Buyers Guide

It is a well held view amongst enlightened musical educators that pianos of poor tone and unresponsive mechanisms are the cause of drop-out of otherwise promising piano students. As music is an activity of the mind, the student is concerned with the relationship between different sounds and experiences an expectancy that by striking a note or chord he can anticipate a certain effect. This cannot be attained on a poor quality instrument and disappointment and frustration will ensue.

The success of a piano depends on the initial quality of manufacture and the ongoing attentions of conscientious and dedicated service in a 50/50 partnership. Proof that a pianist has no greater range of effects at his disposal than that produced by a dedicated and skilled technician was declared by no greater a Master than Rachmaninoff who said, “no artist is any better than his technician.” A declaration which is valid today.

The first step is to buy a quality piano, a piano with five essential factors.

Power: the capacity for projection of sound.

Dynamics: the contrast possible between the most subtle pianissimo and the most powerful fortissimo.

Accuracy: clarity and defination of the notes make a piano more or less distinctive.

Register Balance: Unity between low, medium and treble tones.

Lyrical Quality: the possibility to create a cantabile and harmonious line.

The Heart of Europe has traditionally been the centre of Musical Culture, and the home of a musically inspired piano craft. Petrof Pianos since 1864 can lay claim to accommodating the above mentioned five essential factors. Petrof engineers and technicians are extremely proud of the fact that in the construction of both grand and upright pianos only classic components and traditional and modern production methods are used. A unique blend of piano building techniques, resulting in a piano of noble tone, unequalled action and long lifetime of service.

Maintenance is all important
To maintain the tonal palette and physical value of the instrument skilled technical service is required. Just as a motor car is not expected to continue at the same level of efficiency as when first purchased without due care and attention, the same rule applies to the piano. To neglect this aspect is false economy, worthy of a less enlightened age, as deterioration in life expectancy and physical value of the equipment, not to mention a lowered musical standard is the inevitable result.