Pleyel on the Outs

Posted By: Dr. Frugal in Economics on 10/10/2007 at 05:43:39

According to Bloomberg, French piano maker Pleyel is on the verge of going under. This wouldn't be big news except for the fact they're the last French piano maker. Apparently competition for high end pianos has slowly been pushing them out for a while.

I'm not a real musician but I enjoy playing the piano (poorly) from time to time and even though I'm not good I think musical instruments are up there with paper towels, shoes, and cars as things you shouldn't skimp at all on. Yeah, you can buy a cheap piano but you're going to have to have it tuned every six months. Now, if you own a cheap piano you probably don't care about getting it tuned so maybe I'm just a snob but I think it's sad to see craftwork companies go under with heavy competition. Some of us don't like plastic keys...on anything.

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