 or email us.
Look at the Mason & Hamlin we posted in the beginning of this newsletter, what a difference with a baby grand measuring only 5’0″ versus the 9’4″ which is almost double the size.
Get a new piano, we make it easy!
Manila Pianos Inc. Pearl River, our finest at PHP 169,000.00. Where can you find a brand new 115 cm high upright piano that sells at this price? Chosen as best piano in the world 2016-2017?  A Yamaha 108 cm made in Indonesia cost PHP 100,000 more for much less piano!
We are talking to a lot of people make the mistake to go to the internet and just look for a cheap Yamaha. They will find something in the price range of PHP 100,000 or more, to find out, usually too late, that the piano is 60-70 years old and just made to look acceptable with a false serial number pretending to be a newer model.
We here at Manila Pianos can assure you, a 45 inch piano of the quality of Pearl River is by far the best quality for money in the whole wide world, and you should come and try them out for yourself. A new piano at a used piano price. Now that’s smart business! Our prices here in Manila, including taxes, are less than in the USA! Here’s the USA site. And here’s the USA prices. Most sold piano in the world today!
A special harpsichord for the connosseur.
You really want to have a “different” piano? A piano that nobody in has? Come to our store now to check on this unique Johann Nicolaus BACH harpsichord, made by the famous builder Nicolaus Damm.
This unit is a true copy of the original that was made in 1531 and is now on display in the museum in Berlin, Germany.
Mr. Damm sold many of these to conservatoriums in Germany as well as the Conservatoire in Paris, France.
This is the only unit that is seasoned for the Asian climate and priced at only P999.000.00. This price is very, very low as compared to buying a similar unit in Europe or USA and shipping it here, without seasoning for the climate it will disintegrate very very soon anyway.
Your last chance to buy it, because Mr. Damm is retired. 2 different models available, see here. Call or email now!
Remember we also sell CONTENT church organs with or without pipes! Manila Pianos has them in stock.
Steinway & Sons…
Now is your time to buy a Steinway & Sons. We have an awesome selection of slightly used and rebuilt Steinways with all genuine Steinway parts and in NOW are the models S, M, O and B.
We are literally building these pianos from the ground up with all new certified Steinway parts and you will not be able to detect the difference from a new one, just the serial number.
Rebuilt Steinways are usually much better than new ones because of the high quality woods used in the earlier days, and the price is much better, for instance, a new Model S is 5.6M. A rebuilt looking like new is only 2.3M at Manila Pianos. (S model sold out but working on 1)
Call us for an appointment at 0917.895.0011 or just drop in and try them! We currently have 2 Steinways in our store and 5 in our warehouse. Click our inventory for more details.
These fine instruments are one of a kind only. They will never be available any more when sold unless we rebuild another one. The choice is clear, call us or visit us now.


Digital Pianos Manila

Posted on January 21st, 2018

Digital Pianos Manila

By MANILA PIANOS, www.pianos.ph Digital Pianos Manila made by Korg, the world’s best digital piano maker

PRK digital pianos are made by Pearl River, the world’s largest piano manufacturer. Incorporating high-quality Japanese sound-generating technology and keyboard mechanism, the new PRK line offers the first Chinese digital pianos in the mid-market sector. Models are PRK 80, PRK 300 and PRK 500.

 

Pearl River’s Japanese-made ‘Balance Design’ wooden cabinets enhance the sound as well as offering a stunning yet compact addition to any room environment. At the heart of the PRK piano lies the digital sound and keyboard technology from one of the highest-level designers and makers of electronic music instruments.

 

With over 60 years of piano manufacturing expertise, Pearl River is the largest piano manufacturer in the world. The PRK digital piano line is the result of collaboration with a leading Japanese manufacturer of professional electronic musical instruments offering a serious alternative for those seeking high quality at affordable prices.

 

The PRK-300 keyboard is a naturally weighted hammer (NH) action which reproduces the touch and feel of an acoustic piano. The PRK-300 has 30 voices with a maximum 120 polyphony to fully experience their depth of tone using enhanced stereo amplification. With over 60 years’ experience, Pearl River has used the wood crafting skills of its piano makers to unite the sound of an acoustic piano with digital stereo sound reproduction.

