including Wilhelm Grotrian

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

Sales agent for U.S. and Canada:

Parsons USA
Ivan Wu
[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.

Grotrian makes five sizes of grand and six sizes of vertical piano.  New “studio” versions of grand models 192 (6′ 3″) and 208 (6′ 10″), made for institutions, have scratch-resistant cabinet finishes, wider music desks, and more impervious soundboard finishes. At the Braunschweig factory, Grotrian also makes a lower-cost line with a beech back frame but no back posts, and a simpler cabinet. It’s available in a 43½” model in polished ebony with legs, and in 43½” and 45″ models for institutional use, with satin finishes but without legs.

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—46″, 48″, 49″, 52″—and three sizes of grand: 5′ 7″, 6′ 2″, and 6′ 11″. The Wilhelm Grotrian Studio line consists of three sizes of vertical—45½”, 47″, 48″—and two sizes of grand: 5′ and 5′ 5″.

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

Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Prices do not include bench. Other woods available on request. Euro = $1.10. Verticals, with Sostenuto Pedal, add $1,628 (SMP). Verticals, in Chippendale, Rococo, or Empire styles, add $1,352 (SMP). Grands, in Chippendale or Empire style, add $4,896 (SMP); in CS style, add $5,472 (SMP); in Rococo style, add $16,416 (SMP).

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Grotrian Verticals
Studio 110 43.5 Satin Ebony 16,373 15,691
Studio 110 43.5 Satin White 16,675 15,980
Friedrich Grotrian 43.5 Polished Ebony 17,119 16,406
Friedrich Grotrian 43.5 Open-pore Walnut 17,119 16,406
Cristal 44 Continental Satin Ebony 22,087 21,167
Cristal 44 Continental Polished Ebony 23,066 22,105
Cristal 44 Continental Open-pore Walnut 23,066 22,105
Cristal 44 Continental Polished Walnut/White 25,272 24,219
Contour 45 Polished Ebony 24,782 23,750
Contour 45 Open-pore Walnut 24,782 23,750
Contour 45 Polished Walnut/White 27,150 26,018
Canto 45 Satin Ebony 24,618 23,593
Canto 45 Polished Ebony 25,762 24,688
Canto 45 Open-pore Walnut 25,762 24,688
Carat 45.5 Polished Ebony 29,028 27,819
Carat 45.5 Open-pore Walnut 29,028 27,819
Carat 45.5 Polished Walnut/White 31,562 30,247
College 48 Satin Ebony 31,378 30,070
College 48 Polished Ebony 33,013 31,639
College 48 Open-pore Walnut 33,013 31,639
Classic 49 Polished Ebony 39,220 37,587
Classic 49 Open-pore Walnut 39,220 37,587
Classic 49 Polished Walnut/White 42,241 40,480
Concertino 52 Polished Ebony 49,386 47,329
Concertino 52 Open-pore Walnut 49,386 47,329
Grotrian, Wilhelm Verticals
WG-18 46.5 Polished Ebony   9,998
WG-23 48.5 Polished Ebony   11,198
WG-26 49.5 Polished Ebony   12,198
WG-32 52 Polished Ebony   13,798
Grotrian, Wilhelm Studio Series Verticals
WGS-116 46 Polished Ebony   6,798
WGS-120 47 Polished Ebony   7,598
WGS-122 48 Polished Ebony   8,398
Grotrian Grands
Chambre 5 5 Satin Ebony 72,544 72,544
Chambre 5 5 Polished Ebony 80,058 80,058
Chambre 5 5 Open-pore Walnut 80,058 80,058
Chambre 5 5 Polished Walnut/White 87,736 87,736
Cabinet 6 3 Satin Ebony 84,306 84,306
Cabinet 6 3 Polished Ebony 93,946 93,946
Cabinet 6 3 Studio Lacquer Ebony 65,310 65,310
Cabinet 6 3 Open-pore Walnut 93,946 93,946
Cabinet 6 3 Polished Walnut/White 102,931 102,931
Charis 6 10 Satin Ebony 99,377 99,377
Charis 6 10 Polished Ebony 108,524 108,524
Charis 6 10 Studio Lacquer Ebony 79,764 79,764
Charis 6 10 Open-pore Walnut 108,524 108,524
Concert 7 4 Satin Ebony 118,354 118,354
Concert 7 4 Polished Ebony 134,001 134,001
Concert 7 4 Open-pore Walnut 134,001 134,001
Concert Royal 9 1 Polished Ebony 179,914 179,914
Concert Royal 9 1 Open-pore Walnut 179,914 179,914
Grotrian, Wilhelm Grands
WG-170 5 7 Polished Ebony   30,800
WG-188 6 2 Polished Ebony   38,980
WG-211 6 11 Polished Ebony   56,980
Grotrian, Wilhelm Studio Series Grands
WGS-152 5 0 Polished Ebony   16,398
WGS-165 5 5 Polished Ebony   19,398

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