Merriam Pianos is extremely proud to present Bechstein as our premium piano supplier. Bechstein brings to our customers a combination of qualities that, to us, made it the singular choice.
They offer a wide range of price points and qualities that offer the very best selection to the mid and high-end markets in a way that no other manufacturer does. While brands such as Steinway offer multiple brands which are out-sourced, Bechstein manufacturers every single one of their pianos themselves.
Their exacting design and substantial investment into the highest-grade CNC machinery and wood processing facilities results in a consistent, efficient, powerful, and singing instrument that performs perfectly every single time.
And most interestingly, they continue to be the most desired manufacturer to work for as a piano builder or technician. Bechstein counts amongst its ranks more master-builders from other European factories than every other company.
Bechstein presently manufactures five lines of pianos in Europe: W. Hoffmann Vision, W. Hoffmann Tradition, W. Hoffmann Professional, Bechstein, and C. Bechstein. They also sell Zimmermann, which utilizes both Asian and European manufacturing.
The History of BECHSTEIN Pianos
Founded in 1853, Bechstein is one of the world’s oldest companies. It has also been, from it’s founding, considered one of the top 3 piano manufacturers in the world: only Steinway and Bosendorfer have ever occupied a similar level reverence in the European music society.
It quickly became a concert hall favorite in the late 1800’s, and by the start of World War I, was the preeminent builder in Europe. The pianos were known for their astounding build quality, their use of the latest technology and design innovations, and their pure singing tone.
Although the company survived the ravages of WWI, the second great war was devastating, including a targeted bombing in 1945. It would be decades, and the fall of the Berlin Wall, before Bechstein would rise again.
Since 1986, Bechstein has been on a steady path of investment, and is now a wholly-owned German company. They are now considered leading innovators in piano design, retail, and manufacturing.
And they are, once again, the #1 volume provider of high-quality pianos in Europe, and amongst the top 3 in the world.
MANUFACTURING OF BECHSTEIN PIANOS
BECHSTEIN Upright PIANO MODELS
|MANUFACTURER||UPRIGHT PIANO MODEL||LENGTH||WIDTH||HEIGHT||WEIGHT||MSRP (USD)|
|Bechstein 112 "Modern"||22.6" (57 cm)||59" (149 cm)||45" (112 cm)||507 lbs (230 kg)||$32,000||$32,000|
|Bechstein 116 "Accent / Compact"||23" (59 cm)||59" (151 cm)||45.5" (116 cm)||525 lbs (238 kg)||$33,067||$33,067|
|Bechstein 120 "Select"||24" (61 cm)||59" (150 cm)||47.5" (120 cm)||536 lbs (243 kg)||$34,193||$34,193|
|Bechstein 124 "Style / Imposant"||24.5 " (62 cm)||59" (151 cm)||49" (124 cm)||562 lbs (262 kg)||$36,267||$36,267|
BECHSTEIN GRAND PIANO MODELS
|MANUFACTURER||GRAND PIANO MODEL||LENGTH||WIDTH||HEIGHT||WEIGHT||MSRP (USD)||PIANO BUYER PRICE|
|5'3 (160 cm)||59" (151 cm)||40" (102 cm)||688 lbs (312 kg)||$82,667||$82,667|
|5'9 (175 cm)||60" (152 cm)||40" (102 cm)||701 lbs (388 kg)||$91,467||$91,467|
|6'3 (190 cm)||60" (153 cm)||40 ' (102 cm)||774 lbs (351 kg)||$97,333||$97,333|
|6'8 (208 cm)||60" (153 cm)||40" (102 cm)||836 lbs (379 kg)||$112,267||$112,267|
|7'5 (228 cm)||60" (153 cm)||40" (102 cm)||922 lbs (418 kg)||$126,933||$126,933|
BECHSTEIN - PREMIUM CLASS PIANOS
Bechstein pianos offer institutions, performers, and enthusiasts the chance to own the finest in German piano building. They are produced at the same factory as the C. Bechstein pianos, but at a price point that makes them accessible to many buyers.
By applying exactly the same manufacturing precision, hand-craftsmanship, and pure drive for performance as the C. Bechstein receives, but to a more conventional design, a stunning piano is achieved at a very attractive price.
Bechstein’s also take advantage of their own hammer making, which has added an additional layer of character normally reserved for the very highest German pianos.
Bechstein Pianos features & Specifications
Precision Agraffe / Duplex
Bechstein’s access to the very best CNC equipment in the world is widely known. Their continued investment in this grade of equipment gives them enormous advantages when it comes to some of the more precise parts of piano building.
Precision Agraffe and Duplex are two of them. By being able to terminate (agraffes) and augment resonating lengths (duplex) at exactly the right place, distortion is all but eliminated, and sustain times increase.
Bechstein is one of the few builders in the world to manufacture their own hammers. Steinway, Yamaha, and Kawai are the only other three.
This offers a much higher level of control over the hammers characteristics, something Bechstein was unable to get from any of the premium hammer makers.