By Larry Fine
Offering record costs for greater than 2,500 at present made piano manufacturers and types, in addition to recommendation on the best way to estimate real highway costs to aid negotiate the bottom attainable cost, this annual supplement to The Piano publication bargains the data essential to differentiate among lots and greatly while paying for a piano. a person out there for a brand new or used piano—including lecturers, technicians, scholars, and aficionados—can make a extra proficient buy utilizing this definitive and singular advisor. thoroughly up-to-date details on piano brands, software versions, costs, and present tendencies and prerequisites within the piano marketplace is usually integrated.
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With voicing, Blüthner pianos have a very full sound that is warm, romantic, and lyrical, generally deeper and darker than some of its German counterparts. Sustain is good, but at a low level of volume, giving the tone a refined, delicate character. The action is a little light, but responsive. The pianos are built of superb materials, and are favorably priced compared to some of their competitors. In the 1990s a “Haessler” line of pianos was added to the Blüthner line. ) Created to compete better in the American market, Haessler pianos have more conventional technical and cosmetic features than Blüthner pianos and cost about 25 percent less.
The cast-iron plate is attached with screws along the outer edges of the rim, instead of on top of the rim, which the company says allows the soundboard to vibrate more freely. The vertical pianos have a unique star-shaped wooden back structure and a full-perimeter plate. Grotrian makes five sizes of grand and six sizes of vertical piano. The 43½" “Friedrich Grotrian” vertical is a lower-cost piano with a beech back frame but no back posts, and a simpler cabinet. In 2006 a 6' 10" grand model called “Charis” was introduced.
Ignatz Bösendorfer apprenticed in Brodmann’s workshop and eventually took it over, producing the first Bösendorfer pianos there. Today’s Brodmann is a new company, headquartered in Vienna, started by two former Bösendorfer executives in 2004, pursuing a direction they say was planned as a possible second line for Bösendorfer a number of years ago, but never acted upon. Brodmann says its mission is to produce a piano with high-end performance characteristics at an affordable price by using European components in key areas, through strict quality control, and by manufacturing in countries with favorable labor rates.
2008-2009 Annual Supplement to The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano (Annual Supplement to the Piano Book) by Larry Fine