Kawai GX2 Grand Piano Review & Demo – Millennium III Action with ABS-Carbon, Classic Salon Grand

Kawai GX2

 Introduction The Kawai GX2 grand piano is a piano that creatively blends traditional craftsmanship with modern innovation and technology. Whether it’s straightforward improvements to the lid props and soft fall systems, to the more complex improvements in touch control with the carbon fiber Millennium III action, Hard Finish coatings on the music rack, or […]

W. Hoffmann P188 Grand Piano Review & Demo by Merriam Pianos

Hoffmann p188

 Introduction The W. Hoffmann Professional series grand pianos are built in the Czech Republic by C. Bechstein Europe (a wholly-owned subsidiary of C. Bechstein Germany), based on many of the same designs and parts that are used in the Bechstein Academy series as well as the Tradition Series. They are built to satisfy professional […]

W. Hoffmann V158 Grand Piano Review & Demo by Merriam Pianos

Hoffmann v158

 Introduction The W. Hoffmann line of pianos from C. Bechstein are made in the Czech Republic by C. Bechstein Europe. They are quality instruments made by piano makers that draw on the longstanding experience of the Czech people in virtually all areas of precision manufacturing and musical instrument construction. The Vision Series is the […]

Zimmermann Z185 Grand Piano Review & Demo by Merriam Pianos

Zimmermann Z185

 Introduction C. Bechstein’s Zimmermann line is a re-designed, re-engineered line of piano that provides one of the more successful marriages of Asian manufacturing and German designs and oversight. Zimmermann is a long-established German piano line that C. Bechstein purchased, and maintained Germany manufacturing for a brief period before making the decision to shift production […]

Steinway Model B vs C. Bechstein B 212 Grand Piano Comparison, Review & Demo by Merriam Pianos

Steinway Model B vs C Bechstein B 212

 Introduction Reviewing the great musical instruments of history is one of the most special and unique aspects of what we do here at Merriam Pianos, and few comparisons have the same gravitas and lineage as the Steinway Model B (known unofficially as “the perfect piano”) vs. the C. Bechstein B212 (known unofficially as “the […]

Kawai GL-20 Grand Piano Review & Demo | Kawai GL Series

Kawai-GL20

 Introduction The Kawai GL Grand Piano series has emerged as one of the most prominent and high-value grand piano lines in the entire industry. They range in price from $15,000 – 30,000, sitting just under Kawai’s GX Grand Piano line, and straddling Yamaha’s CG and CX lines in terms of pricing. The GL20 is […]

C. Bechstein B 212 Concert Grand Piano Playing Demo & Review by Merriam Pianos

C Bechstein 212

 Introduction The C. Bechstein B212 is one of the world’s great 7-foot grand pianos. It has been a part of European musical history for over a century, and with a manufacturing time of 15 months, still remains one of the rarest and most sought-after instruments of any kind on earth. It’s immaculate carpentry and […]

Steinway B: Review of the Steinway Model B Classic Grand Piano by Merriam Music

 Introduction The Steinway Model B grand piano, sometimes referred to as “the perfect piano” is Steinway & Son’s 7′ class grand piano that has influenced piano design for more than a century, and been a musical favorite of concert pianists for nearly as long. It is considered one of the top 10 7′ grand […]

The Fascinating History of the Modern Grand Piano

The Fascinating History of the Modern Grand Piano

The grand piano has gone through many different stages before becoming the instrument we know and love today. How much do you know about the fascinating history of the piano? There are entire books worth of things you can learn about its history, but we’ve put together this essential guide to give you an overview […]

What is the Difference Between the Keyboard and Piano?

Difference Between Keyboard and Piano

Getting started in piano and getting shell-shocked at the price-tag on a baby grand? It makes sense. At upwards of $50,000, it’s not an inexpensive instrument. You may even start questioning if you need an actual piano at all. After all, electronic keyboards are much more cost-effective, and they seem to offer the same basic […]