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SAUTER

Carl Sauter Pianofortemanufaktur GmbH & Co. KG
Max-Planck-Strasse 20
78549 Spaichingen
Germany
+49-7424-94820
+49-7424-948238 (fax)
[email protected]
www.sauter-pianos.de

The Sauter piano firm was founded in 1819 by Johann Grimm, stepfather to Carl Sauter I, and has been owned and managed by members of the Sauter family for six generations. The factory produces about 500 vertical and grand pianos a year in its factory in the extreme south of Germany, at the foot of the Alps. Structural and acoustical parts are made of high-quality woods, including solid Bavarian spruce soundboards and beech pinblocks. Actions are made by Renner. The keybed is reinforced with steel to prevent warping, and all pianos are fully tropicalized for humid climates. The larger verticals use an action, designed and patented by Sauter, that contains an auxiliary jack spring to aid in faster repetition. Sauter calls this the R2 Double Escapement action. (Although the term double escapement does not apply here as it has historically been used, the mechanism has some of the same effects.)

Sauter pianos are especially known for their lush, full, singing tone, and for the variety of finishes and styles in which they are available, many with intricate detail and inlay work. It is common to find such rare woods as yew, burl walnut, pyramid mahogany, and genuine ebony in the cabinets of Sauter pianos, as well as special engravings, which can be customized to any customer’s desires. Sauter’s M Line of vertical pianos features exclusive cabinet detailing and built-in features such as a hygrometer to measure relative humidity.

The company also has introduced versions of its 48" upright and 6' 11" and 7' 6" grands with cabinets designed by the famous European designer Peter Maly. Some recent designs include the 48" upright Vitrea, after the Latin word for glass, with a veneer of greenish glass covering the front of the cabinet; Vivace, a 6' 11" grand in a contemporary style with steel leg frame and inlays of stainless-steel squares on the rim; and Ambiente, a 7' 6" grand that is asymmetrically curved on both the bass and treble sides. In the recent past, Sauter has won several prestigious design awards for its Peter Maly– designed pianos.

A couple of extremely unusual models bear mentioning. The 7' 3" model 220 has colored lines painted on the soundboard and white inlays on the tops of the dampers as guides for musicians performing music for “prepared piano,” ultramodern music requiring the insertion of foreign objects between the strings, or the plucking or striking of strings directly by the performer. The 1/16-tone microtonal piano is an upright with 97 keys that has a total pitch range, from its lowest to its highest note, of only one octave, the pitch difference from key to key being only 1/16 of a tone (1/8 of a semitone). You can read more about these strange instruments in The Piano Book.

Warranty: 5 years, parts and labor, to original purchaser.

Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Standard wood veneers are walnut, mahogany, ash, and alder.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Sauter Classic Line Verticals
122 48 Ragazza Polished Ebony 44,000 44,000
122 48 Ragazza Satin Cherry 43,500 43,500
122 48 Ragazza Polished Cherry/Yew 51,500 51,500
122 48 Vista Polished Ebony 47,500 47,500
122 48 Vista Satin Maple 45,500 45,500
122 48 Vista Satin Cherry 47,500 47,500
122 48 Master Class Polished Ebony 56,500 56,500
122 48 Schulpiano Satin Beech/Black Ash 37,000 37,000
130 51 Competence Polished Ebony 50,000 50,000
130 51 Competence Satin Walnut 48,500 48,500
130 51 Competence Polished White 52,000 52,000
130 51 Master Class Polished Ebony 64,000 64,000
Sauter Designed by Peter Maly Verticals
119 46 Concent Satin Ebony 38,000 38,000
119 46 Concent Polished Ebony 40,500 40,500
122 48 Artes Polished Ebony 62,000 62,000
122 48 Artes Polished Palisander/Macassar 63,500 63,500
122 48 Artes Polished White 63,500 63,500
122 48 Pure Basic Satin Ebony/Walnut 47,500 47,500
122 48 Pure Basic Satin White 47,500 47,500
122 48 Pure Basic Satin White/Maple 47,500 47,500
122 48 Pure Noble Polished Ebony/Veneers 59,000 59,000
122 48 Pure Noble Polished White/Red 60,000 60,000
122 48 Rondo Polished Ebony 52,000 52,000
122 48 Rondo Satin Wenge 48,000 48,000
122 48 Vitrea Colored Ebony with Glass 49,000 49,000
Sauter Classic Line Grands
160 5 3 Alpha Polished Ebony 112,000 112,000
160 5 3 Alpha Satin Standard Wood Veneers 105,000 105,000
160 5 3 Chippendale Satin Cherry 117,000 117,000
160 5 3 Chippendale Satin Standard Wood Veneers 112,000 112,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Satin and Polished Cherry 134,000 134,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Satin Burl Walnut 129,000 129,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Satin Standard Wood Veneers 133,000 133,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Polished Standard Wood Veneers 132,000 132,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Ebony 132,000 132,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Ebony w/Burl Walnut 135,000 135,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Pyramid Mahogany 140,000 140,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Bubinga 140,000 140,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Rio Palisander 140,000 140,000
185 6 1 Delta Satin Maple with Silver 118,000 118,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished White 134,000 134,000
185 6 1 Delta Satin Standard Wood Veneers 115,000 115,000
185 6 1 Chippendale Satin Cherry 129,000 129,000
185 6 1 Chippendale Satin Standard Wood Veneers 125,000 125,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Satin Cherry 139,000 139,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Polished Cherry 153,000 153,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Satin Burl Walnut 137,000 137,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Satin Standard Wood Veneers 133,000 133,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Polished Standard Wood Veneers 150,000 150,000
220 7 3 Omega Polished Ebony 160,000 160,000
220 7 3 Omega Polished Burl Walnut 175,000 175,000
220 7 3 Omega Polished Pyramid Mahogany 175,000 175,000
220 7 3 Omega Satin Standard Wood Veneers 150,000 150,000
275 9 0 Concert Polished Ebony 265,000 265,000
Sauter Designed by Peter Maly Grands
210 6 11 Vivace Polished Ebony 180,000 180,000
210 6 11 Vivace Satin Wood Veneers 170,000 170,000
210 6 11 Vivace Polished White 185,000 185,000
230 7 7 Ambiente Polished Ebony 200,000 200,000
230 7 7 Ambiente Polished Ebony w/Crystals 225,000 225,000

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