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FÖRSTER, AUGUST

August Förster GmbH
Jahnstrasse 8
02708 Löbau
Germany
+49-3585-86630
www.august-foerster.de
www.facebook.com/august.foerster

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.

Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

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

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Frster, August Verticals
116 C 46 Chippendale Satin Ebony w/Carvings   34,500
116 C 46 Chippendale Polished Ebony   36,700
116 C 46 Chippendale Polished Mahogany/Walnut   39,000
116 C 46 Chippendale Satin Mahogany/Walnut w/Carvings   36,500
116 D 46 Continental Satin Ebony   24,400
116 D 46 Continental Polished Ebony   26,800
116 D 46 Continental Satin Mahogany/Walnut/Oak/Cherry   26,600
116 D 46 Continental Polished Mahogany/Walnut/Oak/Cherry   29,200
116 D 46 Continental Satin Beech   24,380
116 D 46 Continental Polished White with bench   29,000
116 E 46 Satin Ebony   28,800
116 E 46 Polished Ebony   31,100
116 E 46 Satin Mahogany/Walnut/Oak/Cherry   30,900
116 E 46 Polished Mahogany/Walnut/Oak/Cherry   33,400
116 E 46 Satin Beech   29,200
116 E 46 Polished White with bench   33,200
125 F 49 Polished Ebony   35,600
125 G 49 Satin Ebony   32,600
125 G 49 Polished Ebony   34,900
125 G 49 Satin Mahogany/Walnut/Oak/Cherry   35,300
125 G 49 Polished Mahogany/Walnut/Oak/Cherry   38,000
125 G 49 Satin Beech   33,000
125 G 49 Polished White with bench   37,500
134 K 53 Polished Ebony   53,200
Frster, August Grands
170 5 8 Satin Ebony   67,400
170 5 8 Polished Ebony   72,000
170 5 8 Satin Mahogany/Walnut/Cherry   71,800
170 5 8 Polished Mahogany/Walnut/Cherry   76,100
170 5 8 Polished White with bench   77,600
170 5 8 Chippendale Satin Walnut   116,800
170 5 8 Antik Satin Walnut   140,600
170 5 8 Classik Polished Ebony   82,200
170 5 8 Classik Polished Mahogany/Walnut   94,200
170 5 8 Classik Polished White with bench   87,800
190 6 4 Satin Ebony   76,200
190 6 4 Polished Ebony   80,900
190 6 4 Satin Mahogany/Walnut/Cherry   80,400
190 6 4 Polished Mahogany/Walnut/Cherry   84,800
190 6 4 Polished White with bench   86,400
190 6 4 Chippendale Satin Walnut   125,500
190 6 4 Antik Satin Walnut   157,900
190 6 4 Classik Polished Ebony   90,900
190 6 4 Classik Polished Mahogany/Walnut   106,000
190 6 4 Classik Polished White with bench   96,600
190 6 4 Rokoko Polished White with bench   250,000
215 7 2 Polished Ebony   96,500
215 7 2 Satin Mahogany/Walnut/Cherry   101,400
215 7 2 Polished Mahogany/Walnut/Cherry   105,600
215 7 2 Polished White with bench   107,200
275 9 1 Polished Ebony   172,000
275 9 1 Polished White with bench   183,000

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