Bechstein is one of the most famous of all piano builders, widely considered as an alternative to Steinway. The 27 year old Carl Bechstein established his company in Berlin in 1853, but the turning point came in 1855 when his best friend, former Liszt pupil Hans Von Bulow, bemoaned the 'de...
Bechstein is one of the most famous of all piano builders, widely considered as an alternative to Steinway. The 27 year old Carl Bechstein established his company in Berlin in 1853, but the turning point came in 1855 when his best friend, former Liszt pupil Hans Von Bulow, bemoaned the 'dearth of passable pianos' in the city. Bechstein finished his first concert piano in 1856 and the following year Von Bulow proved its worth with the premiere of Liszt's Sonata in B Minor.
From thereon, Bechstein's ascent was swift with Liszt himself acquiring a C. Bechstein grand piano in 1860, and the company being awarded several medals at the 1862 London International Exhibition. By the early part of the 20th century, Bechstein had many high profile advocates including the great pianists Artur Schnabel, Wilhelm Backhaus,and Alfred Cortot. Artur Schnabel said " Bechstein is fulfilment for the hand and the ear."
Despite changes of ownership in the intervening years, C. Bechstein is once again in German hands and continues to make a complete range of world-class upright and grand pianos in Seifhennersdorf, Germany as well as more affordable instruments at their Czech factory, acquired from Bohemia in 2007. Pianists who have performed and/or recorded on Bechstein instruments including Freddie Mercury, Walter Gieseking, Wilhelm Kempff, and Duke Ellington.
Grand piano by C.Bechstein model A160 from their Academy range. This fully German-built piano is compact in size at only 160cm in length, however, it produces a rich European tone and benefits from a good quality precise action.
Grand piano by W. Hoffmann model T186 finished in black polyester. An instrument for demanding piano players who pursue a precise action and a powerful, well-balanced sound.
The Vario Digital Mute system is designed and made by Bechstein in Germany and is exclusively available on all Bechstein models. The Vario system uses optical key and pedal sensors to provide digital samples of Bechstein acoustic pianos to your headphones, whilst retaining the advantages of having a real piano for the times when you don't have to be...