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Anonymous made Germany hammer
#2757560 08/10/18 11:13 PM
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A friend's Petrof had hammers broken. She replaced with "Made in Germany" hammer, without brand name. I suggest that Abel is better. She said that the technician said "no all hammer fits Petrof..."
I suspect that will a German willing to sell their product anonymous like the Chinese do?
[img]https://photos.app.goo.gl/zfFjecc6xJ7prpWD6[/img]
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This is found in TaoBao, for imported blue under felt, RMB350,pre-bored. NO marking on the hammer.
[img]https://photos.app.goo.gl/YeaHwnRDSZXeRT5i8[/img]

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I'm no piano tech, but I live in Germany.

I have a hard time accepting that a German piano parts company would produce hammers in Germany and would then refrain from putting their name on them, but instead put "Made in Germany" in garish large letters on them. That just doesn't fit.

What I very well can imagine however is a cheap Asian no-name producer stamping their hammers with such an oversized fake "Made in Germany", to fool the gullible.

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Perhaps the factory is named "Germany!" I recall years ago that overseas call centers would be given names like "San Jose," and "Albuquerque," so that when incredulous customers demanded to know where they were, the customer service rep could truthfully respond, "Its my pleasure to be located in wonderful Pheonix."

At first I was surprised that they're not just labeled "Abel," but this approach saves the un-savvy buyer from having to go through the the trouble of determining that the hammers purport to be German. It just gets that right out there! Perhaps they should just write it in Chinese too, so it need not be translated! wink



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On a serious note, it's sad periodically to see Chinese piano enthusiasts turn up here trying to verify the provenance of purportedly German stuff. It's sad to see them victimized by their own countryman. It's a shame that intellectual property isn't better respected. Both the true owners and their customers are victimized by scammers.



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Indeed, Intellectual Property law is not yet a highly respected or understood concept in China, it seems.

But one could make an argument that some European piano companies are, albeit in a rather different way, to some extent 'compicit'. It pleases them to pass off as European, what are essentially pianos made in and imported from China, but given some degree of finishing in a factory in Europe.

I am not here intending to knock Chinese pianos, by the way.

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And of course there is nothing at all new about pianos being "badged", in US parlance "stencil" pianos.

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Those hammers look exactly like Abel. Abel marks their hammers in this exact way.


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Shouldn't German products be labeled In Deutschland Hergestellt, not Made in Germany?


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Originally Posted by David Boyce
Indeed, Intellectual Property law is not yet a highly respected or understood concept in China, it seems.

But one could make an argument that some European piano companies are, albeit in a rather different way, to some extent 'compicit'. It pleases them to pass off as European, what are essentially pianos made in and imported from China, but given some degree of finishing in a factory in Europe.

I am not here intending to knock Chinese pianos, by the way.

This case is in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is part of China indeed.

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Originally Posted by MarkL
Shouldn't German products be labeled In Deutschland Hergestellt, not Made in Germany?

Made in Germany is a label that has been around since the late 1800s, it is intended for worldwide distribution of German products. The only place you'll see in Deutschland hergestellt is in Germany or Austria. You still see products labeled "Made in Germany" in Germany and Austria if they are products that are also sold in other countries.

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Very few people actually care who made a piano's hammers. More people care about how they sound.


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Indeed, BDB. But that is the problem with counterfeit goods (though in this case it seems like the hammers are genuine, from what others are saying).

What if you bought a set of hammers that said Ronson, or Abel, because you know the properties of those particular hammers, and it turned out they were counterfeit goods, and performed nothing like the real ones?

And would you want to fly on a plane whose engines had been maintained using cheap counterfeit parts made of inferior alloys? And if you recorded a CD and it was produced by a record label and started to make money, would you want a company in the far east to start churning out copies at a third of the price, with no royalties going to you?

A few weeks ago in this Forum I started a thread on intellectual property, because someone in the USA stole an article I wrote for my website, and used it for another site, with minor alterations. I felt affronted that my original piece of work, my writing, got stolen in that way.

There is a difference between pianos being "badged" - having stencil names - where this is done legally, and outright intellectual property theft.

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There are plenty of people around here who recommend hammers other than the piano's manufacturer's. Perhaps you should save your comments for them.

In this case, it is not counterfeit hammers. The hammers are not original, and not advertised as original. There is no evidence that they are anything but what they are claimed to be, hammers made in Germany.


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There are plenty of people around here who recommend hammers other than the piano's manufacturer's. Perhaps you should save your comments for them.


Eh? Who's arguing about using hammers other than the manufacturer's? Not me.

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In this case, it is not counterfeit hammers. The hammers are not original, and not advertised as original. There is no evidence that they are anything but what they are claimed to be, hammers made in Germany.
Yes, it seems to be the consensus that they were, as printed on them, Made in Germany. I think that's what the O.P. was questioning, though - was the "Made In Germany" appellation fake.

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It's printed right on the side of the hammers...two of them even. How could they be fake?

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In much the same way as some watches with "Rolex" printed right on the face.....

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My question would be: How does piano sound? Good...bad...somewhere in between? What is the basis for the question? Maybe I missed that and need to review.

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How can the base hammers be on the right hand side of the photograph - the photograph must be latteraly inverted.
Any one elce notice this?

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First of all, it is "bass", not "base." Secondly, the photograph is taken from the treble end of the piano.


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