Hailun HG-178 (5’10”)

HG178

The 5 ft. 10 in. Hailun HG 178 Grand Piano has a rich tone. This piano is built with pride and attention to details. Its warm tones will please students, teachers and performers, and is ideal in a home or studio environment.

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  • The perfect compromise between home and concert sizes
  • Beautifully balanced tone; Robust bass and singing treble
  • Soundboard crafted from high quality spruce found in the Alps
  • Hornbeam action
  • Maple Rim and Hammer Rail – Hand notched bridges

Hailun HG-198 (6’5″)

HG198

The 6’5″ Hailun HG 198 Grand Piano has a full and colorful tone. The powerful bass is well balanced with a clear and singing treble. Created by renowned Engineer Frank Emerson, with over 20 years combined experience in Research and Design for the Baldwin Piano and Organ Company and Mason and Hamlin Piano Company, the HG 198 is designed for artistic expression.

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  • Great for homes and mid-size concert venues
  • Historically the most preferred grand piano size for homes
  • Uncompromising on performance – touch and tone for success; designed for nuanced and intimate performance
  • Soundboard crafted from high quality spruce found in the Alps
  • Hornbeam action
  • Maple Rim and Hammer Rail – Hand notched bridges

Hailun HG-218 (7’2″)

HG218

The 7 ft. 2 in.Hailun HG-218 Semi Concert Grand attracts the attention of performers and listeners alike. Engineer Stephan Paulello designed its powerful yet delicate tonal range. Extremely responsive to the touch, the HG-218 is ideal for any level of performance. Its lines are elegant by design. The HG 218 beautifies any home surroundings while its sturdy construction makes it the ideal institutional, stage or studio grand piano. Hailun grand pianos come in ebony polish with Birdseye maple trim.

Download Specifications

  • Concert and Recording studio grand piano
  • Offering the most expressive tone pallet and broadest sound spectrum to bring your music to life.
  • Soundboard crafted from high quality spruce found in the Alps
  • Hornbeam action
  • Maple Rim and Hammer Rail – Hand notched bridges

What to Do With an Old Piano

Since my last blog post on How Long Do Pianos Last? I’ve realized that I need to provide an avenue for dealing with worn out instruments.

Any piano moving company should be able to handle removing your relic, locally I recommend B&N Pianos, Mt. Everest Moving Company, or Duffy.

Here are some images for other ways to manage your old piano:

How Long Do Pianos Last?

Many are often surprised to learn that pianos simply do not last for an eternity. The useful life expectancy of a well made piano is 30-50 years before needing a quality reconditioning or even complete rebuilding. Unlike violins, which have a total tension between 50-70lbs for all strings, a piano holds over 18 tons on the instrument. That level of stress crushes wood fibers over time. Humidity swings work to undo glue joints over the life of an instrument – other instruments can be re-glued for a quality fix, the strain on a piano is too much for such a repair in many cases. Action parts and Hammers wear out and need replacing to function as new.

These are repairs I love making. I also love taking an instrument from barely working and remaking it into a lovely, performing instrument. This often keeps me busy throughout the summers when my customers are away on vacation- since they wouldn’t have missed their piano during their trip.

On the other hand, some pianos are simply not worth the cost of restoring. Many pianos, spinets and small uprights in particular, were sold as entry level instruments in the 50s-70s. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend extensive work to instruments such as these. Some of them sold for as little as $400, to invest over $2,000 for it to work better and still not be “New,” this should only be a value to those instruments with great sentimental value. Even so, I’d recommend getting a photo of your loved one at the piano hung on the wall over a new instrument. They would most likely want you to make beautiful music on a good piano rather than struggle and begin to get bitter about music because the piano doesn’t perform well.

Regulation and Voicing

I hope all of my clients are well aware that pianos ought to be tuned at least twice a year. This is the basic service, like getting your car’s oil changed. If that’s all you did, your vehicle would keep running, but over time you’ll notice the performance begins to suffer.

The same is true with your piano. Over time you find yourself not making music so easily- sure you can press all the notes and get to the end of your piece but you had to force the keys to make the proper dynamic and articulation. So you’re working harder just to get the desired sound and you aren’t able to focus on making it sound musical. Maybe there’s more than a little struggle with gently flowing passages or you notice some missing notes in a piece that offers a technical challenge.

Those are issues a mature musician can relate to, what about beginners and students?

Imagine teaching a young driver how to operate their vehicle but the car constantly pulls to the left because the alignment is off or there’s no power steering? There’s already so much to think about; new concepts, technique, tempo, rhythm, dynamics, even reading basic notes- to the beginner they’re all difficult without having to work against the piano.

Then we can consider the very young children and older adult musicians. If the keys are too difficult to press, tiny fingers can’t play and arthritic hands that once played beautifully become easily frustrated.

Recently, C.J.’s Pianos regulated and voiced a grand piano for a professional musician – he loved it so much that we received a call from his wife at 2am because he wouldn’t stop playing, it was as though he got a new instrument again, maybe better. Not too long before that a customer came to us wanting to sell their piano because they couldn’t play anymore, making music became too difficult, we regulated the piano and now him and his grand-daughter play duets, the little girl will be inheriting the instrument.

If all we ever do for you is tune we’ll be happy to provide that service, but we really want to enable you to be better musicians. Sometimes sounding better at the piano means making the piano play better so the pianist can become a better player.

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