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What Every Piano Shopper Needs to Know about Stencil Pianos


Some stores are claiming to have pianos of equal or greater quality as compared to Yamaha. Do Not Believe them! In many cases they are trying to sell you nothing more than a Stencil Piano.

When shopping for a piano, it is very important to understand that many brands are not being made by the original manufacturer any longer. In these cases, they are being built at factories with little or no connection to the name that appears on the piano. These pianos are referred to as Stencil Pianos.

Today, an increasing number of Stencil Pianos are on the market, even some with old European or American names. Regardless of the name on the piano, all Stencil Pianos have the following things in common. First, they are no longer being made by the original company. Second, they are currently being manufactured by lower cost, less experienced factories which affects the quality.

Why Is This Important?

True quality name brands in the piano industry are a precious commodity. Rockaway Music is proud to be an Authorized Yamaha Piano Dealer. The reality is stencil pianos don’t begin to compare to Yamaha’s legendary quality, longevity, and reliability. But please don’t take our word for it, look around….ask around….the next time you go to a concert ….watch the Grammys…..go to the Metropolitan Opera…..listen to your favorite CD. More often than not, you’ll be seeing and hearing a YAMAHA piano and here’s why

What makes a Yamaha Piano the best choice for you and your family?

YAMAHA

 

Stencil Pianos

  • Over 100 years experience of  making quality pianos – world famous. 

 

  • Made by factories with limited piano making experience. In some cases less than ten years.

  • The overwhelming choice of   professional pianists, concert halls, universities and performing arts centers.

 

  • Virtually no professional use.

 

  • Unsurpassed tuning stability and consistency in keyboard  actions  - ensuring you and your family  a life-time of   trouble free musical enjoyment.

 

  • Known to require much more service in the area of tuning stability and keyboard actions. More maintenance over the years, more $$$ out of your pocket.

  • Yamaha – the name you can trust! A premier reputation with over 100 years in the piano making   business. Original and uncompromised quality.

 

  • Only a name, written on a piano. The original company no longer makes the piano.
    No name brand recognition

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The following list of Stencil Pianos has been compiled to properly educate you on many of the pianos that are on the market today.
Altenburg, Otto

“Pianos made by: Beijing Hsinghai Piano Group, Ltd., Beijing, China.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

Carl Ebel

Perzina Piano Manufacturing Ltd.

“Established in 1877 as Ebel & Sohn in Germany. As of 1999 the owners, Music Brokers International, 3903 KB Veenendaal, Holland, resumed manufacturing in cooperation with Yantai Longfeng Piano Co. Ltd., at Yantai, China.”
Pierce Piano Atlas, 11th Edition

Chase, A.B.

“Pianos made by: Dongbei Piano Company, Ltd., Yingkou, Liaoning Province, China.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement) 

Everett

Pianos made by: Dongbei Piano Company, Ltd., Yingkou, Liaoning Province, China.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

Falcone

“Pianos made by: Sejung Corporation, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

Hallet & Davis

“Pianos made by: Dongbei Piano Company, Ltd., Yingkou, Liaoning Province, China.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement) 

Hamilton 

“Baldwin has also introduced several lower-cost lines of piano made in China. The first of these is the “Hamilton.” This is not to be confused with the famous Hamilton model studio piano that says “Baldwin” on the fallboard; rather, this new line says “Hamilton” on the fallboard. Currently, they are made by Sejung to Baldwin’s specifications.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

Hardman, Peck & Co.

“Until recently, most Hardman, Peck pianos were made in China by the Dongbei Piano Co., and were similar to those built by Dongbei under other names for several other distributors. Beginning this year, Hardman, Peck’s distributor is using the Beijing Hsinghai Piano Group to manufacture most of the pianos.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

Hobart M.Cable

“Pianos made by: Sejung Corporation, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

J. Pramberger
“Pianos made by: Samick Musical Instrument Mfg. Co. Ltd., Incheon, South Korea and Bogor, West Java, Indonesia.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

J. Strauss & Son

“Name of pianos made in Gauangzhou and Dongbei, China and Belarus, Russia.” Pierce Piano Atlas, 11th Edition

Knabe & Co., Wm.

“Pianos made by: Samick Musical Instrument Mfg. Co. Ltd., Incheon, South Korea and Bogor, West Java, Indonesia.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

Kohler & Campbell

“Pianos made by: Samick Musical Instrument Mfg. Co. Ltd., Incheon, South Korea and Bogor, West Java, Indonesia.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

Nordiska

Since 1988, Nordiska pianos have been produced by DongBei Piano Group Co. of Yingkou, Liaoning, China and were marketed only   in Asia. In 1999 the Geneva International Corp., 29 East Hintz Road. Wheeling, IL, started distributing Nordiska pianos in the U.S.”
Pierce Piano Atlas, 11th Edition

“Pianos made by: Dongbei Piano Company, Ltd., Yingkou, Liaoning Province, China.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

Remington  

“Pianos made by: Samick Musical Instrument Mfg. Co. Ltd., Incheon, South Korea and Bogor, West Java, Indonesia.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

Steck, George

“Pianos made by: Sejung Corporation, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

Steigerman

“Pianos made by: Beijing Hsinghai Piano Group, Ltd., Beijing, China; and Ningbo Hailun Musical Instrument Co., Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

Story & Clark

“Pianos made by: Dongbei Piano Company, Ltd., Yingkou, Liaoning Province, China and by Heintzman Piano Company, Ltd., Beijing, China.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

Wurlitzer & Chickering

 “In the 1980’s, Baldwin acquired the Wurlitzer and Chickering names, and for many years sold a Wurlitzer line of pianos made in Korea. Like the Hamiltons, Wurlitzer pianos are now made in China by Sejung.”
The Piano Book (2007-2008 Supplement)

Stencil Piano List

Altenburg, Otto

Carl Ebel

Chase, A.B.

Everett

Falcone

Hallet & Davis

Hamilton

Hardman Peck

Hobart M.Cable

J. Pramberger

J. Strauss & Son

Knabe & Co., Wm

Kohler & Campbell

Nordiska

 

Remington

Steck, George

Steigerman

Story & Clark

Wurlitzer & Chickering

Rockaway Music is an authorized Yamaha piano dealer in Morris County, New Jersey. We carry quality new and used pianos, player pianos and digital pianos. For more information on stencil pianos or purchasing a piano in Morris County, or about our piano services we provide for New Jersey, please contact us at (973) 984-8800.

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