Whether you're in a conservatory, music school or a musician's home, chances are you'll encounter a Pearl River piano. Originating in Guangzhou, China in the 1950s, the Pearl River Group manufacturers over 140,000 instruments each year and has turned into the world's top-selling piano brand.
About the Pearl River Group
The Pearl River Group opened shop in 1956. Today, the Chinese brand has built a reputation on creating affordable, accessible and quality instruments for students and professional musicians.
Now with a presence in over 120 countries, Pearl River's approach early on led to expansion. Manufacturing now encompasses advanced, precise CNC digital machinery and the incorporation of classic European craftsmanship. American and European design consultants provide their input, resulting in Pearl River regularly updating its core models and introducing new instruments to meet market demand.
As part of this expansion, the Pearl River Group revived the patent for the German brand Ritmüller, positioning these instruments as its high-end range, and utilizes many Ritmüller features for its Kayserburg line.
Design of a Pearl River Piano
Pearl River covers the full spectrum from concert grand pianos measuring nine feet long to console uprights just 43 to 45 inches in length. Although offering these instruments at a lower cost, Pearl River pianos:
- Are constructed with quality hardwoods, which are kiln dried and seasoned to improve the tone and withstand humidity in a home environment without expanding and warping.
- Use pig iron plates as the piano's foundation, providing the ideal amount of tension for strings across grand, upright and console models.
- Feature 100-percent closed-grain spruce tapered soundboards for a resonant sound and projection.
Series of Pearl River Pianos
Whether new or used, Pearl River pianos are grouped into the following types:
- Traditional Series: The Traditional Series includes affordably priced Pearl River grand, baby grand and upright pianos featuring butcher-block keybeds, spruce soundboards and sand-cast iron plates. A favorite among players wanting an introductory grand, the GP150 piano is part of this series.
- European Series: The European Series consists of high-quality, hand-crafted Pearl River upright pianos, known for their strong tone. Explore studio and larger upright sizes.
- Prestige Series: The Prestige Series of upright pianos lives up to its name. Pearl River delivers a high-level practice instrument, thanks to PR 2.0 hammers crafted with premium felt and hornbeam wood cores. The sound delivers more depth than the typical upright piano and is known for a resonant tone on par with a larger instrument.
- Digital Series: Pearl River electric pianos strive for the sound and sensation of a grand with a more compact and portable design. Achieving this balance is the weighted-hammer Italian FATAR Grand-Response™ keyboard, accurately producing all articulations, and an independently developed DSP providing a more precise, accurate and acoustic-like sound. Pearl River digital pianos further offer sostenuto, soft and sustain pedals and Bluetooth, MIDI, USB and MP3 capabilities.
- Prodigy Player Pianos: Whether for entertainment or teaching yourself new music, Pearl River's series of player pianos involves installing the Prodigy system into a GP150 or GP160 grand. Along with access to hundreds of songs, this system developed in conjunction with PianoDisc delivers accurate playback and recording capabilities, Silent Mode for practicing and can provide a degree of accompaniment.
Browse Pearl River Pianos for Sale at Alamo Music Center
Are you searching for an affordable piano with a quality sound? Explore Pearl River models in our San Antonio showroom for an option for your home or music school. Whether you need an upright or a grand, we offer multiple financing and layaway options, including 12- to 48-month no-interest financing at times.