"My name is Mr. Hailun Chen. I have put my name on my pianos and on my company. It is my personal guarantee to you, that each piano is and continues to be crafted with the finest materials and to the highest quality standards. My reputation depends on it." - Hailun Chen
The HAILUN piano company owned by Mr. Hailun Chen was originally the Ningbo Piano Parts Factory. What began as a company that produced the most sought after, highest quality parts for pianos all over the world has evolved into an award winning piano manufacturer.
HAILUN became an independent company in 1986 and employs the newest and most advanced technology available to the piano industry to produce their exceptional musical instruments. Since 2001, HAILUN has invested heavily in Japanese and German digital equipment and employed some of the finest names in piano design and production. The vision displayed by the HAILUN piano Company has merged high-tech numerically controlled production, with the artistic and revolutionary assembly processes of the world renowned European and American piano tradition.
In 2009, HAILUN Piano Company was authorized as a national leveled industrial culture demonstrative site, and a national culture export keystone company. In January 2010, HAILUN Piano was sampled by China Light Industry Musical Instrument Quality Supervise & Exam Center for piano music quality examination.
In 2012, 2013 and again 2014, HAILUN piano won MMR Magazine "Acoustic Piano Line of the Year", three consecutive years in a row.
Today, HAILUN pianos have received international praise and acclaim. Almost 60% of the HAILUN pianos are exported to Europe, Japan, America and other parts of the world with more than 580 dealers and growing.
One of the most important parts of the piano is the hammerhead. The cold-pressed hammer production process does not alter the microstructure of the felt and allows for a hammerhead that is much more elastic. It ensures much higher tension on the surface of the hammerhead and provides the the ideal basis for optimal intonation.
Recent studies by several leading felt and hammerhead makers has revealed why the hammerheads used by piano factories in the nineteen twenties seemed to be superior to modern, mass produced hammerheads. Discerning piano builders and even pianists have long recognized the value of these hammerheads when found in good condition. Modern mass production relies on the use of heat during the compression process to facilitate that glue hardens faster. However, this process has adverse effects on the elasticity of the felt structure.
HLPS-1–HAILUN Limb Protection System 1
Hailun's Magical Piano Lid Assist system (HLPS-1) is a unique solution that address the lifting of heavy grand piano lids. The HLPS-1 consists of well-regulated pneumatic cylinders supporting the weight of the lid. With very little or no effort you can safely open and close the lid without damage to the piano or limbs.
This innovation is perfect when:
• ...Lifting a heavy lid is inconvenient
• ...You want to avoid strained muscles or a hurting back
• ...You are cleaning and/or dusting the piano lid
• ...It is time to play the piano
The HLPS-1 is protected by US and International Patents.
PAS Keybed System
In 2007 Hailun Piano Co. wanted to further increase the quality level and guarantee of longevity of its upright pianos. Performance upright pianos can be sensitive to temporary oscillations of humidity and temperature, and the effects can be minor shifts of the piano action (i.e. the mechanism that connects the keys to the hammerhead). Professional pianists are sensitive to such minor shifts and can sometimes detect them. Over time it is also possible for the wood to shift its form and cause a permanent change in the action.
In order to ensure that the many combining parts that make up the action of an upright piano maintain a stable platform, Hailun Piano Company invented the Permanency- Accuracy- Stability Keybed System (PAS). This is an aluminum keybed structure that allows the piano action to be resistant to external influences and ensures that the instrument can be used for many years without concern.
Performance Plus Action
Hailun developed its proprietary action. It includes several parts that are imported from Europe and assembled in China and include reinforced German felt hammers, wood parts made of hornbeam, and an aluminum with a maple core action rail. The action is geared at professional users and aims at providing maximum performance for the pianist.
Hybrid Performance Pianos
Over the years Hailun Piano Co. has made it a practice to engage piano technology authorities from Europe and the United States and combine their experience and know-how with the factory's dedicated and skilled craftsmen and workers. The goal was to offer to pianists highest quality instruments that customers could otherwise only enjoy by acquiring instruments that were built in Europe.
These hybrid pianos rely not only on the cost advantage currently attainable in China, but on a highly skilled team of local engineers and workers, and a commitment to quality to present themselves as a real alternative of instruments several times their price. At their best they offer a sound, consistency, and quality mostly available from piano makers several times the cost of a Hailun.
The most recent example is the work of Mr. Stephen Paulello. Stephen Paulello is both a concert pianist, who has won numerous international piano competitions, and also a university professor for piano and chamber music. He completed his education as a piano technician with Bechstein and Steinway & Sons and was in charge of concert service for Bechstein in Paris.
After a period in Germany spent developing his piano building skills, he started designing and building his own upright and grand pianos. Commenting on his own designs, he says: 'I wanted to do something different, something new to develop an alternative for pianists'. Indeed, in each and every respect he has succeeded. His experience was gained from 28 years of personal research into the various aspects of piano building. He learned by restoring, repairing and improving upright and grand pianos, as well as through optimization of the strings and actions.
