Welcome to Pianoforte

Pianoforte (Pty) Ltd is the accredited sole and exclusive importers and distributors of Steinway & Sons for Southern Africa since 2005.  Our showrooms afford prospective clients the opportunity to audition examples of our range of instruments in private.   Our clients include concert halls, conservatories, schools, churches, hotels, restaurants as well as amateur and professional pianists across the Southern African region.  Clients from the Southern African region now enjoy convenient access to the iconic Steinway & Sons brand, supported by our dedicated expertise.  Pianoforte is also the distributors for José Ramírez Guitars from Spain, Luca Salvadori Violins and Violas as well as Arturo Ponce Bows from Cremona, Italy.


The Right Choice

In addition to your personal musical requirements, the size of the room where your upright or grand piano will stand is of crucial importance. Sound quality and volume are directly related to the size of the soundboard and the length of the strings. In other words, the larger the instrument is, the fuller its sound will be. If you have enough space and your budget allows it, you should choose a grand piano. Please be aware, however, that a top-class upright piano is always a better choice than an inferior grand.

The essential difference between an upright and a grand, apart from the external appearance and size, is the position of the soundboard. In a grand piano, the soundboard and strings are positioned horizontally, whereas in an upright piano, they are positioned vertically. Thus, in a grand piano the action works with gravity and is more responsive than in an upright piano.


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