Ritmüller started as one of the first piano manufacturers in Göttingen, Germany.
Andreas Georg Ritmüller and his son, Gotlieb Wilhelm Ritmüller started their small workshop in the late 18th century. In the beginning, they manufactured lutes, guitars and harps until, later, in 1895, they added to the production the manufacture of upright and grand pianos.
The company changed its name a few times; after the death of Andreas Georg Ritmüller his son's name became the official seal of the company as G. W. Ritmüller and after the death of Gotlieb Wilhelm Ritmüller his sons renamed the company as W. Ritmüller & Sons.
When the company gained more success, it built a factory in Hard Hof, in the Ritterplan region, which gained cultural status at the time thanks to the fact that it was frequented by artists and musicians who produced works and exchanged ideas in the great hall of the house.
In 1860, Wilhelm's oldest son left the company for his younger brother, Johann Martin, and the company was renamed W. Ritmüller & Son. Unfortunately, after a successful century, the company had to declare insolvency in 1891 and was sold to Bernhard de Magdeburg, who changed the name back to W. Ritmüller & Sons. During 1884 and 1885, the pianos produced received twelve medals and diplomas in Germany and London.
Today, after being acquired by the Pearl River group, Ritmüller pianos aim to restore the glory of the past through the latest manufacturing technology and precise German workmanship. To achieve this goal, Lothar Thomma, a master piano designer with over 30 years of experience working with major industry brands, was brought to the company. Lothar has created a collection of Italian-style upright and grand pianos that offer the rich, warm sound commonly found in European pianos.
The components chosen for the manufacture of contemporary Ritmüller pianos are of the highest quality and plastic parts are not used. Pianos are manufactured using digital CNC machines with assembly being performed by highly skilled craftsmen in order to combine the technical superiority of the most advanced technology with the artistic excellence of the most experienced craftsmen. Some of the high quality components that are part of the Ritmüller are the German Röslau strings, German Premium hammers, black ebony wood keys and a solid solid spruce top.
The latest models from Ritmüller have received great reviews from the piano industry, including Larry Fine, editor at pianobuyer.com who says:
"I like Ritmüller's pianos, and I think the transformation of the Ritmüller series in recent years has been one of the most authentic and musically successful changes in the piano industry."
- Pedals: 3 (central-practice rail)
- Soundboard: solid spruce with solid core
- Keyboard lid: slow closing with hydraulic shock
- Tuning pegs: nickel plated steel
- Hammers: with high resistance felt
- Adjustable bench included
Shipping is free till 150 km (93,2 miles) from Lisbon and to a 2nd floor
For more information about shipping beyond this distance please contact us
Against any manufacturing faults
We guarantee all technical assistance for your piano, if you intend to, request our maintenance contract.
Lothar Thomma, member and past director of the German Piano Manufacturers’ Association