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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. Warning: Accuracy of SMP uncertain; see here.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Sauter Classic Line Verticals
112 44 Carus Polished Ebony 21,900 21,900
112 44 Carus Satin Walnut 21,500 21,500
116 46 Cosmo Polished Ebony 24,500 24,500
116 46 Cosmo Satin Walnut 23,500 23,500
116 46 Vision Polished Ebony 27,900 27,900
116 46 Vision Satin Standard Wood 26,900 26,900
116 46 Vision Polished White 28,900 28,900
116 46 Nova Polished Ebony 28,900 28,900
116 46 Nova Satin Maple/Walnut 26,500 26,500
116 46 Nova Satin Peartree/Cherry 27,900 27,900
122 48 Schulpiano Satin Beech/Black Ash 33,000 33,000
122 48 Ragazza Polished Ebony 38,000 38,000
122 48 Ragazza Satin Cherry 37,500 37,500
122 48 Ragazza Polished Cherry/Yew 44,000 44,000
122 48 Vista Polished Ebony 41,000 41,000
122 48 Vista Satin Maple 39,000 39,000
122 48 Vista Satin Cherry 41,000 41,000
122 48 Master Class Polished Ebony 48,500 48,500
130 51 Master Class Polished Ebony 54,500 54,500
130 51 Competence Polished Ebony 46,500 46,500
130 51 Competence Satin Walnut 44,000 44,000
Sauter Designed by Peter Maly Verticals
116 46 Concent Satin Ebony 32,000 32,000
116 46 Concent Polished Ebony 34,000 34,000
116 46 Accento Satin/Polished Ebony 35,000 35,000
116 46 Accento Satin Ebony/Polished White 35,000 35,000
116 46 Accento Classico Satin/Polished Ebony 36,500 36,500
116 46 Accento Classico Polished Ebony 37,000 37,000
122 48 Concent Satin Ebony 38,000 38,000
122 48 Concent Polished Ebony 39,000 39,000
122 48 Pure Basic Satin Ebony/Walnut 41,000 41,000
122 48 Pure Basic Satin White 41,000 41,000
122 48 Pure Basic Satin White/Maple 41,000 41,000
122 48 Pure Noble Polished Ebony/Veneers 50,000 50,000
122 48 Pure Noble Polished White/Red 52,000 52,000
122 48 Rondo Polished Ebony 45,000 45,000
122 48 Rondo Satin Wenge 41,000 41,000
122 48 Vitrea Colored Ebony with Glass 42,500 42,500
122 48 Rhapsody Satin Walnut/Polished Ebony 43,000 43,000
122 48 Artes Polished Ebony 53,000 53,000
122 48 Artes Polished Palisander/Macassar 54,000 54,000
122 48 Artes Polished White 54,000 54,000
Sauter Classic Line Grands
160 5 3 Alpha Polished Ebony 100,000 100,000
160 5 3 Alpha Satin Standard Wood Veneers 94,000 94,000
160 5 3 Chippendale Satin Cherry 104,000 104,000
160 5 3 Chippendale Satin Standard Wood Veneers 100,000 100,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Satin Cherry 111,000 111,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Polished Cherry 119,000 119,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Satin Burl Walnut 114,000 114,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Satin Standard Wood Veneers 109,000 109,000
160 5 3 Noblesse Polished Standard Wood Veneers 117,000 117,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Ebony 113,000 113,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Ebony w/Burl Walnut 117,000 117,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Pyramid Mahogany 124,000 124,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Bubinga 123,000 123,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished Rio Palisander 123,000 123,000
185 6 1 Delta Satin Maple with Silver 105,000 105,000
185 6 1 Delta Polished White 113,000 113,000
185 6 1 Delta Satin Standard Wood Veneers 103,000 103,000
185 6 1 Chippendale Satin Cherry 115,000 115,000
185 6 1 Chippendale Satin Standard Wood Veneers 111,000 111,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Satin Cherry 122,000 122,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Polished Cherry 136,000 136,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Satin Burl Walnut 128,000 128,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Satin Standard Wood Veneers 118,000 118,000
185 6 1 Noblesse Polished Standard Wood Veneers 133,000 133,000
220 7 3 Omega Polished Ebony 143,000 143,000
220 7 3 Omega Polished Burl Walnut 157,000 157,000
220 7 3 Omega Polished Pyramid Mahogany 157,000 157,000
220 7 3 Omega Satin Standard Wood Veneers 134,000 134,000
275 9 0 Concert Polished Ebony 246,000 246,000
Sauter Designed by Peter Maly Grands
210 6 11 Vivace Polished Ebony 159,000 159,000
210 6 11 Vivace Satin Wood Veneers 149,000 149,000
210 6 11 Vivace Polished White 158,000 158,000
230 7 7 Ambiente Polished Ebony 180,000 180,000
230 7 7 Ambiente Polished Ebony w/Crystals 206,000 206,000

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