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. Bösendorfer manufactures only around 300 pianos a year.

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 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. These 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. The 9′ 2″ model 280VC has been well accepted by concert pianists, and this and other VC models can now be found in leading musical institutions and concert halls.

In past 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. In 2020, Bösendorfer introduced the limited-edition Secession model, the first in a series inspired by architectural milestones of Vienna.

Various Bösendorfer models are also available with the Yamaha Disklavier ENSPIRE system 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: Acoustic Piano: 10 years, parts and labor. For models equipped with Disklavier feature: 5 years on the electronic/electromechanical parts. The warranty is to the original owner and is not transferable.

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

Model & Pricing Guide

Disklavier Enspire PRO on select grand models, add $45,998 (SMP). Silent Piano SH2 System, add $6,998 (SMP) for verticals, $16,398 (SMP) for select grands.

Bösendorfer Verticals

Model
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
Select models
Silent Piano SH2 System, add
$7,599
$7,599
130
52
Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Macassar Polish or Satin
$122,999
$114,998
130
52
Open-pore: Birdseye Maple, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge Polish or Satin
$117,999
$110,998
130
52
Ebony Polish or Satin
$88,999
$82,998
130
52
White and other colors Polished or Satin
$103,999
$96,998
130
52
Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele Polish or Satin
$110,999
$102,998