 

The PRK-300 has a modern, sleek, angular cabinet with three integral pedals. Full keyboard cover is available in luxurious black or white satin finishes with chrome colour pedals and fittings.

 

Dimensions: Width 140cm, height 78cm, depth 30cm.


January 2018 newsletter

Posted on January 5th, 2018

January 2018 newsletter

January 2018 newsletter full of great specials! Please share this newsletter with your musical friends! Just scroll to the bottom and click on one of the tags! Our website is www.pianos.ph and we are Philippine’s Piano Superstore located in Ronac Lifestyle Center, Paseo de Magallanes in Makati. New landline 02.801.3431 Local 401, Globe 0917.895.0011
PLEASE CHECK our Facebook page for specials, we have many, please add your review if you please.
NEWS: We are now reaching over 3000 people that are faithfully reading our newsletter, if you want, we can post your classical musical event in our newsletter for free; just send an email to Glen.
JANUARY PROMO: First 2 people to buy a grand piano receive a P50,000 discount, first 5 people to buy an upright piano receive a P20,000 discount! Hurry, these discounts are promo only and will not last! Come this weekend, no traffic, to our store to see our awesome collection of around 100 pianos in the showroom!
PLEASE consider sharing this newsletter with your friends using the buttons on the bottom of this newsletter and/or post it on your own Facebook page! We will be thankful because we don’t use any other ads to keep prices of our instruments as low as possible. Thank you!
Super good KORG electronic pianos are here! 

The new PRK 300 series digital pianos are made by Pearl River, the world’s largest piano manufacturer. Incorporating high-quality Japanese sound-generating technology and keyboard mechanism, the new PRK line offers the first Chinese digital pianos in the mid-market sector. Now priced at P 99,000.00 (was P 149,000.00)

Pearl River’s Japanese-made ‘Balance Design’ wooden cabinets enhance the sound as well as offering a stunning yet compact addition to any room environment. At the heart of the PRK piano lies the digital sound and keyboard technology from one of the highest-level designers and makers of electronic music instruments.
With over 60 years of piano manufacturing expertise, Pearl River is the largest piano manufacturer in the world. The PRK digital piano line is the result of collaboration with a leading Japanese manufacturer of professional electronic musical instruments offering a serious alternative for those seeking high quality at affordable prices. The PRK-300 keyboard is a naturally weighted hammer (NH) action which reproduces the touch and feel of an acoustic piano. The PRK-300 has 30 voices with a maximum 120 polyphony to fully experience their depth of tone using enhanced stereo amplification.
This year promise yourself you’ll make better use of your spare time and get a piano! Make your dreams happen!
Introducing this SAMICK special design Model 172, an excellent grand piano with a beautiful appearance. Lay in brass, you must see this!
Everyone can learn to play the piano. We can help you find a good teacher. and of course a good piano or grand piano.
We can also add a QRS self-player system to your grand piano that you can activate via your smart phone or iPad so it can play for you. Treat yourself, you deserve it! To know how easy it works click here.
We also have many upright pianos in our inventory this year. SAVE P 50,000 if you purchase a QRS self-player system in combination with a grand piano. For grand pianos click here. To share please this with your friends chose a button on the bottom of this newsletter.
A special gift for your church:
You really want to do something musical for your church, a gift to say “thank you”, a donation for another cause, or in memory of a loved one, consider giving a nice CONTENT church organ with or without pipes! Manila Pianos has them in stock, click here.
You know that it will last and makes a great impact on the musical experience for all worshippers. Great music is essential, too many churches take music for granted, be part of making it better.
Not only do we sell and install like the one on the picture, including pipes, we also train your organist with a great program for free, and we have great service!
The CONTENT organ factory builds the most reliable organs in the world, when I was organist in the Toronto Ontario / GTA area we got one in 1988 and it was still playing strong in 2013 when I left for Manila. Please go to the CONTENT website or share by clicking an icon on the bottom of this newsletter, post it on your Facebook page!
Steinway & Sons for sale!
Now is your time to buy a Steinway & Sons. We have an awesome selection of slightly used and rebuilt Steinwayswith all genuine Steinway parts, the models S, M, O and B including this stunning STEINWAY MODEL O (5’10”)
We are literally building these pianos from the ground up with all new certified Steinway parts and you will not be able to detect the difference from a new one, just the serial number and… the price. More than 50% off the new price.
Rebuilt Steinways are usually much better than new ones because of the high quality woods used in the earlier days, and the price is much better, for instance, a new Model S is 5.5M. Ours rebuilt is only 2.5M. Call us for an appointment at 0917.895.0011 or just drop in.
These fine instruments are one of a kind only. They are not mass produced and the same one will never be available any more when sold unless we rebuild another one just like it. The choice is clear, call us or visit us now. (02) 801.3431 x 401. To share go to the bottom of this newsletter!


