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After hundreds of years of craftsmanship and care, even today Bechstein manufactures pianos at the highest level.
The piano manufacturing firm Bechstein was established in 1853 by Carl Bechstein in Berlin, Germany Carl Bechstein died in 1900 and his sons Johann, Carl, and Edwin assumed responsibilities for continuing the company.
When the sons died, Helene Bechstein came into ownership with Karl Bechstein now managing the firm. In 1963 the American company, Baldwin Piano, purchased the controlling stock and the remainder of the shares in 1974. Baldwin Piano then sold to Karl Scultze in 1986. In 1992 Bechstein Gruppe-Berlin was established as the controllers of the Bechstein company.
Many pianists and composers have endorsed Bechstein pianos in their history and this includes include Hans von Bülow, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Artur Schnabel, Wilhelm Kempff, Leopold Godowsky, Walter Gieseking and Wilhelm Bachkaus. Composer Claude Debussy highly prized Bechstein pianos and made the statement, "Piano music should only be written for the Bechstein."
I'm pleased to say that we are not the only one's to rate Bechstein pianos so highly. Click on this link to be taken to piano review - an independant 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