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Ritmuller GP-159R Grand vs. Other Asian Brands #2845
07/08/07 11:32 PM
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We are in the process of buying a piano for our 9-year old, who just recently started piano lessons. This is definitely a piano for an amateur player, as she is a beginner and we know quite little about pianos in general.

We went to the Yamaha store and were looking at the Ritmuller GP-159R grand piano. It was on sale for $8,995 (plus, tax, delivery, etc). I guess its retail price is supposedly somewhere in the 11K range. Is this a decently good deal on this specific piano?

We briefly looked at Wendl & Lung last year, but don't really know too much about it. In our price range, I think the only pianos we would be buying would be from either Chinese or Korean manufacturers.

How does the Ritmuller compare to other brands (Wendl & Lung, Essex)? Is the price $8,995 a reasonable one?

BTW, space is less of a concern, which is why we are going with a grand as opposed to say, a Yamaha T116 upright which goes for about $5,000 around here.

Thanks!

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Re: Ritmuller GP-159R Grand vs. Other Asian Brands #2846
07/09/07 12:56 AM
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Hi aly2102

I owned a Ritmüller 159R once but didn't keep it long. Not that it was not well built but I found the tone rather thin, not complex at all and the bass section muddy (after several tunings and voicing); the action couldn't be made as responsive as I've would have liked even after several hours of regulation and prep work.

I now own (since Nov. 2006) a Wendl&Lung 161 grand and am much more satisfied. If you do a search on this forum for Wendl & Lung you'll find lots of comments, predominantly very positive ones. If size does not matter you could go for the W&L 178 which some describe of still having an even more powerful bass and slightly lighter action (because of slightly more favourable key ratio).

Another very fine Chinese brand is Broadmann, with a lot of positive comments on this forum too. They are now about 35 - 40% more expensive in Europe than the comparable sized W&L's since prices went up drastically recently.

Never played an Essex piano, neither their old line (by Young Chang) nor their new line (mainly manufactured by Pearl River).

It could be interesting to mention in what part of the world you are living, otherwise you will get suggestions to look at brands which might not be readily available in your country. E.g. W&L is readily available in Europe and Asia but harder to find in North America where they have Hailun and Steigerman Premium: W&Ls, Hailuns, Steigerman Premiums are all manufactured by Hailun in Ningbo-China; e.g. Steigerman Premiums are not available in Europe/Asia and Hailuns also not in Europe.

schwammerl.

Re: Ritmuller GP-159R Grand vs. Other Asian Brands #2847
07/09/07 05:19 PM
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We have had great experiences with the Pearl River / Ritmuller grands. I love the fact that the are a huge manufacturer and will be there tomorrow if you need any service or parts or something. I have had them in several institutions with great success. I would highly recommend them to anyone in that price range.

Re: Ritmuller GP-159R Grand vs. Other Asian Brands #2848
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Another Chinese piano that competes in this range and has some fans in this forum is the Nordiska Model G. It's 5'5" (165 cm). It probably can be found at around $8k.


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