Our October 2017 Piano and Organ newsletter

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

Our October 2017 Piano and Organ newsletter, please take the time to read it!

Our website is www.pianos.ph and we are Philippine’s Piano and Church Organ Superstore located in Ronac Lifestyle Center Paseo de Magallanes in Makati. Our landline 02.801.3431 local 401 or global 0917.895.0011.
We sell Yamaha, Steinway, Pearl River and Kawai pianos but also create and rebuild Steinway and Bosendorfer grand pianos custom to match.
We also represent CONTENT digital church organs, see picture, they now have organs in bamboo consoles, they are beautiful! Although mainly made for churches, they can easily fit in your house too.
We will buy your piano. If you have a Yamaha, Kawai, Young Chang, Samick, Steinway, Bosendorfer  send us and email with asking price.
Please share our newsletter with others, and invite your friends, social media connections, see bottom.
See also all our concerts on Facebook, You can use our beautiful concert facility for free for your concert, student event or recital, many people did and everyone is happy about this opportunity.
Water damaged pianos and grand pianos.
With the recent flooding in Texas, here is our take on water in pianos. If it is an upright piano, almost any level of flooding will be a total loss. The cost for restoration will exceed the market value, keep in mind a new piano costs only P 169,000.00 these days. Often, on water damaged pianos, the framework is structurally compromised to the point that any level of repair work could not be warranted.
For a grand piano, a critical point is when the flood waters reach the height of the keys. There are still likely questions about the value vs. the repair cost, but once the keys get wet, you’ve usually exceeded the value even in valuable instruments.

We’ve restored some pianos that survived floods, fires, animal attacks, insects, etc. Almost everything must be evaluated on a case by case basis, but the money makes the final determination. If a client holds sentimental value over and above the value, then the financial limits of what can be done goes a bit higher.

Reasons to buy from us.
We know a lot about pianos. We not only sell new pianos but also rebuild grand pianos from the ground up (see 9 foot Steinway picture).
We have almost every decent brand of piano in stock, from Steinway to Yamaha and Kawai, dozens of them.
We sell new pianos like Pearl River for less than 1/2 priceof Steinway Boutique selling their Essex (same piano) and Yamahas for less than 1/2 price Yupanco sells their Yamahas. Come and check for yourself.
We have our own packing and delivery service and our own technicians, so you can rest assured when you buy our piano you will get it delivered in one piece and the technical aspects are well taken care of.
We have a 5 star rating on Facebook, something we think no other piano company worldwide has after 75 reviews; it means you can buy from us with confidence.
You, teacher, student, concert pianist, singer, can use our concert facilities at no charge for your recital.
Whole container of NEW Pearl River Pianos now in! 
Black, White, Mahogany, small grands, big grands, uprights, we now have a full container new Pearl River in our show room.
If you were waiting for a super good selection, we have the Model 150, 165, 188 and uprights galore now in for your viewing!
Pearl River, chosen as best piano in the world by the world piano dealers 2015 and 2016, best prices of any pianos in the Philippines.
See our inventory here, call us at (02) 801.3431 x 401 or at 0917.895.0011 or email eric@pianos.ph.
From our rebuilding department… 
We have just finished a Steinway Model A, the most beautiful Steinway we have ever had! COME AND SEE THIS NOW.
It is fully Brazilian Rosewood flamed wood that will dazzle you if you like wood. The piano, a 6’1″, was originally made in 1886 and we have fully restored it with some 10,0000 new Steinway parts, for a price less than a new Steinway S!
We are also restoring a model S and Hamburg M and we have in stock models S, M, O, A, B, D  not only black satin but also black shiny and also in the most wonderful wood colors.
To make Steinway pianos as good or better than new again, we replace the pin block, install all new Steinway action, shim and fill the original sound board, refinish the outside, do the trapwork, put in new pins and custom made strings and change all velts as well as new damper velt, then regulate, voice and tune.
Fact: Rebuilt Steinways are much better than new ones because of the high quality woods used in the earlier days. The price is also much better, for instance, a new Model S is 5.5M plus, ours is only 2.5M. Our prices are less than half of the new Steinways, and super high quality.

