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. Euro = $1.14. Model 125G with Oval Medallion, add $1,600 (SMP).

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Frster, August Verticals
116 C 46 Chippendale Satin Ebony   31,543
116 C 46 Chippendale Satin Walnut   33,535
116 D 46 Continental Satin Ebony   21,815
116 D 46 Continental Polished Ebony   24,149
116 D 46 Continental Satin Mahogany/Walnut/Oak/Cherry   23,949
116 D 46 Continental Polished Mahogany/Walnut   26,456
116 D 46 Continental Satin Beech   22,235
116 D 46 Continental Polished White with bench   26,220
116 E 46 Satin Ebony   26,036
116 E 46 Polished Ebony   28,265
116 E 46 Satin Mahogany/Walnut/Oak/Cherry   28,085
116 E 46 Polished Mahogany/Walnut   30,546
116 E 46 Satin Beech   26,456
116 E 46 Polished White with bench   30,337
125 F 49 Polished Ebony   32,618
125 G 49 Satin Ebony   29,681
125 G 49 Polished Ebony   31,936
125 G 49 Satin Mahogany/Walnut/Oak/Cherry   32,306
125 G 49 Polished Mahogany/Walnut   34,951
125 G 49 Satin Beech   30,101
125 G 49 Polished White with bench   34,427
134 K 53 Polished Ebony   49,661
Frster, August Grands
170 5 8 Satin Ebony   62,194
170 5 8 Polished Ebony   66,573
170 5 8 Satin Mahogany/Walnut/Cherry   66,415
170 5 8 Polished Mahogany/Walnut   70,584
170 5 8 Polished White with bench   72,000
170 5 8 Classik Polished Ebony   76,510
170 5 8 Classik Polished Mahogany/Walnut   87,994
170 5 8 Classik Polished White with bench   81,885
190 6 4 Satin Ebony   70,689
190 6 4 Polished Ebony   75,147
190 6 4 Satin Mahogany/Walnut/Cherry   74,779
190 6 4 Polished Mahogany/Walnut   79,001
190 6 4 Polished White with bench   80,495
190 6 4 Classik Polished Ebony   84,874
190 6 4 Classik Polished Mahogany/Walnut   99,557
190 6 4 Classik Polished White with bench   90,328
190 6 4 Rokoko Polished White with bench   231,056
215 7 2 Polished Ebony   90,223
215 7 2 Polished White with bench   100,632
275 9 1 Polished Ebony   163,272

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