SUMMARY OF PALATINO PIANOS:
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Palatino Piano Factory!
It is a rare day
when the piano industry sees a manufacturer come along that redefines
how far your money can go when seeking to purchase a piano based on
The Palatino piano has earned
that distinction in reviews and in the court of public opinion on the
web -- especially in their 48"-50"
uprights and in their 5'-6'
grands. It is a favorite among teachers who are
respectful of parents' budgets and among consumers who want a
professional upright -- but want more than just the "big black box".
Where Japanese manufacturers only offer a few finishes (and charge
$1000 or more for anything other than black), Palatino offers many
styles and finishes, including several with the popular nickel
hardware, with little surcharge.
Palatino piano, it is the most "cosmopolitan" piano in the world. A
piano is always more than the sum of its parts, but in this case, the
Palatino houses some of the best components from around the world.
factory is located in Shanghai, China. There are more piano
manufacturers in China today than there are in all other countries
combined. Chinese pianos have been pouring into North America since
2002, but most of them haven't met the standards of discerning
teachers, technician and pianists. Palatino on the other hand
immediately broke away from the pack.
Even the author of "The Piano Book" indicated that the landed quality
of the Palatino pianos he inspected "arrived in excellent condition,
needing hardly any preparation". Any piano retailer would laugh at the
notion of a Chinese (or otherwise!) piano arriving needing hardly any
preparation -- unless that retailer is a Palatino dealer. At
Cordogan's, we were shocked when we uncrated our first Palatino back in
2002. The action was regulated and it was even in tune -- after its
trip half way around the world! Subsequent pianos ever since have
arrived in the same condition.
How can this be?
First of all,
Palatino wasn't new to musical instruments in 2000, they had been
making string instruments for a many decades. The skilled labor and
experienced management at Palatino created a great foundation for
quality pianos. But without high quality components and precise
machinery from all over the world, the Palatino could have easily been
another nameless, faceless, Chinese piano. Many brands have
already come and gone in the first decade of the new millennium.
Some piano manufacturers make everything from
scratch or purchase parts from the lowest bidder, and that certainly
has its place in the piano industry. Palatino however, IMPORTS high
quality components from Europe and manufactures their pianos using
costly, precise and highly efficient machinery from Japan and Germany:
Keyboards and solid spruce soundboards are from Palatino's mother
country of Italy; Roslau steel string come from Germany, Mapes string
are from the U.S., state-of-the-art Toyo machinery was brought in from
Japan and German CNC routers were shipped over to China to help with
production. As one piano technician said, "It's obvious those Toyo
machines don't know or care whether they're in China or Japan!"
There is hardly
a country in the world with a greater history in casting iron than
China, who have maintained foundries since the 15th century. The
resulting sound of the Palatino is warm, rich and complex combined with
a precise action which should be the envy of piano manufacturers twice
the price of a Palatino.
Which brings us to another advantage to the Palatino: the
price. Chinese-made pianos are not taxed as highly as Japanese pianos
when imported. The 48"-50" uprights are an unbeatable value and the
grands have been no less impressive. Again, Palatinos come in a
beautiful array of wood tone finishes for which the company does not
impose a huge additional price tag. Where Kawai or Yamaha might
charge thousands for wood tone finishes when available, Palatino only
charges a few hundred dollars. Please visit our online Palatino gallery, where
you will see more styles/finishes than on any other website, including
Palatino's own website! Click here
to see some of these finishes!
STORY FROM THE SHOWROOM FLOOR #1:
In the north suburbs of Chicago, there is a husband & wife teaching
duo, both of whom have their masters degrees in piano performance from
Northwestern University. They became familiar with Cordogan's / chicagopianos.com
when of one our 6'3" Estonia grands edged out a new Steinway model L as
their new teaching instrument. More recently, they came back to
purchase a second instrument -- a vertical piano for their studio. The
Palatino won hands down, over several other more expensive pianos from
many renown makers.
PALATINO STORY FROM THE SHOWROOM FLOOR #2:
A well known pianist / teacher from Northbroook, IL came in to our
showroom in search of a piano for one of his students. He was sat down
at a Palatino and asked what he thought. He loved it, but was naturally
concerned that it must be waaaay too much money for his student, who he
said wanted an "entry level" piano. Actually, what the teacher meant to
say was that his student wanted an entry level PRICE. And to his
surprise, the Palatino fit that price range -- but his student
certainly didn't get an entry level PIANO. Neither will the teacher,
who has made arrangements to purchase a Palatino for himself as well!
information about Palatino pianos, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 630-584-5000.