Bernstein Hailun Piano Manufacturers

Bernstein Pianos have proudly been sold in Australia since 1981. Their popular models, including the "Cadet"and "Performer" upright pianos, and the "Classic" grand pianos were popular throughout the 1980's and 1990's and found homes in thousands of houses, schools and institutes. 

In 2006, Bernstein Australia moved production to a new factory; Hailun piano manufacturers in Ningbo on the coast of China.

For over 20 years, Hailun had been sought after as one of the highest quality piano parts manufacturers in the world. Many of the top concert instruments from Europe featured parts made by Hailun. It’s a fascinating story, how the company developed from a parts manufacturer into an internationally award-winning piano producer.

The Hailun company was originally the Ningbo Piano Parts Factory. Over a five year period in the late 1990’s, the late Master Piano Builder and Designer, Klaus Fenner, worked in the Yantai plant in china, who were supplied with parts from Hailun. His designs and skills were an inspiration to Hailun. Mr. Fenner was greatly involved in the early development of Bernstein pianos in Australia, being a close friend of the Managing Director of Bernstein Australian, and providing guidelines and support. 

His renowned "German Scaling" and "laminated soundboard" design are reflected in the specifications of the new Bernstein model range.

In 2001, Hailun invested heavily in Japanese digital equipment and production lines. (Exporting machinery of this kind is now prohibited, to protect the Japanese manufacturers.) During this very productive year, Hailun partnered with Peter Veletzky, a prominent fourth-generation Viennese craftsman and piano designer. This relationship combined Hailun’s precise production methods and exceptional skills with Veletzky’s quality philosophy. In addition to this partnership, Hailun employs renowned American piano designer and engineer, George F. Emerson, Viennese piano tuning and voicing specialist, Zlatkovic Sibin, Japanese production specialist, Ema Shigeru and French scale designer, Stephen Paulello. Very few piano companies can compete with this array of skills.

The piano market is very competitive. Hailun’s decision to evolve from a parts manufacturer to a full piano manufacturer was not taken lightly. With their Japanese equipment and staff expertise, Hailun took confidently to this new challenge.

 

Hailun factory uses state of the art machinery imported from Japan

In 2005, China's CCTV reported that Hailun Pianos had entered into the piano market with instruments that met the European quality standards. The list of prestigious European owners included the University of Music Austria, the University of Music Brussels, Conservatories Paris, Weinen Music Seminar Vienna and Music Verein Vienna. Hailun’s dealer network extended to 260 piano dealers in Europe and more than 40 dealers in Japan.

Later in 2005, the European Chinese Association held a peace celebration at the Golden Concert Hall in Vienna. The Hailun piano was chosen to be featured at this event. This was the first time ever that a Chinese made concert grand piano had been featured at the Viennese Golden Concert Hall. Then, in February 2006, the Denmark Royal family introduced a Hailun piano for use in the Royal Palace.  

Later in 2006, Hailun received the prestigious “China Top Brand Name” award. This award, presented only once every three years, has only been awarded to three other manufacturers of China’s 200 piano producing companies. This marks the first time that a privately held, non-government company has been awarded this distinguished honour. Hailun is also the first piano manufacturer in China to receive the Technic International Standard Award and ISO9001:2000 CCIC Certificate for international quality control

Today, Hailun prides themselves in being one of China’s top piano manufacturers. Hailun’s 430,000 square foot factory now employs over 800 workers. 

 

They make no compromise on quality, using parts like German Roslau strings, high-grade aged spruce from Siberia, wool from Germany and felt from England. Each of Hailun piano’s 9000 parts is guaranteed to last for many years.

Some of the Australian network of Bernstein dealers were thrilled to visit the Bernstein Hailun factory in October 2007. Due to the dedication and standards of Hailun, you could almost think you were in a top European piano factory. You will also feel this sentiment when you visit Bernies Music Land and experience the Bernstein piano range for yourself. It’s often a very eye-opening experience and many people fall in love with the Bernstein pianos. You may even ask,  “Why haven’t I seen these pianos before?”

 

 

Care and time is taken on every instrument

 

Hailun explains five points that set them apart from other piano manufacturers:

Japanese high-tech processing: A five-axis machine is used throughout the production process for unmatched accuracy.

  • Assembly precision: Five-axis technology is also used for quality consistency.
  • Key bed stability: One of the most common problems of a Chinese-produced piano is warping of the key bed. Hailun has created a T-shaped, metal reinforcement to ensure the shape of the key bed will remain stable and never change.
  • Pin block stability: Throughout Hailun’s 20 years of producing piano parts, they have created an outstanding tuning pin and pin block system.
  • String tuning stability: Hailun imports German Roslau strings to ensure the highest international standards. Hailun has developed a machine to press the strings automatically, to reduce the string’s elasticity and increase tuning stability. This mechanical processing is time effective and very reliable.

Bernies Music Land is very proud to be the Melbourne retailer for Bernstein pianos.