Petrof 6’-4” Conservatory Grand Piano
Petrof is the largest piano manufacturer in Europe today, building nearly 6000 pianos annually. They are known for their warm, rich singing tone, full of color. The Petrof model 111 grand piano sounds and feels beautiful and holds its own against other better-known European pianos. It is longer than other conservatory grand piano models that are commonly 6’-1”, so the bass is more robust. At the time this model was built, there was a huge currency advantage for Czech Republic factories of all kinds because they were not on the Euro. Labor rates were very low and there was no duty. The price of these pianos was only a fraction of that of other European instruments and sometimes even less expensive than pianos from Japan. This is no longer the case. Economic conditions have changed dramatically and the current model has a full MSRP of $83,964. and a SMP of $61,336.
This piano is in excellent condition – structurally and aesthetically. It is a one-owner, bought locally in 2003 and has lived its entire life in Santa Fe. It is happily acclimated to our unique and arid climate. It was cared for and cherished in its role as the focal point of the formal living room. It was hardly played so there is minimal wear in the piano-action, trapwork and other moving parts. All we have done to service the piano is to regulate the action, pitch-raise and concert tune. The Petrof model 111 grand piano is equipped with the high-performance Renner piano-action from Germany. The original Artist bench is included. 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $16,500.
The Petrof Piano Co. was established in 1864 by Antonin Petrof, born at Hrádec Kralové, Czechoslovakia in 1839. Antonin learned piano building from his uncle in Vienna and returned home to build his own pianos. The Czechs have long been known for their musical instrument building skills and vibrant music industry. The company grew and over the years moved into larger facilities and acquired other plants. Upright pianos came along in 1883 followed by player pianos. Family members began participating in the business. Antonin, Jr. joined the firm in 1908; Vladimir in 1914. Antonin, Sr. lived until 1915. Younger Petrofs Ivan and Dimitrij apprenticed in 1928. The company prospered and their pianos consistently earned prizes at international exhibitions. They embraced the advancement of technology and production became more sophisticated.
1939 brought WWII and the factory converted to war production and afterward in 1947 the State Ministry of Industry took over the company. All businesses in Czechoslovakia were nationalized this way and the Petrof family was forced out. Antonin, Jr. passed away in 1964 after his release from Communist imprisonment. With the Velvet Revolution in 1989 and the fall of the Soviet Union afterward, many state-run factories were able to become private businesses again. Fourth-generation Jan, son of Dimitrij, initiated the privatization process in 1991 in order to reclaim the company and in 2001 the factory was successfully passed into the hands of the Petrof family as the fifth generation was also admitted. Geneva International based in Wheeling, Illinois began importing the Petrof piano to the US in 1985.