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"Thank you so much for your work to restore my piano. I felt a great benefit of your work immediately when I worked with my cellist on Friday and with a singer on Saturday. It responds very easily, immediately, and evenly to my touch and intentions, allows me to play with great precision in a musical sense. What is for me new is the - relative - lightness of the bass register, in a good and balanced sense, which I remember as having always been nearly too strong. (I like a strong bass in principle.) All over there is a wonderful clarity to the sound."

-- Hartwig Eichberg, Seattle WA
August 2010, Bosendorfer 6'7" grand



"WOW!!!!! HOLY COW!!!!!!!

This is one of the finest instruments I've had the fortune to play on. Heather, you and Darrell have done an amazing job on this piano. The moment I started to play it, I was blown away on the tone, the touch, everything. Love is a word not strong enough to describe it."


-- Jeremy B. Roberts, Music Director & Conductor, Washington Idaho Symphony, Icicle Creek Music Center
August 2010, Fandrich & Sons Model 185S 6'1" grand



"This piano is so different from the one I sent down to you - different in all the right ways! No matter how quietly I play, all the notes sound and sound evenly. The keys glide under my fingers. My big fear was that in order to get the pppp we would have to give up the FFFF, but no, it has it all. I'm not sure how this works. I have always liked the sound of my piano but since you worked on it, it has found a new, even more beautiful voice. It SINGS! I could not be happier with it and have already suggested to two of my friends who either need new pianos or serious work done on their existing pianos that you are the ones to do it."

-- Sue Adams, La Conner WA
August 2010, 1912 Kurtzman 6' grand



"Our guest concert pianist (who played on July 16th,2011) loved, loved, loved, our Fandrich & Sons piano - he said it was the 'Rolls Royce of pianos'. This man happens to also work for a piano company as the Director of Music Education, and has played concerts all over the world on grand pianos of all makes. He absolutely enjoyed every minute playing our piano. Heartfelt thanks to you, Darrell, and your company for making such high quality instruments."

-- Rhys Fuentes
Highline SDA - Des Moines, WA



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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
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