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Samick Pianos and Grand Pianos
Samick piano
Samick is one of the common brands found in Finland since importing this mark was very active. Beginnings of this Korean brand are much like those of many German major manufacturers': in a poor country torn by North - South Korean war conflict, Hyo Ick Lee started his piano works in 1958 in an old retail building. With quite ambitious goals he soon produced a few pianos per week (quite an achievement in these conditions). Demand for Samick pianos grew steadily. From the beginning the main focus in the production was in a high quality of the instruments, as well as active sales efforts. Exports were started already in 1964, which also started a huge success story for the brand, demand skyrocketing. Production grew so quickly, that in the early 1970s more than 3000 workers were employed by Samick. Marketing was also one of the strengths with Los Angeles, USA sales office opening in 1978 and Düsseldorf, Germany in 1980. In 1982 Samick committed inself to a large scale investment with Samick Music Corporation merketing and sales office added in Tennessee.

In 1990 Hyo Ick Lee deceased to a severe illness and company was left without steerance. More challenges followed with currency crisis of year 1996. This caused debts to raise to dangerous level of 300 million USD,a nd as a result, in 1998 company went bankrupt. After bankruptcy however, Samick started over and has managed to create a number of conections to other manufacturers in the area. Today Samick owns for example over 30% of the Steinway Musical Instruments.

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J. Schiller Pianos
J. Schiller -piano

Gustav Johann Schiller was born to a cabnet maker's family with 8 children in 1860. Early on he showed his talents in furniture building. Young Gustav also had a passion for the music. His father noticed this and arranged so that his son could travel in Germany to see how instruments were made. Finally he settled in Leipzig to learn piano building at Breitkopf and Hartel. In 1886 Gustav moved back to Berlin and built two first pianos of his own. These were of table model, a table looking piano with a keyboard in front of it. Production evolved rapidly and by the time Gustav Schiller died at the age of 50, his instruments were known for their quality sound and durable mechanics.

In 1910 Gustav's son Friedrich took over the piano factory. He was talented in sales and marketing and with a considerable effort managed to create a fortune with piano making. However, German 1920s depression and introduction of gramophone took their toll in manufacturing, and the most favorite model became a small piano model. During the WW2 Schiller factory was totally destroyed and after war the family restarted their business in instrument design and renovation.

There is also a Schiller Piano Company in Oregon, Illinois, but this is unrelated with J. Schiller of Berlin, Germany.

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Schneider & Sohn Pianos
Piano Eduard Seiler
Albin Schneider was born in 1860 to a poor family in Linz, Austria. He had to earn his living working for machine works from the age of 10. This also created a foundation for his skills enhanced by couple of years at the cabinet makers profession. At the age of 16 Albin was hired by established piano brand Bösendorfer and soon progressed in ranks there. However, what Albin really wanted was a piano factory of his own, and established works for this purpose in 1885. His philosophy from the beginning was to build as strong piano machinery as possible, so they could be finetuned easily. Numbers skyrocketed already in 1886 and two years after that company employed 60 people and was located in the new factory building. Exports had also started by then.

In 1890s Albin Schneider invented the cast metal frame found in pianos even today. All the machinery could easily be attached to it. Soon other piano makers started adopting this frame to their pianos too. In 1903 factory moved to larger premises Southwest of Berlin to Luckenwalde, Germany. High quality Schneider & Sons pianos won gold medals at the Worlds fairs first in Amsterdam in 1914 and then in Sydney in 1915. WW1 proved to be a dangerous turning point for operations. Albin who had lead the company until then and his brother died. St Peterbug factory in Russia was lost in revolution. Albin's son Albert took over operations. Although the economical conditions in post war Germany were difficult, manufacturing continued in smaller scale. In WW2 Luckenwalde was left to Eastern side of Germany and Schneider and his family withdrew to specialized instrument manufacturing for demanding customers. Also the piano factory in East Germany continued under name of VEB Deutsche Piano-Union Luckenwalde, manufacturing numbers being largest in Europe until 1990s.

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Ed.Seiler (Eduard Seiler) Pianos and Grand Pianos
Piano Rönisch
Seiler Pianonfortefabrik GmbH was established in 1849 to Liegnitz, those days Prussia. Today this location is Legnica in Poland. By 1873 the production had led to such a success, that factory needed to be built larger and first steam machinery was also taken into use, something of a novelty at the time. Next year, Seiler workforce exceeded 100 people. Johannes Seiler took over the technical management in 1879.

Eduard Seiler's aim was to not only manufacture pianos for higher classes but also to middle class. He also had another passion: to achieve perfection in piano construction and sound! Thus his pianos became legendary and won many awards.

WW2 brought a disaster with factory being left behind the iron curtain and a new start had to be made first in Copenhagen, Denmark and from 1961 in Kitzingen, Germany. The last decades of 20th Century were quite demanding economically, and after the turn of the Millenium in 2008 Seiler went bankrupt and was bought by South Korean manufacturer Samick. Production continues today under the new owner.

