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BÖSENDORFER

Yamaha Corporation of America
P.O. Box 6600
Buena Park, California 90622
714-522-9415
info@boesendorferus.com
www.boesendorfer.com


Pianos made by: L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH, Vienna, Austria

Bösendorfer was founded in 1828 in Vienna, Austria, by Ignaz Bösendorfer. The young piano maker rose to fame when Franz Liszt endorsed his concert grand after being unable to destroy it in playing, as he had every other piano set before him. Ignaz died in 1858 and the company was taken over by his son, Ludwig. Under Ludwig’s direction, the firm greatly prospered and the pianos became even more famous throughout Europe and the world. Ludwig, having no direct descendants, sold the firm to a friend, Carl Hutterstrasser, in 1909. Carl’s sons, Wolfgang and Alexander, became partners in 1931. Bösendorfer was sold to Kimball International, a U.S. manufacturer of low- and medium-priced pianos, in 1966. In 2002 Kimball, having left the piano business, sold Bösendorfer to BAWAG Bank, Austria’s third largest financial institution. The bank encountered financial troubles unrelated to Bösendorfer and sold the piano company to Yamaha in 2008. Yamaha says it will not be making any changes to Bösendorfer’s location or methods of production, and that its sales network will continue to be separate from Yamaha’s. Bösendorfer manufactures fewer than 500 pianos a year, with close to half of them sold in the U.S.

Bösendorfer makes a 52" upright and eight models of grand piano, from 5' 1" to the 9' 6" Imperial Concert Grand, one of the world’s largest pianos. The 5' 1" grand, new in 2012 and unusually small for a Bösendorfer, has the same keyboard as the 5' 8" grand, ensuring a good touch despite the instrument’s small size. The company also makes slightly less expensive versions of four grand models known as the Conservatory Series (CS). Conservatory Series grands are like the regular grands except that the case receives a satin finish instead of a high polish, and some cabinet details are simpler. Previously, the CS models also had a satin-finished plate, and were loop-strung instead of single-strung, but in 2009, regarding these features, the specifications of the regular models were restored. All Bösendorfer grand pianos have three pedals, the middle pedal being a sostenuto.

One of the most distinctive features of the grands is that a couple of models have more than 88 keys. The 7' 4" model has 92 keys and the 9' 6" model has 97 keys. The lowest strings vibrate so slowly that it’s actually possible to hear the individual beats of the vibration. Piano technicians say that it is next to impossible to tune these strings by ear, although electronic tuning aids can help accomplish this. Of course, these notes are rarely used, but their presence, and the presence of the extra-long bridge and larger soundboard to accommodate them, add extra power, resonance, and clarity to the lower regular notes of the piano. In order not to confuse pianists, who rely on the normal keyboard configuration for spatial orientation while playing, the keys for these extra notes are usually covered with a black ivorine material.

The rim of the Bösendorfer grand is built quite differently from those of all other grands. Instead of veneers bent around a form, the inner rim is made in solid sections of spruce and beech that are joined together. The outer rim has a solid core of quartersawn spruce that is grooved by Bösendorfer craftsmen so that it can be bent around the inner rim; after bending, the grooved sections are filled with spruce inserts. Because spruce is better at transmitting than reflecting sound, the extensive use of spruce in the rim has the effect of making the rim an acoustical extension of the soundboard, causing the entire body of the piano to resonate. This, along with the scale design, may be why Bösendorfers tend to have a more delicate treble, and a bass that features the fundamental tone more than the higher harmonics. Although the stereotype that “Bösendorfers are better for Mozart than Rachmaninoff” may be an exaggeration (as evidenced by the number of performing artists who successfully use the piano in concert for a wide variety of music), the piano’s not-so-“in-your-face” sound is certainly ideally suited for the classical repertoire, in addition to whatever else it can do.

In recent years, Bösendorfer has made some refinements to its designs. The relatively newer 6' 1", 7', and 9' 2" models have been designed specifically to appeal to pianists looking for a more familiar sound. The last two models, now called the Vienna Concert (VC) series, have redesigned scaling and soundboard for greater sound projection, improved sustain, and a wider range of tonal color and dynamics. In all models, however, the distinctive Bösendorfer sound is still readily apparent.

In the past few years, Bösendorfer has introduced a number of interesting instruments in new cabinet styles. These include a Porsche-designed modern piano in aluminum and polished ebony (it can be special-ordered in any standard Porsche finish color); the Liszt, Vienna, and Chopin models of Victorian-styled pianos; and limited-edition models, such as the Liszt Anniversary, Beethoven, Mozart, Hummingbird, and Schönbrunn. Perhaps not to be outdone by Porsche, in 2009 Bösendorfer produced a model commissioned and designed by Audi on the occasion of that automaker’s 100th anniversary.

Bösendorfer makes a unique electronic player-piano system called CEUS, no longer advertised in the U.S. but available by special order. The Bösendorfer model 200 is optionally available with a Yamaha Disklavier Enspire installed.

Perhaps the world’s most expensive piano inch for inch, Bösendorfer grands make an eloquent case for their prices. They are distinctive in both appearance and sound, and are considered to be among the finest pianos in the world.

Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor, transferable to future owners within the warranty period.



Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Bosendorfer Verticals
130 52 Satin and Polished Ebony 73,999 70,998
130 52 Satin and Polished White, other colors 87,999 84,998
130 52 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 93,999 88,998
130 52 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 99,999 95,598
Bosendorfer Grands
155 5 1 Satin and Polished Ebony 117,999 111,998
155 5 1 Satin and Polished White, other colors 131,999 124,998
155 5 1 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 140,999 133,398
155 5 1 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 152,999 144,998
155 5 1 Chrome: Satin and Polished Ebony 129,999 125,798
170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 119,999 117,398
170 5 7 Satin and Polished White, other colors 135,999 130,398
170 5 7 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 143,999 138,998
170 5 7 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Bubinga, Pyramid Mahogany, Santos Rosewood, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 154,999 150,198
170 5 7 Chrome: Satin and Polished Ebony 137,999 130,798
170 5 7 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 147,999 140,398
170 5 7 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 171,999 162,598
170 5 7 Liszt: Polished Vavona 175,999 166,598
170 5 7 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 199,999 189,998
170 5 7 Baroque: Light Satin Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 223,999 210,998
170 5 7 Artisan Satin and Polished 286,999 270,998
170CS 5 7 Conservatory Satin Ebony 109,999 104,198
185CS 6 1 Conservatory Satin Ebony 113,999 108,598
185 6 1 Satin and Polished Ebony 128,999 122,598
185 6 1 Satin and Polished White, other colors 142,999 134,998
185 6 1 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 151,999 143,998
185 6 1 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 163,999 155,598
185 6 1 Chrome: Satin and Polished Ebony 142,999 134,998
185 6 1 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 152,999 144,998
185 6 1 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 178,999 168,998
185 6 1 Liszt: Polished Vavona 182,999 172,998
185 6 1 Edge: Satin and Polished Ebony 204,999 193,598
185 6 1 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 208,999 196,998
185 6 1 Baroque: Satin Light Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 228,999 216,398
185 6 1 Porsche Design: Diamond Black Metallic Gloss 239,999 226,598
185 6 1 Artisan Satin and Polished 295,999 278,998
200CS 6 7 Conservatory Satin Ebony 119,999 114,198
200 6 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 139,999 132,598
200 6 7 Satin and Polished White, other colors 154,999 146,998
200 6 7 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 165,999 156,798
200 6 7 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 179,999 169,798
200 6 7 Chrome Satin and Polished Ebony 145,596 120,744
200 6 7 Chrome: Satin and Polished Ebony 153,999 145,998
200 6 7 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 164,999 155,998
200 6 7 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 193,999 183,798
200 6 7 Liszt: Polished Vavona 199,999 188,998
200 6 7 Beethoven Polished Ebony, Klimt "Woman in Gold" 169,999 160,998
200 6 7 Beethoven: Chrome; Cocteau: White 197,999 186,998
200 6 7 Edge: Satin and Polished Ebony 224,999 212,998
200 6 7 Oscar Peterson Disklavier: Polished Ebony 209,999 198,998
200 6 7 Butterfly: Polished Ebony w/Maple 199,999 188,998
200 6 7 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 227,999 214,998
200 6 7 Baroque: Satin Light Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 249,999 235,998
200 6 7 Artisan Satin and Polished 314,999 296,998
200 6 7 Disklavier Enspire, add 39,999 37,998
214VC CS 7 Conservatory Satin Ebony 129,999 124,998
214VC 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 154,999 147,998
214VC 7 Satin and Polished White, other colors 174,999 164,998
214VC 7 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 187,999 177,598
214VC 7 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 203,999 192,198
214VC 7 Chrome: Satin and Polished Ebony 174,999 165,398
214VC 7 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 182,999 172,998
214VC 7 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 219,999 207,998
214VC 7 Liszt: Polished Vavona 224,999 212,998
214VC 7 Beethoven: Polished Ebony, Klimt "Woman in Gold" 184,999 176,998
214VC 7 Beethoven: Chrome; Cocteau: White 216,999 204,998
214VC 7 Edge: Satin and Polished Ebony 249,999 238,998
214VC 7 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 257,999 242,998
214VC 7 Baroque: Satin Light Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 283,999 266,998
214VC 7 Porsche Design: Diamond Black Metallic Gloss 297,999 280,998
214VC 7 Audi Design Polished Ebony 359,999 340,998
214VC 7 Artisan Satin and Polished 359,999 340,998
225 7 4 Satin and Polished Ebony 172,999 163,998
225 7 4 Satin and Polished White, other colors 189,999 179,998
225 7 4 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 204,999 193,798
225 7 4 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 221,999 209,798
225 7 4 Chrome: Satin and Polished Ebony 186,999 177,198
225 7 4 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 198,999 187,398
225 7 4 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 239,999 226,998
225 7 4 Liszt: Polished Vavona 245,999 232,398
225 7 4 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 281,999 265,998
225 7 4 Baroque: Satin Light Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 309,999 292,198
225 7 4 Artisan Satin and Polished 385,999 362,998
225 7 4 Grand Bohemian: Polished Ebony 420,000 420,000
280VC 9 2 Satin and Polished Ebony 224,999 212,598
280VC 9 2 Satin and Polished White, other colors 246,999 233,798
280VC 9 2 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 265,999 250,998
280VC 9 2 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 287,999 271,998
280VC 9 2 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 261,999 246,998
280VC 9 2 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 312,999 294,998
280VC 9 2 Liszt: Polished Vavona 319,999 301,998
280VC 9 2 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 366,999 345,398
280VC 9 2 Baroque: Satin Light Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 399,999 378,798
280VC 9 2 Porsche Design: Diamond Black Metallic Gloss 424,999 400,998
280VC 9 2 Artisan Satin and Polished 457,999 430,998
290 9 6 Satin and Polished Ebony 255,999 240,998
290 9 6 Satin and Polished White, other colors 279,999 264,998
290 9 6 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 302,999 286,198
290 9 6 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 327,999 308,998
290 9 6 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 292,999 276,198
290 9 6 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 356,999 334,998
290 9 6 Liszt: Polished Vavona 364,999 343,598
290 9 6 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 416,999 392,998
290 9 6 Baroque: Satin Light Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 457,999 430,998
290 9 6 Artisan Satin and Polished 519,999 490,998