The pianos are mostly in our show room. Check our entire Steinway inventory. All are more than 50% off the new price! Call us at (02) 801.3431 x 401, call 0917.829.0016 or email willem@pianos.ph for info or go to our store to see for yourself, you will not regret the time spent. Open 10-6 every day.


Professional Piano vs Piano

Posted on August 9th, 2017

Professional Piano vs Piano.  Come to www.pianos.ph to experience the difference!

The teacher has said, “your son/daughter is advancing and you need to consider upgrading your piano to something better”. This begs the question, “Why do we need to upgrade? And what’s inferior about my existing piano that makes it inadequate?”

These are both valid questions. I need to go on record by saying that there is a lot of misinformation about upgrading. Parents are often told they need to upgrade without even really knowing why. In this article, we will address common issues and reasons for upgrading from one piano to a better piano.

Touch
The number one reason to upgrade your piano revolves around touch. Let’s face it; if your piano sounds bad, while that’s unfortunate, it’s less critical than inadequate touch. We’ll get to the concept of sound later but let’s first look at the idea of upgrading touch. Piano touch has to do with weight, friction, depth and dynamic response.

WeightPiano-key-weight
Touch weight refers to the resistance you feel when you depress a key on a piano. The focus of upgrading revolves primarily around the development of the student to build dexterity and feel various graduations of dynamic response. What does that mean exactly? It means that there is a certain succinct feeling of having your fingers apply a certain pressure to the keys and have the piano reply with the appropriate volume and tonal colour. The lighter the touch, in my experience, the narrower the volume range which brings about expression. The heavier the feel of the keys, the wider the expression. Too light of a feeling, although easy on the fingers, doesn’t produce strength required to play on most pianos and unless you’re a very accomplished pianist, it’s difficult to obtain a wider expression range because there is inadequate weight to the action. If a piano touch is too light, playing on any other piano will feel laborious. If the piano touch is too heavy, it can become cumbersome to play loudly or quickly. Recently I had the opportunity to sit at a concert grand with a fellow professional player and it was interesting to talk in these abstract terms and yet know exactly what the other was feeling. It takes time and experience to know what the right weight should be on a piano. When it comes to upgrading, weight of the keys is the primary consideration.

Piano-Flange-JointsFriction
Aye, there’s the rub. Every piano requires it. Why? There are several joints in piano actions. Each joint requires precise movement. If the joints are loose, not only do they work incorrectly, but they are also prone to making noise. Incorrect friction comes from poor materials, worn parts or corrosion. With usually at least 5 bushing points per key and 88 keys, old pianos or poorly built pianos will not be consistent in touch. Most often, if you have a piano that is more than half a century old, friction will be substantially different than a newer piano. This is also a substantial reason for upgrading from one piano to another.

Depth
The depth of a piano key speaks to how far down the keys go before they hit the bottom felt. I feel that this has become less of a problem over time as key depth has become more consolidated in manufacturing. It may not sound like a lot, but less than a 1/16″ or 2 millimeters is very apparent in piano key depth. Old pianos and some early pianos had either too shallow or too deep of key dip and Piano-key-dipsubsequently, the piano did not match today’s standard of touch which is generally around 10 millimeters down (about 3/8”+). Modern manufacturing has consolidated key dip and so upgrading for this reason is less critical on newer pianos than on older ones. I’ve seen various levels of key dip especially on older upright pianos.

