Bechstein Pianos

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C. Bechstein & Bechstein Pianos 

C. Bechstein upright and grand pianos from the turn of last century are quite different to the new Bechstein pianos of today. There is a vast array of pre-owned, quality restored uprights and grands available, dating back to the 1890's/1900's.  

Whether you are looking for the unique character and beauty of a traditional, older instrument, or the consistency and form of a brand new Bechstein, The Piano Gallery will be able to help.

We pride oursleves in being one of the largest suppliers of pre-loved pianos, and we always carry a dozen or more Bechstein pianos in stock.  Prices can start from £2000. 


                             

Current stock of C.Bechstein pianos for sale at The Piano Gallery



 

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Models

Serial Numbers

History

Models

C. Bechstein - New Current Models

Upright Models
Model  Width (cm)   Depth (cm)   Height (cm) 
 C. Bechstein Concert 8  154 62 131
 C. Bechstein Elegance 124 152 62 124
 C. Bechstein Classic 124 152 62 124
 C. Bechstein Contur 118 151 59 118
 C. Bechstein Classic 118 151 59 118
 C. Bechstein Millenium 116 K  152 62 116
 
Grand Models
Model  Length   Width (cm)   Depth (cm) 
 C. Bechstein D 282 9'3" 160 282
 C. Bechstein C 234 7'8" 158 234
 C. Bechstein B 212 6'11" 154 212
 C. Bechstein M/P 192 6'4" 153 192
 C. Bechstein L 167 5'6" 153 167
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Bechstein - New Current Models

Upright Models
Model  Width (cm)   Depth (cm)   Height (cm) 
 Bechstein B 112 Modern 149 57 112
 Bechstein B 112 Modern Chrome Art  149 57 112
 Bechstein B 116 Accent 151 61 116
 Bechstein B 116 Compact 149 59 116
 Bechstein B 120 Select 150 61 120
 Bechstein B 124 Imposant 151 62 124
 Bechstein B 214 Style 151 61 124

Grand Models
 Model  Length   Width (cm)   Depth (cm) 
 Bechstein B 160  5'3" 151 160
 Bechstein B 175  5'9" 152 175
 Bechstein B 190  6'3" 153 190
 Bechstein B 208  6'8" 153 208
 Bechstein B 228  7'5" 153 228
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Older Models

C.Bechstein Upright Pianos up to 1902
 Model   Width (cm)   Depth (cm)   Height (cm) 
Bechstein model  I   159 32 145
Bechstein model  II   159 65 138
Bechstein model  III   157 63 127
Bechstein model  IV   150 59 122
Bechstein model V  (Straight strung model)  147 60 127

Upright Pianos after 1902
 Model   Width (cm)   Depth (cm)   Height (cm) 
Bechstein model  6   159 32 145
Bechstein model  7   159 65 138
Bechstein model  8   157 63 127
Bechstein model  9   150 59 122
Bechstein model 10 (Straight strung model)  147 60 127

Grand Piano Models upto 1902
 Model   Length   Width (cm)   Depth (cm) 
Bechstein model  I  9' 152 275
Bechstein model  II  8'4" 151 254
Bechstein model  III  7'8" 150 234
Bechstein model  IV  7'2" 150 218
Bechstein model  V  6'7" 146 200
 
Grand Piano Models after 1902
 Model   Length   Width (cm)  Depth (cm)
Bechstein model E  9' 152 275
Bechstein model D  8'2" 150 250
Bechstein model C  7'4" 149 225
Bechstein model B  6'8" 147 203
 
Grand Piano Models introduced in 1920's
 Model   Length   Width (cm)   Depth (cm) 
Bechstein model M  5'10   178
Bechstein model L  5'6"   168
Bechstein model K  5'1"   155
Bechstein model S  4'7"   140

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Serial Numbers

 
Date of Manufacture Serial Number
1859-1860 0-300
1861-1870 301-4196
1871-1880 4197-11676
1881-1890 11677-24958
1891-1900 24959-54181
1901-1910 54182-94753
1911-1920 94754-115783
1921-1930 115784-137446
1931-1940 137447-143890
1941-1950 143891-147000
1951-1960 147001-151950
1961-1970 151951-162300
1971-1980 162301-173785
1981-1990 173786-180821
POST 1990 0180822+
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History 

The Bechstein piano is a maker of top quality upright and grand pianos. The founder Carl Bechstein started making pianos in 1853 at his workshop in Behrenstrasse. The reason behind manufacturing his own pianos was because he had innovative ideas to create a piano that was designed for both energetic and vigorous playing as well as subtle and delicate.

In 1857 Hans von Bulow performed on a Bechstein concert grand, which caused him to become a keen supporter of the Bechstein piano. Later Hans became the Berlin Philharmonic’s first conductor.

London 1885 after Queen Victoria was supplied with a grand piano, the desire for the pianos grew which lead to a new Bechstein branch.

In 1901 the Bechstein Hall opened in Wigmore Street, London, and would later become “Wigmore Hall’ due to its expropriation in the Second World War.

Bechstein became a joint-stock company in 1923.

However, C. Bechstein was still maintaining its innovative ideas and striving to broaden the techniques of piano making in 1930. It produced the advanced Neo-Bechstein- the world’s first electric piano, together with the Nobel Prize laureate Walther Nernst and Siemens.

From 1932 the Great Depression had a profound effect on the company, with a decrease in production and a drop in prices. Added to this, the emigration of the Jews during the Holocaust meant that it lost a considerable amount of customers at this time; Bechstein being a highly favourable instrument among the sophisticated tastes of the Jews.

In 1945 the production facilities of Bechstein were destroyed by the bombardment of British and American forces during the Second World War, and thus the company moved to the American sector. Bechstein was then confiscated by the US administration.

In 1953 Bechstein’s centennial was celebrated by the Berlin Philharmonic under William Backhaus and William Furtwangler. Following this, Bechstein saw committed customers such as Leonard Bernstein, Jorge Bolet, Sergiu Celibidache and Wilhelm Kempff.

When the Berlin Wall was constructed in the 1960s Bechstein produced only 1,000 instruments annually due to the decline in Berlin’s population.

The 125th anniversary of Bechstein was celebrated in 1978, with appearances from Alfons and Aloys Kontarsky, Shura Cherkassky and Christian Zacharias.

Over the course of 1986 C. Bechstein opened new production facilities in Berlin-Kreuberg as well as taking control of two previously Berlin-based companies, Euterpe and W. Hoffmann.

Bechstein went public in 1996, which paved the way forward in relation to the increasing globalisation of markets. In 1999 the first C. Bechstein Centre opened in Berlin.

In 2003 Bechstein formed a partnership in co-operation with the Korean musical instrument manufacturer Samick. In order for C. Bechstein to meet global market demands, Samick took control of the marketing for the company in key overseas markets.

In 2005 ‘Berlin Bechstein Piano Co. Ltd.’ was founded by C. Bechstein and Samick in Shanghai, China, manufacturing instruments that were exclusively affordable to the Chinese market.


For a detailed read on the history of Bechstein and a fascinating glimpse into the piano world of the 19th / 20th century a copy can be downloaded here Carl Bechstein History
 

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