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GROTRIAN

including Wilhelm Grotrian

Grotrian Piano Company GmbH
P.O. Box 5833
D-38049 Braunschweig, Germany
+49-531-210100
+49-531-2101040 (fax)
[email protected]
www.grotrian.de

Sales agent for U.S. and Canada:

Parsons USA
Ivan Wu
480-616-5218
[email protected]

 

Pianos made by: Grotrian Piano Company GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany; and Parsons Music, Hong Kong

Friedrich Grotrian was born in 1803 in Schöningen, Germany, and as a young man lived in Moscow, where he ran a music business and was associated with piano manufacturing. Later in his life he teamed up with C.F. Theodor Steinweg, son of Heinrich Steinweg, to build pianos. Heinrich had emigrated to the U.S. about 1850, soon to establish the firm of Steinway & Sons. Theodor followed in 1865, selling his share in the partnership to Wilhelm Grotrian, son of Friedrich, who had died in 1860. Thereafter, the firm became known as Grotrian-Steinweg. (In a legal settlement with Steinway & Sons, Grotrian-Steinweg agreed to use only the name Grotrian on pianos sold in North America.) Even as early as the 1860s, Grotrian pianos were well known and highly respected throughout Europe. Each successive generation of the Grotrian family maintained the company’s high standards and furthered the technical development of the instrument.

In 2015, a majority interest in the Grotrian Piano Co. was purchased by Parsons Music Group, a Hong Kong–based piano manufacturer. Grotrian says that all pianos bearing its name will continue to be made in Braunschweig, Germany, and that the Parsons investment will be used to expand manufacturing capacity to better serve the burgeoning Asian piano market. A member of the sixth generation of the Grotrian family is a shareholder, and will continue to participate in managing the company.

Grotrian grands have beech rims, solid spruce soundboards, laminated beech pinblocks, Renner actions, and are single-strung. Grotrian prides itself on what it calls its “homogeneous soundboard,” in which each piece of wood is specially chosen for its contribution to the tone. The cast-iron plate is attached with screws along the outer edges of the rim, instead of on the top of the rim, which the company says allows the soundboard to vibrate more freely. The vertical pianos have a unique star-shaped wooden back structure and a full-perimeter plate to ensure the instrument’s structural and tonal stability over time.

The treble of Grotrian pianos has extraordinary sustaining characteristics. It also has a pronounced sound of attack, subtle and delicate. The tenor is darker than many other brands. The bass can be powerful, but without stridency. Overall, Grotrian pianos have a unique, expressive sound and are a pleasure to play. Over the years, many European royal families have appointed Grotrian to supply pianos to the court, and many well-known pianists have endorsed or expressed appreciation for Grotrian pianos.

For the North American market, Grotrian makes four sizes of grand and two sizes of vertical piano.  A “studio” version of grand model G-192 (6′ 3″), made for institutions, has a scratch-resistant cabinet finish, a wider music desk, and a more impervious soundboard finish.

In 2018, Grotrian introduced two lines that are even more affordable: Wilhelm Grotrian and Wilhelm Grotrian Studio. These instruments combine German Grotrian designs with “global sourcing and global manufacturing,” including soundboards of lightweight Alaskan spruce. The two new lines have the same tone color, touch, and performance; the only difference between them is that the Wilhelm Grotrian Studio models come in simpler cabinet designs for the more price-conscious buyer.

The Wilhelm Grotrian line comprises four sizes of vertical piano. The Wilhelm Grotrian Studio line consists of four sizes of vertical and two sizes of grand.

Warranty: 5 years, parts and labor, transferable to future owners.

Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Other woods and finishes available on request. Sostenuto included with Grotrian vertical models G-124 and G-132, and all Grotrian grand models.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Grotrian Verticals
Concerto G-124 49 Polished Ebony 60,840 41,560
Concerto G-132 52 Polished Ebony 76,005 51,670
Grotrian, Wilhelm Verticals
WG-23 48.5 Polished Ebony 17,205 12,470
WG-26 49.5 Polished Ebony 18,855 13,570
WG-32 52 Polished Ebony 21,840 15,560
Grotrian, Wilhelm Studio Series Verticals
WGS-116 46 Polished Ebony 9,930 7,620
WGS-120 47 Polished Ebony 11,250 8,500
WGS-122 48 Polished Ebony 12,600 9,400
WGS-125 49 Polished Ebony 13,950 10,300
Grotrian Grands
Concerto G-165 5 5 (Chambre) Polished Ebony 112,500 76,000
Concerto G-192 6 3 (Cabinet) Polished Ebony 131,970 88,980
Concerto G-208 6 10 (Charis) Polished Ebony 142,500 96,000
Concerto G-277 9 1 (Concert Royal) Polished Ebony 241,050 161,700
Grotrian, Wilhelm Studio Series Grands
WGS-152 5 0 Polished Ebony 27,750 19,500
WGS-165 5 5 Polished Ebony 33,360 23,240

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