Piano Size
Remember in last month’s blog we looked at the different balance points between electronic keyboard and traditional piano? Another vital concept with upgrading from one piano to another is the dynamic response created by 2 elements: the hammer shank and the key stick. Here’s the quick rundown: small pianos (shorter than 45” tall or 112cm) usually have shorter key sticks and shorter hammer shanks. By necessity, the parts are smaller to fit inside a smaller cabinet. Larger pianos and grand pianos have longer keys and longer hammer shanks. The difference this size makes is not the weight of the keys but rather the acceleration of the hammer. With shorter, smaller parts, expression is substantially inferior on a shorter piano than on a professional level piano.Pro-versus-console-piano

In short, upgrading the touch comes from:
Weight of the keys – too light or too heavy
Friction – inadequate or too much
Depth – too shallow or too deep
Size – small pianos have miniaturized parts

These four concepts address dexterity and control on the part of the student without which it is difficult to pursue higher level playing. Upgrading is strongly encouraged if you have one or more of these areas.

Tone
The sound of a piano is also one to consider, although I deem it less of a necessity than touch. We discussed the concept of touch, but tone is the other area to consider when upgrading.

This voice of the piano is constantly communicating with every key stroke and in reality, we adjust our playing to match the feedback the piano is giving to us. In essence, we play to the piano. We alter the way we play to match the response we hear from the instrument. But what if the piano is a poor communicator? What if the sound of the piano is brassy and shrill? What if it sounds mushy or muted? You then compensate in your playing. And that’s a problem. If the tool you are using limits this expression, rather than changing your piano technique, it would be better to upgrade the piano.

Crossover
There’s a magic line in musical expression that I like to call crossover. When playing quietly, I really enjoy a felty tone. I’m not only talking about quiet volume level but a warm timbre as well. When the music denotes small and intimate feeling, I like expressing that with a piano that can achieve those results. As I turn up the heat, when I play louder, I want the sound to cross over into a more strident and bold sound. This can only happen with good quality piano hammers which have a certain elasticity to change tone. With time, however, hammers lose that resilience and become expressionless. You can change volume, yes, but that magic crossover is worth considering. A piano that matches the expression you envision is the icing to the cake. While touch produces the foundational elements for finger dexterity and control, piano tone gives opportunity to express creatively. It’s with the combined effect of both touch and tone that teachers recognize that upgrading your existing instrument is necessary.

Old-car-tiresI recently changed the tires on my vehicle. Being the curious sort, I started to discuss the wear of tires with the guy doing the installation. There was a massive pile of tires ready to be recycled and it seemed odd to me that many of them looked in good condition. I queried him as we were waiting about what he looks for. “See this here? These tires have a slight arc. They’re cupped – you’ll hear that on the highway. These ones, the walls have cracks. That’s a safety issue. These ones, too close to the tread line here. See this one? There’s a slight bulge.”
To the untrained eye, without close inspection and shown what to look for, the tires all appeared the same. It’s only under more careful examination that you begin to understand the subtleties, which can make all the difference in the world.
As it relates to pianos, it’s the details and the refinement that in both touch and tone that are needed as the years of experience require it. Here are some questions, some of the details that might help determine whether an upgrade is in order:

1. Does your piano feel loose or heavy?
2. Does it play evenly on every key?
3. Do the keys play similarly from the front of the key to the back?
4. Is the experience of playing on other pianos vastly different?
5. Do the keys make noise, not work or otherwise slow to respond?
6. Is the tone of the piano too bright or mellow?
7. Is the sound “thunky”?
8. Is there very little crossover from soft to loud?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you may need to consider upgrading. HOWEVER, before you do that, contact your local piano technician. There are times when piano adjustments can be made, and parts can be transformed to improve the quality of your piano playing experience. But ask the technician directly, “Is this piano suitable for advanced playing?”

