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SAUTER

Carl Sauter Pianofortemanufaktur GmbH & Co. KG
Max-Planck-Strasse 20
78549 Spaichingen
Germany
+49-7424-94820
+49-7424-948238 (fax)
info@sauter-pia nos.de
www.sauter-pianos.de


The Sauter piano firm was founded in 1819 by Johann Grimm, stepfather to Carl Sauter I, and has been owned and managed by members of the Sauter family for six generations, currently by Ulrich Sauter. The factory produces about 800 vertical pianos and 120 grand pianos a year in its factory in the extreme south of Germany, at the foot of the Alps. Structural and acoustical parts are made of high-quality woods, including solid Bavarian spruce soundboards and beech pinblocks. Actions are made by Renner, and Sauter makes its own keys. The keybed is reinforced with steel to prevent warping, and all pianos are fully tropicalized for humid climates. The larger verticals use an action, designed and patented by Sauter, that contains an auxiliary jack spring to aid in faster repetition. Sauter calls this the R2 Double Escapement action. (Although the term double escapement does not apply here as it has historically been used, the mechanism has some of the same effects.)

Sauter pianos are especially known for the variety of finishes and styles in which they are available, many with intricate detail and inlay work. It is common to find such rare woods as yew, burl walnut, pyramid mahogany, and genuine ebony in the cabinets of Sauter pianos, as well as special engravings, which can be customized to any customer’s desires. Sauter’s M Line of vertical pianos features exclusive cabinet detailing and built-in features such as a hygrometer to measure relative humidity. New Masterline institutional uprights, sold directly to institutions and not through dealers, include protective sidebars, industrial-grade casters, and locking mechanisms. Amadeus is a special-edition 6' 1" grand honoring the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, with styling reminiscent of that in Mozart’s time. The natural keytops are of polished bone, the sharps of rosewood with ebony caps. Only 36 are to be made, one for each year of Mozart’s life.

The company also has introduced versions of its 48" upright and 6' 11" and 7' 6" grands with cabinets designed by the famous European designer Peter Maly. Some recent designs include the 48" upright Vitrea, after the Latin word for glass, with a veneer of greenish glass covering the front of the cabinet; and Ambiente, a 7' 6" grand that is asymmetrically curved on both the bass and treble sides. In the recent past, Sauter has won several prestigious design awards for its Peter Maly– designed pianos.

A couple of extremely unusual models bear mentioning. The 7' 3" model 220 has colored lines painted on the soundboard and white inlays on the tops of the dampers as guides for musicians performing music for “prepared piano,” ultramodern music requiring the insertion of foreign objects between the strings, or the plucking or striking of strings directly by the performer. The 1/16-tone microtonal piano is an upright with 97 keys that has a total pitch range, from its lowest to its highest note, of only one octave, the pitch difference from key to key being only 1/16 of a tone (1/8 of a semitone). You can read more about these strange instruments in The Piano Book.

Sauter pianos are high-quality instruments with a lush, full, singing tone, closer to an “American” sound than most other European pianos.

Note: At press time for this issue, Sauter had just decided to distribute directly from the factory (see contact info, above), and new prices were not yet available. For the time being, we are continuing to publish the prices from the former distributor.

Warranty: 5 years, parts and labor, to original purchaser.



Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Standard wood veneers are walnut, mahogany, ash, and alder.
Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Sauter Verticals
119 46 Peter Maly Concent Satin Ebony 32,000 32,000
119 46 Peter Maly Concent Polished Ebony 34,000 34,000
122 48 Ragazza Polished Ebony 36,500 36,500
122 48 Ragazza Satin Cherry 36,500 36,500
122 48 Ragazza Polished Cherry/Yew 43,000 43,000
122 48 Vista Polished Ebony 40,000 40,000
122 48 Vista Satin Maple 38,500 38,500
122 48 Vista Satin Cherry 40,000 40,000
122 48 Master Class Polished Ebony 47,000 47,000
122 48 Peter Maly Artes Polished Ebony 52,000 52,000
122 48 Peter Maly Artes Polished Palisander/Macassar 53,500 53,500
122 48 Peter Maly Artes Polished White 53,500 53,500
122 48 Peter Maly Pure Noble Polished Ebony/Veneers 49,000 49,000
122 48 Peter Maly Pure Noble Polished White/Red 50,000 50,000
122 48 Peter Maly Pure Basic Satin Ebony/Walnut 39,900 39,900
122 48 Peter Maly Pure Basic Satin White 39,900 39,900
122 48 Peter Maly Pure Basic Satin White/Maple 39,900 39,900
122 48 Peter Maly Rondo Polished Ebony 43,500 43,500
122 48 Peter Maly Rondo Satin Wenge 40,500 40,500
122 48 Peter Maly Vitrea Colored Ebony with Glass 41,000 41,000
122 48 Schulpiano Satin Beech/Black Ash 32,000 32,000
130 51 Master Class Polished Ebony 53,000 53,000
130 51 Competence Polished Ebony 45,500 45,500
130 51 Competence Satin Walnut 43,000 43,000
130 51 Sonder Polished Ebony w/Sostenuto 39,900 39,900
130 51 Sonder Polished Ebony w/o Sostenuto 36,000 36,000
Sauter Grands
160 5 3 Alpha Polished Ebony 95,000 95,000
160 5 3 Alpha Satin Standard Wood Veneers 88,000 88,000
160 5 3 Chippendale Satin Cherry 99,000 99,000
160 5 3 Chippendale Satin Standard Wood Veneers 96,000 96,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Satin Cherry 106,000 106,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Polished Cherry 115,000 115,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Satin Burl Walnut 111,000 111,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Satin Standard Wood Veneers 106,000 106,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Polished Standard Wood Veneers 114,000 114,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Ebony 106,000 106,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Ebony w/Burl Walnut 110,000 110,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Pyramid Mahogany 117,000 117,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Bubinga 116,000 116,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Rio Palisander 117,000 117,000
185 6 1 Delta Satin Maple with Silver 99,000 99,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished White 110,000 110,000
185 6 1 Delta Satin Standard Wood Veneers 98,000 98,000
185 6 1 Chippendale Satin Cherry 109,000 109,000
185 6 1 Chippendale Satin Standard Wood Veneers 105,000 105,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Satin Cherry 116,000 116,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Polished Cherry 129,000 129,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Satin Burl Walnut 121,000 121,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Satin Standard Wood Veneers 112,000 112,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Polished Standard Wood Veneers 126,000 126,000
210 6 11 Peter Maly Vivace Polished Ebony 150,000 150,000
210 6 11 Peter Maly Vivace Satin Wood Veneers 140,000 140,000
210 6 11 Peter Maly Vivace Polished White 150,000 150,000
220 7 3 Omega Polished Ebony 135,000 135,000
220 7 3 Omega Polished Burl Walnut 149,000 149,000
220 7 3 Omega Polished Pyramid Mahogany 148,000 148,000
220 7 3 Omega Satin Standard Wood Veneers 129,000 129,000
230 7 7 Peter Maly Ambiente Polished Ebony 170,000 170,000
230 7 7 Peter Maly Ambiente Polished Ebony w/Crystals 195,000 195,000
275 9 Concert Polished Ebony 230,000 230,000