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PARIS — Once the favourite of Chopin and Debussy, the world's oldest piano maker, Pleyel, has been hard hit by competition from Asia -- so to adapt the firm is venturing into new territory: designer furniture.

Founded at the turn of the 19th century, Pleyel is now a niche player, producing just 25 grand pianos a year -- down from 1,700 a decade ago -- but it still holds 200 years of expertise in fine marquetry and luxury woodworking.

The smell of varnish fills the air as cutting and pressing machines hum and pump in Pleyel's factory in Saint Denis, outside the French capital, and skilled hands sand and put finishing touches to the models.

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