One of the older names in fine pianos that is still going strong today is Bechstein. With a rich history of innovation, Bechstein has continuously developed instruments that are constructed to deliver out of this world quality sound. Whether it is an upright piano that is desired or a classic baby grand piano, musicians who choose Bechstein tend to stick with the company for a long period of time. Although Bechstein focuses on acoustic grands and uprights, this manufacturer has developed some very interesting technologies for the modern player.
Bechstein piano company finds its roots around 1850-1869 when Carl Bechstein began developing more powerful pianos to keep up with ever growing orchestra numbers. In 1853, the first Bechstein factory opened up in Berlin, Germany. Since its very founding, Bechstein has supplied world famous composers and concert pianist, all the way back to Liszt in 1860. Throughout the 1800's and 1900's, Bechstein strove to deliver the highest quality instruments to the highest quality players.
In the modern era, Bechstein's factories are located in Seifhennersdorf, Saxony as well as Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic and turn out only the highest quality grand pianos and upright pianos. Bechstein pianos are made solely in Europe but are hailed throughout the world as quality concert pianos.
Bechstein currently crafts a total of five different grand pianos. The C. Bechstein D 282 is a concert piano that is designed to be enjoyed by professional pianists due to its precise tonality and playability. Bechstein's C Bechstein C 234 is designed to be used both as a concert piano or as a personal piano due to its increased action. The C. Bechstein B 212 is a piano designed for a studio or a salon, much like the C. Bechstein M/P192. The C. Bechstein 167 is a grand piano that is designed to take up minimal space for those who need a more compact instrument.
No matter what the need, Bechstein has crafted a grand piano to meet it. Bechstein also develops and manufactures a total of six different upright pianos. Bechstein's upright pianos take up much less space when pressed up against a wall, but sacrifice very little sound quality compared to the grand piano line. The color finishes available for the six upright models are varied much more extensively than the grand piano options.
Modern Bechstein pianos are compatible with an adaptable Vario system. This system is designed to play a variety of tunes automatically with a simple press of a button. The Vario system is also designed to mute a player's acoustic playing in order to stay silent when the occasion calls for it. With the capability to turn the acoustic instrument into a MIDI keyboard, modern musicians can easily record songs and melodies. The advanced Vario system is a major selling point in the modern market.
Bechstein is a piano manufacturer that has consistently improved upon the design of their grand and upright pianos. With both grands and uprights in production that can utilize the Vario system, it is no wonder many piano enthusiasts choose Bechstein. Backed by a history of more than 150 years, Bechstein has long been, and is likely to continue to be, one of the world's premier piano manufacturers.
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