… which leads me to one final thought. If you enjoy your piano, if you’re not striving for performance at Carnegie Hall any time soon, if it’s the piano you have sentimental attachment to… keep it. Upgrading an instrument is for those students who are pushing towards professionalism and need to feel every graduation of touch and tone under their fingers tips. Upgrading is not always necessary if you simply enjoy making music with the piano you already have.


Manila Pianos News

Posted on June 26th, 2017

 

MANILA PIANOS NEWS
MANILA PIANOS NEWS

We are happy to present our June/July 2017 Piano and Organ e-newsletter, thank you for taking the time to read it!

Our website is www.pianos.ph and we are Philippine’s Piano and Church Organ Superstore located in Ronac Lifestyle Center Paseo de Magallanes in Makati. Our landline is 02.801.3431 Local 401 and our Globe number is 0917.895.0011.
If you do not want to receive our newsletter any longer, please unsubscribe on the bottom of this page.
We represent CONTENT digital church organs, brand new Pearl River pianos and grand pianos. Although still somewhat unknown in the Philippines, Pearl River is the best selling and priced piano in the world.
We have a huge selection of slightly used and rebuilt Steinway and Yamaha  pianos as well, we have the largest selection of pianos in this part of Asia. We now also buy private pianos and restore them right here, if you have a Yamaha, Kawai, Samick, Young Chang, Steinway or other fine piano, email us the pictures, serial number, place of the piano and asking price.
 Please share this mailing with your friends. See the icons for sharing at the bottom of this page. See also all our concerts on Facebook, You can get our concert facility for free for your concert or recital.
Progress on our Steinway Model A Grand Piano.
We have finished a Steinway Grand Piano Model A1 (6’1) in the most wonderful of woods, Brazilian Rosewood, dried for 40 years before Steinway made this piano in 1896.
To make this piano as good or better than new again, we needed to replace the pin block, install all new Steinway action, shim and fill the sound board, refinish the outside, do the trapwork, put in new pins and custom made strings and change all velts as well as new damper velt, then regulate, voice and tune.
The piano is in our show room. Check our Steinway inventory for more. More than 50% off the new price!
This piano would cost new, if available, some 10M, we need a lot less for this one! Call us at (02) 801.3431 x 401, call 0917.829.0016 or email willem@pianos.ph for info or go to our store to see for yourself.
Progress on our Steinway Model B Grand Piano.
We have also finished a Steinway Grand Piano Model B semi concert grand piano (6’10 1/2″) in beautiful polished black ebony.
This piano is now in our show room and is ready. We needed to install an all new Steinway action, fix the sound board, refinish the outside, do the trapwork, put in new pins and custom made strings and change all velts as well as new damper velt, then regulate, voice and tune.
The work on this piano is finished, regulated and voiced, check our Steinway inventory for more info.
This grand piano would cost new, if available, some 9-10M, we need a lot less for this one! If you have a larger space than a living room this might be the right piano for you, more than 50% off the new price!
Call us at (02) 801.3431 x 401 or at 0917.829.0016 or email willem@pianos.ph for info or simply go to our store to see for yourself.
Pearl River awarded best piano line of the year 2016
Our Pearl River piano line has once again been awarded “best piano line of the year 2016, a repeat performance over 2015.
Starting at PHP 169,000.00 for a new 45″ studio size, (PHP 100,000.00 less than an Indonesian made Yamaha 108 spinet which is 7 inches shorter selling for an outragious PHP 269,000.00.) Pearl River produced Yamaha Pianos for 12 years and produces now for Steinway as well.We have many in stock.
Our selection you can find on our website www.pianos.ph and you just need to click the inventory to select.
We also ship nationwide, many people buy pianos and grands coming from Cebu and other cities, and we deliver and uncrate ourselves.
From our rebuilding shop…
We have also finished a very nice Steinway upright 52 inches high Model K with all genuine Steinway parts at a great price and have models S, M, O, A, B and C in our showroom. More than 50% off the new price and a hardwood console!
Fact: Rebuilt Steinways are much better than new ones because of the high quality woods used in the earlier days. The price is much better, for instance, a new Model S is 5.5M plus, ours is only 2.5M. Our prices are less than half the new Steinways, and super high quality.
We also have a rebuilt Bechstein 6‘ grand piano in stock for the German piano lover, this grand looks spectacular as well.
Call us now for an appointment at 02.801.3431 x 401 or 0917.895.0011 or just drop in and try them in our show room! Click for our full Steinway inventory here. Also available Yamaha, Kawai and others.
Note: These fine instruments we have are one of a kind only. They will never be available any more when sold unless we rebuild another one. The choice is clear, visit us or call us now.