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Steinway & Sons Pianos and Grand Pianos
Steinway & Sons grand piano
Henri Engelhard Steinweg manufactured first pianos in Seesen, Germany in 1836. Moving to New York he changed his name to more easier Steinway. In 1850s the Steinway works manufactured one taffel piano per week, but already in 1860 manufacturing quantities had considerably gone up. At the same time Grand Pianos were taken to program. In 1880s Henri Steiway established a factory in Hamburg, Germany too. The manufacturer has done a lot of innovative work for piano development as well as taken other inventors ideas to use. As a result many professionals today choose this brand and numerous concert houses have Steinway grand pianos. The original owner's relatives sold company out in 1971 and today it is owned by Steinway Musical Instruments Inc.
Steinway & Sons grand piano

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Svenska Pianofabriken AB
Svenska Pianofabriken AB was created in Sundsbyberg, Stockholm, Sweden in 1918. Operation consisted of a shop and pianoworks, which manufactured at least upright pianos and grand pianos. Machinery for the instruments was often produced by Louis Renner of Germany (today owned by Steinway & Sons). Each machinery consisted of 8000-12000 parts, thus the quality of workmanship of Svenska Pianofabriken instruments derives from proper installation and finishing touch of these. Cabinets were sometimes made of Northern spruce tree and might have classical curves and special finishing cuts around the cabinet.

Although there is little detailed information available, but according to some sources works ceased manufacturing slowly after 1954, according to other sources the works moved to Arvika near Norwegian border of Sweden in 1964. There it is obvious that instruments were still production in 1970. David Thalen, his son Börje Thalen and Adolf Schaller are mentioned as resposible for development and operations. A number of pianos have also been imported to Finland, probably along when moving from Sweden.


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R. E. Westerlund -piano
Steinway & Sons -flyygeli
Robert Emil Westerlund was a prominent businessman specializing in music area in Finland. He started his business as an owner of pharmacy in Oulu and moved to Helsinki in 1937 devoting his time to music from then on. His initial investments in the area were acquisition of Richard Faltin pianowarehouse, which he bought already in 1896. Westerlund also later acquired Anna Melan's legendary note and instrument business in Aleksanteri street in Helsinki. The latter was at first co-owned with Konrad Fazer.

Westerlund was also an active music publisher. He bought A.Apostoli and A.E.Lindgren businesses. Of the publishing rights worth mention is the exclusive rights to publish notes of Jean Sibelius's works. In addition to other businesses R.E.Westerlund acquired the Arthur Askolin piano factory in 1947.

At its heyday Westerlund had shops in six of the largest Finnish cities so instrument distribution must have been quite effective. Business was also quite large, as R.E.Westerlund built a Hvittorp castle to his summer cottage. However, here lay also seeds to destruction: built in 1914, at the eve of WWI, business declined simultaneously and in the end Westerlund was forced to sell the castle to pay back the debt. Westerlund company itself operated with ever shrinking volumes until 1971, when it was sold to Fazers.

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R.E.Westerlund Piano
An interesting detail in certain R.E.Westerlundin pianos is a handy locker for notes, opening under the keyboard. Innovative design at its best!

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R.E.Westerlund Piano

 

Yamaha Silent Piano
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Yamaha is the largest piano brand in the World. Over 20 models exist including grand pianos and silent models. 9 of these are grand pianos.

Yamaha has been imported to Finland since 1960s. In 1980s instrumets' sound quality improved significantly and market share improved as a result.

The basic model B1 (ex. C-108) sounds excellent to its size and has few defects. Professional models U1, U3 and U5 are high quality pianos as is the top of the line hand made SU-7. All models can also be bought as silent model meaning you can turn the acoustic sound down and play with digital sounds to the headset. More on Yamaha....

 
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Yamaha Story
Yamaha instrument manufacturer was known initially in 1887 as "Nippon Gakki" ie. "Japanese music instruments". Early on the company manufactured then common pianos and organs. Herited from this pariod is also the company logo: three tuning forks.

After WW2 in 1954 Yamaha used war resource machinery and added new
production area motorcycles. These proved to be a huge success and alredy in 1955 the company was spinned off as a separate entity as Yamaha Motor Company. Year 1954 also saw a birth of a Yamaha Music School, which specializes in advancing music and music studies. Since then Yamaha production has also diverged to other instruments, semiconductors and industrial robots. Outboard Yamaha motors for boats are as well some of the most successful products lines. Yamaha also manufactured digital keyboards in the 1990s.

In 2008 Yamaha acquired another famous manufacturer Bösendorfer, known for expensive and dark sounding grand pianos. Today Bösendorfer is an independent Yamaha daughter.

Yamaha Corporationin mission is known as "kando" (感動): profound excitement and satisfaction, which derives from the high quality and performance.

Yamaha CF6 Grand Pianos
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Yamaha CF-6 grand pianos span 7' / 2,13 meters. They are especially well suited for example concert hall instruments and other demanding use. Instruments are trimmed to express sound colorfully and enable them to create the smallest of nuances.


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Yamaha Design Grand Piano
Kultainen Yamaha-flyygeli
Yamaha product development has also created this unique and playful grand piano, design reminding us of baroque time. Inside is a professional top of the line machinery. And as suitable, the front of the grand is - how else - gold plated!

Kultainen Yamaha-flyygeli

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Zimmermann Piano
East German Zimmermann and Rönisch pianos were imported to Finland in thousands between the 1950s and 1980s. Both pianos were manufactured in the same factory. Their price was inexpensive and the price per quality very good. Especially the instruments from the 1970 and 1980s are excellent for practicing and have relatively few defects. Of the brands C. Bechstein bought Zimmermann in 1992 and the Rönisch as well is today privately owned. After the reunification of Germany hardly any new instruments have not been sold in Finland.

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