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#56224 05/20/08 04:22 PM
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We're looking at a used Essex Grand and I'm curious as to who and where it was made. The owner has had it for 6 years but allowing for time on the showroom floor and transit time on the water I suspect it is a 2001 vintage. I've seen posts saying that Young Chang made the Essex line originally and that now Pearl River does. When was the switch made? Is there any history of the relative quality of build or issues of one vs. the other?

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The Essex pianos are made in the Young Chang factories in Korea.


As a wise man once sung, "and more, much more than this, I did it my way."
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The Essex pianos are made in the Young Chang factory in Korea.

Best of luck!


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Doesn't it depend on the model? I was under the impression that some Essex pianos were made in Korea and some made in China? Just wondering....

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Sorry, double post!


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In his most recent The Annual Supplement To The Piano Book, Larry Fine says that the verticals are all made in China. Young Chang makes the smaller ones, Pearl River makes the 123. He also says that Young Chang makes the 161 and 183 grands in Korea, Pearl River makes the 155 and 173 grands in China.

I don't know what may have previously be true.

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The model in question is an EGP-160. Is that the predecessor to the 161 should I assume then that it is a Young Chang product?

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Essex is Steinway's entry level line.I'm pretty sure a 2002 was made by Young Chang. I've personally never heard tell of problems with them, but you might be better off to focus on how you like the way the piano plays than where it was made or by whom. It isn't a Steinway, and will never sound or play like one, but that doesn't mean it isn't a perfectly fine piano for you.

Whether you like the tone, feel and looks is IMO more important than the manufacturing details.


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Right on the money. Young Chang made all of the Essex line at that time. It could be an OK piano.

Have an independent tech. examine it. Also an important comment - the Essex line does not hold up well to serious players.

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