What Makes Piano Manufacturers Different?

There have been hundreds of different piano manufacturers, each trying to get the best sound, make the most affordable instrument, or become a piano innovator with some new twist on a 300-year-old instrument. We’re not going to discuss all of them here, but we will talk about some of the most popular piano makers and what makes them different. We’ll also point you in the direction of more extensive lists of manufacturers.

It may seem like a somewhat simple instrument, but a piano’s final sound is anything but simple. So many factors affect the music that comes from the piano – how hard the hammer strikes the strings (which is affected by the “action”), the material used for the strings and the hammers, the type of wood and metal used, the location and construction of the sound board, the wood used in the cabinet, and more.

Over time, some piano manufacturers produced many more pianos than others, leaving a number of older instruments in circulation. The quality and quantity of some of these instruments obviously affects their popularity, and we’ll discuss a few of the most popular pianos here.

If you’d like to learn more about the different types of pianos, you might want to check out the Types Of Pianos page on this site.

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Popular Piano Manufacturers

This list is not ordered by popularity, and we certainly don’t assume that popularity is a good indicator of a good piano, but the first piano maker on our list became popular mainly through word of mouth. According to The Bluebook Of Pianos , this piano practically sold itself.

  • Schiller Piano – apparently a fine piano manufactured from the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s, although there still seems to be some confusion about this company...

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