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A reputation for outstanding tone and action response.
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"I would recommend these pianos to my students. It's nice to know that there are pianos that are so satisfying to play and yet have reasonable prices."

-- Kathryn Heafield
Seattle teacher and performing artist.



"I don't get tired playing these pianos. You don't have to pound to get the response, and the tone isn't tiring to the ears. Of course everyone has their own preference in terms of tone, but this is the only store I've been to where I like every piano even though they're not all the same. They all have such clarity of tone, even in the bass. How come all piano manufacturers don't do what you do?"

-- Bradley Sutton
Accomplished pianist and frequent store visitor.



"We feel very grateful to Fandrich & Sons and recommend them to anyone interested in a quality piano. We would be repeat customers if we were to buy more than one piano. But this one is so terrific, I think it will last in our family for at least a couple of generations."

-- Betty Lamont
Regarding her Fandrich & Sons Model 108 (43" upright).



"We bought one of your Fandrich & Sons Model 130 with the traditional action about 2 years ago, which has now gone away with my husband's sister. We want another piano for ourselves and I'm not even going to bother going to the other stores--I want to order another one of yours just like the other one."

-- Trisha Howell



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"When I started looking for a vertical piano I set out to get a good one. First, I read Larry Fine's book cover to cover. Then I went to 15 piano shops in the San Francisco Bay Area and played about 50 pianos from 14 different piano manufacturers. I also used the Internet to ask questions of registered piano technicians on their opinions of the tuning stability, manufacturing quality, serviceability and general opinions of the pianos I had played. Finally, I retained a consultant, the president of the local piano technician's guild, to supplement my musician's-ear approach to evaluating pianos. He told me not to make a decision before going to see Darrell Fandrich's pianos. By far the single most important factor, however, was my own ears. I played many vertical pianos that were over $20,000 that were uneven across the scale. I played many others that, despite the illustrious name on the fallboard, had part but not all of the tonal qualities I was seeking. Basically, at a premium price I could find brightness and tonal clarity or I could find warmth and richness. But I couldn't find both these qualities in one instrument. Until I visited Darrell Fandrich. I chose the 49" Wilhelm Steinberg vertical piano outfitted with the Fandrich & Sons action. I found this piano to have a superb action, very smooth scale and a sound that integrated the best of the European clarity and American warmth that I had been seeking. I didn't make this decision on price, but I was pleased that the piano that really made my heart sing was less than half the price of what the instruments I was comparing it to sell for. I was also very impressed with the 6'11" Fandrich & Sons grand. I have played many, many Steinway B series grands over the years. (In fact, it has also been 20+ years since I played a really good New York Steinway.) But the Fandrich & Sons grand had it. It had the same kind of singing lyricism as a really good New York Steinway prepped right. I was thrilled. And to think that this piano sells for $26,000! If I had the room in my house for a grand I would have taken the piano home with me right then. My advice to other piano shoppers is that Fandrich & Sons pianos are targeted at a particular segment of piano buying population; Those that:

1. Have good enough ears to recognize a really good instrument when they see it
2. Are driven more by musical considerations than those of status aka 'fallboard fixation'
3. Are not sufficiently wealthy to eliminate price from being an issue to which they pay attention

If you find yourself in the same category as I then you owe it to yourself to try out Fandrich & Sons pianos and let your ears be the judge. I flew all the way from San Francisco and am delighted I did."


-- Terry Tippie
Contact information available upon request.