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It’s hard to imagine just a few years ago a piano that can stand up to the most discriminating pianist for it’s musicality tone and action and yet at the same time be priced slightly above the average entry level pianos from China and Indonesia. But, the Ritmuller line of grand and upright pianos is that piano line. At half the price of the comparable Japanese branded pianos, Ritmuller can stand shoulder to shoulder in quality with the best of Yamaha and Kawai and possesing a sweeter more longer lasting European tone.
What makes these Ritmullers so good are there incredible designs by one of Europe’s finest piano designers, Lother Thoma. Mr. Thoma is world renowned for his designs and has been responsible for or has been part of the team on most of the highest rated most expensive pianos in the piano universe. Never before in the history of pianos has the designer of so many of the most expensive exclusive piano brands designed something affordable. In the past people who purchased a piano at Ritmuller’s price point had to settle for an instrument of inferior musicality that might have a famous name on the front. Take for example the Yamaha GB1 and the Kawai GL-10. Both pianos come from famous manufacturers known for making high quality products. Unfortunately so many corners have been cut on these instruments they’re extremely lacking in musicality. Thudy dead sounding bass sections. Upper ranges with hardly any sustaining tones which usually die out in a few seconds. These qualities are less the case in Yamaha and Kawai’s more expensive instruments although they still have some of thee issues we’ve spoken about to a lesser extent.
The Ritmuller R8 for near the same price and incorporating Lothar Thoma’s designs, innovations and German parts has a musical bass section. An upper section with sustain and musicality and a fast responsive action any pianist would be delighted with . The Rimuller R9 at 5’3″ is the same size as a the well made but musically inferior Yamaha Gc1. It costs thousands less than the GC1 and has more musicality than Yamaha’s C1X at nearly half the price.
The Thoma designed Ritmuller uprights have the same benefits against the competition in musicality. The 48″ UH121 has a greater musicality than the Yamaha YU1s at substantially less price. There is no competition in the lower model Yamaha uprights such as the B3, U1 and even the YUS1, with none of them coming close in musicality or sustaining tone. The same is true for the Kawai K300 and K400. Both of which are nicely made but lacking in sustain and musicality compared to the Ritmuller. The Ritmuller UH121 was singled out in the Pianobuyer.com as their favorite piano in the category and when you hear it you’ll understand why.
The 52″ Ritmuller UH132 is one of the most refined and advanced 52″ piano on the market. Many people have remarked that this piano is reminiscent of the $70,000 Bechstein 52″ which coincidentally was also designed by Lothar Thoma. Priced significantly less that the Yamaha U3, YUS3 or YUS5 it has a level of sustain that neither can match which also goes for the Kawai K500 and K800. It is a strong competitor to the Yamaha SU7 at a fraction of the price. Hollywood Piano has recently arranged to be the only Ritmuller Representative in the country to feature the UH132 in stunning Macassar Ebony and Kewazinga Bubinga. See the pictures.
If you love quality, great sounding pianos and saving lots of money, you need to try the new Ritmullers for yourself and then you’ll understand what all of the international buzz is about.Comments Off on Why Is The Ritmuller Piano The Undisputed Leader In Price vs. Performance?