August Förster

August Förster GmbH
Jahnstrasse 8
02708 Löbau
Germany
+49-3585-86630
www.august-foerster.de
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The August Förster factory was founded by Friedrich August Förster in 1859 in Löbau, Germany, after Förster studied the art of piano building. During the years of control by the government of East Germany, the factory was managed by the fourth-generation piano builder, Wolfgang Förster. After the reunification of Germany and privatization, Wolfgang and his family once again owned their company. August Förster GmbH is now managed in the fifth generation by Wolfgang’s daughter, Annekatrin Förster.

With a workforce of 40 using a great deal of hand labor, Förster makes about 120 grands a year in four sizes, and 150 verticals a year in three sizes. The pianos are very well built structurally, and the cabinets are elegant. Rims and pinblocks are of beech, soundboards of solid mountain-grown spruce, and bridges are of hardrock maple (without graphite). Each string is individually terminated (single-strung). The actions are made by Renner with Renner hammers. A sostenuto pedal is standard on all grand models.

The tone of August Förster grands is unique, with a remarkable bass: dark, deep, yet clear. As delivered from the factory, the treble is often quite bright, and for some American tastes might be considered a bit thin — it is a less complex sound that emphasizes clarity. This, however, can be modified somewhat with voicing and a good dealer preparation. The instruments are quite versatile, at home with Mozart or Prokofiev, classical or jazz. The 6′ 4″ model is often said to have an especially good scale. The concert-quality 7′ 2″ and 9′ 1″ models are well balanced tonally, and over the years have been endorsed by many famous artists. The Renner actions are very responsive and arrive in exacting regulation. The new 53″ model 134K anniversary upright, intended for pianists who don’t have space for a grand, has such grand-piano–like features as a full sostenuto; a large, adjustable music desk; and black keys of real ebony.

Most of the comments regarding the quality of materials and workmanship of the Förster grands also apply to the verticals. The cabinet of the vertical is of exceptional width, with extra-thick side panels of solid-core stock. Counter bridges are used on the outside of the soundboard to increase its mass. The verticals have a full set of agraffes, and all the hardware and handmade wood parts are of elegant quality. The actions are built by Renner. The verticals possess the same warm, rich, deep bass tone as the grands.

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

See the Introduction to Brand Profiles, Models, and Prices for an explanation of pricing.

Model & Pricing Guide

Prices do not include bench, except where noted. Euro = $1.22. Model 125G with Oval Medallion, add $1,600 (SMP).

August Förster Verticals

Model
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
116 C
46
Chippendale Ebony Polish
$36,700
116 C
46
Chippendale Mahogany or Walnut Polish
$39,000
116 C
46
Chippendale Mahogany or Walnut Satin w/Carvings
$36,500
116 D
46
Continental Mahogany, Walnut, Oak, or Cherry Satin
$26,600
116 D
46
Continental Mahogany, Walnut, Oak, or Cherry Polish
$29,200
116 D
46
Continental Beech Satin
$24,380
116 D
46
Continental White Polish with bench
$29,000
116 D
46
Continental Ebony Satin
$24,400
116 D
46
Continental Ebony Polish
$26,800
116 E
46
Ebony Satin
$28,800
116 E
46
Ebony Polish
$31,100
116 E
46
Mahogany, Walnut, Oak, or Cherry Satin
$30,900
116 E
46
Mahogany, Walnut, Oak, or Cherry Polish
$33,400
116 E
46
Beech Satin
$29,200
116 E
46
White Polish with bench
$33,200
125 F
49
Ebony Polish
$35,600
125 G
49
Ebony Satin
$32,600
125 G
49
Ebony Polish
$34,900
125 G
49
Mahogany, Walnut, Oak, or Cherry Satin
$35,300
125 G
49
Mahogany, Walnut, Oak, or Cherry Polish
$38,000
125 G
49
Beech Satin
$33,000
125 G
49
White Polish with bench
$37,500
134 K
53
Ebony Polish
$53,200
116 C
46
Chippendale Ebony Satin w/Carvings
$34,500
116 C
46
Chippendale Mahogany or Walnut Satin w/Carvings
$36,500
116 C
46
Chippendale Ebony Satin w/Carvings
$34,500

August Förster Grands

Model
Feet
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
215
7
2
Mahogany, Walnut, or Cherry Polish
$105,600
215
7
2
White Polish with bench
$107,200
170
5
8
Mahogany, Walnut, or Cherry Polish
$76,100
170
5
8
White Polish with bench
$77,600
170
5
8
Chippendale Walnut Satin
$116,800
170
5
8
Antik Walnut Satin
$140,600
170
5
8
Classik Ebony Polish
$82,200
170
5
8
Classik Mahogany or Walnut Polish
$94,200
170
5
8
Classik White Polish with bench
$87,800
170
5
8
Mahogany, Walnut, or Cherry Satin
$71,800
170
5
8
Ebony Satin
$67,400
170
5
8
Ebony Polish
$72,000
190
6
4
Classik Ebony Polish
$90,900
190
6
4
Classik Mahogany or Walnut Polish
$106,000
190
6
4
Classik White Polish with bench
$96,600
190
6
4
Rokoko White Polish with bench
$250,000
190
6
4
Ebony Polish
$80,900
190
6
4
Mahogany, Walnut, or Cherry Satin
$80,400
190
6
4
Mahogany, Walnut, or Cherry Polish
$84,800
190
6
4
White Polish with bench
$86,400
190
6
4
Chippendale Walnut Satin
$125,500
190
6
4
Antik Walnut Satin
$157,900
190
6
4
Ebony Satin
$76,200
215
7
2
Ebony Polish
$96,500
215
7
2
Mahogany, Walnut, or Cherry Satin
$101,400
275
9
1
Ebony Polish
$172,000
275
9
1
White Polish with bench
$183,000