Stephen Paulello's patents and grand piano designs have won numerous awards, including a BA from the French Ministry for Culture. He is also responsible for the training and education of piano technicians in France, including the master associations AFARP & ITEMM. In order to meet Mr. Paulello's requirements the factory invested in larger CNC machines and with the help of his colleague Claire Pichet, a specialized CAD and robotics engineer, ensured that his designs were properly implemented.
The result was the new model Hailun 218 semi-concert grand. Numerous pianists and piano builders already appreciate the instrument. Several institutions have already procured a Hailun 218 for their performance venues.
The Geniuses Behind The Piano…
George F. Emerson
George F. Emerson brings 32 years of experience to Hailun Pianos as a designer for well-known American piano manufacturers Baldwin Piano and Organ Company and Mason and Hamlin. As Chief Scale Designer and Lead Engineer for Hailun Pianos, he has received the highest honor China awards to foreign experts for helping advance the development of Chinese society, economy, technology, science, and education: The 2008 China Friendship Gold Medal. Emerson was one of only 50 foreigners out of 485,000 foreign experts in China to receive this award.
Japanese piano engineer Ema Shigeru, joined the Hailun international team after years of work experience at Asahi. He brings to Hailun his talent and expertise in the production of grand pianos. In return, his dedication and commitment to excellence are evidenced by the quality of Hailun grand pianos.
Peter Veletzky was born into the 4th generation of Wendl & Lung owners. From childhood on, he has worked in the family-owned piano company. At age 22, he became Austria’s youngest piano master builder. He took over the family-owned company in 1994.
Peter Veletzky is driven by his passion to construct only newly designed piano models. His enormous general knowledge and experience has come about through his detailed study of the construction and building of various worldwide piano brands. In 2003 he was sworn in as a legal piano expert for the Republic of Austria.
Based on his experiences, which he gathered through innumerable repairs of antique instruments, Mr. Veletzky knows exactly where to pay attention on the new construction and assembling of pianos, in order to avoid eventual problems. In 2003, Peter Veletzky began cooperation between Wendl & Lung and Ningbo Hailun Musical Instruments.
Sibin Zlakovic worked at the famous European firm of Bösendorfer; he has over 20 years experience specializing in tuning, voicing, and maintenance of sound quality. Mr. Zlakovic is not only responsible for the tuning of the Hailun pianos, but also developed and manages the training program required of other tuners at Hailun.
Stephen Paulello has won international piano competitions as concert and recording pianist, and teaches piano and chamber music at the university level. He completed also his technical education with the Bechstein and Steinway & Sons piano Companies. After his employment as concert services for Bechstein in Paris, he spent time in Germany to develop his piano building ability. “I wanted to do something different, something new, to develop as an alternative for pianists.” Stephen Paulello’s patents and grand piano designs have won numerous awards, including awards from the French Ministry for Culture. In addition to designing pianos for the renowned French “Maison Pleyel” and under his own name, he created pianos with Hailun of uncompromising quality.
Claire Pichet has many years of experience in the restoration of antique instruments while maintaining expertise in CAD and robotics. She is a specialist in 2D and 3D computer designs of upright and grand pianos and responsible for combining tradition artistic workmanship and high technology computer designing at Hailun. Her contributions to Hailun’s production and quality improvement processes have been invaluable and are reflected in the overall consistency of Hailun instruments.
Registered Piano Technician (RPT) member of the Piano Technicians Guild.
Keith Bowman has 40 years experience in woodworking and has worked full time in piano technology for over 30 years, including player pianos, harpsichords and historic instruments. He served as a PTG tuning and technical examiner for 20 years, and has received several PTG and industry awards including Member of Note, Trade Relations and a Presidential Citation. In addition, Keith has served as chapter president and has chaired or served on numerous PTG committees at the regional and national level. In the last 18 years, he has developed a product line of tuning levers, voicing tools and shop fixtures which are distributed world-wide through Renner USA. Keith teaches regionally and nationally on many subjects and has authored several articles in the Piano Technicians Journal.
Registered Piano Technician (RPT) member of the Piano Technicians Guild.
Since 1979 Mike Carraher has worked full time in piano service and rebuilding. He has been a Certified Examiner for the PTG since 1981 and has served on numerous committees at the local and national level. Mike has received several PTG awards including Member of Note and Examiner of the Year. Mike developed the first repair jigs for the PTG Technical Exam, created Associate Days, which was the first pilot program in the North East for mentoring those aspiring to RPT certification, and continues to provide training and mentorship as a regional and National PTG instructor. He has also served as Chapter President in two different PTG chapters. Mike’s innovations in shop procedures and equipment can be seen in many fixtures carried through Renner USA and his overall experience provides a firm basis for factory consultation for Hailun USA.