Bösendorfer Grands

Model
Feet
Inch
Description
MSRP
SMP
Select models
Silent Piano SH2 System, add
$18,899
$16,398
170VC Chopin
5
7
Pommele Satin
$237,999
$224,998
170VC Liszt
5
7
Vavona Polish
$211,999
$198,998
170VC Johann Strauss
5
7
Cherry Satin
$204,999
$192,998
170VC Baroque
5
7
Light Ivory Satin
$268,999
$250,998
170VC
5
7
White and other colors Polished or Satin
$164,999
$154,998
170VC
5
7
Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele Polish or Satin
$177,999
$166,998
170VC Artisan
5
7
Ebony Polish or Satin
$339,999
$318,998
170VC
5
7
Open-pore: Birdseye Maple, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge Polish or Satin
$188,999
$176,998
170VC
5
7
Ebony Polish or Satin
$146,999
$138,998
170VC Louis XVI
5
7
Pommele Satin
$237,999
$224,998
170VC Vienna
5
7
Amboyna Polish
$268,999
$250,998
170VC
5
7
Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Macassar Polish or Satin
$196,999
$184,998
170VC Johann Strauss
5
7
Ebony w/Maple Polish or Satin
$177,999
$166,998
185VC Baroque
6
1
Light Ivory Satin
$272,999
$254,998
185VC Vienna
6
1
Amboyna Polish
$272,999
$254,998
185VC Porsche Design
6
1
Diamond Black Metallic Gloss
$286,999
$268,998
185VC Artisan
6
1
Ebony Polish or Satin
$352,999
$330,998
185VC Liszt
6
1
Vavona Polish
$217,999
$204,998
185VC Edge
6
1
Ebony Polish or Satin
$242,999
$228,998
185VC Louis XVI
6
1
Pommele Satin
$247,999
$232,998
185VC Chopin
6
1
Pommele Satin
$247,999
$232,998
185VC Johann Strauss
6
1
Cherry Satin
$213,999
$200,998
185VC
6
1
White and other colors Polished or Satin
$171,999
$160,998
185VC
6
1
Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele Polish or Satin
$181,999
$170,998
185VC
6
1
Ebony Polish or Satin
$155,999
$146,998
185VC
6
1
Open-pore: Birdseye Maple, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge Polish or Satin
$196,999
$184,998
185VCCS Conservatory
6
1
Ebony Satin
$140,999
$132,998
185VC
6
1
Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Macassar Polish or Satin
$202,999
$190,998
185VC Johann Strauss
6
1
Ebony w/Maple Polish or Satin
$183,999
$172,998
200 Edge
6
7
Ebony Polish or Satin
$269,999
$252,998
200 Artisan
6
7
Ebony Polish or Satin
$371,999
$348,998
200 Vienna
6
7
Amboyna Polish
$297,999
$278,998
200 Chopin
6
7
Pommele Satin
$272,999
$254,998
200 Baroque
6
7
Light Ivory Satin
$297,999
$278,998
200 Liszt
6
7
Pommele Satin
$272,999
$254,998
200 Cocteau
6
7
White Polish
$234,999
$220,998
200 Liszt
6
7
Vavona Polish
$236,999
$222,998
200
6
7
Klimt "Woman in Gold"
$202,999
$190,998
200 Johann Strauss
6
7
Cherry Satin
$231,999
$218,998
200 Dragonfly
6
7
Ebony and Maple Polish
$236,999
$222,998
200
6
7
Ebony Polish or Satin with Chrome
$213,999
$200,998
200
6
7
Open-pore: Birdseye Maple, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge Polish or Satin
$200,999
$96,998
200
6
7
Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele Polish or Satin
$198,999
$186,998
200
6
7
Open-pore: Birdseye Maple, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge Polish or Satin
$213,999
$200,998
200
6
7
White and other colors Polished or Satin
$185,999
$174,998
200
6
7
Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Macassar Polish or Satin
$222,999
$208,998
200
6
7
Ebony Polish or Satin
$166,999
$156,998
200 Johann Strauss
6
7
Ebony w/Maple Polish or Satin
$196,999
$184,998
200SSCS Conservatory
6
7
Ebony Satin
$148,999
$140,998
214VC Audi Design
7
0
Ebony Polish
$415,999
$392,998
214VC Camellia
7
0
Ebony & Maple w/Marquetry Polish
$260,999
$244,998
214VC Sucession
7
0
Ebony Polish w/Gold Leaf
$277,999
$260,998
214VC Beethoven 250th
7
0
Ebony Polish w/Chrome
$234,999
$220,998
214VC Beethoven 250th
7
0
White Polish w/Chrome
$251,999
$236,998
214VC Artisan
7
0
Ebony Polish or Satin
$415,999
$392,998
214VC Edge
7
0
Ebony Polish or Satin
$286,999
$272,998
214VC Chopin
7
0
Pommele Satin
$294,999
$276,998
214VC Louis XVI
7
0
Pommele Satin
$294,999
$276,998
214VC Baroque
7
0
Light Ivory Satin
$325,999
$304,998
214VC Vienna
7
0
Amboyna Polish
$325,999
$304,998
214VCCS Conservatory
7
0
Ebony Satin
$160,999
$152,998
214VC
7
0
Ebony Polish or Satin
$177,999
$166,998
214VC Porsche Design
7
0
Diamond Black Metallic Gloss
$343,999
$322,998
214VC
7
0
Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele Polish or Satin
$213,999
$202,998
214VC
7
0
White and other colors Polished or Satin
$202,999
$190,998
214VC
7
0
Open-pore: Birdseye Maple, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge Polish or Satin
$234,999
$220,998
214VC Liszt
7
0
Vavona Polish
$260,999
$244,998
214VC
7
0
Klimt "Woman in Gold"
$213,999
$202,998
214VC Cocteau
7
0
White Polish
$251,999
$236,998
214VC Johann Strauss
7
0
Ebony w/Maple Polish or Satin
$211,999
$198,998
214VC Johann Strauss
7
0
Cherry Satin
$260,999
$244,998
214VC
7
0
Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Macassar Polish or Satin
$242,999
$228,998
225 Johann Strauss
7
4
Cherry Satin
$299,999
$280,998
225 Liszt
7
4
Vavona Polish
$299,999
$280,998
225 Chopin
7
4
Pommele Satin
$339,999
$318,998
225 Louis XVI
7
4
Pommele Satin
$339,999
$318,998
225 Baroque
7
4
Light Ivory Satin
$371,999
$348,998
225 Vienna
7
4
Amboyna Polish
$371,999
$348,998
225 Artisan
7
4
Ebony Polish or Satin
$465,999
$436,998
225
7
4
White and other colors Polished or Satin
$230,999
$216,998
225
7
4
Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele Polish or Satin
$247,999
$232,998
225
7
4
Ebony Polish or Satin
$209,999
$196,998
225
7
4
Open-pore: Birdseye Maple, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge Polish or Satin
$269,999
$252,998
225
7
4
Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Macassar Polish or Satin
$275,999
$258,998
225 Johann Strauss
7
4
Ebony w/Maple Polish or Satin
$237,999
$224,998
230VC
7
6
White and other colors Polished or Satin
$230,999
$216,998
230VC
7
6
Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Macassar Polish or Satin
$294,999
$276,998
230VC
7
6
Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele Polish or Satin
$247,999
$232,998
230VC
7
6
Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Birdseye Maple, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge
$269,999
$252,998
230VC
7
6
Ebony Polish or Satin
$211,999
$198,998
280VC Artisan
9
2
Ebony Polish or Satin
$540,999
$506,998
280VC Porsche Design
9
2
Diamond Black Metallic Gloss
$499,999
$470,998
280VC Vienna
9
2
Amboyna Polish
$470,999
$444,998
280VC Chopin
9
2
Pommele Satin
$433,999
$406,998
280VC Baroque
9
2
Light Ivory Satin
$470,999
$444,998
280VC Liszt
9
2
Vavona Polish
$380,999
$356,998
280VC Louis XVI
9
2
Pommele Satin
$433,999
$406,998
280VC
9
2
White and other colors Polished or Satin
$292,999
$274,998
280VC
9
2
Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele Polish or Satin
$316,999
$296,998
280VC
9
2
Ebony Polish or Satin
$262,999
$246,998
280VC
9
2
Open-pore: Birdseye Maple, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge Polish or Satin
$339,999
$318,998
280VC
9
2
Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Macassar Polish or Satin
$358,999
$334,998
280VC Johann Strauss
9
2
Ebony w/Maple Polish or Satin
$310,999
$290,998
280VC Johann Strauss
9
2
Cherry Satin
$280,999
$356,998
290 Artisan
9
6
Ebony Polish or Satin
$622,999
$586,998
290 Johann Strauss
9
6
Cherry Satin
$440,999
$412,998
290 Liszt
9
6
Vavona Polish
$440,999
$412,998
290 Chopin
9
6
Pommele Satin
$499,999
$470,998
290 Louis XVI
9
6
Pommele Satin
$499,999
$470,998
290 Baroque
9
6
Light Ivory Satin
$550,999
$516,998
290
9
6
Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele Polish or Satin
$364,999
$342,998
290
9
6
White and other colors Polished or Satin
$336,999
$316,998
290
9
6
Ebony Polish or Satin
$306,999
$286,998
290
9
6
Open-pore: Birdseye Maple, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge Polish or Satin
$394,999
$370,998
290
9
6
Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Macassar Polish or Satin
$409,999
$384,998
290 Johann Strauss
9
6
Ebony w/Maple Polish or Satin
$352,999
$330,998
290 Vienna
9
6
Amboyna Polish
$550,999
$516,998