Pearl River 4′-8″ Petite Grand Piano.
This understated, small piano doesn’t have a big tone, but it has a pretty tone. It certainly won’t fill a concert hall with thunderclaps of tonality, but it makes sense for a smaller living space where the pianist values the feel and touch of the grand piano-action. The wider dynamic range, better key leverage and the feel of the hammers being in direct opposition to the force of gravity are advantages over an upright piano-action that has a smaller footprint in the room. Apartment dwellers may appreciate the reduced volume carrying into other neighboring apartments. The Pearl River model GP-142 grand piano is equipped with several features found in the bigger pianos in the line, that could be left out in other piano lines in order to reduce costs. It has a true sostenuto pedal in the middle where many small pianos don’t. A creative pianist can expand their playing ability with one. The fallboard has a Slow-close function to spare fingers from being smashed and loud crashes. In addition to the standard long lid-prop it also has a second short one. Lowering the lid to halfway is a handsome way to display your piano. The spade legs are more shapely than regular square ones. Complimentary local, first-floor professional delivery and set-up is included. The matching bench is also included. Pearl River model GP-142 Grand Piano – 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $5950.
This instrument is a one-owner. It was purchased new in west Texas in 2003. It moved to Santa Fe six years ago so it has lived in a dry climate all its life and is happily acclimated to our unique humidity level. It should provide many more decades of musical enjoyment. It is in excellent condition, structurally and aesthetically. We will be happy to offer a two-year warranty. It came to us needing very little in the way of piano dealer prep in our restoration shop. We cleaned it thoroughly, regulated and tightened the piano-action and tuned with only a slight pitch correction. It plays well and the tone quality (timbre) is center-mellow. Many small pianos have a thin, shallow tone but that was avoided through better engineering and materials.
Pearl River today, is the largest piano factory in the world and they have the largest market share in retail sales worldwide. They are sold in over 120 countries. The factory is located in Guangzhou, China. Pearl River dominates the Chinese market share with 40% of all the new pianos purchased. With over 8500 individual parts in a grand piano, a location with lower labor rates is desirable. Every single large, small or tiny part is handled by human hands. Pearl River Piano Group builds pianos for other companies also, including the Essex for Steinway & Sons.