Closing The Lid On Chopin's Favorite Pianos

Dec 29, 2013

The Pleyel piano factory, based in Paris, has been manufacturing 88-key masterpieces—a personal favorite of the legendary Frédéric Chopin, as well as impressionist composers like Claude Debussy —for more than 200 years.  2013 is a sad year for ivory-ticklers, then, as Pleyel will shut its doors for good at the end of the year.  But... why?  Was it a case of sub-par marketing?  Over-expensive merchandise?  A waning demand for top-quality pianos?  Head over to NPR's Deceptive Cadence blog to learn the unfortunate story behind the shuttering of one of history's most important piano factories.  

The Pleyel piano factory, which once supplied instruments to Frederic Chopin, will close its doors at the end of the year.
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