Piano Voicing

Posted on April 17th, 2017

Piano Voicing

Piano Voicing, This is the manipulation of the hammers to make the piano sound the way you like it. What kind of tone do you wish to have coming from your piano? Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder. Some wish for a power piano – strong and bright. Others want soft and felty. Personally, I look for versatility in a piano. I prefer pianos to be intimate and warm at softer dynamic levels and have a crossover where they can shift into more strident sounds when playing with force. Pianos that are icy cold or brittle at softer volumes I find somehow less satisfying and difficult to express emotionally. Conversely, playing powerful music with a dull thud also feels like it is somehow lacking?

Let’s be clear, however that piano voicing has limitations. I’ve often said that 50% of the tone of a piano is inherent to the instrument. It’s the wood, the soundboard, the bridges, it’s the design,  the scale, the placement and thickness of the soundboard, the amount of ribs, back posts, rim construction etc. But it’s the action how it translates our musical intention into sound – all of these elements make up the piano. These I would mainly consider non-negotiable. Yes you can start down the path of reconstructing parts but this is more major surgery. The other 50% can be altered somewhat depending on the quality of the piano and the results vary drastically. Piano hammers also have a shelf life as well. Really old and “dead” sounding hammers fibers, ones that are really grooved, hardened or lifeless sounding need replacement.

Needling of the hammers:

Most pianos with time and playing become more brittle and harsh. The majority of the requests for voicing involve making pianos softer with fuller body. When I was young, I sought the brassy power piano. As I age, I look for tonal color more akin to “autumn leaves” colorful, warm and beautiful. We get used to the piano we play and don’t consider that alterations could make the experience more enjoyable. With harsher tones, piano hammers can be “needled” in various locations to achieve those results.  A needling tool simply has needles that get inserted into the piano hammer. Since piano hammers consist of felt stretched and glued around a wooden hammer molding, the insertion of the needle “fluffs” hammer felt, making it not so compacted. In other areas of the hammer head, the needle acts to give greater body or sustain. Most piano technicians know how to needle to create the desired effect.

Chemical Solutions:

Solutions  for both hardening and softening also exist. A hardener coats the hammer and creates more brilliance in tone. Softeners penetrate and relax fibers and create softer sounds. While there are those who disagree with putting anything on the hammers, I believe that there is a place for more drastic alterations of hammers that have desirable end results. The danger is that solutions can be added to a hammer but cannot be extracted. I’ve actually played pianos rendered unplayable due to excessive chemical applications. The recourse really is only to change the hammers. But I’ve also played many pianos that have been strategically voiced with solutions for incredible results. The word here is caution and work with a piano technician you trust. Ideally, I like the felt of the hammer to speak. If you’re looking for a certain sound, sometimes changing the hammer is a better way than to try and artificially transform a piano into something it wasn’t intended to be.

Pianos are dynamic in nature. They are constantly changing. Voicing is not a do-once application but rather a process with time and maintenance. It involves keeping the piano at its best throughout its life-span. Have you lost the love of your piano? Sometimes pianos simply need to be voiced to bring it back to more of the sound when you first acquired it. You’ll be amazed at the results. Piano maintenance is so much more than tuning. Once you realize the possibilities, you’ll be amazed at how musical and beautiful your piano can be.

Note; There are many different qualities and prices of hammers. Abel and Renner are the best but also most expensive. Prices vary from $ 10 to $ 800 for a set, but the difference in sound is also huge, as you can imagine.


