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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
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
|Studio 110||43.5″||Satin Ebony||$16,373|
|Studio 110||43.5″||Satin White||$16,675|
|Cristal||44″||Continental Satin Ebony||$22,087|
|Cristal||44″||Continental Polished Ebony||$23,066|
|Cristal||44″||Continental Open-pore Walnut||$23,066|
|Cristal||44″||Continental Polished Walnut/White||$25,272|
|WILHELM GROTRIAN UPRIGHTS|
|WILHELM GROTRIAN STUDIO SERIES UPRIGHTS|
|Cabinet||6’3″||Studio Lacquer Ebony||$65,310|
|Charis||6’10”||Studio Lacquer Ebony||$79,764|
|Concert Royal||9’1″||Polished Ebony||$179,914|
|Concert Royal||9’1″||Open-pore Walnut||$179,914|
|WILHELM GROTRIAN GRANDS|
|WILHELM GROTRIAN STUDIO SERIES GRANDS|
GROTRIAN PIANO SERIAL NUMBERS
|DATE OF MANUFACTURE||SERIAL NUMBER|
|1864 – 1885||410 – 5710|
|1886 – 1905||5959 – 16958|
|1906 – 1925||18139 – 50250|
|1926 – 1945||52506 – 66700|
|1949 – 1965||67250 – 94787|
|1966 – 1985||96828 – 133780|
|1986 – 2009||135110 – 159379|
|2010 – Present||159816+|
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