The precious jewel known as the Estonia piano is produced in very limited quantity, and is often referred to as “the best kept secret” in the piano world.
“Probably the best value among high-end pianos.”
- Piano Buyer Guide
State owned for almost half a century, Estonia pianos
were seldom heard of outside the USSR until the fall
of the Soviet Union in 1991.
For the next 5 years, the company would struggle to
regain its prestige and identity, until 1995 when it was
sold to Indrek Laul (at the time a doctoral piano
student at the Julliard).
Thus began the long process of reestablishing Estonia
as a model of prestige and quality. With premium
sourcing of materials, a new factory, and gradual
improvements to their manufacturing process, Estonia
regained their prominence as one of the world’s finest pianos.
Additional performance upgrades have cemented Estonia’s place amongst the highest tier and rated same tier as Steinway by Piano Buyer Guide*, yet as the much more affordable option, Estonia has clearly become a “no-brainer” within high class of pianos in terms of quality and value.
The Estonia piano is “probably best value among high-end pianos”.*
Concert pianist Marc-André Hamelin, after choosing an Estonia piano for himself, commented, “The level of craftsmanship in the Estonia piano can only inspire the highest respect and I have no doubt that this piano will continue to prove essential to sensitive musicians.”
Made in one of Europe’s oldest, most traditional nations, each Estonia represents a cultural icon of lasting beauty. This is a piano built for generations.A wonderful musical instrument where quality and price meet at an almost impossible junction. Today, the demand for this precious jewel far outstrips supply.”**
* Based on the ranking system in industry-standard reference guide – Pianobuyer
** Based on FORBE MAGAZINE
“Closely resembling the Hamburg Steinway in both sound and touch, the Estonia combines in one instrument some of the best qualities of the great American pianos with those of the high-end Europeans.
Its rich, full-bodied, and three-dimensional sound is American-like, whereas its purity and clarity are European-like.
Its most distinguishing feature is its wonderfully sustaining, lyrical tone. More than anything else, it is this quality
of tone that defines the Estonia piano and gives it its own special place in the high-end market.”
Fact is that For substantially less than the cost of a new Steinway you can own an Estonia grand,
a 100% hand built European of true heirloom quality. You will notice an immediate difference
upon inspection: high end quality control in all cosmetic details and rock solid construction.
The pianos have a feel and sound quality not found in others anywhere near their
price range while being just slightly more than Japan’s mass produced
Yamahas, Kawais, or Bostons. Yet this piano resembles much
closely the Hamburg Steinway as Piano Buyer had pointed out.
In addition, Estonia pianos have complete Renner actions
made in Germany, the same as used by Fazioli,
Hamburg Steinway, Bosendorfer and most other tier
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Estonia grand and concert pianos are the result of an ideal - to craft inspiring instruments by hand using only the best suited, and therefore limited, materials and parts by the most experienced craftsmen in Europe.
To build a truly hand-crafted piano in the European tradition, Estonia sets the standard then seeks out only proven European partners to supply each selected piano component.