Having cemented its title as the world’s largest piano maker in the past 60 years, Pearl River is a company that’s clearly putting out very high-value musical instruments. There are several piano brands that get manufactured at the Pearl River facility in Guangzhou, China, but the EU122 model is one that not only bears the ‘Pearl River’ badge on its fallboard but has received more attention than any other upright the factory produces.
The Pearl River EU122S is 48” tall, which makes it a great size for pretty well all playing situations. This is the height of piano which many teachers will recommend to their students since the string length and soundboard size will be able to handle a large variety of repertoire
The EU122 is a part of Pearl River’s ‘European Series’ and which means that piano shoppers will be able to access a full-size upright piano with European stylings and influence for an affordable price
Some of the premium features which the EU122 comes equipped with include: a hard maple back frame with strategically positioned backposts, German Roslau wire, imported German hammer felt, a 17-ply maple pinblock, and a soft close fallboard. It’s very uncommon to find all of these features on a piano under 10k, so hats off to Pearl River
Another important point to note about Pearl River’s piano operation is that they don’t outsource production on parts/components the way other manufacturers do. Pearl River makes their own hammers, actions, strung backs, etc. to retain as munich quality control as possible
The EU122 model is also available with Chrome hardware instead of brass and comes in five gorgeous finishes: Polished Ebony, Polished Mahogany, Polished Walnut, Polished White, and Satin Cherry
The EU122 from Pearl River receives an action that would be considered ‘medium weight’ and plays very consistently in all registers. The keys in the action are made of spruce, the action is installed onto an aluminum action rail for stability and longevity and the hammers are made with imported German felt
The EU122 upright has a sound that’s very adaptable to different types of playing. There’s a lot that this piano can do with its clear and present tone. The sound of the EU122 as with the rest of Pearl Rivers European series was inspired by the long tonal history of European pianos
Pearl River is one of the few piano makers today which makes their own hammers! For the EU122 model, they use imported German felt for the hammers
An All Spruce Laminated Soundboard is used in the EU122 from pearl River, which gives the instrument a resonant tone with good sustain, but is also very durable and crack resistant
The classic 48” cabinet on the Pearl River EU122S is available in five stellar colour options: Polished Ebony, Polished Mahogany, Polished Walnut, Polished White, and a Sartin Cherry. For those looking for their piano to have a bit more modern a flare, the Ebony polished EU122 is also available with chrome hardware instead of brass
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