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Cheap Pianos

Are Cheap Pianos Really Cheap?

Cheap Pianos are not really cheap when you consider that they are an investment.  Even an entry level vertical piano can cost over $2,000 while a grand piano can start at $5,000 or more.  New, Cheap Pianos that are available for significantly less than those prices are likely to be poorly and made with inferior performance and serviceability.  The evolution of the Asian cheap pianos occurred in the 1960's when Japanese pianos were imported into the U.S. market.  Even though these Asian pianos were sold at half the price of their American made counterparts, they were of high quality and provided exceptional value to Americans looking for Cheap Pianos.  These Japanese pianos sounded clearer and brighter and can be taken apart easily for servicing.

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History of Asian Cheap Pianos

The first wave of Cheap Pianos from Asia that invaded North America was Yamaha and Kawai from Japan in the 1960's.  The 1970's witnessed the arrival of Korean Pianos in the form of stencil pianos where the brand name on the front of the piano is not the same as the brand on the factory. Cheap Pianos were imported from Macao and mainland China in the 1980's in the form of private label stencil pianos.  Made-In-China Pianos imported from China have become a significant part of the global marketplace today.

Leading Piano Makers Move to China

Many of the world's renowned piano brands have already moved their manufacturing operations to China to capitalize on the cheap labor.   Even the Japanese Yamaha has been produced in China by its partner, Pearl River Piano since 1995.  Steinway and Sons have their Essex pianos also built by Pearl River Piano since 2005.

Manufacturers and Brands of Cheap Pianos from China

America Sejung Corporation (ASC)

These cheap pianos were first produced in the United States in 2003 but they are now produced in Qingdao, China.  This is a new entry into the piano market because what began as a Korean textile, construction and technology company broadened into a musical instrument company only in March 2001.


These pianos come from the Yohahy factory in Quing Pu, China.  They are made for Bluthner Pianos, a company founded by Julius Blüthner in 1853 in Leipzig, Germany.

Dongbei Piano Company

This is a piano manufacturer in Dongbei, China with a history that can be traced back to the early 1920's.  Their pianos are produced for sell in China and export to the United States.  Brands such as Hallet, Davis & Co. and Nordiska are made by the Dongbei Piano Company.


This is a Canadian company which built a piano manufacturing plant in Bejing, China in August 1989.  Heintzman and Company has been in existence since 1866 in Toronto, Canada.

May Berlin

May-Berlin, a piano company in Berlin from 1920 to 1989, was first established in 1868 as May Bernhard.  It became May-Berlin in 1920.  The Toyama factory in China manufactures these pianos for the German piano company, Schimmel.  They are converted to finished products in Braunschwieg, Germany.  The name May Berlin is now owned by Schimmel.


These pianos are produced in the AXL Musical Instruments Co., Ltd. Corp. factory in Shanghai, China.  Palatino has been producing pianos since 2000, and has been importing from China into the US market since 2002.

Gebr. Perzina

These pianos come from a factory in Yantai, China called Yantai-Perina Piano Manufacturing company.  Gebr. Perzina pianos are sold in the United States by Piano Empire, Inc., in Sante Fe Springs, California.  The Perzina Piano dates back to 1871 when brothers, Julius and Albert Perzina opened their shop in Schwerin, Germany.


This brand of piano comes from the Pearl River factory in Guangzhou, China.  Ritmuller has been a piano company in Europe since 1795.

Henry F. Miller

This is another brand produced by the Pearl River factory in Guangzhou, China.  A classically trained musician named Henry F. Miller joined expert designer J.H. Gibson in founding a the piano company in Boston in 1863. The Henry F. Miller brand today is owned by the retailer, Sherman Clay & Co.

Young Chang

The Young Chang piano company is owned by Hyundai Development Company with factories in Korea and China.  Their pianos are sold within the United States by Young Chang North America in Rancho, Dominguez, CA.  Young Chang pianos can be found in the David Koch Theater at New York's Lincoln Center, where they are used by the both the New York City Ballet Company and the New York City Opera.


The Bergmann pianos are designed by Young Chang and built in its factories in China.

Weber Legend

The Weber Piano brand has been around for 150 years.  This is yet another brand produced by Young Chang in its China factory.


Wyman Pianos are manufactured by the Bejing Hsinghai Oiano Group, Ltd. in Bejing, China.  Its distributor is the Wyman Piano in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Wyman factory has produced pianos since 1949.

Pearl River Piano Manufacturing in China

Pearl River Piano began its operations in Guangzhou, China in 1956.

It has become the world's largest piano factory producing over 100,000 pianos per year for export from China to 80 countries around the world.

There are currently 300 dealers in the North America selling Pearl River Pianos.  Pearl River Piano has been awarded the ISO 9001 certification for its entire line of vertical and grand pianos.

Many of the world’s famous piano brands come from the assembly lines of the Pearl River Piano plant.

China and Cheap Pianos

The Cheap Piano offering great value has strong ties to Made In China.

This is one category that has proven that Import from China can be both inexpensive and high quality.

It has offered many import export opportunities for entrepreneurs around the world.

The almost limited source of cheap labor in China has been capitalized by the piano industry to produce high quality, value priced pianos for many decades.  

This trend will likely to continue to be strong in the future.