Piano Tuning Manila

Posted on April 1st, 2017

Piano Tuning Manila

Piano Tuning Manila, your piano is (or should be) an investment that appreciates in value over the years if treated well.  To ensure its performance over its lifetime, to preserve your instrument and to avoid costly repairs in the future, it is important to have your piano serviced regularly by a qualified professional.

Question: Does moving make my piano go out of tune? Answer: Absolutely not! This is a common mistake people make, a piano goes out of tune because of long term exposure to change in humidity.

Piano tuning is the act of making adjustments to the tensions of the strings of a piano to properly align the intervals between their tones so that the instrument is in tune. The meaning of the term in tune in the context of piano tuning is not simply a particular fixed set of pitches.

Prices of a piano tuning in Manila vary but are usually between P2000 for a tuner and P6000 for a good technician. Compare: you can pay P2000 when you bring in your car for an oil change only, or P6000 for an engine check and small adjustments so the engine performs without break downs in the next while. It’s your choice.

Remember: a tuner might not be a technician, these are two different people with different educations.

A tuner tunes, meaning he pulls the strings only, a technician also knows about the inside of the piano. Many people that call themselves technicians are not. Make sure you deal with a qualified piano tuner or technician, ask for their certification, not with someone that does not want to work for minimum wage and thinks this is a good way of making extra money. A grand piano tuning usualy cost a little more.

WARNING: If a non qualified tuner or technician touches a piano we sold, the warranty is immediately null and void. There are many unqualified technicians out there.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE MY PIANO TUNED?

If the piano has been well maintained the basic rule-of-thumb is at least once a year. Twice a year would be better. There are a number of factors that can contribute to the piano going out of tune, even if it isn’t played very often. Consider that the piano is primarily made of wood, and that at it’s simplest level the sound is produced by striking the strings with a hammer (no, not a carpenters hammer, the felt covered hammer that moves toward the strings when you press the keys). Changes in humidity can cause the wood to swell (too much moisture) and shrink (too little moisture). The combination of swelling and shrinking goes a long way toward knocking the piano out of tune, and can cause other issues as well.

Changes in temperature can also effect the tuning stability, but generally not as much as the changes in humidity. In fact many of the high end piano manufacturers write into their warranties that you must maintain the humidity in the pianos environment within certain parameters (more on options for accomplishing this later) or you could void your warranty.

So CALL US  AT 02 801.3431 x 401 to service your instrument regularly, and pay attention if he/she recommends taking steps to balance the climate in and around the piano. The piano has thousands of finely regulated moving parts and yet is designed to support literally tons of tension from those roughly 230 strings. Take good care of it and you should experience many years of enjoyment.


piano yamaha

Posted on March 24th, 2017

piano yamaha

piano yamaha, we at Manila Pianos Inc. have many Yamaha U1, U2,U3 and other Yamaha and Kawai pianos for sale. Watch out for the ones for sale with false serial numbers, there are many, they have been modified to look younger, mostly Yamaha pianos for the 1950s and 1960s that have been furnished with a 5M or 6M serial number and made to look good by respraying the cabinet. We have seen almost 80% of all Yamahas we can trade in liken this.

You can see this by looking at the color of the gold paint closely around the serial number, if you look closely you will see that the gold paint is a slightly different color because the original gold paint was removed and new gold paint was sprayed in that square and then they put a new serial number there. Also, when you cannot find any serial number on all the other places it should be because it was painted over or removed, you know. You can look here to find the serial number(s).

There is nothing wrong with an older piano, you must know that they are mostly better built than the newer ones, parts as well as labor is better in 1980-2000 Yamaha’s but the pianos can often not be sold as is because they need many parts replaced. We always do this work and therefore the pianos cost more than the same pianos where parts are not replaced. (hammers, strings, pins and velts must often be replaced, if not you will see rust and some ‘dead’ string sounds)

On our website you will find more very helpful tips.

Please VISIT OUR SHOWROOM, call us at (02) 801.3431 local 401 or 0917.895.0011 or email us for an appointment or more detailed information.