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Company Website: Grotrian.de 
Owner: Grotrian Piano Company GmbH
Country of Origin: Vienna, Austria
Year Established: 1835
Related Brands: August Forster, Schimmel Konzert, Seiler, Sauter, Bluthner, Shigeru Kawai, Yamaha CF

Warranty: 5 years parts and labour, applicable to future owners within the warranty period

Grotrian Pianos

HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

Tracing the history of Grotrian starts in 1830 when German native Friedrich Grotrian left Germany for Moscow Russia where he started his own music business. After crossing paths and picking the brains of many of Europe’s top pianists, he began building his own pianos based on the feedback he had received. Friedrich would return to Germany several years later where he began a partnership with Theodor Steinweg; Son of Steinway & Sons founder Heinrich Steinweg.

The Grotrian family took complete control of the company in 1865, where it remained under family control for 150 years until 2015 when Grotrian was purchased by Parsons Music Group. Over the course of its history, Grotrian has established a reputation for quality with extensive handcrafting; Parson says the acquisition will not interfere with Grotrian’s high-quality standards.

Until very recently Grotrian manufactured grands and upright pianos in a single line of quality, however, as of 2018 Grotrian has introduced two lower quality lines to compete for market share at lower price points. Grotrian’s lower-priced lines consist of the Wilhelm Grotrian and Wilhelm Grotrian Studio lines, with the majority of parts sourced from and assembly occurring in China. 

The pianos are then shipped to Germany where they receive final preparation before shipping out to dealers. The Wilhelm Grotrian line consists of four sizes of uprights and three sizes of grands, whereas the Wilhelm Grotrian Studio line consists of three sizes of uprights and two sizes of grand.

Grotrian’s premium quality line of instruments simply says “Grotrian” on the fallboard and are entirely made in Germany. Grotrian makes 5 sizes of grands, from the 5’5” Chambre up to the 9’1” Concert Royal, and 7 sizes of uprights, from the 43.5” Studio 110, up to the 52” Concertino. Grotrian uses Renner action and Renner hammers, solid alpine white spruce soundboards, beech pin-blocks, and laminated beech rims. In general, Grotrian grand pianos have a distinctive tone, darker in colour than most European pianos.

Grotrian has made several important design innovations, chiefly among them involves their approach to upright piano design. Instead of the typical vertical back-posts found in the construction of most upright pianos, Grotrian uses a design referred to as a “Radial Rear Brace”; meaning the back posts are joined together to form an X shape. Grotrian contends that this design contributes to greater strength and tuning stability.

GROTRIAN MODELS & PRICE

MODELSIZEDESCRIPTIONMSRP (USD)
GROTRIAN UPRIGHTS
Studio 11043.5″Satin Ebony$16,373
Studio 11043.5″Satin White$16,675
Cristal44″Continental Satin Ebony$22,087
Cristal44″Continental Polished Ebony$23,066
Cristal44″Continental Open-pore Walnut$23,066
Cristal44″Continental Polished Walnut/White$25,272
Canto45″Satin Ebony$24,618
Canto45″Polished Ebony$25,762
Canto45″Open-pore Walnut$25,762
Contour45″Polished Ebony$24,782
Contour45″Open-pore Walnut$24,782
Contour45″Polished Walnut/White$27,150
Carat45.5″Polished Ebony$29,028
Carat45.5″Open-pore Walnut$29,028
Carat45.5″Polished Walnut/White$31,562
College48″Satin Ebony$31,378
College48″Polished Ebony$33,013
College48″Open-pore Walnut$33,013
Classic49″Polished Ebony$39,220
Classic49″Open-pore Walnut$39,220
Classic49″Polished Walnut/White$42,241
Concertino52″Polished Ebony$49,386
Concertino52″Open-pore Walnut$49,386
WILHELM GROTRIAN UPRIGHTS
WG-1846.5″Polished Ebony$9,998
WG-2348.5″Polished Ebony$11,198
WG-2649.5″Polished Ebony$12,198
WG-3252″Polished Ebony$13,798
WILHELM GROTRIAN STUDIO SERIES UPRIGHTS
WGS-11646″Polished Ebony$6,798
WGS-12047″Polished Ebony$7,598
WGS-12248″Polished Ebony$8,398
GROTRIAN GRANDS
Chambre5’5″Satin Ebony$72,544
Chambre5’5″Polished Ebony$80,058
Chambre5’5″Open-pore Walnut$80,058
Chambre5’5″Polished Walnut/White$87,736
Cabinet6’3″Satin Ebony$84,306
Cabinet6’3″Polished Ebony$93,946
Cabinet6’3″Studio Lacquer Ebony$65,310
Cabinet6’3″Open-pore Walnut$93,946
Cabinet6’3″Polished Walnut/White$102,931
Charis6’10”Satin Ebony$99,377
Charis6’10”Polished Ebony$108,524
Charis6’10”Studio Lacquer Ebony$79,764
Charis6’10”Open-pore Walnut$108,524
Concert7’4″Satin Ebony$118,354
Concert7’4″Polished Ebony$134,001
Concert7’4″Open-pore Walnut$134,001
Concert Royal9’1″Polished Ebony$179,914
Concert Royal9’1″Open-pore Walnut$179,914
WILHELM GROTRIAN GRANDS
WG-1705’7″Polished Ebony$30,800
WG-1886’2″Polished Ebony$38,980
WG-2116’11”Polished Ebony$56,980
WILHELM GROTRIAN STUDIO SERIES GRANDS
WGS-1525′Polished Ebony$16,398
WGS-1655’5″Polished Ebony$19,398

GROTRIAN PIANO SERIAL NUMBERS

DATE OF MANUFACTURESERIAL NUMBER
1864 – 1885410 – 5710
1886 – 19055959 – 16958
1906 – 192518139 – 50250
1926 – 194552506 – 66700
1949 – 196567250 – 94787
1966 – 198596828 – 133780
1986 – 2009135110 – 159379
2010 – Present159816+

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