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A reputation for outstanding tone and action response.

The Fandrich Vertical Action has been:
  • Featured in a 10 minute spot on CNN in 1992, broadcast 26 times.
  • Featured on Paul Harvey News.
  • Recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as a significant improvement to the piano action.


Fandrich & Sons grand pianos have been chosen:
  • Since 1997 as the piano for the Earshot/Seattle Art Museum "Art of Jazz" concert series.
  • By George Shangrow to sponsor the "Live by George!" show on King FM.
  • By the Garfield High School Jazz band for their concert performances.
  • By the Seattle Center Space Needle for the Bi-Centennial New Year's Eve party.
  • Since 2002 by the Seattle Center House for the Winterfest "Seattle's Best Jazz" concert.
  • By Dave Peck, local jazz pianist, for his first solo CD release party (1998).
  • By Aaron Parks, Northwest "jazz prodigy" (now performing with the Terence Blanchard Quartet), as his personal piano.
  • By Bishop Blanchet High School (Seattle) and Rogers High School (Puyallup) for their performing arts centers.
  • By the Mason County Community Concert Association for their performing hall in Shelton, WA.
  • By The Amadeus Project performance venue and music school (Bellingham, WA).
  • By Skagit Valley College for their performance hall and practice rooms.
  • By the Washington State Music Teachers Association for their annual conference classroom piano (2009, 2010).
  • By Dave Frishberg, internationally known jazz pianist and lyricist, as his personal piano (see comments).
  • By the Anacortes Jazz Festival for their wharf and port warehouse stages.
  • By the following churches:
    • Lakeview Free Methodist (Seattle, WA)
    • Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church (Seattle, WA)
    • Atonement Free Lutheran Church (Arlington, WA)
    • McKenna Community Church (McKenna, WA)
    • First Presbyterian Church (Ellensburg, WA)
    • Trinity Community Lutheran Church (Point Roberts, WA)
    • Maltby Congregational Church (Maltby, WA)
    • Christ Episcopal Church (Seattle, WA)
    • St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Walla Walla, WA)
"Our search for a piano consumed several months. We read The Piano Book and seriously researched all our options. During this time we played several Steinways, Bosendorfers, Schimmels, Mason & Hamlins, Kawais, and Yamahas. Although these well-known pianos are beautiful to look at, hard as it is to believe we found them inconsistent at best. The inflated prices were more a reflection of pedigree and finish rather than action and tone. In comparison, the Fandrich and Sons Model 185 played beautifully. The action was fully developed and the sound was warm and full. All tones were consistent, even with the slightest touch. If you are looking for the prestige of a big name piano and have money to burn, buy one of the brands mentioned earlier. But if you are looking for the best value going in a grand piano, buy a Fandrich and Sons model 185. We enjoy it more each day. Thank you Darrell and Heather."

-- S. Stern