Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand Piano ($945,000 from Tom Lee Music)

'This piano has the most flexibility for a wide range of repertoires. For romantic repertoires, it gives bright tone colour and dynamics but when you play classics you can still make very subtle and warm tones.'

Tsung Yeh, music director, Hong Kong Sinfonietta

Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand Piano

'Steinways are best because you can create a lot of different sounds on them. They offer so many possibilities.'

Gabriel Kwok, head of keyboard studies, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand Piano

'The Concert Grand is used by famous performers in concert halls all over the world. The sound it makes is very sweet and mellow and touching one makes performers' hands feel at ease. It takes over a year for a team to assemble one by hand.'

Chee Man-lau, general sales manager, Tom Lee Music

Bechstein Concert Grand Piano (from $1,000,000 at Tsang Fook Piano Co)

'It has more character than the Steinway, which is too common; you hear them all the time. The Bechstein has a very warm touch and is very good for contrapuntal music.'

David Chung, professor of music and co-ordinator of performances, Hong Kong Baptist University

Bechstein Concert Grand Piano

'The two things in determining the quality of a piano are touch and tone. The Bechstein has a touch that is very solid, but also flexible and sensitive.

Raymond Lai, assistant manager, Tsang Fook Piano Co