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Including Friedrich Grotrian

Grotrian Piano Company GmbH
P.O. Box 5833
D-38049 Braunschweig, Germany
+49-531-2101040 (fax)
[email protected]

Sales agent for U.S. and Canada:

Grotrian USA
35 Duncan Street
Haverhill, Massachusetts 01830
916 567-9999
916 567-1941 (fax)
[email protected]

Friedrich Grotrian was born in 1803 in Schöningen, Germany, and as a young man lived in Moscow, where he ran a music business and was associated with piano manufacturing. Later in his life he teamed up with C.F. Theodor Steinweg, son of Heinrich Steinweg, to build pianos. Heinrich had emigrated to the U.S. about 1850, soon to establish the firm of Steinway & Sons. Theodor followed in 1865, selling his share in the partnership to Wilhelm Grotrian, son of Friedrich, who had died in 1860. Thereafter, the firm became known as Grotrian-Steinweg. (In a legal settlement with Steinway & Sons, Grotrian-Steinweg agreed to use only the name Grotrian on pianos sold in North America.) Even as early as the 1860s, Grotrian pianos were well known and highly respected throughout Europe. Each successive generation of the Grotrian family maintained the company’s high standards and furthered the technical development of the instrument.

In 2015, a majority interest in the Grotrian Piano Co. was purchased by Parsons Music Group, a Hong Kong–based piano manufacturer. Grotrian says that all pianos bearing its name will continue to be made in Braunschweig, Germany, and that the Parsons investment will be used to expand manufacturing capacity to better serve the burgeoning Asian piano market. A member of the sixth generation of the Grotrian family is also a shareholder, and will continue to participate in managing the company, as will the current CEO, who has been in that position for 18 years.

Grotrian grands have beech rims, solid spruce sound-boards, laminated beech pinblocks, Renner actions, and are single-strung. Grotrian prides itself on what it calls its “homogeneous soundboard,” in which each piece of wood is specially chosen for its contribution to the tone of the soundboard. The cast-iron plate is attached with screws along the outer edges of the rim, instead of on top of the rim, which the company says allows the soundboard to vibrate more freely. The vertical pianos have a unique star-shaped wooden back structure and a full-perimeter plate. Grotrian makes five sizes of grand and six sizes of vertical piano.  New “studio” versions of grand models 192 (6' 3") and 208 (6' 10"), made for institutions, have scratch-resistant cabinet finishes, wider music desks, and more impervious soundboard finishes.

Grotrian also makes a lower-cost line, called Friedrich Grotrian, with a beech back frame but no back posts, and a simpler cabinet. It’s available in a 43½" model in polished ebony with legs, and in 43½" and 45" models for institutional use, with satin finishes but without legs. The Friedrich Grotrian models are also completely made at the Grotrian factory in Braunschweig, Germany.

In the near future, the Friedrich Grotrian models described above, like all the other models that are entirely made in the Braunschweig factory, will be included under the Grotrian brand. A new, lower-cost Friedrich Grotrian line, to be introduced in 2017, will have the rim and finished cabinet, with cast-iron plate, soundboard, and pinblock installed, constructed by Parsons Music in China, then shipped to the Grotrian factory in Braunschweig, where German strings, keys, hammers, and Renner action parts will be installed, and the pianos tuned, regulated, and voiced. The amount of value added by German parts and labor will qualify these models for “Made in Germany” status under German law. At press time, prices for these models were not yet available.

TThe treble of Grotrian pianos has extraordinary sustaining characteristics. It also has a pronounced sound of attack, subtle and delicate. The tenor is darker than many other brands. The bass can be powerful, but without stridency. Overall, Grotrian pianos have a unique, expressive sound and are a pleasure to play. Over the years, many well-known pianists have endorsed or expressed appreciation for Grotrian pianos.

Warranty: 5 years, parts and labor, transferable to future owners.

Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Prices do not include bench. Other woods available on request. Euro = $1.10
Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Grotrian Verticals
Verticals Chippendale/Rococo/Empire, add 1,411 1,352
Verticals Sostenuto, add 1,699 1,628
Studio 110 43 Satin Ebony 16,373 15,691
Studio 110 43 Satin White 16,675 15,980
Friedrich Grotrian 44 Polished Ebony 17,119 16,406
Friedrich Grotrian 44 Open-pore Walnut 17,119 16,406
Cristal 44 Continental Satin Ebony 22,087 21,167
Cristal 44 Continental Polished Ebony 23,066 22,105
Cristal 44 Continental Open-pore Walnut 23,066 22,105
Cristal 44 Continental Polished Walnut/White 25,272 24,219
Contour 45 Polished Ebony 24,782 23,750
Contour 45 Open-pore Walnut 24,782 23,750
Contour 45 Polished Walnut/White 27,150 26,018
Canto 45 Satin Ebony 24,618 23,593
Canto 45 Polished Ebony 25,762 24,688
Canto 45 Open-pore Walnut 25,762 24,688
Carat 46 Polished Ebony 29,028 27,819
Carat 46 Open-pore Walnut 29,028 27,819
Carat 46 Polished Walnut/White 31,562 30,247
College 48 Satin Ebony 31,378 30,070
College 48 Polished Ebony 33,013 31,639
College 48 Open-pore Walnut 33,013 31,639
Classic 49 Polished Ebony 39,220 37,587
Classic 49 Open-pore Walnut 39,220 37,587
Classic 49 Polished Walnut/White 42,241 40,480
Concertino 52 Polished Ebony 49,386 47,329
Concertino 52 Open-pore Walnut 49,386 47,329
Grotrian Grands
Grands Chippendale/Empire, add 4,896 4,896
Grands CS Style, add 5,472 5,472
Grands Rococo, add 16,416 16,416
Chambre 5 5 Satin Ebony 72,544 72,544
Chambre 5 5 Polished Ebony 80,058 80,058
Chambre 5 5 Open-pore Walnut 80,058 80,058
Chambre 5 5 Polished Walnut/White 87,736 87,736
Cabinet 6 4 Satin Ebony 84,306 84,306
Cabinet 6 4 Polished Ebony 93,946 93,946
Cabinet 6 4 Studio Lacquer Ebony 65,310 65,310
Cabinet 6 4 Open-pore Walnut 93,946 93,946
Cabinet 6 4 Polished Walnut/White 102,931 102,931
Charis 6 10 Satin Ebony 99,377 99,377
Charis 6 10 Polished Ebony 108,524 108,524
Charis 6 10 Studio Lacquer Ebony 79,764 79,764
Charis 6 10 Open-pore Walnut 108,524 108,524
Concert 7 5 Satin Ebony 118,354 118,354
Concert 7 5 Polished Ebony 134,001 134,001
Concert 7 5 Open-pore Walnut 134,001 134,001
Concert Royal 9 1 Polished Ebony 179,914 179,914
Concert Royal 9 1 Open-pore Walnut 179,914 179,914