PETROF is currently the largest producer of acoustic grand and upright pianos in Europe. The brilliantly pure, rich sound and excellent craftsmanship lend PETROF's grand and upright pianos an unprecedented reputation. 80% of the production process lies in the hands of the skilled piano makers, intoners and tuners, whose rich experience they have accumulated over many decades. Every instrument that leaves the factory represents the good name of its builders.
EVERY INSTRUMENT BEARS THE GOOD
NAME OF THE PETROFS
And represents everyone who took part in its production Up to 80% of production operations is carried out by hand. Without experienced master pianomakers, intoners and tuners PETROF pianos would scarcely be what they are - they could hardly have achieved such international renown, nor boast their characteristic romantic sound which is appreciated by music lovers the world over. Every instrument leaving the gates of the factory represents those who took part in its making. As the instrument makes its way through the production process, every craftsman in turn makes sure that he has devoted the greatest care to his task. The result after 9 months is a masterpiece, whose birth certificate displays the names of all its makers, one that reflects more than 150 years of experience, love of music and the honourable trade of the Petrof family.
RESONANT SPRUCE - THE HEART OF PETROF PIANOS
Careful selection of materials precedes actual production. Specialists from PETROF and their long-standing suppliers travel all over Europe and personally select materials and components that meet their high standards. The most important is obviously high quality wood - especially spruce for the making of the sound board - the heart of PETROF grands and uprights. Wood and other materials make a fundamental contribution to the instrument’s appearance and the resultant tone, and so they take exceptional care in its selection.
THE SEAL OF EUROPEAN EXCELLENCE ATTESTS THE QUALITY OF MATERIALS AND THEIR ORIGIN
PETROF produces 70% of the parts and components on their own. This means they have complete control over their quality. Thanks to this, in 2007 they were awarded the European Excellence Certificate which attests the European origin and the highest quality of production materials. Ever since, the EEX seal has appeared on all their instruments.
AN INSTRUMENT THAT SOUNDS SPLENDID MUST ALSO LOOK BEAUTIFUL.
Human skill, experience and dexterity are irreplaceable in most production operations. Although it guarantees high quality of tone, there are, however, certain production processes where greater precision is required, and no advantage would be gained by hand work alone.In such cases they use top quality NC machines adjusted to the needs of PETROF’s masterly instruments. They pay special attention to piano’s surface finish. They work with a wide palette of different veneers: for satin finshes we use polyurethane varnishes, and where they wish to achieve a high gloss, they apply polyester varnishes.
ACCUMULATED THE ARTS OF THE CRAFT OVER DECADES
Petrof’s founder Antonín Petrof would no doubt be overjoyed if he knew how much of his pianomaking skill is passed on from generation to generation.In their factory in the heart of Europe, which to this day stands in Hradec Králové, work specialists of the highest rank who respect traditional work by hand and the characteristic tone colour of PETROF pianos as well as their splendid design. At PETROF they maintain that their upright and grand pianos should delight not just the ear, but also the eye.
A BRAND PROTECTED BY YEARS OF RESEARCH
In the very beginning, the company founder Antonín Petrof himself incorporated his own ideas into the making of his grand and upright pianos.In the course of the firm’s further development there followed a time when their Research and Development department adopted all kinds of changes and innovations. With devotion, humility, and respect they work on perfecting the experience of master pianomakers handed down from generation to generation. At the same time they work together with universitiies and research centres at home and abroad.
WITH A LOVE OF MUSIC AND CRAFT
For more than 155 years
PETROF AWARDS AND CERTIFICATION
CERTIFIKACE EUROPEAN EXCELLENCE
The best quality materials are a crucial part of Petrof’s construction process. In 2007, PETROF was granted the EEX certificate which has been a part of all instruments in form of a seal since then. It guarantees the european origin and premium quality of all the materials. www.european-excellence.com
PETROF uses a certified integrated system of quality and environmental management. Valid certificates issued by certification institute TUV CZ prove that they meet the requirements set by standards ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.ISO 9001 specifies the requirements of the quality management system that help sustain a stable level of the production process and thus ensure high quality of services and products provided to costumers.
ISO 14001 defines the requirements of the environmental management system. The environmental management reduces impacts of the company on the environment which leads to its improvement.
THE SILVER ARCHER
The Silver Archer Award was launched in Russia in 1997. Its première in the Czech Republic took place in 2016, with the aim of supporting and developing Czech-Russian relations. PETROF has won this award in the field of Business and Business Communication as a direct result of business cooperation between the two countries over the last hundred and fifty years. It was an honour for PETROF to participate in the Silver Archer’s first season in the Czech Republic.
Czech Goodwill is an award for businessmen and companies that people respect. That’s why we feel a strong gratification for PETROF 1st place in the Tradition category. This award proves that PETROF company actively participates in supporting and reinforcing the tradition of pure Czech products. PETROF is able to take part in the development of Czech culture through their craft.
CZECH BUSINESS SILVER
The award of Czech Television Czech Business Silver was first given in 2015 and it went straight to their factory of grand pianos and upright pianos in Hradec Králové. This award of quality and tradition is presented to companies who trust the Czech legal system, pay all their taxes in the Czech Republic and represent Czech business in the best way abroad.
MEMBERS OF PETROF ART FAMILY
PETROF Art Family is a free association of professional pianists and well-known world artists who support the PETROF company and admire the quality and beauty of Petrof instruments. The aim of the association is to bring together talented artists across musical genres and arrange musical experiences for audiences the world over.