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“Blüthner instruments can really sing” — Wilhelm Furtwangler
"Orchestras and pianists alike are impressed by the sound, the shading of the dynamics, and the outstanding performance of the instruments. Chamber musicians praise the tonal character as being full of charm with a sound comparable to a violin cello. Singers love the golden tone for accompanying the human voice. Musicians and composers affectionately call the Blüthner "the poet among the pianos" Blüthner.
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What separates Bluthner from all other piano makers is their manufacturing. Each upright and grand piano consist of three subassemblies. It is Bluthner's ability to coordinate all three aspects with one another that makes them so special.
There is huge tension from the strings that amounts to almost 20 tones when a piano is tuned to 440hz. The cast iron frame of the piano must be able to withstand this. As such Bluthner use a re-crowned soundboard which is glued into place and provides the strength needed. This allows the forces to be distributed right from the rim across to the strong back posts. The back posts are then given extra strength by being positioned in a fan like manner.
The 2nd aspect is the Iron frame. This takes all the force from the strings so needs to be firmly attached to the inner casing. As such Bluthner developed their own frame that is not only appealing to the eye but also able to ensure that no tonal value is lost, Bluthner even state that the frame contributes to the tonal value.
Bluthner ensure the perfect outcome by fitting all their frames in house. They hand drill over 600 holes for pins, tuning pins and bolts.
The third and final key aspect is the pin block. This has the task of supporting the tuning pins and of course the huge 20 tonnes that is created by the strings. Bluthner have an additional support of hardwood bushing where the tuning pin passes into the iron frame. This provides complete stability and reduces the bench load of the pin. The rest plank which is part of the same area is compressed hardwood which has been placed at 90 degrees to the wood fibre. This allows extra strength and ensures that the tuning pin is secure on all sides.
Bluthner have always set the pace when it comes to piano manufacturing and this continues in their modern day instruments. Bluthner are also famous for the Aliquot string - an extra string that is added in the treble section. this is a unique idea to Bluthner.
I'm pleased to say that we are not the only one's to rate Bluthner pianos so highly. Click on this link to be taken to piano review - an independent web site that rates and ranks all pianos made by all piano manufacturers. Below is an excerpt - this is the link for the full list - www.thepianoreview.com
Highest quality instruments. Pianos of utmost quality, built to the highest standards in the industry. Many of these piano manufacturers have a very limited production, and are hand crafted by Artisans. Truly the best of the best.
Price Ranges $45,000- $214,200.
Bechstein (6 stars ******), Fazioli (6 stars ******), Sauter (6 stars ******), Seiler (ES, SE 6 stars ******), Bosendorfer (6 stars ******), Bluthner (6 stars ******), Schulze Pollmann (6 stars ******), Steinway & Sons (6 stars ******), Charles R. Walter (5.5 stars *****), Grotrian (5.5 *****), Mason & Hamlin (5.5 stars *****).
All prices are in GBP