Safety is a mission for Schoenhut. We encourage you to beware of toys that don’t conform to safety standards. Some important features to check when shopping for toy instruments include: bench legs that are splayed for added stability; 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.
Compliance of testing certificates for these products are: 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 Schoenhut product.
Piano bench safety fail
Each Schoenhut piano bench is not only designed to be visually appealing, but also 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.
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 see 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.
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.
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
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?
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.