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holiday safety statement

"Schoenhut Piano Company, where quality is a way of life."

Renee Trinca
President and Owner
Schoenhut Piano Company

A holiday shopping alert from Schoenhut - Beware of toys that do not conform to safety standards. In particular, some important features to check when browsing toy instruments: bench legs that are splayed for added stability (see example below); grand pianos with TWO legs on the back for added support; a high-gloss finish that is smooth for little hands, with no exposed nails or staples.

If there is even the slightest doubt about the safety of a brand, ask the seller for compliance of testing certificates: ASTM, CE, and EN-71.

All Schoenhut products meet or exceed US and European standards for toy safety. Our toys are routinely tested for construction, stability, materials, and finish. IN BUSINESS SINCE 1872, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A RECALL OF A SCHOENHUTŪ PRODUCT. We take great pride in our reputation for providing safe, educational toys for children, while guaranteeing complete customer satisfaction.

example of piano bench safety fail

Each Schoenhut piano bench is not only designed to be visually appealling, it is built in a way that maximizes child safety. Unfortunately, not every toy piano manufacturer takes the same approach. In fact, many of the benches that come with toy pianos on the market today blatantly disregard established safety standards. Let's take a look at some of the features that make the Schoenhut piano bench the leader in child safety.

splayed vs. straight legs

The primary factor in the stability of a bench is the placement and verticality of the legs. Note how the legs on the Schoenhut model are splayed outward for increased stability while the legs on the competitor model are perfectly vertical.

Using the red guidelines you can also see that the Schoenhut bench is as wide at the base as it is at the top while the competitor model is actually narrower at the base.

These differences are more than just a matter of style, they represent a violation of child safety standards by the competitor model.

two legs are better than four

   Point your index finger straight down and press on a flat surface. While keeping your finger straight, move your hand around. Note the wide range of motion you have. Now repeat those steps but this time use your index and middle fingers in the shape of an upside down V.

Do you see how limited the range of motion becomes? Well that is another reason our bench is more stable than our competitors. The bench legs for our baby grand pianos come in sets of two instead of four individual legs like our competitors.

Manufacturing bench legs this way is considerably more expensive but Schoenhut's dedication to product safety would not allow us to do it any other way. Every design decision we make starts with a commitment to making sure the product is as safe as it can possibly be.

the nuts and bolts of the matter

Another critical part of bench stability is how the legs are attached to the seat. Many competitors with straight leg benches have a short bolt glued into the leg which is then screwed into another piece glued into the seat.

For starters, that means the bench is only as strong as the glue holding it together. Just as importantly, that bolt often extends 1/2 inch or less from the leg. How securely can a leg be attached using a 1/2 inch fastener?

   Competitor's attachment method
Schoenhut uses bolts with a minimum length of 2 1/2 inches for all bench leg attachments. Moreover, those bolts pass completely through solid wood and are attached with metal barrel nuts, not glue. The end result is that it would require a force great enough to sheer a metal bolt in half to separate the legs from a Schoenhut bench.

If you are thinking we just might be obsessed with safety, you are absolutely correct. We NEVER cut corners and we never put the bottom line ahead of consumer safety. Please make sure that the same can be said for the manufacturer of the toy piano you buy for your child or that you choose to carry in your store.
   Schoenhut's attachment method