The Fall 2019 issue of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer is now online at pianobuyer.com, with three new feature articles, and a new issue of the Piano Buyer Model & Price Supplement.

The first feature article is a review, by Dr. Pei-Hsin Kao, of the new Ant. Petrof line of pianos. In 2014, Petrof released the first model of its new Ant. Petrof line, named in tribute to the company’s founder, Antonín Petrof. According to Petrof, these pianos are the results of years of development and testing, and represent the top of their line, combining contemporary technological innovation with traditional craftsmanship. Dr. Kao is a member of the piano faculty at Bellevue College, in Bellevue, Washington.

The second feature article is a review, by Stephen Fortner, of the Casio Privia PX-S3000 digital piano. Says Fortner, "Every once in a while, an instrument comes along that can be called revolutionary. One way that can happen is that it rewrites the rules for what you can and should expect for the price, and raises competitors’ eyebrows in the bargain. The Casio Privia PX-S3000 is such an instrument." Stephen Fortner is the former editor-in-chief of Keyboard magazine, and currently an editor and associate publisher of Music Player Network.

The third feature article is a review, by Dr. Owen Lovell, of portable audio recorders in the $149 to $199 price range. In the past decade, portable audio recorders have proliferated widely among musicians at all levels: professionals, amateurs, teachers, students—even students’ parents. Says Lovell, "In the $149–$199 price range there’s no perfect audio recorder, but my hours of comparing showed me that each of these five models has unique strengths and weaknesses." Dr. Lovell is Piano Buyer's Piano Review Editor, Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia College, and an active member of the Piano World community.

The Piano Buyer Model & Price Supplement contains suggested prices for virtually every brand and model of new acoustic piano marketed nationally in the U.S. and Canada, as well as prices and selected specifications for most brands and models of digital piano. It can be viewed for free in PDF format on the Piano Buyer website, and can also be purchased in print from Amazon.com.

Larry Fine


Publisher and Editor, Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer
and Author, The Piano Book