Cunningham Piano Has Perfect Holiday Gift – Music!


Philadelphia, PA - - With the holidays right around the corner, what to get children that won’t be tossed aside in a handful of hours or out of style in mere months is always a mystery.  Parents should consider giving children the gift of music through Cunningham Piano in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.  Cunningham Piano offers the best “button pushing machine” ever invented because it never goes out of style, never needs to have an update downloaded, and doesn’t need batteries.  And if children learn to play even the simplest of melodies, they will be the envy of their friends at school and the pride of their family.  When you place a piano in your home, not only does your family embark upon a wondrous musical adventure (possibly the greatest benefit of all) but, perhaps unconsciously, your child acquires a diversity of skills far beyond the musical notes. 

 After decades of not being available, the Matchless Cunningham Piano is once again for sale in the Philadelphia area.  The Cunningham was built from 1891 to 1943 and hasn’t been available since.  The new Cunningham Piano, which is based on the models that originated in the Victorian era, combines the use of parts sourced from all over the world to offer the best in performance.  One of these parts, the Hammer, comes all the way from Germany from the same supplier that is usually put into much more expensive pianos.  “Because of our world-class piano restoration facility, we have contacts with all the best piano part suppliers, like Abel Hammers in Frankenhardt, Germany and Roslau piano wire in Hohenlimburg, Germany.  We have these high quality piano parts put into our Cunningham so that someone can enjoy a high performance experience at an affordable cost”, said Rich Galassini, co-owner of Cunningham Piano.  “We are able to help any family acquire a piano on almost any budget.  We are committed to helping every child have the opportunity to learn and grow through music.”  The Cunningham comes in several sizes from an upright piano for $2,990.00 to a gorgeous baby grand for $8,990.00 to an artistic parlour grand for $12,790.00.   

Years ago, the company’s founder, Patrick Cunningham, offered $10,000 to anyone who presented conclusive evidence that they could make a better piano than he could.  Because no one ever took him up on his offer, he named his piano Matchless.  This new Cunningham Piano bears the same name and the guys involved in it bear the same pride. 

Cunningham operates a four-story piano restoration facility in Germantown and is a leader in the restoration of vintage pianos.  Its showroom features an exquisite example of the peerless craftsmanship of its workers. Cunningham Piano is home to several instruments that were made between 1890 and 1930, which is often referred to as the “Golden Age” of American piano manufacturing.  Rebuilding a piano like this often takes up to six months and requires the skills of craftsmen who have dedicated their entire lives to this task.   Cunningham Piano also carries top of the line new pianos in their showroom, but specializes in reconditioning pre-owned pianos, which it acquires from people who are retiring or moving to smaller residences or estate sales. “Pianos are designed to last 50 to 70 years. They can be rebuilt and restored to last another lifetime. The quality of woods available 70 years ago was better than they are today,” according to  Galassini, “People from all over the world have their pianos restored at Cunningham Pianos based on our reputation and quality of work. We have craftsmen that work on these pianos, people who have been restoring pianos for decades who understand the art of the piano,” he added.

Visitors are welcome to tour the four-story factory and get a first-hand look at the delicate restoration process, which begins with a broken down instrument and ends with nothing short of a miracle. Some of the damage is obvious, like scratches or yellowed keys while others are not detectible to the eye, but only to a trained ear.

“September through December is the largest piano purchasing season and a gift of a piano is a gift that not only brings the family together, but can help children in school as well and what parent doesn’t want to further their child’s educational experiences?” Galassini asked.

Music researchers are finding correlations between music making and some of the deepest workings of the human brain. Research has linked active music making with increased language discrimination and development, math ability, improved school grades, better-adjusted social behavior, and improvements in "spatial-temporal reasoning," - a cornerstone for problem solving,” According to Galassini who is also a professional musician and who has been researching the “Mozart Effect” as it is referred to, for years.

 Galassini cited a study at the University of California at Irvine that demonstrated that young kids who participated in music instruction showed dramatic enhancements in abstract reasoning skills. “In fact, researchers have found neural firing patterns that suggest that music may hold the key to higher brain function,” he added.

 “Kids are ready to begin making music even earlier than you may think. Before then, there are benefits to just listening. Hearing music stimulates the mind, improves the mood and brings people together.” The Window Of Opportunity For Studying Music is between the ages of three and ten. This is the time when we are the most receptive to and able to process music. (Source: Newsweek, February 19, 1996)

 Research at McGill University in Montreal, Canada showed that grade-school kids who took music lessons scored higher on tests of general and spatial cognitive development, the abilities that form the basis for performance in math and engineering. “Music students are outperforming non-music students on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). College-bound seniors with coursework or experience in music performance scored 52 points higher on the verbal portion and 37 points higher on the math portion of the SAT than students with no coursework or experience in the arts. (Source: The College Board, September 1997),” Galassini said.

 Music training, specifically piano instruction, is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children's abstract reasoning skills necessary for learning math and science. Learning music at an early age causes long-term enhancement of spatial- temporal reasoning.

(Source: Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1997)

Galassini said, “It’s important to buy the best piano you can afford, because it will be a center of family entertainment for many years. Choose a size, model and finish that fits your home. And, choose the piano with the sound and touch you like the best. It needs to be an instrument you enjoy playing and listening to every time you or your children sit down at the piano to play.”

In addition to piano restoration, Cunningham offers the newest in piano technology, a hybrid of a piano and a computer -The Cunningham Composer.

 This piano is the first of its kind, is patent pending, and delivers “state of the art” interactive capabilities to the acoustic piano. This is the perfect piano for “computer savvy” beginners because they can use preloaded lessons; they can interact with teachers and other musicians online, and can take advantage of the latest music writing software right at their piano.

The touch screen monitor is installed at eye level and gives the option of never actually needing “sheet music”! Most of the world’s favorite pieces of music can be downloaded and shown right on the screen – many with absolutely no charge!

“This is the ultimate piano for the computer generation, they have a great time playing on the piano and learning to play piano at the same time, he said.

For more information about Cunningham Piano Company & Factory located at 5427 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144 call (215) 438-3200  (800) 394-1117  or log onto