The T177 from W. Hoffmann is the ‘middle-sized’ model in the three-instrument Tradition Series line-up designed by C. Bechstein. The C. Bechstein Berlin R & D Department specifically designed the Tradition line of Hoffmann pianos to share musical characteristics with their legendary German instruments, and therefore the T177 delivers probably the best value for dollar musical experience in a sub-6 foot fully-European piano.
The T177 grand piano boasts a warm tonal core with great clarity and projection through the whole range of the instrument.
W. Hoffmann pianos are both designed and manufactured by C. Bechstein Europe, and use the highest quality CNC machinery, top-grade woods, the latest design trends, and hand-craftsmanship in the musical city of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic.
The T177 will be the best size option for larger living rooms and smaller performance halls/studios and allows musicians to bring the classic C. Bechstein quality into their spaces at an affordable price.
The W. Hoffmann T177 is the “middle-weight” model in the Tradition Line of grand pianos made by C. Bechstein Europe. The instrument is 177cm long (or 5’10”) and 100% a European piano – design, materials, construction, tone, touch, appearance … literally, everything.
The W. Hoffmann pianos get hand-crafted with pride and care in the Czech Republic by a small group of highly skilled craftspeople, and the Tradition line, in particular, is intended by Bechstein to musically most resemble their German instruments.
The W. Hoffmann T177 Grand Piano has a beautifully complex tone, which is warm but still with tons of clarity. The piano sings beautifully in all registers and has a range of expression and colour that all pianists will appreciate.
The Traditional Hoffmann Series – to which the T177 belongs – is the second ‘tier’ of the 3 Hoffmann lines. The Tradition Series is very similar in quality to the Professional Series Hoffmanns, however, the two lines feature very different sounds and tonal philosophies. The Tradition Series Hoffmanns are known for their warmer tone and rounder attack. The T177 has beautiful tonal clarity through the whole range of the instrument, which is accentuated by its remarkably responsive and lively soundboard.
The W. Hoffmann T177 grand piano includes some very premium features such as full range agraffes, Solid White Spruce soundboards, and the classic/German-made C. Bechstein double felted hammers.
The T177 model is what the majority of pianists would consider a ‘full-size grand’ and is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a fully European grand piano on a budget. The T177 from W. Hoffmann (and the T Series in general) may literally be as close as a ‘non-German’ piano can get to sounding and feeling like a German piano.
The W. Hoffmann T177 is also available with the C. Bechstein Vario System, which is a silent system designed and made by Bechstein, allowing their acoustic pianos to have certain capabilities typically only available in digital pianos.
The action which the W. Hoffmann T177 grand receives is a Bechstein-made and designed action which they laber their ‘Silver Action’. This is the same action that is used in the rest of the W. Hoffmann pianos as well as in the German-made Bechstein Academy instruments.
Bechstein also makes a ‘Gold Action’ which is reserved for their Concert level instruments, as well as a ‘Bronze Action’ which is manufactured by Hailun for their Zimmermann pianos.
For those familiar with Renner Actions, the Bechstein Silver Action is similar in feel, although does have the sense of a deeper key bed (though less deep than Japanese pianos), and seems to be designed and regulated to provide better control in lower dynamic ranges. This is likely also enhanced by the extended key-stick lengths. The repetition speed of this action is fantastic.
The T177’s action gets regulated extensively – to the same tolerances as the Professional W. Hoffmanns and to similar tolerances as the Bechstein Academy line. The touch on the piano is beautifully balanced ‘out-of-the-box’ and is distinctly European in feel.
The W. Hoffmann t177 Grand Piano is a wonderfully colourful piano with a very traditional European tone. It’s actually quite interesting how different the tonal characteristics are between the T and P Series Hoffmanns even though they’re made in the same factory.
The treble of the t177 is strong but not bright, which is of course a very tricky balance to strike for any piano. The mid-range of the piano is simply stunning – great sustain, nice separation, and the bass is super clear and structured (controlled) sounding. The mid-range is actually not dissimilar to an American piano such as a Steinway or Mason & Hamlin.
The soundboards in the T and P series Hoffmann pianos are strikingly good for the instrument class. One of the first things anyone comments on after playing one of these instruments is just how full and resonant a tone comes out of the piano. There’s plenty of tone colour for the player to work within any dynamic range – pianissimo to fortissimo.
The T177 may just offer the best tone for the dollar in the entire mid-range European ‘parlour grand’ market.
C. Bechstein Europe uses only German bass strings of 99% copper purity in the W. Hoffmann T177 as well as full range agraffes, which although aren’t inexpensive to achieve, drastically improve the piano’s tonal clarity.
There are only three piano manufacturers remaining today, who continue to make their own piano hammers: Kawai, Yamaha, and C. Bechstein.
Bechstein designs and manufactures every hammer found in their W. Hoffmann and Bechstein branded pianos in Europe with the finest quality felts and woods available to maintain complete control over the quality of these integral components.
It’s also interesting to note that Bechstein has a specific sized/scaled hammer set for each individual model they make (not just for the different lines) to get as much tonal efficiency out of each instrument.
All Bechstein hammers are made in Germany.
The W. Hoffmann T177 receives mahogany-core, double-felted hammers (English felt) which are carefully selected and hand-voiced by the voicing experts at C. Bechstein Europe
The soundboard in the W. Hoffmann T177 is made of extremely high quality, white spruce grown in the Alps, and provides the instrument with a beautiful sense of tonal clarity, richness and colour and retains. The soundboards are carefully cured by the wood specialists at C. Bechstein Europe for optimal tonal production.
There is a substantial and noticeable increase in soundboard quality between the W. Hoffmann Vision and Traditional series, and the quality of soundboard in the Tradition Series Hoffmann’s is equal to that in the Professional Series.
W. Hoffmann Tradition grand pianos are built on very thick hard-wood rims, made of maple and beech. These rims are specifically designed to reflect as much tone as possible for optimal projection and power, as well as to just make the T177 an extremely durable piano.
Being a fully European piano, the W. Hoffmann T177’s cabinetry is also distinctly European. W. Hoffmann cabinets are finished to a noticeably higher standard than is usually seen in their instrument class and feature among other things: classic cuts/lines, spade legs, European-style double caster wheels as well as a soft-close lid.
|Size||Width||59.8'' / 152 cm|
|Depth||5’10’'/ 177 cm|
|Weight||683 lbs / 310 kg|
|Finishes||Polished Ebony, Polished White, Polished Mahogany, Polished Walnut|
|Warranty||5 Five Year FULL Manufacturer’s Warranty|