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BLÜTHNER E-KLAVIER

Blüthner USA LLC
5660 West Grand River
Lansing, Michigan 48906
517-886-6000
800-954-3200
[email protected]
www.bluthnerpiano.com

Blüthner, one of the world’s preeminent piano makers, has released its first line of digital pianos, called the e-Klavier. (For company background, see the Blüthner listing in the “Brand and Company Profiles” for acoustic pianos.) Engineered and manufactured in Leipzig, Germany, the e-Klavier line comprises seven models in five styles: a slab, two standard verticals, a decorator vertical called the Pianette, a vertical called Homeline with a solid wood cabinet, and two grand-shaped models.

Blüthner says it has developed a unique approach to sampling and sound modeling, called Authentic Acoustic Behavior, that allows the e-Klavier to reproduce the effect of the aliquot (fourth) string of Blüthner’s acoustic pianos. This system also permits the reproduction of advanced harmonics, such as the coincidental partials produced when two notes are played simultaneously, and the sound the dampers make when lifting off the strings. The e-Klavier actions, sourced from Fatar, feature escapement, and wooden keys with “ivory feel” in some models. In the near future, users will be able to download new sounds to the e-Klaviers via the Internet at no charge, and store the sounds of turn-of-the-century Blüthner pianos and other Blüthner models of interest.

The e-Klavier 2 and 3 also contain an actual piano soundboard, which enables these instruments to produce certain aspects of acoustic-piano tone that are difficult or impossible to simulate by purely electronic means.

Blüthner also makes a hybrid-piano system, called “e-volution,” that can be installed in any of its acoustic upright or grand models. For more information, see the Blüthner listing in the Acoustic Pianos: Brand and Company Profiles section of this issue.

Digital Piano: Prices and Specifications

Click any Model link for an expanded list of specifications for that model.
Prices in blue italics indicate Minimum Advertised Price (MAP). Other prices are our estimates based on normal retail margins.
For more information on MAP and retail pricing, see our article on Buying a Digital Piano.
For explanation of features and specifications shown, please see the Key to Specifications and Prices.

Model Form Slab, Vertical, Grand Ensemble Finish See finish codes Est. Street Price* Voices Rhythms / Styles Polyphony Pedals H = half-pedaling support Speakers / Watts Recording MIDI Tracks / Digital Audio (DA) Bluetooth Vocal Support Educational Features Product Page
PRO-88 EX S ES 2,642 35+256GM 256 1 (5) H 2 / 60 1 / DA No Yes No External Website Link
e3 V ES/WtS 6,508 25+127GM 256 3 H 4 / 150 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
e3 V EP 7,502 25+127GM 256 3 H 4 / 150 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
Pianette V EP 17,816 35+256GM 256 3 H 4 / 150 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
Homeline V ES 4,322 35+256GM 256 3 H 4 / 60 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
Homeline V MS 4,599 35+256GM 256 3 H 4 / 60 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
Homeline V BeechS 4,875 35+256GM 256 3 H 4 / 60 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
Sonus V Bk/Wt 5,650 40+256GM 256 3 H 4 / 100 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
Sonus V Bk & EP front 6,179 40+256GM 256 2 H 4 / 100 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
Sonus V EP 6,708 40+256GM 256 3 H 4 / 100 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
e-Grand Studio G ES/WtS 13,857 35+256GM 256 3 H 4 / 150 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
e-Grand Studio G EP/WtP 13,767 35+256GM 256 3 H 4 / 150 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
e-Grand Concert G ES/WtS 16,478 35+256GM 256 3 H 6 / 150 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link
e-Grand Concert G EP/WtP 19,261 35+256GM 256 3 H 6 / 150 1 / DA Yes No No External Website Link

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